Guide Books, Literature & Hiking Maps – Dolomites

The following books are some of many we would recommend for reading before coming to the Dolomites. Some are what we would call ‘background’ reading, some are specific to the trip you will be doing, and all are excellent preparation and fun to read, counting the days before your holiday begins.

GUIDE BOOKS

WALKING IN THE DOLOMITES
Author: Gillian Price, Publisher: Cicerone
This guide leads you through breathtaking alpine scenery flanked by well-graded paths and excellent mountain refuges that verge on hotels, which are easily accessible with the excellent network of public transport from major towns and travel hubs, such as Venice, Verona, Munich and Innsbruck.Any one of these fabulous multi-day walks make for a memorable holiday in Italy’s breathtaking Dolomite mountains.
Walking in the Dolomites by Gilian Price
TREKKING IN THE DOLOMITES, ALTA VIA 1 & 2
Author: Gillian Price, Publisher: Cicerone
Guide to walking Alta Via 1 and Alta Via 2, the finest long-distance treks through the Italian Dolomites, in southern Europe. Alta Via 1 is 120km, taking 10 days from Lago di Braies to Belluno. Alta Via 2 (150km) is higher, from Bressanone to Feltre, taking over 2 weeks. The tougher Alte Vie 3-6 described in outline.
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trekking in the dolomites by Gilian Price
WALKING IN ITALY
Author: Sandra Bardwell, Publisher: Lonely Planet
Scale the spectacular Dolomites, peer into brooding volcanoes, explore medieval villages or saunter along sparkling coastlines – this guide walks you through Italy’s wealth of natural beauty, history and culture. Detailed descriptions of 55 walks, from easy day strolls to multi-day adventures.
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walking in italy, lonely planet

MOUNTAIN LITERATURE

THE MAN IN THE ICE
Author: Konrad Spindler, Publisher: Harmony Books
In 1991, a couple from Germany made a sensational discovery-a mummified, well-preserved body, half emerged from a glacier, which turned out to be the corpse of a 5300-year-old Neolithic man, fully equipped with ax, flint dagger, bow and arrows, wooden stave and belt-pouch. Dubbed “the Iceman,” he had charcoal tattoos on his legs and feet and a traveling medicine kit-pieces of birch fungus known to contain a natural antibiotic substance highly active against deadly bacteria. In an astonishing, exhaustively detailed report (with 32 color photos), which reads like a forensic mystery, Spindler, the Austrian archeologist who led the investigation, reconstructs efforts to identify this prehistoric hunter’s native village, culture and cause of death.
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The man in the ice by Konrad Spindler
THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TYROL
The Hidden Life of Tyrol
Author: Martha C. Ward,Publisher: Waveland Press Inc.

Split between the modern nations of Austria and Italy, the “Holy Land of Tirol” sits in the heart of the spectacular Alps, astride the mountain passes that link the edges of Europe. Tirol has some of the most accessible and integrated social traditions in the world. But the deeper meanings of life in the region remain hidden. Here, then, is an anthropological guidebook. The goal is to make sense of and explain how the history, geography, politics and the rootedness of community life fit together. The conventional categories of an ethnography are all here: religion, subsistence, marriage, land tenure, ethnicity, agro-pastoralism, folklore, and inheritance. But the viewpoint is unconventional: the anthropologist is a fellow-traveler, taking readers on a tour in imagination to a region often visited but rarely understood or studied.
Split between the modern nations of Austria and Italy, the “Holy Land of Tirol” sits in the heart of the spectacular Alps, astride the mountain passes that link the edges of Europe. Tirol has some of the most accessible and integrated social traditions in the world. But the deeper meanings of life in the region remain hidden. Here, then, is an anthropological guidebook. The goal is to make sense of and explain how the history, geography, politics and the rootedness of community life fit together. The conventional categories of an ethnography are all here: religion, subsistence, marriage, land tenure, ethnicity, agro-pastoralism, folklore, and inheritance. But the viewpoint is unconventional: the anthropologist is a fellow-traveler, taking readers on a tour in imagination to a region often visited but rarely understood or studied.
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hidden life in tyrol - dolomites private trekking
Killing Dragons
Author: Fergus Fleming, published by Granta Books
In a riveting narrative of daredevils and eccentrics, Fergus Fleming gives us the breathtaking story of some of history’s greatest explorers as they conquer the soaring peaks of the Alps. Fleming recounts the incredible exploits of the men whose centuries-old fear of the mountain range turned quickly to curiosity, then to obsession, as they explored Europe’s frozen wilderness.
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killing dragons - the conquest of the alps
Scrambles amongst the Alps
Author: Edward Whymper, published by Appleby Press
Edward Whymper (1840–1911) was an English mountaineer and explorer with dozens of first ascents under his belt, the most famous being that of the Matterhorn. Also an author and illustrator, he wrote several books on his profession, including Travels Amongst the Great Andes of the Equator and the classic Scrambles Amongst the Alps.
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scrambles amongst the alps by edward whymper