Walking in the Alps

A comprehensive guide to walking and trekking throughout the Alps

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17 Feb 2017
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Second
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512
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23.4 x 15.6 x 2.9cm
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An outstanding and comprehensive book exploring the walking and trekking possibilities in every Alpine region. Many thousands of possible routes are suggested, from the Maritime Alps of southern France throughout the range to the Julian Alps of Slovenia. Walks vary from undemanding to long and tough, and everything in between.

Availability
Published
ISBN
9781852844769
Published
17 Feb 2017
Edition
Second
Pages
512
Size
23.4 x 15.6 x 2.9cm
Weight
1120g
  • Overview

    Walking is unquestionably the best method of exploring, and it is the mountain walker for whom journeys in the Alps reveal some of the finest views, the greatest contrasts. This book is a definitive guide to the many thousands of possible routes, with a geographical span that ranges from the Maritime Alps of southern France to the Julians of Slovenia, from Italy's Gran Paradiso to the little-known Türnitzer Alps of eastern Austria, and from the ice-bound giants of the Bernese Oberland to the green rolling Kitzbüheler Alps and the bizarre towers of the Dolomites of South Tirol, showing the amazing diversity of this wonderful mountain chain.

    There are walks to suit every taste: gentle and undemanding, long and tough, and everything in between.

    Written by Britain's most respected authority on the Alps, this is a fully updated edition of this important book.

  • Contents

    PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION
    INTRODUCTION

    1: THE MARITIME ALPS   
        Hut to Hut in the Alpes Maritime
        Summary   

    2: DAUPHINÉ   
        Queyras   
            Tour du Queyras   
            Massif des Écrins   
            Tour de l’Oisans   
            Vercors   
        Summary   

    3: THE GRAIAN ALPS   
            The Western Graians   
            Tour du Mont Pourri   
            Tour des Glaciers de la Vanoise   
            Tour of the Vanoise   
            The Eastern Graians   
            Grande Traversata del Gran Paradiso   
            Alta Via della Valle d’Aosta No 2   
            A Traverse of the Graian Alps   
        Summary   

    4: THE MONT BLANC RANGE 
            Tour du Mont Blanc   
            Chablais, Faucigny & Dents du Midi   
        Summary    

    5: THE PENNINE ALPS   
            Tour des Combin   
            The Walker’s Haute Route   
            The Eastward Traverse of the Italian Valleys 
        Summary    

    6: THE BERNESE ALPS   
            The Northern Valleys   
            Multi-day Circuit of the Lütschental and Lauterbrunnental   
            Tour Wildstrubel   
            The Southern Flank   
            Bernese Alps Glacier Tour   
            Oberland Passes   
        Summary    

     

    7: THE CENTRAL SWISS ALPS   
            The Eastern Bernese Alps   
            Tour of the Göschenertal   
            The Western Uri Alps   
            Uri-Rotstock Circuit   
            The Eastern Uri Alps & Glarner Alps   
            A Tour of the Hürital & Bisistal   
        Summary    

     

    8: THE LEPONTINE ALPS
            A Tour of Ticino   
        Summary    

     

    9: THE BERNINA ALPS   
            The Bregaglia Alps   
            The Bregaglia Circuit   
            Sentiero Roma   
            The Bernina Massif   
            The Engadine Valley   
        Summary        

    10: ADAMELLO-PRESANELLA-BRENTA 
            Adamello-Presanella   
            An Adamello Circuit   
            The Brenta Dolomites   
            A Tour of the Central Brenta   
            Vie Ferratae   
        Summary    

     

    11: THE ORTLER ALPS   
            A Tour of the Ortler Alps   
        Summary    

     

    12: THE SILVRETTA ALPS   
            The Verwall Group   
            The Rätikon Alps   
            Rätikon Höhenweg Nord   
            The Silvretta Alps   
            Tour of the Southern Silvretta   
            The Silvretta Traverse   
        Summary    

     

    13: THE ÖTZTAL ALPS   
            Across the Central Ötztal Alps   
            Hut to Hut in the Ventertal   
            Gurglertal-Ventertal Hut Tour   
            Two-Day Cross-Border Tour   
            Across the Alpi Venoste   
        Summary    

     

    14: THE STUBAI ALPS   
            The Stubai High Route   
        Summary    

     

    15: THE ZILLERTAL ALPS   
            Zillertal Hut Tour   
        Summary    

     

    16: THE EASTERN AUSTRIAN ALPS   
        The Hohe Tauern   
            The Venediger Höhenweg   
            A Tour of the Glockner & Schober Groups   
        The Niedere Tauern   
            Hut to Hut in the Schladminger Tauern   
        The Gailtal & Carnic Alps   
        Summary    

     

    17: THE NORTHERN LIMESTONE ALPS   
        Allgäuer Alps   
        Lechtal Alps   
            A Lechtal High Route   
        Wettersteingebirge & Mieminger Kette   
        Karwendelgebirge   
            Hut to Hut Across the Karwendelgebirge   
        Rofangebirge (Brandenberger Alps)   
        Kaisergebirge   
        Berchtesgadener Alps   
        Tennengebirge   
        Dachsteingebirge   
            Tour of the Gosaukamm   
            A Dachstein Circuit 
        Totes Gebirge   
        Summary    

     

