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Walking in the Valais - Switzerland: 120 Walks and Treks (Cicerone Mountain Walking) Vinyl Bound – 29 Apr 2003
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'The great affection which is penned so effectively into this walking guide to one mountain district ... reveals the work of a specialist.' (Van Greaves, High) 'Another Cicerone Press walking guide from the tried and trusted Kev Reynolds stable. The format is familiar, user friendly and crammed with useful and essential information about the geography, places to stay, how to get there and of course 120 route descriptions in the eleven areas that make up the Valais region of Switzerland. ... Mouth watering colour photos illustrate the descriptions.' (Richard Ayres, The Leader)
The Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, Zinarothorn, Ober Gabelhorn, Dent Blanche, Weisshorn, Bietschhorn, Grand Combin - these are some of the most dramatic mountains in Europe. Here, they form a backdrop to a series of routes that should answer the dreams of any keen mountain walker. Best known, perhaps, for the resorts of Zermatt and Saas Fee, the Valais district of Switzerland is also the location of the Lotschental and Turtmanntal, the Vals d'Anniviers, Herens, Bagnes and Ferret - valleys in which there are numerous alp hamlets nestling among the pastures. There are also dozens of small lakes, the longest glacier in the Alps, pristine snowfields, meadows full of flowers, marmots that will eat out of your hand, and no shortage of accommodation, ranging from low-cost dormitories and campsites to the grandest of hotels. In this, the third edition of his popular guide, Kev Reynolds has selected and described 120 routes that represent the very best of this magical region. Rewritten and with a new design, fresh maps and colour photos throughout, "Walking in the Valais" is your passport to some memorable walking holidays in this Alpine wonderland.See all Product description
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The guide covers quite a wide area, and just one of the 12 chapters covers the Mattertal. Given this wide coverage it is not surprising that only a few of the walking routes around Zermatt were covered. In two of our four days on hill we did most of two routes and parts of four others. On the other days we just followed the excellent local system of route markings. What was surprising was the uneven coverage: in some places the route was ludicrously over-described with whole paragraphs devoted to a few hundred metres that was obvious on the ground; in other places the descriptions were sketchy at best. It's also rather short on practical information (for example there is no discussion on the pros and cons of buying a lift pass), and (worst of all) it weighs 400g!
Having said all that it is robust, nicely designed, clearly written, and has some excellent photographs and some useful overview maps.
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