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Tour of Mont Blanc: Complete Two-way Trekking Guide (Mountain Walking) (Cicerone Guides) Flexibound – 21 Jan 2013
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About the Author
Kev Reynolds is a freelance writer, photojournalist and lecturer. A prolific compiler of guidebooks, his first title for Cicerone appeared in 1978 and he has since produced over 30 others. Kev's passion for mountains and countryside remains undiminished after a lifetime of activity.
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For each stage you are provided with a highly detailed description including estimated time, height gain and loss, transport options, accommodation, a map, as well as a step-by-step description of the trail itself (e.g. "cross the footbridge to a path junction and walk straight ahead up the steep slope..."). Alternative options for each stage are included in the guide (normally one is longer / harder or not suited to bad weather). You are also given some background knowledge for the towns / landmarks on the trail, and the history of the tour.
I very rarely (if at all) needed to use the separate map I took due to the detailed descriptions for each stage that are written in the guide, combined with the well sign-posted trails. However, I undertook the trek in summer - in Winter some of the trails would certainly benefit from bringing an additional map.
What I would say though, is buy the paper version, not the Kindle version. You will definitely need to refer to it during the hike, especially at ambiguous junctions/alternative routes and the Kindle version doesn't lend itself to the task very well. I'd rather my paperback version got wet rather than my Kindle, for example. Checking the altitude Vs distance graphs helps when it's in colour and the paper version just works better.
The Kindle version does work very well for planning the next day whilst in a dark, dorm room though so it does have its place too.
If you are planning to do the TMB, then I have a top tip: if you're at a crossroads/junction where the signage is unclear/non existent, then look around at rocks and trees for a painted black and yellow diamond or red and white stripes. These are the way to ensure you keep you on track without having to constantly refer to the book.
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