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The Long Routes: Mountaineering Rock Climbs In Snowdonia And The Lake District Paperback – 25 Apr 2005


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (25 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845960009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845960001
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 668,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A collection of some of the finest climbs on high mountain cliffs. The routes have been chosen because they represent a full-blown mountaineering experience, where the length of the climb, the situation of the mountain, the sense of exposure and the element of adventure count for more than sheer technical challenge." (Greenock Telegraph)

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Robin Ashcroft is an author and photographer, well known for his scrambling and climbing articles in Trail magazine. He has been a keen mountaineer for over 30 years, climbing both in the UK and abroad, with trips to the Alps, Norway, the Canadian Rockies, Antarctica and Central America.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Tearle on 27 Aug. 2008
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I fully agree with the reviewer before me. This book was disappointing and not at all the type of book I was expecting when I ordered it. Unattractive, with no photography, bad route descriptions (if you want a route description, get a guidebook) and boring write ups. This is not a guidebook, not a coffee table book, and not anything in between either. Avoid!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve on 19 Jun. 2011
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This is a poor climbing book. It is neither a guide book nor a coffee table book and therefore serves no practical purpose. It's too big for the pocket and too small for display.
As a guide book this fails miserably and, more importantly, dangerously. The route descriptions are vague, the diagrams are useless and the topos would get you lost in minutes - if you intent to climb any of these routes you would definitely need to buy a proper guide book.
As a coffee table book, this wouldn't inspire even the keenest climber. The thing looks dull, the writing is fairly bland and the 9 photos (ONLY 9 for 45 incredible climbs!) are small and not particularly enticing.

The only purpose I can see for this book is to provide a simple list of 45 excellent climbs, however, if you want a list of low grade mountain routes you can look on the internet or buy "Classic Rock" (which is excellent).

Save your money, or spend a bit more and buy Classic Rock.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. S. Edwards on 17 Oct. 2010
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I absolutely concur with the sentiments of one of the other reviewers on here, great choice of routes and the theme for the book was a real hook for me but the Topo is just weak, outdated and to be brutally honest the diagrams are worse than the ones in a 1961 guide to 'Climbs on the North York Moors' I own (merely for sentiment you understand) I can't find 'The Long Routes' on my shelves which sadly means it was probably surrendered to charity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr N Wilson on 22 April 2013
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This was a bit of a disappointment really. I was expected a bit more than a selected guide which is all this really is. Also the quality of the printing is really poor as are the topos and route descriptions in general - you wouldn't want to try any of the routes without the appropriate area guide, which kind of defeats the object. On top of that I wasn't even that impressed by the selection of routes. I was expecting good suggestions for links etc. Really I could have worked most of this out for myself.

The only plus side is that it's cheap, which is why I bought it. Not a coffee table classic like "Classic Rock".
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