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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.
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Heading to the highest point of any European country is an experience not to be missed. Europe offers the hiker a wealth of adventure and a huge variety of dazzling scenery and each of our 50 countries celebrates its national high point in a different way. Now this unique guide brings together clear and detailed route descriptions of how to reach the summits of countries from Liechtenstein to Latvia, across the continent.
Whether you are attempting to climb a selection of individual high points or collect the set, you will find these routes lead you to some of the most striking landscapes and exciting terrain that Europe has to offer, with all the information you need about each country to get there – along with interesting but incidental information that you don’t!
Stretching from the frozen tundra of the Arctic Circle to the arid plains of the Sierra Nevada, this book contains something for everyone – from afternoon strolls in Malta and Moldova to three-day mountaineering ascents on classic Alpine routes such as Mont Blanc and Dufourspitze.
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A Eurovision for mountains
Why this Guide?
Using this Guide
The Geography of Europe
Plants and Wildlife
When To Go
How to Get There
Health and Safety Issues
What is Europe?
1 Andorra – Pic de Coma Pedrosa 2942m
2 Austria – Grossglockner 3798m
3 Belarus – Dzyarzhynskaya 345m
4 Belgium – Signal de Botrange 694m
5 Bosnia and Herzegovina – Maglic 2387m
6 Bulgaria – Musala 2925m
7 Croatia – Dinara 1831m
8 Cyprus – Mount Olympus (Chionistra) 1951m
9 Czech Republic – Snezka 1602m
10 Denmark – Møllehøj 170m
11 England – Scafell Pike 978m
12 Estonia – Suur Munamagi 318m
13 Finland – Halti 1325–28m
14 France and Italy – Mont Blanc/Monte Bianco 4808m
15 Germany – Zugspitze 2962m
16 Greece – Mount Olympus 2917m
17 Hungary – Kékes 1014m
18 Iceland – Hvannadalshnukur 2111m
19 Ireland – Carrauntoohil 1041m
20 Kosovo – Djeravica 2656m
21 Latvia – Gaizinkalns 312m
22 Liechtenstein – Grauspitz 2599m
23 Lithuania – Aukstojas/Juozapine Kalnas 294m
24 Luxembourg – Buurgplatz/Kneiff 559m
25 Macedonia and Albania – Mount Korab 2764m
26 Malta – Ta’ Dmejrek/Dingli Cliffs 253m
27 Moldova – Mount Balanesti 430m
28 Monaco – Chemin des Revoires 162m
29 Montenegro – Maja Kolata 2534m
30 The Netherlands – Vaalserberg 321m
31 Northern Ireland – Slieve Donard 852m
32 Norway – Galdhopiggen 2469m
33 Poland – Rysy 2500m/2503m
34 Portugal – La Torre 1993m
35 Romania – Moldoveanu 2544m
36 Russia – Mount Elbrus 5642m
37 San Marino – Monte Titano 739m
38 Scotland – Ben Nevis 1343m
39 Serbia – Midzor 2169m
40 Slovakia – Gerlachovsky stit 2654m
41 Slovenia – Triglav 2864m
42 Spain – Mulhacén 3478m
43 Sweden – Kebnekaise 2111m
44 Switzerland – Dufourspitze 4634m
45 Turkey – Mahya Dagi 1030m
46 Ukraine – Goverla 2061m
47 Vatican City – St Peter’s Dome 132m
48 Wales – Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa 1085m
Some Disputed High Points
Azores – Mount Pico 2351m
Canary Islands – Mount Teide 3718m
Faeroe Islands – Slaettaratindur 882m
Italy – Gran Paradiso 4061m; Mont Blanc de Courmayeur 4748m; Nordend (Monte Rosa) 4609m
Turkey – Mount Ararat 5137m
Appendix 1 Countries of Europe Fact Table
Appendix 2 Mountain Routes Graded by Difficulty
Appendix 3 Table of Mountain Heights
Appendix 4 Glossary of Mountaineering Terms
Appendix 5 Further Reading
Appendix 6 Cicerone guides to Europe’s high points
The Handbook of Climbing (BMC) Alan Fyffe and Iain Peter (Pelham Books, 1997)
The Hillwalker’s Guide to Mountaineering Terry Adby and Stuart Johnston (Cicerone, 2007)
Map and Compass: The Art of Navigation Pete Hawkins (Cicerone, 2008)
A Coast to Coast Walk Alfred J Wainwright (Frances Lincoln, 2007)
A Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, Book 4: The Southern Fells Alfred J Wainwright (Michael Joseph, 1992)
Ben Nevis Simon Richardson (Scottish Mountaineering Club, 2002)
Classic Climbs in the Caucasus Friedrich Bender (Diadem Books, 1991)
Eastern Alps: The Classic Routes on the Highest Peaks Dieter Siebert (Diadem Books, 1992)
Eastern Europe 1939–2000 Mark Pittaway (Hodder Arnold, 2004)
Easy Ascents in the Mont Blanc Range Francois Burnier and Dominique Potard (Vamos, 2002)
Lake District Rock: Selected Rock Climbs in the Lake District (Fell and Rock Climbing Club, 2003)
Lake District Winter Climbs Brian Davison (Fell and Rock Climbing Club and Cicerone, 2006)
Mont Blanc Massif Volume 1 Lindsey Griffin (Alpine Club, 1996)
Mont Blanc Massif Volume 2 Lindsey Griffin (Alpine Club, 1991)
Rock Climbing in Snowdonia Paul Williams (Constable, 2004)
Scafell, Wasdale and Eskdale A. Phizacklea (Fell and Rock Climbing Club, 1996)
The Alpine 4000m Peaks Richard Goedeke (Baton Wicks, 2006)
The Collapse of Yugoslavia 1991–1999 Alastair Finlan (Osprey, 2004)
The High Tatras Colin Saunders and Renata Narozna (Cicerone, 2006)
The Mountains of Montenegro – A Mountaineering Guide Daniel Vincek, Ratko Popovic and Mijo Kovacevic (Podgorica Books, 2004)
Walking in Norway Connie Roos (Cicerone, 2006)
Winter Climbing: Ben Nevis and Glencoe Alan Kimber (Cicerone, 2003)
Birds of Britain and Europe Jurgen Nicolai, Singer, and K Wothe (Harper Collins, 1994)
Wild Animals of Britain and Europe Helga Hoffman (Harper Collins, 1995)
Wild Flowers of Britain and Europe Bob Gibbons and Peter Brough (Bounty Books, 1998)