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The Dolomites

 

The Dolomites
By James Rushforth
Published by Rockfax  August 2014
ISBN: 978-1-873341-97-1
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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