Fully updated fifth edition of this classic guide now in full colour, with redrawn map and new photos. Includes three new districts Lac d’O and the Circque d’Espingo; Vall es de la Pique and du Lis; and Haute Vall e du Garbet and several new routes.
The guide is an introduction to one of Europe’s finest mountain ranges. It offers suggestions for 170 walks, multi day tours and moderate ascents of some of the principal summits of the Central or High Pyrenees.
The active walker, trekker and climber is spoilt for choice, for there is enough scope in the Pyrenees to fill a lifetime of holidays with a host of experiences no matter what your degree of commitment. There are exquisite valleys and passes to wander day after day, and summits of 3000 metres and more within the reach of most hill walkers. The landscape is full of diversity and contrast, with Alpine style peaks, small glaciers, deep gorges and more than a thousand mountain lakes. The range is also known as the ‘flower garden of Europe’, and the wildlife includes various species rarely seen elsewhere on the continent.
Since the first edition appeared in 1978, Walks and Climbs in the Pyrenees has become accepted as the authoritative guide to the range, and this new edition incorporates many changes and additions to reflect the boom in interest in the area.
For centuries the Pyrenees basked in the mystery of the unknown. Unaccountably dismissed as holding little of importance to the climber, mountain walkers ignored them almost completely. But all that has changed and the Pyrenees have now become the focus of attention for mountain activists of all degrees of commitment. Not just walkers and climbers, but parapente enthusiasts, mountain bikers, white-water kayak buffs, bird-watchers, butterfly and flower lovers, cavers and those who gain a thrill from descending horrific waterfalls and seemingly inaccessible canyons- the sport known as Canyoning. As an arena for outdoor adventure the Pyrenees fulfills so many dreams.
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02 March 2017
112mm x 172mm
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A lifelong passion for the countryside in general, Alps and Himalaya, and mountains in particular, as well as walking guides for Kent, drives Kev's desire to share his sense of wonder and delight in the natural world through his writing, guiding, he also writes and illustrates brochures for national tourist authorities and travel companies. When not away in the mountains, makes him The Man with the World's Best Job; a title he aims to keep by remaining active for another 100 years at least. Kev has enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Cicerone since the 1970s, photography and lecturing. Spending several months each year among various high mountain regions researching guidebooks, producing walking and trekking guides to the Pyrenees, Sussex and the Cotswolds and he has several more books in the pipeline. A frequent contributor to outdoor magazines