/ Norwegian Alpine guidebook advice
Has anyone used either or both of them and could offer any advice on which is the better?
The two areas are about 3 or 4 hours apart.
I've used the Hurringane book, and it's very good, though rather expensive for its size. The assessments of difficulty seemed a bit inconsistent, but that could be due to the wide variety of weather we had (from hot sun to lots of snow, all in August). I'll certainly buy other books in the series if they're ever published.
You can see what the book's like on the author's website
I've used the Hurrungane book too, only for one route, an easy scramble that seemed to be overly described in the guide. Not that I'm complaining, I'd rather not bother using a guidebook that has loads of detail than struggle to find a route with one that's sorely lacking in info. Good book, strange mix of guide / coffee table book feel to it, I'll have to return and make more use of it!
as is usually the way with scrambling guides for some reason.
we used it mainly for inspiration/logistics and it served well for both. The main problem was that it only covers the a small part of Jotunheimen, most people spending a holiday there are likely to go to other parts as well. Worth downloading loads of stuff from his website to cover this.
If you want a copy of the the book these other guys are on about I am willing to sell my copy which is in excellent condition.
drop me a mail if interested.
> The two areas are about 3 or 4 hours apart. >
That's a really useful looking website, thaks for the link.
If the areas are separate but close perhaps I should get both books.
Has anybody used the Romsdal book?
I have replied to your mail.
> re: "as is usually the way with scrambling guides for some reason"
>As someone who's written a scrambling guide, the reason for the detail is that although many users are experienced climbers (yourself included judging by your profile) many are "adventurous walkers" who are just beginning to venture out onto more serious ground and are much less confident on it. The idea is to direct those people clearly to the easiest line, anyone else is obviously free to look for more difficulty. Also, on the linking-outcrops-on-the-way-up-hillsides routes the idea is to point out where the best fun is, so again you end up putting in lots of description. People always have the option of looking at the general line, ignoring the detail and just following their nose (or not buying the guidebook!), so better to include it than not. Just my opinion, but I suspect Noel Williams/Brian Evans/Dan Bailey etc work on much the same logic. Happy clambering. Iain
Hmm wanna go to Hurrungane now! Is it an easy area to get to and around minus a car? And in say June?
> Hmm wanna go to Hurrungane now! Is it an easy area to get to and around minus a car? And in say June? >
I don't know, I've not been yet but it does look good!
Torreador may know, check out his link
There's some stuff on public transport under the "introduction" heading.
I came into climbing via the walking -> scrambling -> climbing route, but have never found detailed descriptions to be anything other than confusing. All that's needed IMO are details of how to get to the start, which ironically is where many guides are lacking.
Can you check your mail again mate.
not buy guidebooks? Sorry, I don't understand that concept ;-)
> not buy guidebooks? Sorry, I don't understand that concept ;-)
Yeah. Bit of a weird one that :)
Save yourself the trouble and get a car. There are busses to TurtagrÝ, but you will want the flexibility of a car, the norwegian weather being what is is... Every summer I see tourists with enormous backpacks trying to hitch rides in drizling rain. It doesn't look like fun.
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