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Walking the Munros, Vol. 1: Southern, Central and Western Highlands (Cicerone British Mountains) Paperback – 15 May 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Cicerone Press; 01 edition (15 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852844027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852844028
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 2 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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'Not another book on the Munros! But this one's different - not a coffee-table book but a 'climbing style' guidebook for actually taking on a Munro trip. he guides are aimed unashamedly at the Munro collector as is evidenced by the introductory remarks that fair-weather climbers may take a lifetime to complete the round. Surely the whole point of the Munros is that they should give us a lifetime of experiences in all weathers and in all seasons? Route descriptions are well written and clearly set out with an attractive ochre-coloured panel containing essential data about the route such as distance, times, maps, access and local accommodation. Denis Rankin, Irish Mountain Log Spring 2005

About the Author

Steve Kew is a journalist and mountaineer. He started climbing in 1970, and has walked and climbed in the Himalayas, Alps and Britain. He lives in Scotland, and is a member of the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team and Committee. His writing includes books, articles and radio drama for the BBC.

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I saw this book in a bookshop had a quick flick through and bought it later on Amazon.

The book is a nice size for putting in the ruck sack or even trouser pocket and has a water proofed cover which I'm sure most people will know is a very good idea for a Highland guide book!

The book is also very well laid out with nice maps (no replacement for OS maps though) and many photographs.

Unfortunately though, this book as not as impressive as it first looks.

Route times are very optimistic (sometimes by hours), the distance and ascent figures are also underestimated and the routes themselves are often very long, demanding and definately not for beginners. The authors chosen routes can also be a little strange, often choosing to descend near vertical slopes (at best crippling on the knees, at worse possibly dangerous) when paths exist nearby.

As has been mentioned the Gaelic pronunciations are consistantly wrong and sometimes even laughable (especially the pronounciation of Buachaille Etive Mor!) and although there are many pictures, they are often not of the best quality and several of them are incorrectly captioned.

Overall the book is well set out, a handy size and the authors writing is fine but there are just too many 'factual' mistakes in this volume to truly recommend it.
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What a fantastic little piece of kit this book is. Small, waterproof, well laid out and easy to follow. Munros are broken down into areas with all the information you could ever need.

Each walking route starts with a helpful list giving, Distance, Ascent, Maps needed, Where to park the car, Start point, Accommodation and Access numbers for the appropriate estate. This is followed by a detailed route giving map referances and estimated times.

The author has a straightforward and positive attitude towards walking, unlike Cameron Mcneish, who in my opinion has a pompus and arrogant attitude towards certain types of walker.

The only downside I have with the book is the route times. I dont believe for a second some of the times he has in the book. I have done over 50 munros using the book, class myself as a fit person but still cant see some of the times he has marked down. Besides this the book is a wonderful read and a great buy.
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I feel I ought to comment on the negative reviews for Steve Kew's books. We have used these guides for a few years now and they are excellent. You have to appreciate that the Munros are big mountains and many of them are not conveniently placed so long trips are inevitable. Even with good guide books you cannot go without map and compass and the ability to use them. GPS tells you where your destination is, and is superb for summits on cloudy days, but it does not tell you how to get there so good mountain practice is required. For us the times he gives are just about spot on, clearly you cannot give a time for a trip as such but if you know you are generally quicker or slower than the 'book' time then you can get a good estimate of how long your trip will take. You also have to be aware that his times do not include breaks.
I get the impression the other reviews are not from serious munroists or they would not take issue with YHA or the notoriously difficult pronunciations. I recommend these books unreservedly.
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Great books. Provide clear instruction and good information. Books are a good size to carry when out walking. Laminated so wont be harmed when exposed to a small amount of water.
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