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  • Vinyl Bound: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cicerone Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (14 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185284521X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852845216
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 1.5 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 495,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The book will be invaluable to those visiting the area for the first time and wanting a one, two or more centre walking holiday, rather than moving on day by day along a long distance trail. The work is of the usual high standard now expected of Britain's most prolific guidebook writer to the Alps. There is plenty of information about the area and the book is well illustrated with both colour and black and white photographs, which demonstrate the beauty of this superb region of the French Alps.' (Alan Castle, Strider) 'This guide covers the five main valleys of the Ecrins ... and describes 70 of the best walks in the region...aimed not only at the experienced Alpine walker, but also at the active hill-walker visiting the Alps for the first time.' (High) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Kev Reynolds is a freelance writer, photojournalist and lecturer whose first title for Cicerone Press (Walks and Climbs in the Pyrenees) appeared in 1978. He has published many books on the Alps, a series of trekkers guides to Nepal and, nearer to home, several guides on walking in southern England. A member of the Alpine Club, Austrian Alpine Club and the Outdoor Writers and photographers Guild, he is also first honorary member of the British Association of European Mountain Leaders.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Catfish on 16 July 2009
Format: Vinyl Bound
This guide is well up to Kev Reynolds' usual standard. He describes a good selection of walks in all areas of the Ecrins National Park, with clear descriptions and lots of excellent photos.
The only minor criticism would be that none of the walks in the area we visited (Brianconnais) go to the tops - only to cols or refuges - although some of the mountains are easily accessible to walkers.
That said I recommend this book for pleasurable, informative, pre-holiday reading as well as practical on the spot use.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Ainscow on 2 Aug 2009
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This book basically describes approach routes to huts where you can start climbing routes and recycled parts of the GR51 guide. Kev Reynolds has made no effort to find walking routes (circular, multiday etc.) in their own right. Buy a map and speak to the Ecrins tourist office people and you'll have a better day out than any of the "walks" in this.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dixie F on 23 July 2010
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As someone with several decades of walking experience and using different guides this is not one I would recommend. If you are after day walks then maybe this is the book for you. However, if you want to check out specific refuges in this nation park, plan a multi-day trek, travel by public transport or get a good overview of how to link the different areas of this region then this is definitely NOT the book for you. It has no index, so once you have read about something it is hard to find it again. The book provides the most limited information on getting to different valleys if you don't have a car and compared with other books in the Cicerone series we find Kev Renolds' books extremely un-userfriendly. By contrast the Cicerone guides by Allan Hartley have proved much easier to navigate and to be recommended. However, a word of advise. Whatever guide you buy, order a 1:50:000 or 1:25000 map at the same time as without it, anyone planning more than a day walk will struggle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A good guide for a trek, not so good for day hikes 28 Nov 2013
By K. Kravetz - Published on
Format: Vinyl Bound
This book is fine for what it is, but it did not suit my purposes. I was looking for good day hikes in the Ecrins, with descriptions of routes and objectives. Was a particular hike strenuous, moderate, or easy? How long was it and how long would it take? Was it in a valley or along a ridge? Did it provide views or notable points? What lay at the end (a lake, a refuge, a peak) and was there anything especially nice or notable? This book is for someone taking a longer trek, from one point to another, with descriptions of how to follow the trail in each segment. So, it is a good guide for that purpose, but just not what I was looking for.
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Does not include the south park with walks from Dormillouse.
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