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Walking the French Alps: G.R.5 (Cicerone Mountain Walking) Paperback – 1 May 2001
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About the Author
Martin Collins is a freelance author, photo-journalist and cartographer, as well as a regular contributor to the UK outdoor media. First walking the GR5 in 1981 kindled a passion for the French Alps that remains as strong as ever. He has since written over twenty books for walkers embracing the coast, mountains and countryside of the UK and parts of Europe. He has three children, and lives in north Wales on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park.
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Unfortunately, the guide falls well short of the high standards set by Cicerone in a number of their other Alpine guides. To begin with the revision date is highly suspect since the text still mentions the French Franc when the Euro was adopted in 1999! Although this is not a serious problem in itself the section on useful maps is equally outdated, some of the map series mentioned having long ago been superseded, while in the section on photography, digital does not appear to exist. This all leads one to be suspicious about how "up to date" this guide book really is?
The route directions in the text are broadly correct, though the cursory attention to detail, throughout the guide, smacks of sloppiness. Route instructions are often vague and lacking in clarity. On occasion they are simply absent. For some route variations, like the GR52 variant to Menton, it is clear that the author has simply copied the route timings from the French Topo guide with no route detail whatsoever!
The problems of the guide, in part, undoubtedly stem from its length, which is about 25 pages shorter than the Cicerone Chamonix -Zermatt Haute route guide. Yet that route is 180km, while this route is 660km! Surely this superb Alpine traverse warrants a longer treatment?
The old style black and white Maps in the guide are sadly poor and of little use covering as they do up to a weeks walking and therefore lacking useful detail. The Photographs are in need of updating. While the complete absence of telephone numbers for gites and refuges is puzzling- since such info appears in other Cicerone Alpine guides.
If your French is reasonable, I'd suggest buying the French GR Topo guides of the route. If you need a guide in English keep your eyes open for a new and completely revised edition which must surely be due soon!
Good News! After writing this I met in a refuge north of Chamonix Paddy Dillon who is rewriting this guide from scratch for Cicerone with day by day colour mapping and a new set of photos. So look out for a completely new Cicerone route guide to the Alpine GR5 in 2008. I will review this as soon as I get my hands on a copy.
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