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Scotland (World Mountain Ranges) Paperback – 20 Oct 2010
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About the Author
Award-winning author Chris Townsend was the first person to complete a continuous round of all the Scottish Munros and Tops. He has also walked across the Scottish mountains from coast to coast 14 times. Chris has served as President of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland.
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When I complimented Kev and Jonathan Williams of Cicerone on the guide they laughed. They told me that Chris Townsend had been commissioned to produce the second in the series, about the Highlands of Scotland. There were lots of jokes about this being a project that would keep him quiet for a long time! When I mentioned the project to Chris in a phone conversation there was a discernible groan coming down the line. I think Chris had realised what he'd let himself in for.
Fast forward to this earlier this year I was delighted when Jonathan proudly announced that he was in possession of the finished manuscript. The book was ready for layout and design. And now, the finished product has arrived!
I should say upfront that this is every bit as good -- and as useful -- as the Pyrenean guide. It is a work of which Chris should be rightfully proud.Read more ›
All of Scotland is covered.
If you have an area you want to walk in, it is colour coded and paged.
If you have a hill or mountain you want to walk up or climb, look it up in the index, find the page, and read about it.
Chris details different ways of walking them, he also tells us the time taken and the total assent. There are also maps of many areas.
The book is broken down into sections.
Practicalities. When to go, weather, getting there, getting around, accommodation, maps and guidebooks, equipment for hill walkers.
The Mountains, Topography, history, names, national parks, activities, long distance, rock climbing, ski touring, avalanches, mountain rescue, access, wild camping, fires, sanitation, plant and wildlife.
Chapter 1, The Southern Uplands.
Chapter 2, The Southern Highlands.
3, The Central Highlands.
4, The Cairngorms.
5, The Western Highlands.
6, The Northern Highlands.
7, The Islands. Arran, Jurra, Mull, Rum, Skye, Harris,South Uist,
All have access, bases, maps and guides.
There is then an Appendix, which includes all the Monroes and Corbets.
So let's say I wanted to walk up Ben MacDui. I look it up in the index. There are several references, but pages 280 onwards look good, so off we go. Page 281, 4.9, the Ben MacDui and Cairngorm Plateau. we are told where it is. A little history lesson. Did you know it is the biggest area of sub arctic tundra like terrain in Scotland?Read more ›
Firstly - whilst I totally agree with the principles of environmental conservation e.g. pages 64-65 - I think there's far too much emphasis on avoiding the potentially damaging effects of 'wild camping' which is one of the most sensitive ways of staying in the mountains compared with (say) windfarm development, excessive use of cars (rather than public transport) and other environmental aspects like climate change and overgrazing (by deer and sheep). I think it would have been more helpful to focus more on the really critical environmental issues for the Scottish Mountains and what we can do about them to give them more balanced and careful consideration. Is it more helpful to lobby for restrictions on windfarm development rather than pick up fluff at wild campsites? On page 64 Chris writes about removing stone rings from overnight sites - presumably then he spends time removing the 'extensive low rock walls' on Sgurr nan Eag (page 503) constructed by Cuillin Ridge walkers! I think there's a bit of inconsistency there! Again on the topic of wild camping - there seems to be a current practice of stopping the car and putting up a tent next to a convenient layby or in a field. This isn't wild camping as defined and permitted by law and it has a lot more environmental consequences than true wild camping. It would be really good to encourage people to get away from campsites and roadsides and I don't really see this emphasised.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"Scotland" is probably the most informative and beautiful book about Scotland as a mountain area. Chris Townsend shares with the reader his encyclopedic knowledge of these Scottish... Read morePublished on 20 May 2013 by Rob V
An excellent companion to take on a multi-day mountain hike. Would not be practical to carry in print, but ideal on Kindle.Published on 5 April 2013 by JeanMac
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