Description - Alpine Ski Mountaineering Vol 1 - Western Alps by Bill O'Connor
The European Alps offer some of the finest and most accessible ski mountaineering in the world. A combination of magnificent and varied terrain, an enviable snow record, excellent public transport, unrivalled hut system and a long ski season make them a focus for mountaineers and skiers throughout the world. The Classic Haute Route, the traverse between Chamonix and Zermatt described in this guide, is without doubt the most sought after ski tour in the world but it is simply one of many high level routes the Alps has to offer. This guidebook (Vol 1 - West) brings together a selection of the finest high level ski tours in the Western Alps in areas as diverse as the Ecrins, Vanoise, Haute Maurienne, Grand Paradiso, Mt Blanc, Valais and Urner Alps. The routes described will provide a lifetimes ski mountaineering for the average ski mountaineer and ensures challenges and rewards for all levels of ability.
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(172mm x 116mm x 14mm)
Publisher: Cicerone Press
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Author Biography - Bill O'Connor
Bill O'Connor is an internationally qualified (IFMGA) mountain and ski guide based in the Lake District. He spends up to eight months of the year abroad - at least three of which are spent off-piste skiing and touring in the Alps. A former Head of Outdoor Education at both Marlborough College and Loughborough University he has spent the last twenty-five years guiding in Britain, Europe and the Greater Ranges. Bill is a member of the Alpine Club, Alpine Climbing Group and Alpine Ski Club, and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. When not 'out there doing it' he lectures, contributes articles and photographs to most of the leading outdoor publications in the UK and abroad, and runs his photographic library. He has contributed to numerous publications on mountaineering and has written several acclaimed books including an alpine guidebook to Mont Blanc, a book of scrambles in the Lake District and two volumes on Nepal including The Trekking Peaks of Nepal. He lives in Cumbria with Sallie, his wife, and two sons, William and Cameron, who are also passionate about ski mountaineering. For more information about his guiding, writing and photography check out his web site on: www.oconnoradventure.com