By James Rushforth
Published by Rockfax
Reviewed by Steve Crowe
There are many lifetimes worth of adventures wrapped up within these 500 pages.
The photographic imagery is stunning and a great credit to the many
contributors. What struck me most about this new Rockfax guide to rock climbing
and via ferrata in The Dolomites was not the intensity of the climbing action
itself but the outstanding situations and awesome landscapes. James Rushforth
with his partner Lynne Hempton have compiled the complete package including an
interesting historical section, and a practical travel guide. Over 40
classic Via Ferrata are described clearly as are the fantastic selection of rock
climbs right across the grade range. Mountain Biking and other rest day activities also get a mention. This is a
selective guide but all the best climbs across all the major areas are included.
The most famous routes Comici-Dimai, Hasse-Brandler, The Fish and Bellavista are
described fully with full page and often two page photo topos. The extensive
single pitch sports routes covering all grades are well described too. The
mapping is clear with GPS coordinates for the car parking and the maps can
usefully be used in conjunction with a smartphone by scanning its associated QR
code. My only
criticism is the size and
weight of the book but the layout is such that it would be very easy to photocopy the
relevant pages to avoid carried such a weighty tomb up a 17 pitch route!
This excellent book is great value at £29.95 and the only guide you will need to
The Dolomites for many years to come.
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