26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 24 May 2007
I really like the way Dan presents some of Scotland's most spectacular ridges. He provides invaluable information and shares his experience in a way that is inviting, not intimidating. He breaks down each section into approach, climb, continuation, and descent - really useful stuff. As a climber who started climbing Munros at age 50, I find some guides geared towards the super-fit or professional climbers. Dan's book is full of sound advice and the pictures are of ordinary people - not the professionals. I simply love Scotland's high and wild places, and Dan's book is the one I'll keep in my rucksack. Even if you don't climb at all, you'll enjoy the pictures and his vivid descriptions.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
It's a great idea to collect the best ridges in Scotland into one book and it turns out there isn't space for them all in this one book - the appendix lists another 40 odd (mainly climbs). The book is written with a marvelous energy and joie de vivre that really draws you in; the maps are great and the photos too. It's a lovely book. I am a walker, not a climber, and, despite the subtitle, there are many routes in here suitable for reasonably experienced hillwalkers with a good head for heights. Do the winter routes as summer walks and Creise, Ring of Steall, Aonach Eagach, Liathach and many others become accessible to us mortals. Some additional route planning to cut out short climbing sections also opens up a number of the other routes given. Of course a good number of the routes are serious climbs. You'll never find me on Tower Ridge Ben Nevis, but, in summer, you might find me on the adjoining Ledge Route. Fantastic book, highly recommended to all who love the Scottish highlands.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 May 2011
This is a top notch guide which is both informative and pleasing to read. The format and style of the book is excellently presented with a good use of well annotated, maps, diagrams and topos as well as more 'aesthetic' photography. Really a lesson to other guidebook authors.
The guidebook focuses on the entire outing of completing a particular route, not just in the technicality and route finding of the pitches/route themselves.
If I had one criticism (and it's more of an observation really) it's that because it's so comprehensively written and illustrated, in some ways it removes some of the uncertainty you get in planning an expedition from scratch yourself - probably why so many people seem to like it!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 28 September 2009
Just browsing this book makes you want to head for the mountains without delay. It has all the classic routes you would expect plus some lesser known but worthy routes (I've ticked off a few of them already). The book covers all the practicalities well, but is also made an enjoyable reading experience through the authors humour. His love and enthusiasm for the mountains is infectious. Even if you had no intension of climbing a single mountain it would still be worth having this book for some of the photos alone!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2010
I don't really like the `bagging' that drives people to the hills. There is so much amazing climbing on offer in Scotland it seems criminal that something as mundane as a spot height should dictate how someone spends a day in the hills. This book is spot on in that it focuses on great lines up great hills, no matter how high they are.