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Walking in the Alps: A Comprehensive Guide to Walking and Trekking Throughout the Alps (Cicerone guides) Paperback – 20 Apr 2010

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Cicerone Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (20 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852844760
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852844769
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The most comprehensive book about alpine walking in the last fifty years.'(Chris Bonington)'This is a book that needed writing, and who better to write it than that doyen of guidebook authors - Kev Reynolds. It is a hefty volume that makes no pretence of being a pocket or even a rucksack guidebook, it's a full scale Alpine bible weighing no less than two and a quarter pounds. It's a book for the long winter evenings, not to dream over but to conspire with, to plot with and to use.'(John Cleare, High)'According to my calculations, if I wanted to do everything listed in this marvellous book I would need to live to just over 400 years and remain fit to the end.'(Ernst Sondheimer, The Alpine Journal)'In his own poetic and inimitable style, [Kev Reynolds] has produced a book that condenses the vast wonderland that is the Alps, from the Mediterranean coast near Nice to the wooded hills of Vienna, into 480 pages of densely, yet eminently readable, information. ... This then, is probably the most important guide to walking abroad that has been published in Britain. It is simply stunning, and should be on the shelves of every walker, scrambler and backpacker who harbours any inclination to travel south to these, one of the finest ranges of mountains in the world.'(Cameron McNeish, TGO)'Illustrated with excellent colour photographs and sketch maps, it's definitely a book for the enthusiast.'(Walking Abroad)'Kev Reynolds' style of writing combines graphic visual descriptions with a real feeling of his love for the mountains - there is nothing dry or understated in his prose. The second feature which I found most attractive, is [the] use of quotations from earlier writers, such as Tuckett, Freshfield, Whymper, Leslie Stephen and many others. He goes further and provides reading lists at the end of each chapter and this, for me, adds perspective and a sense of the inheritance of a wonderful recreation from those who have trodden these incomparable mountains in the past.'(Ewen Moir, Austrian Alpine Club Newsletter)'Perhaps you are thinking of your first walking trip to the Alps; but where? How do you decide? Well you can't do better than start with this comprehensive guide to the whole Alpine chain. It is a soft cover update of the original 1998 hardback, which was recognised immediately as the most complete description of the Alps and the walking it offered.Kev Reynolds is a long established writer in the field with a string of guides to individual areas. It is hard to think of anyone to better his extensive knowledge of the Alpine world and clear writing style. I think even old Alpine buffs will discover a corner they were unaware of.'(Scottish Mountaineer Magazine / August 2006)'A big book in every sense, Reynolds' classic was originally published in 1998 and has been republished in soft cover, with improved mapping and a lot more colour photographs. Its format is simple but highly effective.There is little route description - books that offer that are referred to at the end of each chapter - but there is much loving details of what makes each sub-range and its region unique. The suggested tours are well-thought out, with plenty of scope for personal variations.'(Walking World Ireland / July - August 2007)

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The most comprehensive guide to walking in the Alps
Some fifty years ago Hubert Walker wrote a book called "Walking in the Alps" which became a classic. But times change and in any case the book has long been out of print, so Kev Reynolds, doyen of Alpine writers, has brought out a modern version. Every region of the Alps is covered in detail;walks and tours given in mouthwatering profusion. Chris Bonington agrees," The most comprehensive book about the Alps in the last fifty years,"he says. This is an essential volume for the Alpine traveller. What a present for Xmas! What a present at any time! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
This is the Alpine walker's bible. A labour of love by a man who obviously knows his Alps and knows his onions too.
Every region and every valley is covered. (So it will last you a lifetime..)
You need to read it with a map alongside and (like all good things) it may take a little effort before everything falls into place, but good advice is assured. Get to it !
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By A Customer on 18 April 2002
Format: Hardcover
I was dissapointed with this book for the amount it cost... It is hardback, but only marginally bigger than A5 and has only 16 full colour pages (each of these with 2 or more photos on). To my mind there are not enough maps and the maps that are provided I consider poor sketch maps. Place names, even whole areas mentioned in the text - even ones that are seemingly important - are not to be found on the maps which makes following things quite difficult. I was expecting either a "coffee table" book with lots of glorious photos, or a book with specific useful walking related facts, ideally both, what I feel I have got is neither. I would imagine that its the kind of book that if you have the patience to read it and the maps to cross compare what was being said with where things were on the ground you might be able to get something out of it, but to me it represents the kind of book where things will only really fall into place once you've been to the Alps many times and start to recognise what's being written about first hand - by which time the book is to a certain extent superfluous.
I am hoping that this may be a reflection of the fact that I am currently looking at one specific area and maybe the book is a bit lacking for this area, but for someone who is usually enthrawled by anything about the mountains I find the writing extremely difficult and, to be honest sheer hard work. Not quite bad enough to send back, but verging on it.
James Knight
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"Comprehensive" is in the title of this book, and it is the right word to describe it. This is a book to read at home in winter, dreaming about your next trek in the summer. It is too heavy to be portable in your rucksack, and you wouldn't want to carry information on the whole Alpine range while spending 2 weeks walking in a tiny sub-section of it. Also, comprehensive doesn't mean encyclopaedic: it does not provide enough information to prepare for a specific trek, this is not the aim of the book. Rather, it gives a good general description of each mountain range, the main valleys, the main characteristics, the main treks and the main possible multi-day routes. I am not giving 5 stars because in my opinion the book could be better organised, especially in providing a bit more details on the multi-day routes. However, it is an excellent starting point and I truly recommend it. For planning a specific trek, you would then need a specific book, e.g. those on the Italian Dolomites of the Austrian Alps.
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Excellent book. 2010 updated soft cover issue contains many beautiful colour photos. The book is not a detailed walking guide, it would be impossible to fit the entire Alps into one book in any detail, instead it gives an overview and helps the reader understand the different regional differences within the Alps.
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