Nan Shepherd’s The Living Mountain is our Summer Book Club pick! And Buffalo Peaks Ranch will be the perfect setting to discuss this one-of-a kind, eye opening book!

Please join us for the Land Library’s 6th Annual Summer Book Club! This year, we’ll gather on the front porch, gaze across at South Park’s mountain peaks, and discuss one of the past century’s classics of nature writing, The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd. With a voice so unique, you’ll also marvel at Nan Shepherd’s observational skills. As Robert Macfarlane writes in his introduction to the current edition, her writings presents “precision as a form of lyricism, attention as devotion.” 

We will send all Summer Book Club attendees directions to Buffalo Peaks Ranch, and a few more details about the day. 

Your local bookstore should be able to order The Living Mountain, and don’t forget to check your local library. 

Please bring a bag lunch if you like. After our book discussion you’ll have plenty of time to walk the river and explore the ranch! 

Registration begins on Sunday, June 27th, 9:00am.


“So there I lie on the plateau, under me the central core of fire from which was thrust this grumbling grinding mass of plutonic rock, over me blue air, and between the fire of the rock and the fire of the sun, scree, soil and water, moss, grass, flower and tree, insect, bird and beast, wind, rain and snow — the total mountain. Slowly I have found my way in.” — Nan Shepherd, The Living Mountain

Anna (Nan) Shepherd (1893-1981)was an enthusiastic hill-walker, and she made many trips to the Cairngorms with students and friends, and often on her own. She also travelled further afield — to Norway, France, Italy, Greece and South Africa — but she always returned to the house where she was raised, in the village of West Cults, three miles from Aberdeen, Scotland. Early in her writing career, she wrote three well-received novels set in small North Scotland communities. She also published a book of poetry, In the Cairngorms.

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