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Walking in Switzerland (Lonely Planet Walking Guides) Paperback – 1 Aug 2001
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For where to go - everywhere I have been is beautiful, I haven't taken any walk from this book and been disappointed by the scenery. However, as to how long walks should take - that depends on how serious a hiker you happen to be!
I'm not a fitness fanatic by any stretch of the imagination, but I'm not unfit either - I do a reasonable amount of 'after-work' exercise. But I have to say, I've only attempted the 'Easy' and 'Easy-Moderate' walks, and have found them pretty tough going. What is described as 'an easy days walk' I have found pretty tiring, and 'gentle downhill stretches' have left my legs aching for days!!
I took an 'Easy-moderate' walk in Ticino just last weekend, which is described as a 'Days walk which could made into two days'. I made it into two days (as it took half a day to get there). The walk involved climbing up through rocks (arms as well as legs needed), crossing through rivers (at one point taking off shoes and socks as the rocks in it were too far apart to jump between) and crossing through snowfields (in July, at 2000 meters). None of this was described in the book!
However, nobody comes to the Alps for a stroll, and so long as you're prepared to serious hiking, you'll love it. And be well rewarded with awe-inspiring scenery.
The books biggest strength is the suggestions on where to stay, particularly the mountain inns and huts. I tend to use the book now as a guideline on where to go, and follow the sign-posted tracks rather than stick too much to directions from the book. It's a lot easier!
Such a great compact book with wonderful photos and easy to follow information....so I have been told! Fits well into leg pockets and back packs
It was also listed with other sellers for awesome prices of over £100!!!!
DON'T PAY IT - it's just a book like any other and NOT some sort of Holy Grail.
Instead buy a walking book when you get there, we did, they are common and in all languages.
I would like better information regarding the dangers of the routes. I like high alpine walking, but not on badly eroded paths above gullies. This book doesn't provide such information,leaving walkers like me in potentially precarious situations. Scores of high mountain routes and mountain ascents in Switzerland do not require the level of skill and lack of fear necessary for many of the walks in this book.
In summary, this book provides too little information about the risks of each walk and underestimates the time required. Both are aspects which can have serious consequences for those who are not serious mountaineers.
The directions are clear and up to date, and we never even used additional maps.
One thing you have to consider is, the time estimations and difficulty levels of the hikes are for experienced people in good physical shape. It doesn't count stops to enjoy the view, rest, eat, take pictures, etc. So you will have to find out for yourself how long it really takes... But once you figure it out, it is the best book in this category, and although I have several hiking books this is the one I use the most.
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