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Rock Climbing Atlas


Two new Rock Climbing Atlases out now.



Written by Wynand Groenewegen and Marloes van den Berg

Reviewed by Karin Magog

Fancy somewhere different for your next climbing trip, a new country to explore but donít know where? Well two new publications could give you the inspiration youíre looking for. The well named Rock Climbing Atlas, one for South Eastern Europe and one for Greece and the Middle East, offer a vast choice of venues, in a well laid out, easy to read format. South Eastern Europe covers Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania and Slovenia, with Greece and the Middle East covering the Greek mainland and islands, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey.

Each book starts with an introduction on how to use the book, what the symbols mean, etc followed by some suggested itineraries. The countries themselves are then introduced with a map detailing the climbing areas and main towns, basic climbing info, typical climate (with average monthly temperatures and rainfall), getting there, moving around, accommodation, food and drink, guidebooks and a useful facts table. The book then gets down to business with sections on the main climbing areas of that country. Here is all the information you need to decide where and when to go, how to find the crags, where to find the local guidebook, where to eat and sleep and some good suggestions on what else to see when your arms need a rest. The books are also well illustrated with some excellent pictures, which give a good flavour of the climbing on offer, as well as the local scenery and culture of the area.

Altogether two superb publications which the authors Wynand Groenewegen and Marloes van den Berg deserve to be proud of. The only problem is with so many great looking places to visit, where do you go first?


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