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5.0 out of 5 stars
a great book!, 4 Oct. 2012
bailey's latest confirms my impression that he is now the u.k.'s number 1 hillwalking writer. as the years go by, i find i refer less and less to my "guidebooks" and more and more to memory, as repeated experiences grow mountains of scottish hill terrain in the minds eye. the books i still find myself occasionally perusing - ralph storer's " 100 best routes " ( cos its good ) and mcneish's "the munros" ( cos all the munros are there ) are now firmly supplanted by bailey's "great mountain days " and its predecessor "scotland's mountain ridges". not only does bailey supersede storer's little gem, he has helped reverse the recent trend i had become vaguely conscious of, whereby i had gotten into ( an admittedly enjoyable ) comfort zone of repeating favourite old routes from memory. bailey's creative and uncontrived linking of routes that i had often hitherto regarded as separate days has this year got me thinking. allied to often superb photography and lucid mapping, i have been recently inspired to "curse the author" in much the same way as i often did with storer's book nearly 25 years ago. this book is a good motivatory tool. most of us need that from time to time.
if you were to own one book on scottish hillwalking then this should be it!