2008 is set to be another big year for Rockfax. We have six books that may get published although it is quite likely that at least one of these gets nudged on into 2009.
This fantastic new book is at the printers as of this week and will be available in mid-February. Pre-order now at a special offer price. It is a great looking book which fits beautifully into the Rockfax format and compliments the others in the series well. At 360 pages and nearly 2500 routes it is no lightweight either.
The publication is really a hanger-on from 2007. We had originally intend on publishing it in the summer of last year but other projects, and the size of the book, caused it to be delayed for six months. It is actually the first one of our books since Northern Limestone in 2004 that has slipped more than a month.
Download the free Wainstones sample chapter.
The next book is to Lofoten in Norway. This is a very exciting project and, rather like Northern England, the culmination of several years of effort by Chris Craggs. We are working with local climber, mountain guide and businessman Thorbjørn Enevold who has supplied us with loads of information and generally helped with the text and descriptions for many of the more obscure routes. Chris has had four summer’s worth of great weather to get a stunning set photographs. I fully expect the book to be our best ever production from a photography point of view.
We are starting now with the final stages of production and the book should be published by May in time for the season.
The other nailed-on publication for next year is a fully updated guide to El Chorro. Mark Glaister is putting together a full new guide to this great area, with new crag shots, new routes and updated route information. We aren’t adding many new areas but the areas that we have covered in the past will be getting the full treatment. This is due for publication just before Christmas.
Winter Climbing +
The third in the ‘Plus’ series this time focusing on Winter climbing. The book is being written by Neil Gresham and Ian Parnell and we are aiming for publication late in the year but, with such a full schedule, it may get nudged on into 2009.
We are already thinking about 2009. Top priority will be a new edition of Western Grit, but we will also be working on several other exciting publications:
North Wales Classics – Pokketz
Following on from the well-received Pokketz books to the Peak last year, we are producing this ‘best of’ guide to the North Wales routes. This will be roughly the same size as the Peak Pokketz books at 192 pages, but will contain full descriptions and photo-topos for all the best routes in North Wales. Areas include Tremadog, Cwm Silyn, Llanberis Pass, Cloggy, Ogwen, Idwal and the Carneddau.
The book is being written by North Wales local Jack Geldard. We are aiming for publication early in 2009.
This book is based on the original Pembroke Rockfax by Alan James and being added to, and brought up-to-date, by Mike Robertson (who won the Banff Award last year with his book Deep Water). We will be working hard on this project during the summer and intend to publish sometime in 2009. It will be a full A5 book with masses of colour.