Trekking in the Alps

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9781852846008
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18 Mar 2011
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256
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A book to 20 classic trekking routes in the Alps. Exploring the best trekking areas, outline descriptions and photographs illustrate the classics such as the Tour of Mont Blanc, and Chamonix to Zermatt, as well a number of trekking routes in Slovenia, the Italian Dolomites, the French Alps, Austrian Alps and Swiss Alps. Ideal for inspiration.

Seasons Seasons
summer-only - from late June until the end of September
Centres Centres
Chamonix, Zermatt, Grindelwald, Sargans, Brand, Briançon, Modane, Bourg d'Oisans, Neustift, Mayrhofen, Ormea, Bressanone, Lago di Braies, Kranjska Gora, La Thuile, Emosson
Difficulty Difficulty
a wide range of difficulty and/or commitment, from mildly demanding to strenuous; on some treks glaciers are crossed which require the use of ice axe and rope
Must See Must See
All the great Alpine regions and their peaks: Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, the Jungfrau, the Oisans, the Vanoise, the Queyras, Mont Ruan, the Stubai, the Zillertal, the Eastern Alps, Gran Paradiso, the Italian Alps, the Dolomites, the Rätikon and the Slovenian Alps
ISBN
9781852846008
Availability
Published
Published
18 Mar 2011
Edition
First
Pages
256
Size
24.0 x 17.0 x 2.0cm
Weight
730g
  • Overview

    Trekking in the Alps is immensely satisfying. The physical challenge is part of it, but so too is the sense of achievement as you get to the top of a lofty pass that may have taken several hours to reach. Then there are the views, the ever-changing panoramas and the distant horizon adorned with peaks and ridges that lures you on day after day.

    Edited by Alpine specialist Kev Reynolds, and written by a team of eight experienced authors, writers and guides bringing these classic treks to life. This compilation of the best walking in the Alps looks at each trek in turn, discovering what makes them special, and how to choose your next trekking holiday.

    Classic treks

    Tour of Mont Blanc
    Tour of the Matterhorn
    Tour of Monte Rosa
    Chamonix to Zermatt - Walker’s Haute Route
    Tour of the Jungfrau Region
    Tour of the Vanoise
    Alta Via 1 & 2, Italian Dolomites

    Longer trans-Alpine treks

    GR5 Trail: Through the French Alps  (Lake Geneva to Nice)
    E5 Across the Eastern Alps
    Grande Traversata delle Alpi: GTA, Italian Alps
    Traverse of the Julian Alps, Slovenia

    For the Alpine adventurer

    The Alpine Pass Route, Switzerland
    Tour of the Oisans
    Tour of the Queyras
    Tour of Mont Ruan
    The Stubai High-level Route, Austria
    The Zillertal High-level Route, Austria
    Gran Paradiso Alta Via 2
    Tour of the Ratikon, Swiss and Austrian Alps
     

  • Contents

    Contents
    Introduction
    About this book
    Hut conventions
    Advice for trekkers
    When to go
    Safety in the mountains
    Words of greeting
    The Treks
    Trek 1 Grande Traversata delle Alpi: GTA – Gillian Price
    Trek 2 Tour of the Queyras – Alan Castle
    Trek 3 Tour of the Oisans – Kev Reynolds
    Trek 4 Tour of the Vanoise – Kev Reynolds
    Trek 5 Gran Paradiso Alta Via 2 – Gillian Price
    Trek 6 Tour of Mont Blanc – Kev Reynolds
    Trek 7 GR5: Through the French Alps – Paddy Dillon
    Trek 8 Tour of Mont Ruan – Hilary Sharp
    Trek 9 The Walker's Haute Route – Kev Reynolds
    Trek 10 Alpine Pass Route – Kev Reynolds
    Trek 11 Tour of the Jungfrau Region – Kev Reynolds
    Trek 12 Tour of the Matterhorn – Hilary Sharp
    Trek 13 Tour of Monte Rosa – Hilary Sharp
    Trek 14 Tour of the Rätikon – Kev Reynolds
    Trek 15 Across the Eastern Alps: E5 – Gillian Price
    Trek 16 Stubai High-Level Route – Allan Hartley
    Trek 17 Zillertal High-Level Route – Allan Hartley
    Trek 18 Dolomites Alta Via 1 – Gillian Price
    Trek 19 Dolomites Alta Via 2 – Gillian Price
    Trek 20 Julian Alps Traverse – Roy Clark & Justi Carey

    Appendix A Useful contacts
    Appendix B Glossary for trekkers

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  • Reviews

    Yes, I know it's a cliché to say that this book inspired me to book my next holiday, but it did – well, almost. It certainly made me determine to do one or more of the treks described within at some point in the near future, which will involve booking a holiday eventually...

