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International : Europe : Switzerland

Escalades

Payot

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A guidebook of mostly Western Switzerland, written by two of the most prolific route developers in the area, the talented Claude and Yves Remy.

GLclimbs

GLclimbs

Glclimbs

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Areas currently in MP:
Weesen

A labor of love by Glarner locals. Beautiful photo topos, very useful for figuring out where the heck you are. Focus on the big routes in the Glarner Alps, also with detailed info for sport climbing areas like Weesen and Mettmenalp.

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Plaisir Ost

Filidor

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Areas currently in MP:
Ă„scher
Bockmattli
Chaemiloch
Cheselenflue
Furkhahorn
Ibergeregg
Lagalb
Melchsee-Frutt
Ofen
Steingletscher
Weesen
Zervreilahorn

Eastern Switzerland sport and alpine climbing for areas predominantly 6b and under.

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Plaisir West vol 1 and vol 2

Filidor 2017

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Recently updated and broken into 2 volumes, make sure to check which one you actually need!

Areas currently in MP:
Eldorado
Gastlosen
Hintisberg
Riffelhorn
Sanetsch

Sport and alpine climbing in Western Switzerland, from Interlaken to Valais.

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Plaisir Sud

Filidor

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Areas currently in MP:
Arcegno
Ponte Brolla

Ticino/Tessin and northern Italy sport climbing. I've only used the older edition, but quite decent area topos and easy to decipher. In German/French/Italian.

International : Europe

Europe Sport Vertical

Europe - Sport Vertical

By David Atchison-Jones, Jingo Wobbly Publishing

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This is an overview book that sets out to list every single crag on the European continent a la Tim Toula's "Rock N' Road". Intended for a broad audience of various languages, the book uses an absurdly complex assortment of symbols & numbers to "describe" each crag without the use of text. The book is in full color, with plentiful glossy photos of various crags. This isn't a guidebook in the classic sense, but it can be a good way to learn about the locations & raw statistics of the multitude of little known crags in Europe. The book indicates number of routes, height of cliff, length of approach, sun exposure, and relative quality for more than 2600 sport, bouldering & alpine crags. The book also points you in the direction of the pertinent local guidebooks. Its a nice reference book, but probably not too useful once you're on the road. Set it on the coffee table or near your procelain throne for a few minutes of inspiration when the local weather is bad.

Rock Climbing Europe by Stewart Green

Rock Climbing Europe

Stewart Green, Falcon Guides

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Rock Climbing Europe is the perfect starting point for Americans on their way to Europe. The book is far from comprehensive, so ensure that your destination is included before laying out $40 or so. If your destination is included, expect explicit, robust, American-style route descriptions (a rarity in European guides) & photo-topos, all prefaced with a good deal of "Lonely Planet"-style traveler information. The book also follows the Falcon Guide system of providing tips on lodging/camping and where to find amenities in the local area. The book is encyclopedic is size, so you may want to xerox the key sections if you're going for a short trip.