Cracking books and ideas for climbing the hills. “Scotlands Mountain Ridges.” Dan Bailey and that old favourite the SMC District Guides.

Classic guide to the mountain Ridges.

This is great guidebook with a mix of summer scrambling, rock climbing and winter mountaineering on Scotland’s ridges, from the remote Cairngorms to the splendour of the Cuillin. Graceful carved walkways slung between summits, twisted spines of stone – ridges can be the most beautiful of mountain landforms. published: 2006Author: Dan Bailey : This book was to me very special so well written and full of enjoyable adventures. It will take you away especially on the remoter mountains to new ways often away from the crowds up our mountains.

Many years ago I was first interested in climbing the Munro’s and doing different routes up the mountains. Knowledge was not as easy as today to gain and to gain information on. There was no internet in these days. I used to buy the SMC district guide books.

The North West District Guide . An essential guidebook to the northern part of Scotland for all walkers and climbers. The book covers a vast area from the Great Glen to the North Coast. Comprehensive coverage of the Munros, Corbetts, Grahams and other hills; including Ardnamurchan, Knoydart, Applecross, Torridon, the Fannaichs, Coigach and Assynt. Fully illustrated in colour with detailed maps and sections on history, fauna, flora, geology and land use. Hardback, 352 pages.

The District Guides cover all areas of Scotland and they were a mine of information on different ways up the hills. The older guides are superb with wonderful photos and diagrams and ideas for new cliffs for climbing.

I over my early years bought all the District Guides. We took them out weekends and were superb to get more information on the hills and different ways up them. I would in these days be on the hills every weekend mostly with the Mountain Rescue Team. Many of the older team members knew these great adventures on the hills and where they were. I was taken into some wonderful places by them for which I am grateful for. I passed on my new knowledge to others and then many routes came out in various books. There were so many that became rights of passage for many. Routes like Lancet Edge on Geal Charn, near Beinn Alder, The Forcan Ridge at Kintail so many others that became great favourites and a great way up popular mountains.

Comments welcome as always.

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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