    18: THE DOLOMITES   
        Sassolungo & Puez-Odle Groups   
        Catinaccio & Latemar   
        Sella Group   
        Marmolada Group   
        Pale di San Martino   
        Civetta & Pelmo   
        Sorapis & Marmarole   
        Monte Cristallo   
        Dolomiti di Sesto   
            High Level Routes   
                Alta Via 1   
                Alta Via 2   
                Alta Via 4   
        Summary    

     

    19: THE JULIAN ALPS   
        The Julian Alps of Slovenia   
        The Julian Alps of Italy   
        Summary    

    INDEX

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    March 2017

    Page 286: Adamello Circuit (with grateful thanks to reader, David Lloyd for the following information)

    Please note that Passo del Maroccaro is now closed due to erosion on the Passo Tonale side above the Presena Glacier. With the retreat of the glacier due to a warming climate the upper sections of the path have become unstable and there have been reports of rock falls and landslides. An alternative path has now been opened further East, which presents a deviation in the route described in the book.

    The route is not clearly indicated and from the Mandrone Hut it would be easy to make the mistake of heading due north to Passo del Maroccaro instead of taking a north-easterly heading to Passo Paradiso which is now the new access point to and from the Presena glacier. The overall distance is in my opinion no greater, but if a mistake was made forcing the walker to retreat it could be costly in terms of time.
     

    September 2015

    Please note that due to a massive rockfall from Piz Cengalo, the route connecting Capanna Sasc Fura with the Sciora Hut via Colle Vial – as outlined on pp255/256 – has been closed. Further rockfalls are expected.

    WALKING IN THE ALPS

    Readers planning to walk the Adamello Circuit described on pp286-290 are advised that Passo di Lago Scuro (page 286) is now too dangerous to attempt (the wardens at the Bedole and Mandrone refuges issue a dire warning). Use the alternative crossing via Passo del Maroccaro instead - this is also described.

    With thanks to reader Geoff Whitby for this information.
    Kev Reynolds

  • Reviews
    ‘The most comprehensive book about alpine walking in the last fifty years.’

    (Chris Bonington)


    ‘This is a book that needed writing, and who better to write it than that doyen of guidebook authors – Kev Reynolds. It is a hefty volume that makes no pretence of being a pocket or even a rucksack guidebook, it’s a full scale Alpine bible weighing no less than two and a quarter pounds. It’s a book for the long winter evenings, not to dream over but to conspire with, to plot with and to use.’

    (John Cleare, High)


    ‘According to my calculations, if I wanted to do everything listed in this marvellous book I would need to live to just over 400 years and remain fit to the end.’

    (Ernst Sondheimer, The Alpine Journal)


    ‘In his own poetic and inimitable style, [Kev Reynolds] has produced a book that condenses the vast wonderland that is the Alps, from the Mediterranean coast near Nice to the wooded hills of Vienna, into 480 pages of densely, yet eminently readable, information. … This then, is probably the most important guide to walking abroad that has been published in Britain. It is simply stunning, and should be on the shelves of every walker, scrambler and backpacker who harbours any inclination to travel south to these, one of the finest ranges of mountains in the world.’

    (Cameron McNeish, TGO)


    ‘Illustrated with excellent colour photographs and sketch maps, it’s definitely a book for the enthusiast.’

    (Walking Abroad)


    ‘Kev Reynolds’ style of writing combines graphic visual descriptions with a real feeling of his love for the mountains – there is nothing dry or understated in his prose. The second feature which I found most attractive, is [the] use of quotations from earlier writers, such as Tuckett, Freshfield, Whymper, Leslie Stephen and many others. He goes further and provides reading lists at the end of each chapter and this, for me, adds perspective and a sense of the inheritance of a wonderful recreation from those who have trodden these incomparable mountains in the past.’

    (Ewen Moir, Austrian Alpine Club Newsletter)


    'I was impressed by the many good-quality colour photos throughout the whole book. They are the type walkers like - taken on the route, whether on a valley path or crossing a high pass, with a dramatic background scenery.'

    (Irish Mountain Log)



    'Perhaps you are thinking of your first walking trip to the Alps; but where? How do you decide? Well you can't do better than start with this comprehensive guide to the whole Alpine chain. It is a soft cover update of the original 1998 hardback, which was recognised immediately as the most complete description of the Alps and the walking it offered.

    Kev Reynolds is a long established writer in the field with a string of guides to individual areas. It is hard to think of anyone to better his extensive knowledge of the Alpine world and clear writing style. I think even old Alpine buffs will discover a corner they were unaware of.'

    (Scottish Mountaineer Magazine / August 2006)


    'A big book in every sense, Reynolds' classic was originally published in 1998 and has been republished in soft cover, with improved mapping and a lot more colour photographs. Its format is simple but highly effective.

    There is little route description - books that offer that are referred to at the end of each chapter - but there is much loving details of what makes each sub-range and its region unique. The suggested tours are well-thought out, with plenty of scope for personal variations.'

    (Walking World Ireland / July - August 2007)



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Kev Reynolds

Kev Reynolds is a freelance writer, photojournalist and lecturer. A prolific compiler of guidebooks, his first title for Cicerone Press (Walks & Climbs in the Pyrenees) appeared in 1978; he has since produced many more titles for the same publisher, with others in the pipeline. A member of the Outdoor Writers' Guild, the Alpine Club and Austrian Alpine Club, his passion for mountains and the countryside remains undiminished after a lifetime's activity, and he regularly travels throughout Britain to share that enthusiasm through his lectures.

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