/ Dolomites Guide Book
I have come across but not seen the Alpine club Dolomites Guide book http://www.alpine-club.org.uk/publications/guidebooks.html#Dolomites is it for Rock Climbers or Alpinists if you see what I mean as these guides are not mentioned here http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=2633. The other guide, which I have is ok, but a translation from German and was wondering if the Alpine one would be superior.
What grade are you aiming to climb?
If you aren't interested in stuff in the Es then these 2 guidebooks are excellent:
I have a copy of the older edition of "Classic dolomite climbs", and have found it reasonably good, though other people have found accuracy problems. Maybe the 2008 edition fixes them.
In my experience the alpine club guide is great if you want to go out and have an adventure.
I missed the other part of the question. The alpine club guide mostly consists of rock routes, although these include a lot of ridges etc.
Most of the ridges that would be scrambles elsewhere seem to have via ferratas running up them so they don't really figure.
Thanks I`ll check those out.
I think the ones I linked to are a translation of the Italian guide.
Recently bought the English translation of the Tre Cime guide, it's a very sexy book but I've not had a chance to use it yet. Enough hard routes to keep you busy for years no matter what grade you climb. But very area specific of course.
This was released on Tuesday (English edition available):
This southern end of the Brenta Dolomites is probably little known to Brits for rock climbing (aside from via ferratas). Not that well known to Italians, truth be told. However, it is one of the very best in terms of rock quality, landscape, and reasonably intact wilderness. The sort of place you have to walk in and sleep in the hut at the foot of a small glacier. Armed with this new guidebook you could spend a very satisfying trip in this valley. There is even a small ice filled cave to visit near the Agostini hut on a rainy day (the hut guardians will lend you crampons for free). You might even see wild bears (seriously).
At last (and slowly) some decent Dolomites guidebooks are being published to break the enduring myth that the best thing here is to drive around and do a dozen or so ancient polished classics. The Dolomites cover a huge area, best broken into chunks (about ten?) each of which can be visited and enjoyed in its own right.
P.S. The Alpine Club guides are pretty poor.
For some reason the Dolomites gets lumped into one place. It's like us talking about 'climbing in Scotland', a rather broad term for an area which has lots of different things on offer.
What sort of climbing are you after? I'm sure ukc has some more accurate suggestions for books/routes/mountains if you narrow it down a bit.
Thanks for all the replies. Dolomites will be a step up for me, lost 1.5 stone, gone up 2 grades and now huge things like this, I have stood at the foot of El Cap, well soloed the first 30` and if the routes in the Dolomites look anything like that, I will need bicycle clips I`m sure. Time to MTFU
We found a combination of the classic climbs book and the AC guides perfectly OK. I have never been Yosemite but I don't think there is a free route on El Cap below E6. In comparison the Dolomites has loads of much freindlier but adenturous quality at HS-VS and no doubt plenty more above.
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