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Europe's High Points: Reaching the Summit of Every Country in Europe [Paperback]

Carl McKeating , Rachel Crolla
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13 Oct 2009
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. Heading to the highest point of any European country is an experience not to be missed. The continent has a wealth of adventure and a huge variety of dazzling scenery awaiting the walker and climber. And each of Europe's 50 countries celebrates its national high point in a different way. This guide brings together detailed route descriptions for those seeking to get to the highest peaks in countries from Liechtenstein to Latvia and Germany to Greece. Whether attempting to climb individual high points or complete all 50 ascents, these routes are crammed with some of the most stunning landscapes and exciting terrain that Europe has to offer. From the frozen tundra of the Arctic Circle to the arid plains of the Sierra Nevada, this book contains something for everyone with routes ranging from afternoon strolls in Malta and Moldova to three-day mountaineering ascents on classic Alpine routes such as Mont Blanc and Dufourspitze.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cicerone Press; 1st edition (13 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852845775
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852845773
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rachel Crolla has travelled extensively in Asia and Central and North America. With a background in local newspaper journalism, the opportunity to make a book about her mountaineering experiences was a dream come true. Having lived in Yorkshire most of her life, she began walking in the British countryside, and enjoys climbing, cycling and skiing. Carl McKeating has also travelled extensively in Europe, Asia and America, and has a passion for interesting projects, the most recent being researching and climbing Europe's high points.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Peak-bagging across the continent 3 Nov 2009
Format:Paperback
I got this because I love the idea of a European peak-bagging list. I've already climbed all the Wainwrights so this might be my next project!!
It is like a coffee-table book and a field guide rolled into one - it's good to flick through and has plenty of colour photos but is still a good size to take on walks. It has tons of info, routes and maps for getting to the high points of each country in Europe, though they are very varied - some are quite serious ascents like Mont Blanc and others are really easy short walks.
Having been up a few of the peaks in the book already, the route descriptions seem accurate to me, and oddly for a guide, it's a pretty good read because it's written in a quirky style.
My only criticisms would be that the maps lack details such as contours and it would have been better to have OS maps or European equivalents. Also, I'm sure they could have managed a photo of Ben Nevis's summit on a sunny day...
but then again, maybe not!

The book describes itself as a Eurovision for mountains, so to continue the cheesy theme I'm giving it ten points!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative and makes me want to go walking 20 Jun 2011
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I saw this book and although I am not really into hiking or mountain climblng, I am interested in European countries generally and am always looking for things to do when travelling to foreign countries rather than sitting on a beach or having too much to drink.

For this reason I wasn't sure if this book would appeal to me or whether it would be a waste of money. Given that it gets a 5 star mark from me it definatly appeals and makes me want to go exploring the highest peaks in most countries.

Whats so good about this book is that you dont need to be a keen walker or climber because the highest points in european countries are so diverse (5,642m down to 132m). The book categorises the peaks into 5 from grade 5 (Full alpine kit) to grade 1 (Easy tourist amble), and the good news for those who do not want to go to the expense or effort with full alpine climbs is that there are far more grade 1's than 5's.

I now realise that I have visted 5 out of 50 of the peaks without even trying, and that leaves a further 45 on the list. Even for me 30 of these would be a realistic target without having to invest in any climbing gear and just relying on hiking boots, and when I add on the extra one for Germanys highest peak 2,962m (accessible by cable car) I would have well over half of Europes country peaks covered. (16 peaks are either fully accesble by car or less than 1 hour walk to reach the summits)

If you think this book might not appeal to you because like me you are not a mountain climber but are vaguely interested in walks then this book could be for you. It's informative, funny and entertaining all in one, and may lead to a whole new interest. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Europe's Highest Points 28 Aug 2013
By Jimmy
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An interesting book for those looking at doing some of the easier highest tops in Europe. Information often basic but a good starting point.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Europe's High Points 3 May 2011
Format:Paperback
I have bought this book because I am doing the same touring programme: climbing the summits of every country in Europe. It is a very good guide, giving a lot of practical information. The book may be interesting not only for mountaineers but for those who want to learn more about Europe and its geography as well. I wish I had had such a book at an earlier stage of my conquering the European summits!
Szocs Kalman from Hungary
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5.0 out of 5 stars 11 down 37 to go 28 Nov 2010
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An excellent read, well researched and inspirational!
Whether you want to climb the peaks or not this book certainly makes you want to visit our 47 european neighbours just for the hell of it.
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