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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.


from simple sightseeing (eg Vatican City) to serious Alpine climbs (Mont Blanc) - all routes clearly graded and equipment required given

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for the authors, it was Hvannadalshnukur in Iceland but each reader will have their personal favourite.. Scafell Pike (England)? Mount Elbrus (Russia)? Rysy (Poland)?
13 Oct 2009
24 Sept 2018
21.00 x 14.80 x 1.45cm

A guide to reaching the highest summit of every country in Europe, written by authors who have climbed them all. A mixture of driving, walking and climbing routes, graded from Grade 1, an easy tourist amble, to Grade 5, serious mountaineering expeditions requiring full alpine kit, which will involve prolonged exposure to high altitude, steep terrain, narrow ridges, climbing, crevasses, and risk of avalanche and rock-fall.

  • From 132m St Peter's Dome (Vatican City) to 4808m Mont Blanc and 5642m Mount Elbrus
  • Clear route description, with other ascent options where applicable, sketch mapping and overview information
  • Accommodation, access, public transport and maps
  • Total ascent, time and climbing season
  • Technical grades (where relevant) and recommended equipment, plus safety advice
  • The Alps, Carpathians, Caucasus, Scandinavian Mountains and Spanish Sierra Nevada
  • Both mainland and island high points for Denmark, Portugal and Spain
  • Monte Rosa, Grossglockner, Mulhacén, Mount Olympus, Triglav, Galdhopiggen, Hvannadalshnukur, Dinara, Ben Nevis, Halti and Carrauntoohil

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By Rachel Crolla

Rachel Crolla is an outdoors all-rounder who loves hiking, biking, scrambling and climbing. Rachel is an outdoors writer and photographer who is also trained as a journalist and teacher. She has hiked and climbed across the UK, Europe and the USA. In 2007 Rachel became the first woman to reach the summit of every country in Europe, and co-wrote the Cicerone guide book Europe’s High Points soon afterwards. She is passionate about enthusing the next generation of hikers and cyclists with a love of the outdoors.

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By Carl McKeating

Carl McKeating is from Yorkshire. He is the co-author with Rachel Crolla of the books, Europe’s High Points and Walking in the Auvergne published by Cicerone. A rock climbing and mountaineering enthusiast, in addition to ascending all of Europe’s national high points, in 2010 he completed a long-standing ambition to climb all the routes in Ken Wilson’s Classic Rock which he followed with a three-month climbing and mountaineering tour of America. A qualified English teacher, in 2014 Carl started work on a doctorate about Mont Blanc in British Culture.

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