This summer we will be publishing a new guidebook to the Chamonix area of France (and a bit of Italy). This is proving to be an inspiring guidebook to work on and is a classic example of Rockfax’s maxim to produce the guidebook that we as climbers would want to use.
This book will contain everything – valley cragging, granite rock routes, mixed faces and ridges and long multi-day mountain routes including Mont Blanc – more information on what is included here.
The book is being written in the main by Charlie Boscoe with assistance from Jack Geldard and we are aiming at releasing the App version in July this summer and book in August - publication update here.
The routes are described using large photo-topos in combination with full text descriptions, approach information, crag and route symbols and detailed maps. It is illustrated with some stunning action photographs from the likes of Ben Tibbetts, John Griffiths, Calum Muskett, the authors and others.
Large maps have been drawn up which show detailed coverage of the climbing peaks, cols and ridges, with approaches, huts, bivis and lifts all marked.
This App-only guidebook has come from some previous Rockfax projects and is now shaping up into an excellent and useful little guide to some of the brilliant crags in Catalunya. We have just added a load of extra crags, including Terradets and Vilanova de Meia, to the existing Siurana and Barcelona information that had already been published. This has now been released as a single App guide covering 13 crags across Catalunya – full list below.
This App version is being added to all the time so expect some more crags here. It is a good example of the way the App system allows us to publish information as we create it without having to wait for all the work required for a whole area.
This App-only package contains 1,259 routes on 13 crags. You can buy it in smaller packages if that suits.
It is available now via the Crags Tab > Downloads for £9.99 or as 13 separate bundles. If you have already bought the Catalunya Bundle then go to Crags Tab > Downloads and click on ‘Update’ on that bundle to get the new additions which are free for previous owners.
Barcelona Area – Cellecs, Gelida, La Facu, La Font de l’Ametlló, Pas de la Mala Dona, Penya Ginesta, Subirats
Lleida Area – Ager, Cubells (free sample), Terradets, Vilanova de Meià
The 11 routes that used to feature in the old Nissedal MiniGuide have now been added to the Rockfax App and are available via the Crags tab > Downloads. Telemark > Nissedal is available as a single bundle for £4.99.
Since the start of the year we have added nearly 10,000 routes to the App on Mallorca, Kalymnos, Rjukan, Haute Provence, North Wales Winter, Nissedal and the Eiger. It now has access to 28,600 routes on 581 crags. Next up is Côte d’Azur and Languedoc Roussillon in France.
In answer to the question ‘where is the best sport climbing in the world?’, you would be hard pushed to beat the set of crags in the Rockfax France : Haute Provence book. Céüse and Buoux have few peers, add to that Saint Leger, Orpierre, Baume Rousse, Ubrieux, Saint Julien and Les Dentelles plus another few minor crags and you have a set to match anything on offer elsewhere.
This has all been added to the Rockfax App and is now available via the Crags tab > Downloads. Haute Provence is available as a single bundle for £19.99 or 11 smaller bundles.
Since the start of the year we have added nearly 10,000 routes to the App on Mallorca, Kalymnos, Rjukan, Haute Provence, North Wales Winter and the Eiger. It now has access to 28,589 routes on 580 crags. Next up is Côte d’Azur and Languedoc Roussillon in France.
Natalie Berry on the new Rockfax stand at the Outdoor Show.
We enjoyed a great four days at the Telegraph Outdoor Show in the London ExCel Centre. The Rockfax stand looked better than ever and we were able to meet plenty of climbers on the stand to discuss the books, the App and UKC.
Thanks to all those who came along and thanks also to Alex Haslehurst, Nick Thomas and the team at DMM for arranging the stand and the rest of the DMM Climbing Village.