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Shorter Walks in the Dolomites (Mountain Walking) (Cicerone Guides) Paperback – 10 Feb 2012
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About the Author
Gillian Price lives in Venice, only two hours from the Dolomites. She is steadily exploring all of Italy and bringing its mountain ranges to life in a series of outstanding Cicerone guides. Gillian is an active member of both the Italian Alpine Club and the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild.
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A look ar the index map in the front of the book shows there to be something of a concentration of routes in the Corvara area so it makes a good base for a first visit.
The author, Gillian Price, grades the walks 1-3 with Grade 1 the least strenuous/exposed etc and Grade 3 the most. We did one afternoon walk Graded 1-2 (Santa Croce Sanctuary) which in my view was overrated, merriting only Grade 1 as a good proportion was on surfaced roads and almost all the height gain was via a chair-lift but this is not to say it was not an interesting walk.
All of the other walks were rated Grade 2, Grade 1-2 or Grade 3. To tell the truth we didn;t find a great deal of difference. Some had exposed sections which were described in the text anyway. All were full on walks with great sections in this most spectacular of walking regions. All the walks provided everything you'd want from a day in the hills (except perhaps solitude).
The walk descriptions were good and generally easy to follow. We had only one occasion where attempts to make what we were seeing fit the description failed somewhat but was quickly remedied by minorly relocating!
The timings given by the author are realistic and relate to moving time only.
Information is given regarding access by public transport but realistically most people will use a car. Since nearly all walks are "circular" this works well.
All in all I thoroughly recommend this guide to walkers contemplating their first visit to the Dolomites. We visited in August, the peak Italian holiday time. Car parks were crowded as were the rifugios. Some sections of some walks had a procession of people but all the walks had much quieter sections, seldom visited. The 1:25,000 scale Tabacco maps are definitely worth having. All the walks we did were contained on Maps 03 & 07.
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great if you want to do some lovely short routes - a stunning regionPublished 1 month ago by sally nortcliffe
Very well laid out and easy to follow. Worked well for planningPublished on 12 July 2014 by tom sween
Great descriptions and options. Like other similar guides, if you are planning or need guidance on the walk there are few better booksPublished on 25 Sept. 2013 by G. I. Davies
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