About the authors 8-9 Overview of routes 12 Introduction 15 About this book 19 Hut conventions 21 Advice for trekkers 21 When to go 23 Safety in the mountain 23 Words of greeting 24 The Treks Trek 1 Grande Traversata delle Alpi: GTA - Gillian Price 26 Trek 2 Tour of the Queyras - Alan Castle 38 Trek 3 Tour of the Oisans - Kev Reynolds 48 Trek 4 Tour of the Vanoise - Kev Reynolds 58 Trek 5 Gran Paradiso Alta Via 2 - Gillian Price 68 Trek 6 Tour of Mont Blanc - Kev Reynolds 78 Trek 7 GR5: Through the French Alps - Paddy Dillon 88 Trek 8 Tour of Mont Ruan - Hilary Sharp 102 Trek 9 The Walker's Haute Route - Kev Reynolds 112 Trek 10 Alpine Pass Route - Kev Reynolds 124 Trek 11 Tour of the Jungfrau Region - Kev Reynolds 136 Trek 12 Tour of the Matterhorn - Hilary Sharp 148 Trek 13 Tour of Monte Rosa - Hilary Sharp 158 Trek 14 Tour of the Ratikon - Kev Reynolds 170 Trek 15 Across the Eastern Alps: E5 - Gillian Price 180 Trek 16 Stubai High-Level Route - Allan Hartley 194 Trek 17 Zillertal High-Level Route - Allan Hartley 204 Trek 18 Dolomites Alta Via 1 - Gillian Price 214 Trek 19 Dolomites Alta Via 2 - Gillian Price 224 Trek 20 Julian Alps Traverse - Roy Clark & Justi Carey 234 Appendix A Useful contacts 246 Appendix B Glossary for trekkers 247 Index
Kev Reynolds, this guide's contributing editor, first visited the Alps in the 1960s. He has returned there almost every year since, to walk, trek or climb. A true authority on all things Alpine, he has written over a dozen guides to the region. The contributors to this guide - Justi Carey, Alan Castle, Roy Clarke, Paddy Dillon, Allan Hartley, Gillian Price and Hilary Sharp - all share just as much enthusiasm for, and experience of, Europe's premier mountain range.