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4.0 out of 5 stars Still setting the standard..., 10 Jun. 2011
Reprinted from the last edition, now with forward by Hamish Brown. As one of the first self propelled, continuous crossings of the pre-revision Munros (then 277, now 284) in Winter this book is an excellent read. In addition to providing good route information, planning and preparation details this book is heavy on sheer inspiration (and no little perspiration) that will aid one climbing these hills in all weather. The book begins with the lead up to the attempt, with Martin and Joy's preparations; selling up house and home and departing comfortable jobs for life on the Scottish roads. The diary like narrative of Martin's days in the hills is nicely interspaced by pieces from Joy as she woman-fully provides fantastic back-up to Martin, her times with the camper van being almost as sapping as his efforts on the hills. With the outcome uncertain until the end the book takes the reader on a roller-coaster adventure through a kindly winter, but one that nevertheless challenges both right to the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A throughly nice chap, 24 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: The Munros in Winter (Paperback)
What's the toughest mountain challenge in Britain? There will be argument about that; some people might suggest that te Corbetts are hardest - they're less walked, it's harder to combine several in one day; and some of them are pretty remote. But if you were to suggest the Munros as being the hardest, I suspect you'd get pretty wide agreement. Add in the factor of winter and you've got a prety cast iron case.
To the best of my knowledge only two people have benn mad enough, or brave enough, to take on that challenge. More recently Steve Perry, who backpacked his way round them for charity, in Ithink, 2003. But Martin Moran was the first.
The book is well written, clear, concise and is at times very evocative of the Highlands for which Martin clearly has a deep and profound love for. He comes across as a throughly nice chap too, and having met him - I went on one of his Cuillin courses (of whic I can highly recommend - martin Moran Mountaineering.) I can can confirm that he is indeed, a throughly nice chap!
My favourite picture in this new edition is the superb one of a single red coated figur making their way up an ice and rime coated Inaccesible Pinnacle, free climbing it too. He confirms that he had somehow left most of the climbing gear behind. He climbed it free and then did a classic abseil off t'other side. he recounted it in a quite nonchalant way too. We were in the mini bus at the time and somebody had asked him about the picture. We had all seen and been up the Inn Pinn in summer conditions and sat mouths agog as he casually explained. Such are memories made. Ps, his son Alex is a throughly nice chap too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant production of a brilliant book, 9 Jan. 2012
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Hillwalkers of an earlier vintage will remember this book from its earlier publication. For more recent adherents to the sport it will be a revelation. It's story is no less thrilling with the passage of time and after Martin Moran has set so many more records, on the Cuillin and in the Alps. This new, very beautiful, production by Sandstone Press is a match for their recreations of Hamish's Mountain Walk and Hamish's Groats End Walk. Like them, it is hardback sized, and with two 16 page sections of the author's colour photographs. The Munros in Winter acts very well as a guidebook to the Munros, as was noted, when it first appeared, by Jim Perrin. It repays repeated readings and will be an adornment to any hillwalker or mountaineer's bookshelf. Hamish's Mountain Walk (Non-Fiction)Hamish's Groats End Walk: One Man & His Dog on a Hill Route Through Britain & IrelandThe Weekend FixCairngorm JohnTo Ride The Mountain Winds: A History of Aerial Mountaineering and RescueIsles at the Edge of the Sea
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5.0 out of 5 stars great story and great buy., 29 Dec. 2013
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Bought for hubby for crimbo and he has not put down. He loves this guy's story.good price too. Great pressie for someone who loves Scottish mountains
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 5 Jan. 2015
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excellent
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