10 Manuels and a Manolete : A Carpark-To-Peak Guide to the High Pyrenees
Thousands of British ramblers walk up Snowdon (1085m), Scafell Pike (960m) or Ben Nevis (1344m) each year. But on holiday, driving around, across or in the Pyrenees, they will look at Aneto (3404m), Posets (3377m) or Perdido (3355m) and say "No." Yet all the major Pyrenean peaks are within the range of difficulty and vertical climb of the great British peaks. Climbs of 1200m a day, sometimes with a night at altitude in a refuge, are no harder than those experienced by climbers in Glencoe. The French have known this for years and there is a wealth of information for French-based climbers and walkers. As such, it focuses on the French side of the mountains, and assumes a great familiarity with the geography of the region. But for the many British tourists who live, holiday or visit in the south of France, the Spanish Pyrenees are within range and should be an object for rewarding expeditions. An evening drive across the border; a night in a hotel, refuge or campsite, or even a carpark; a climb - all this is possible, for those who know. The Pyrenean peaks over 3000m are higher than all the mountains in the British Isles; they are also higher than all those in such mountainous countries as Norway, Sweden, all the Yugoslav republics, the Balkans, Greece, Romania, Poland, Czech and Slovakia, Hungary, Crete, Cyprus, Corsica. In Europe, only the Alps and Mount Etna provide other 3000m peaks, or the Caucasus in Asia Minor. The Scottish Munroes (3000ft mountains) have been popularised by their name, and the application of the Manuel name to 3000m peaks in Spain is a cheap attempt give them the same kind of respect. For those who don't know where to begin, this guide is designed to motivate and guide walkers up the easiest, biggest and best climbs in the Pyrenees.
- Paperback | 90 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 5.59mm | 190.51g
- 09 Feb 2015
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- Illustrations, color
About Tony Milne
Tony Milne was born in Glasgow, but has been travelling since he was 2. Speaking foreign languages fluently, and with an affinity for the life he describes, this is a real foreigner writing. After spells in the Royal Navy (where his writing ability was severely criticised) and in Sales & Marketing (where it was highly praised), Milne is now an expert communicator, training others in these skills and working across languages and cultures. He specialises in bridging the gap between perception and reality, between desire and achievement, between idea and plan. He writes those books that need to be written, having started when he couldn't find them. Tony Milne has been walking in the high Pyrenees since he was a small boy, and has climbed in all its major regions, most often by simply driving as far as possible and then climbing the rest of the way.