Alastair Borthwick was a Scottish author, journalist and broadcaster. He lived through most of the 20th century, having been born in 1913 and having died in 2003. He first started his career when he was a teenager. At the age of 16, he began working for the Glasgow herald. Whenever people phoned in copy, he would record it. His years at the Glasgow Herald brought him into a position where he was responsible for various feature pages. In one of the feature pages that he was responsible for, he frequently brought up the topics of hill-climbing and hill-walking. At the time, these activities were considered to be things that only people of affluence did. However, he wrote articles about working class people doing them. This was revolutionary because he helped to make these activities more widespread and appreciated by a larger audience of people.
In 1935, his hard work led to him getting a job for the Daily Mirror, in London. His life in London did not suit him, so went back to Scotland and was a BBC correspondent. As per thetimes.co.uk, in the late 1930s, he published a great book that included every article about outdoor activities that he wrote for the Glasgow Herald. Some people consider this book to be one of the best books when it comes to books about outdoor activities in Scotland. This book was revolutionary for the time because of the fact that hillwalking and hill climbing were not activities that were associated with working class people. He really broke down a glass ceiling by publishing a book that suggested that working class people could do these things, too.
Alastair Borthwick was had seen WWII firsthand, because he was put into battalion that directly saw action. He was given the role of Intelligence Officer and was eventually given the task of writing a history of the battalion that he worked for. After the war, he continued with his career of broadcasting. In the 1970s, him and his wife moved to a hill farm, where they lived into their elderly years. Several years before his death, Alastair Borthwick lived in a nursing home.