Author: Kev Reynolds
Publisher: Cicerone Press Limited
The Tour of the Vanoise circuit of the national park is a fantastic hut-to-hut journey through the heart of one of France's finest mountain regions. Describing the trek in a counter-clockwise direction, beginning and ending at Modane in the valley of the Arc, this guidebook contains all the information trekkers will need on a day-by-day basis. As the 150km route takes between 10 and 12 days to walk, it fits comfortably within a fortnight's holiday, and numerous strategically placed huts enable trekkers to travel light and stay in simple comfort at the end of each stage. Easily accessible by train or bus from Chambery and Grenoble, the Vanoise National Park neighbours that of the Gran Paradiso in Italy, with Mont Blanc to the north and the Ecrins to the south. The Tour of the Vanoise explores the very best of this scenically spectacular region of 3000m peaks, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls and flowering meadows, and provides plenty of opportunities to study marmots, chamois and ibex along the way.
Author: Gaston Rébuffat
Publisher: Bton Wicks Publications
The Mount Blanc Massif is famed as the world's finest and most accessible alpine climbing area. The author's presentation of its 100 finest climbs, and his shrewd yet inspiring commentary, makes this book the ideal alpine primer.
Author: Doug Scott
Publisher: Vertebrate Publishing
Some mountains are high; some mountains are hard. Few are both. On the afternoon of 13 July 1977, having become the first climbers to reach the summit of the Ogre, Doug Scott and Chris Bonington began their long descent. In the minutes that followed, any feeling of success from their achievement would be overwhelmed by the start of a desperate fight for survival. And things would only get worse. Rising to over 7,000 metres in the centre of the Karakoram, the Ogre – Baintha Brakk – is notorious in mountaineering circles as one of the most difficult mountains to climb. First summited by Scott and Bonington in 1977 – on expedition with Paul ‘Tut’ Braithwaite, Nick Estcourt, Clive Rowland and Mo Anthoine – it waited almost twenty-four years for a second ascent, and a further eleven years for a third. The Ogre, by legendary mountaineer Doug Scott, is a two-part biography of this enigmatic peak: in the first part, Scott has painstakingly researched the geography and history of the mountain; part two is the long overdue and very personal account of his and Bonington’s first ascent and their dramatic week-long descent on which Scott suffered two broken legs and Bonington smashed ribs. Using newly discovered diaries, letters and audio tapes, it tells of the heroic and selfless roles played by Clive Rowland and Mo Anthoine. When the desperate climbers finally made it back to base camp, they were to find it abandoned – and themselves still a long way from safety. The Ogre is undoubtedly one of the greatest adventure stories of all time.
Author: François Damilano
Qui n'a pas rêvé de gravir le mont Blanc ? Des milliers de personnes tentent l'ascension du toit de l'Europe chaque année. François Damilano, guide de haute montagne, donne ici les clefs de ce magnifique sommet en le replaçant dans sa dimension alpine. Pour mieux comprendre et choisir son itinéraire. Pour monter pas à pas. Ce livre vous accompagne sur les cinq voies d'ascension les plus classiques : - la voie normale par l'aiguille du Goûter, - la traversée depuis l'aiguille du Midi, - la voie historique par les Grands Mulets, - la voie normale italienne, - la traversée Miage-Bionnassay-mont Blanc.
Author: Allen Fyffe, Blair Fyffe
Publisher: Cicerone Press Limited
This guide, now in a fully updated sixth edition, offers a selection of some of the best winter routes to be found in the Cairngorms and on Creag Meagaidh. The granite peaks of the Cairngorms have extensive areas of high plateau and four peaks of over 4000ft, while Creag Meagaidh is noted for its classic ice climbs. Well-known routes on Lochnagar are also covered here, as well as the more remote and serious climbs on Braeriach. With something to suit all winter climbers here in the heart of Scotland, the Cairngorms has it all. Routes are illustrated in 51 colour photo topos and include a wide range of grades, lengths and styles, from straightforward to exceptionally difficult. All routes require a solid mountaineering or climbing background.
Author: Sean Isaac
Publisher: Rocky Mountain Books Ltd
In this second edition mixed rock and ice climbs in the Canadian Rockies, Sean Isaac describes some of the world's most challenging routes. Whether you crave inverted trytooling, multi-pitch horror shows or safely-bolted moderates, Mixed Climbs in the Canadian Rockies has it all. Beginners and hardcore alike can explore 295 climbs from M4 to M12 described by one of Canada's leading climbers.
Author: Mark Houston, Kathy Cosley
Publisher: The Mountaineers Books
* For climbers who know the basics and are ready to venture at higher altitudes* Written by longtime guides and climbing instructors certified by the American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA)* Teaches situational thinking and learning as well as techniqueThis intermediate-level guide addresses tools, skills, and techniques used in alpine terrain including rock, snow, ice, and glaciers at moderate altitude - approximately 5000 meters (16,000 feet) and lower. The technical protection systems are covered, of course. But 30 years of alpine climbing experience has convinced the authors that mastery - and safety - lie in the far more difficult task of knowing exactly which techniques to use, where and when. Therefore, they teach step-by-step decision-making skills, providing scenarios, checklists, and self-posed questions to inform the decision process. Alpine Climbing assumes some prior knowledge, primarily in rock climbing skills and techniques. Basic knots, belaying,rappelling, building rock anchors, leading, placing rock protection, and movement skills on rock: variations of these skills that are of particular value in the alpine environment are addressed in this book.
Author: John Biggar
'The Andes - A Guide for Climbers' is the only comprehensive guidebook about the peaks of the Andes. This is the 4th English edition of the only comprehensive climbing guidebook to the peaks of the Andes. It covers many areas not described in any other source. This new edition has expanded coverage of the whole range, with many new photos and route diagrams plus extended coverage of the ski-mountaineering opportunities in the Andes.The book contains details of how to climb all 100 of the major 6000m peaks in the Andes, plus route information for approximately 300 other peaks. There are over 240 route diagrams, 150 additional photos and 80 sketch maps. Because an unforgettable journey starts with a thorough preparation, find out everything you need to know about climbing the Andes in this guide ! ABOUT THE AUTHOR John Biggar is a professional mountaineering instructor based in Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland. His first publication was an internal report for the nuclear physics department at Edinburgh University, entitled "Anisotropies in the Sequential Break-up of Li6". Since those days John has done little nuclear physics but has been climbing and ski-mountaineering in the Andes a lot. He has climbed many of the highest peaks, including 19 of the 20 highest, made over 100 ascents of 6000m peaks, plus 180 ascents of Andean 5000m peaks. He has made first ascents of six 6000m peaks and also made the first ski descent of Domuyo, the highest peak in Patagonia. A professional mountaineering instructor, he runs a business which specialises in mountaineering, skiing and ski-mountaineering expeditions to South America.
Author: Márcio Souza
An early twentieth century mission to run a railroad through the deep jungles of South America becomes an absurd, bawdy, cynical journey to the heart of failed dreams and shattered ideals
Author: Steve House, Scott Johnston
Publisher: Patagonia Incorporated
Meant to go hand-in-hand with Steve House and Scott Johnston’s groundbreaking, bestselling Training for the New Alpinism, The New Alpinism Training Log is a goal-setting planner and a workout journal in one. With pages to plot your program based on your aspirations, and others to break it down and record your monthly, weekly, daily workouts, this book will be your in-the-gym or on-the-mountain companion to training for any mountain ascent. Includes inspirational and motivational tips throughout.