Outdoor Focus Summer 2018 - Page 10

book reviews continued mainland, using where possible the network of long distance trails. The choice of his route, as might be expected, was heavily infl uenced by geology. Not for him, for example, was the dreary moorland underlain by the “dreary” Caithness Sandstone, which would have taken him to the more traditional far northern fi nishing point of John O’Groats. Instead, he plumped for the much more interesting geology of Ardgour, Knoydart, Torridon and Sutherland in the North West Highlands to fi nish at the ancient cliff s of twisted gneiss and layered sandstones of Cape Wrath, which he describes as providing “a very dramatic and abrupt end” to his long walk. And he decided to start his 100-day backpacking trek not from the traditional but over-populous Land’s End, but from the wild and beautiful black slates and haunted tin mines of Cape Cornwall. There was, of course, also the irresistible attraction of linking Britain’s only two true capes – which incidentally gave him a catchy title for his book! Illustrated by the author’s own photography, at fi rst glance this seems like a “what-I-did-on-my- holidays” diary. But beneath that it tells the story of one man’s journey to reconnect with his hills of home. The Mountain Hut Book Kev Reynolds Cicerone, £14.95 (pb) W ho better than veteran mountain trekker Kev Reynolds to expand on the joys of staying in a mountain hut? This latest celebration from Cicerone is a worthy companion to Phoebe Smith’s Book of the Bothy, a compendium of British bothies published in 2015. But in this new book, the author doesn’t just stick to the better-known mountain huts of the Alps, although they are pretty comprehensively covered by a directory of Alpine huts, profi les of 10 of his favourites, and outlines of 10 hut-to-hut walking tours. Reynolds also mentions bothies, huts and lodges way beyond the Alps, extending to the Himalaya, the Pyrenees, the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and even to the Appalachians and Canadian Rockies. So what is the attraction of staying in a hut, where the accommodation can range, as the a