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2.0 out of 5 stars TOUR DU MONT BLANC BY JIM MANTHORPE
I was disappointed with this book. Although I haven't yet used it in the field, I found it very difficult to use as a source for planning my own walk. Not everyone wants to stick to the set number of days and rest points given in the book and one therefore needs to know the times as well as distances between each point. Although the "Suggested Itineraries" list distances,...
Published on 28 Dec 2010 by Mr. Richard Everard


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2.0 out of 5 stars TOUR DU MONT BLANC BY JIM MANTHORPE, 28 Dec 2010
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I was disappointed with this book. Although I haven't yet used it in the field, I found it very difficult to use as a source for planning my own walk. Not everyone wants to stick to the set number of days and rest points given in the book and one therefore needs to know the times as well as distances between each point. Although the "Suggested Itineraries" list distances, it doesn't give times despite the approximate timings being far more important than distances when walking in the mountains. The author recognises this in putting approximate times on the maps but in order to do any planning, one has to study each map, making a note of each time and in places the times are confusing. It gives little information on the ascents and descents to be experienced each day although some information is given in the text and there are cross sections but it is difficult to find the information one needs to plan a trip where a summary of each days walk, time, distance, ascent and descent would have been very helpful. Perhaps the maps will turn out to be the real bonus, otherwise I wouldn't recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beware, 28 Nov 2011
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Do not buy this book, as I did, out of a casual interest in the title. It is a captivating read and incredibly full of all the information needed to walk the tour. It is the author's style and enthusiasm for his subject which makes it so interesting and has inspired me to see if this guide is as practically useful as 'Scottish Highlands The Hillwalking Guide'
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