The second edition of this classic guidebook on walking and trekking in the Alps suggests many thousands of possible routes, and covers the range from the Maritime Alps of southern France to the Julian Alps of Slovenia. Walks vary from undemanding to long and tough, and everything in between.
'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)'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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