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on 3 October 2016
It's well put together and the photography is great. Myself and my partner have now attempted a few of the walks. We are both in our twenties, fairly fit and have plenty of hiking experience. I find that the book has some good ideas for walks, but the actual walk descriptions can slightly underplay the difficulty of the terrain and, probably more importantly, the amount of time suggested for any of the walks we have done have been hugely underestimated. For example - this weekend we tried the suggested route for Beinn Eighe (walk 11), given as 10.5 hours. The approach alone took over 5 hours through endless bog, never mind that there are 5 peaks to reach after this. We had already decided we would split the walk over two days, but had we tried it in one day we likely would have been coming down in the dark, or even benighted. The coire and the mountains themselves were amazing. The walks in these books are definitely 'Challenges', but in my opinion they are borderline impossible to complete in the times given, unless you are running. My advice to anyone would be to add at least 2 or 3 hours on to any suggested time in the book, make sure you've researched the route, have other maps on hand and be well prepared to split many of these walks over 2 days, whether suggested by the books route or not.
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on 23 September 2015
I also have the Snowdon and Lakes books. This is not a similar book - although it is in the same range of ‘big days out’. A bit misleading. The distances are huge and the author sometimes recommends some of them done as overnighters. Unlike the others, the maps cannot be used for walking due to the scale. In August there are not enough daylight hours to do some of the hikes within the time recommended. The northern Cairngorm walk would require you to start and finish in the dark. June only?
Whilst doing some of these hikes I felt that the author may be showing off his ability.
The ones I did were not suitable as ‘day’ hikes for people who don’t know the area.
Maybe good for overnight trips or training for SAS selection.
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on 13 November 2016
Fabulous book, bought for a present . The photos are great but time will tell whether the info is as good as expected? Had to buy a second copy for someone else who had spied it!
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on 1 April 2013
Note the word 'challenges' in the title. There are some fantastic routes in this book, well described and recorded pictorially. They are no short casual jaunts, there are long serious adventures. The book is new for me, so still in coffe table mode and as yet untested. Be inspired, go ferrit.
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on 13 January 2015
Bought it for a friend who loves trekking on the mountains. Gave it to him as a Christmas present and he loved it.
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on 10 July 2017
Great book for the above average hill walker, Great routes for some long days out!
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on 19 January 2015
Great read, and really informative
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on 23 May 2014
This is a fantastic book. The proposed hikes are long and challenging, and the focus is on good lines or rewarding hikes, rather than simple munro-bagging. This approach is refreshing and the book as a whole is inspiring.
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on 19 February 2013
Dan Bailey never fails to impress with his knowledge and enthusiasm for the Highlands of Scotland. Some great ideas for quality days out. Described well and in a manner that will have you salivating at the thought of hittting the hills.
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on 4 January 2016
Bought as a gift for my hillwalking dad, he loves it. Good buy
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