/ Wanted: maps for the Alps
Reading this thread made me realise that in over 40 years climbing in the alps I've never had to get a map out. I suppose its because the paths are well marked and the routes obvious making navigation straightforward with just the guidebook.
40 years for me as well and the map out only once.
Ok in good visibility but I remember an article by Joe Tasker in which he had to navigate over the top of Mont Blanc in a white out after doing the Eckfeiler. A few clues on contours and a compass would be indispensable.
Re the Eiger, the hardest navigation for the Mittelegi Ridge is finding the hole out of the Eismeer station and the West Flank descent requires careful scrutiny of the guidebook to get the best line.
Those were the days. These days the biggest danger is getting buried in the trench caused by the hordes. :-)
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