Eastern Grit

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Eastern Grit
Authors: Chris Craggs and Alan James
Published: August 2006
Stock: In stock

Price: £20.95


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"Because this book is as close to perfect a guidebook as we are likely to get."
Ed Douglas writing about Peak Gritstone East, Climber Magazine - Feb 2002 - Full review

Ed Douglas's praise for the award-winning Peak Gritstone East was well-merited at the time but we now think that he may have been wrong. The latest edition of the Rockfax guidebook to cover the eastern gritstone edges of the Peak District is, in our opinion, even better than its predecessor. It contains all the style and elegance that made Peak Gritstone East such a popular guidebook, but we have refined the look, added more usability and, most importantly, added over 100 more pages packed with nearly 900 more routes. That's 2950 of the best routes in the Peak!

Format - The 19 different crags are beautifully illustrated using full-colour photo-topos accompanied by inspiring descriptions, over 50 action shots and loads of crag layout maps, tables, graded lists and route symbols.
We have modified the now-standard full-colour format so that the information is even clearer. All the crags featured have been re-photographed using a significantly better digital camera, plus we have 5 years of experience at using Photoshop in which to refine and improve our technique for making the crag photos as clear and detailed as possible.


Crags Included

Links take you to the correct section of the Rockfax Route Database.

Wharncliffe, Rivelin, Dovestone Tor, Bamford, Stanage, Burbage North, Higgar Tor, Burbage South, Millstone, Lawrencefield, Yarncliffe, Froggatt, Curbar, Baslow, Gardoms, Birchen, Chatsworth, Cratcliffe, Black Rocks


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3 Reviews for Eastern Grit

  1. Rupert said on

    An awesome guidebook with a wide range of routes with clear photo-topos. An essential buy for anybody who climbs on the Peak District crags around Sheffield.

  2. Colin Wells, Climb said on

    It’s back; the book that changed everything. The publication of the ‘controversial’ Rockfax Peak Gritstone East back in 2001 kicked the arses of established club-based guidebook producers so severely that they were forced to go back to the drawing board and up their game. The result, half a decade on, is that it’s getting increasingly difficult to find a new guidebook that doesn’t look fabulous and isn’t tremendous value for money (in fact, the BMC got so good at Rockfax’s own game that they’ve started winning international mountain book prizes in Canada). Not all of this is due to the Shock of the Rockfax New of course; the relentless march of digital technology would undoubtedly have enabled clubs to improve appearance and usability of their offerings anyway. Nevertheless, it remains a fact that the efforts of an innovative ‘private’ publisher poked a sharp, shitty stick at the establishment, causing them to jump up and start running earlier and faster. As a result, the new edition, now re-branded as Eastern Grit, perhaps doesn’t have quite the same impact as it did. Compared to, for example, the latest BMC grit guides, the lack of authoritative historical information and comic light relief makes Rockfax’s grit gorilla feel even more of a fact-packed data brick than ever, especially as it has put on weight to the tune of 100 extra pages. This is not necessarily a bad thing, of course, plenty of folk just want the numbers and such has been the success of the original concept in permeating climbing’s collective consciousness that the term ‘Eastern Grit’ is now routinely used by many, as though it was actually a long established region. So it’s still a great guide to one of the most popular climbing arenas in the world. The new edition repeats the winning formula of hundreds of photo topos (many re-drawn), excellent action shots and basic information and now details a boggling extra 900 climbs.

  3. Paul Smith, UKClimbing review said on

    If you are after your first guidebook to the Eastern Gritstone edges then without a doubt you should own a copy of this guidebook, although it is select guide, there are more than enough routes and different venues in it to keep even the most keen of grit climbers happy for years to come…. – Full review

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