Europe's High Points – summits of 50 European countries - a Cicerone guide

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Europe's High Points

Getting to the top in 50 countries

by Rachel Crolla, Carl McKeating
Book published by Cicerone Press

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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Description

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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  • Activities
    strolling, hiking and climbing!
  • Difficulty
    from simple sightseeing (eg Vatican City) to serious Alpine climbs (Mont Blanc) - all routes clearly graded and equipment required given
  • Must See
    for the authors, it was Hvannadalshnukur in Iceland but each reader will have their personal favourite.. Scafell Pike (England)? Mount Elbrus (Russia)? Rysy (Poland)?
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Contents

 

Introduction
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   
Communication   
Mountain Safety   
Serious Ascents   
Equipment   
What is Europe?   

High Points
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

 

Further Reading

Mountain Safety

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)

European High Points

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)

Natural History

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)

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