Important Note - This version does not contain the new sport routes developed during the summer of 2014 on Rhossili. A new updated version of the guide, including these routes, will be added to the Rockfax App which is due to be launched in August 2015. This will be a separate purchase. The MiniGuide version will be discontinued in August 2015.
Gower is the elegant peninsular that projects from centre the South Wales coast. Long known for its fine traditional crags and sandy beaches that take turns to define its coastline, Gower is also home to a surprising number of well-equipped sport crags. Encompassing the grade range from 4s to 8s, and the style range from technical slabs to overhanging jug-hauls, and with new areas being developed still, it's time the word got out.
Version 3 - October 2013
The third edition of the MiniGuide and has been updated to include three additional Rhossili venues: Shipwreck Cove East Face, Retribution Wall, and Wedge Wall. Recently climbed projects have all been included. This is a free updated for people who purchased version 1 or 2.
Crags Included - Rhossili, Third Sister, Deborah's Overhang, Free Lunchers Warm-up Zawn, Zulu Zawn, Oxwich Bay Quarry, Watch House, Watch House East, Foxhole, Minchin Hole Bowen's Parlour, The Pantheon, Golden Wall, Bosco's Gulch, Pwll Du Bay, Rams Tor.
To realise the enormous potential for sub 7a sport climbing around Rhossili Bay, a fund has been set up to equip 30+ new routes. The work has already begun, and at time of writing (October 2013) over £1,800 has been raised. If you would like to see how it is progressing - and maybe get involved, visit www.positiveclimbing.com
The updated version 3 is only available in mobile format. This is a format specially designed for mobile phones and tablets and avoids the need to print out the PDF. It has some limited extra navigation functionality and makes best use of the small screen on mobile phones. The PDF is still downloaded in the normal way either straight onto your mobile device, or to your computer, and then you can send it to your device. It can also still be printed using any normal printer although this version is not available in booklet format.
Mobile PDF Reader
It seems that not all mobile PDF readers are created equal. Some have clunky page layout systems, some ignore hyperlinks, and many won't consistently fit the page to the screen, which makes using them a pain. There are many free viewers out there, but we have yet to find one that works completely. If you are willing to spend a few pounds on a reader these are the ones we use at Rockfax:
Adobe Reader for iOS
Adobe Reader for Android
We recommend switching it to single page view in the reader apps.