4000 des Alpes

Vertical (English) - - Euronews - Wolf­gang Pusch and Hel­mut Dum­ler, 4000 des Alpes, pho­tos byWilli Buck­hardt, Ralf Gantzhorn and Mar­coVolken. Édi­tions Glé­nat, 272 pages. Bergver­lag Rother.

Wolf­gang Pusch and Hel­mut Dum­ler have suc­ceeded in cre­at­ing the most com­plete vol­ume cov­er­ing the Alpine gi­ants. Each 4000 me­tre peak has been awarded a well doc­u­mented chap­ter, in­cluded a his­tory of the routes and a se­lec­tion of sug­gested itin­er­ar­ies (gen­er­ally of a clas­sic grade), com­plete with clear topos and some out­stand­ing pho­tos. How­ever although this book is jam packed with in­for­ma­tion, it is not a guide­book; the book has not been for­mat­ted as such and the type of climb­ing it de­scribes re­quires ob­ser­va­tional skills more than the re­fer­ral to a pre­cise topo. In­stead, this book en­ables us to dream of this col­lec­tion of sum­mits, evok­ing mem­o­ries of jour­neys through the Alps and the plea­sure of sum­mit­ing th­ese moun­tains with­out wor­ry­ing about per­for­mance, for the sim­ple joy of be­ing there.

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