I’m one of these people that believes that there is no such thing as a perfect guidebook with any attempt being a compromise. It’s pretty much impossible to provide all the information, range of images, and details on the chosen trail that I like to know while at the same time produce a compact and lightweight book.
In the case of the Capes guide book, written for the Western Australian Cape to Cape Track, the author, Michelle Ryan, has opted for the minimalist approach producing a book that weights in at 99 grams and will fit into a standard ziplock sandwich bag. This compact size and minimal weight means that you wont really notice this tiny little package in your pack.
The details provided in this book focus on the critical information of ‘way finding’ on trail and go light of the details that are ‘nice to know’, but not critical to do the walk such as plants and animals. This is one of those trails were having fine scale detailed maps aren’t really necessary. What you do get are detailed directions that can help you along the way if you want confirmation that you are on track. The downside of producing such a tiny little guidebook is the limited information on the nice to know topics but I can live with that. At just over AUD$21.00RRP its also not going to break the bank.
If you are considering walking the Cape to Cape Track then this is a great little resource that’s worth carrying with you which is what we did on our trip.
The Capes Guidebook
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AUD $21.99 RRP
The Capes Guidebook – cover image 3rd edition
Page example – descriptive text and elevation map Ellensbrook to Prevelly
The Capes Guidebook image 2 – Trail markers and highlights
The Capes Guidebook image turn by turn directions
This review was done with product purchased by Australian Hiker