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Carl McKeating and Rachel Crolla hail from Bradford and began their hiking careers in the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. They went on to walk and climb all over Europe, exploring all the major mountain ranges. In 2007, Rachel became the first woman to climb to the highest point of every country in Europe. The couple’s resulting guidebook Europe’s High Points was published by Cicerone in 2009. It was during this challenge that Carl and Rachel first visited the Auvergne. They liked it so much they bought a dilapidated old house there in 2005. In between extensive DIY nightmares and renovation projects they found time to travel around the Auvergne's four departments and enjoy the wealth of hiking all over the region. The couple's first child, Heather, was born during the writing of Walking in the Auvergne.
In recent years Carl and Rachel have also spent much of their free time rock climbing and particularly finding another tick list to complete in Ken Wilson's Classic Rock. The couple have also travelled extensively in the mountain ranges of North America. Other interests include winter sports - as well as skiing in the Auvergne's resorts, Carl and Rachel have worked a ski season in the French alpine resort of Courchevel. Carl has also recently developed a passion for swimming.
Rachel's background was in writing for newspapers and she has now become a teacher. Carl currently works in Further Education and hopes to complete more research in the field of mountains and literature.
Guidebook to the Auvergne describing 42 walks between 5 and 20km in the quiet volcanic hills of central France. Five areas are covered: Cantal, Chaine des Puys, Mont Dores, Haute-Loire and Montagne Bourbonnaise. The volcanic geography provides a stunning backdrop to routes suitable for all walkers. Bases in Vichy, Clermont-Ferrand and Puy-en-Velay.
A guide to reaching the summit of every country in Europe - driving, walking and climbing routes to the tops of 50 countries in Europe. Detailed route descriptions, sketch maps - advice on transport, seasons, grading and gear. From afternoon strolls in Malta to three-day mountaineering ascents on classic Alpine routes such as Mont Blanc.