    Some might say that a mere 20 treks for a range as well trodden as the Alps is rather parsimonious, but what contributing editor Kev Reynolds has done is select the crème de la crème of trekking options, invited a coterie of top outdoor writers to describe them (along with his esteemed self), dropped in a fine selection of images and gathered it all together in a highly attractive package that will surely inspire anyone who calls themselves a real walker.

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    UKClimbing.com

    Extremely readable route guides with a jovial story telling tone are coupled with quality photographs of each region that will inspire you to tackle your next classic route. A great starter pack to the Alps when deciding which trail to head to next and for how long.

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    www.wideworldmag.com

    The eight writers contributing to this selection have written many other guidebooks and are experienced and enthusiastic about their chosen treks.

    170 stunning colour photographs

    Trekking in the Alps celebrates the rich scenic diversity for which this area is renowned.  Whether you have a week to spare…or a whole summer free to wander, this book describes some of the very best treks in Europe’s premier mountain range. It certainly fulfils its aim ‘to be an introduction to some of the most exciting and rewarding of multi-day treks’.

    Strider, August 2011

    ‘This book should have the sub-heading ‘the book of dreams’: I could plan about 15 of my next holidays from it, and then a gap year.

    The book dedicates at least 10 pages to each route, including photos, maps, graphs showing the altitudes you’ll be at on the trek, and details of each day or stage of the trek. Everyone should have it on their coffee table or by the bed for planning or dreaming about their next adventure.’

    Adventure Travel Magazine, September/October 2011

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Castle

Alan Castle

Alan Castle has trekked and cycled in over 30 countries within Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa and Australasia. A member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild, he has written 18 guidebooks, several on long-distance mountain routes in France. An erstwhile national secretary and long-distance path information officer of the Long Distance Walkers Association, Alan now lives at the foot of the Moffat Hills in Scotland.

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Justi Carey

Justi Carey and Roy Clark started visiting the British mountains in their teens, a discovery which has shaped their whole lives. Their passion for the outdoors has since led to travels across the world and a deep commitment to the environment, while their continuing interest in being 'out there' has resulted in an enthusiasm for skiing, canoeing, cycle touring, horse riding and even rollerblading! Since moving to Slovenia in 2002, Justi has worked as an English teacher, while Roy has developed his skills in landscape photography. They now run a Bed and Breakfast in the mountainous north-west corner of Slovenia.

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Paddy Dillon

Paddy Dillon is a prolific outdoor writer with over 90 guidebooks to his name, and contributions to 40 other publications. He has written for a variety of outdoor magazines, as well as many booklets and brochures for tourism organisations. Paddy lives near the Lake District and has walked in every county in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales; writing about walks in every one of them. He enjoys simple day walks, challenging long-distance walks, and is a dedicated island-hopper. He has led guided walks and walked extensively in Europe, as well as in Nepal, Tibet, Korea, Africa and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the United States.

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Allan Hartley

Allan Hartley has maintained his close links with Austria, which he discovered by accident in the early seventies in respite from atrocious weather conditions on the higher mountains of the western Alps. He has climbed extensively throughout the Alps, in east Africa and in the greater ranges in Nepal and Pakistan.

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Price

Gillian Price

Gillian Price was born in England but has lived in Venice for many years. Gillian has steadily explored the mountain ranges of Italy, and Corsica, and brought them to life for visitors in a series of outstanding guides for Cicerone. She is an active member of the Italian Alpine Club (CAI) and Mountain Wilderness.

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Kev Reynolds

A lifelong passion for the countryside in general, and mountains in particular, drives Kev's desire to share his sense of wonder and delight in the natural world through his writing, photography and lecturing.

Claiming to be The Man with the World's Best Job, he has enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Cicerone since the 1970s, producing over 50 books, including guides to five major trekking regions of Nepal, and to numerous routes in the European Alps and Pyrenees, as well as walking guides for Kent, Sussex and the Cotswolds.

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Sharp

Hilary Sharp

Hilary Sharp is British, a qualified Accompagnatrice en Montagne (International Mountain Leader), and is based permanently in France. After 23 years living in the Alps she now lives in northern Provence, within easy driving distance of the southern French Alps. She runs her own trekking business, Trekking in the Alps and Provence, guiding walks in winter, spring and summer (hilaryalp@gmail.com; www.trekkinginthealps.com; www.trekkinginprovence.com). Her love of walking and climbing has taken her to many parts of Europe and further afield. Hilary occasionally contributes to British walking magazines and is author of Trekking and Climbing in the Western Alps (New Holland, 2002).

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Roy Clark

Justi Carey and Roy Clark started visiting the British mountains in their teens, a discovery that has shaped their whole lives. Their passion for the outdoors has since led to travels across the world and a deep commitment to the environment, while their continuing interest in being 'out there' has resulted in an enthusiasm for skiing, canoeing, cycle touring, horse riding and even rollerblading! Since moving to Slovenia in 2002, Justi has worked as an English teacher, while Roy has developed his skills in landscape photography. They now run a Bed and Breakfast in the mountainous north-west corner of Slovenia.

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