The Rockfax App has been updated to a new version 1.4.2 and we have also updated the Chamonix package to contain the full information from the new print guidebook.
Chamonix Bundle Updated
The initial App package for Chamonix was missing information from two valley crags – Vallorcine and Barberine – and there were some poor topos which needed replacing when the conditions had improved. This has now been updated in line with the Chamonix print guidebook (published on 6 October 2016).
To update, go to Crags > Downloads and click on Update next to the Chamonix package.
Rockfax App Version 1.4.2
This update was done to allow the app to work with the Chamonix information. It also coincided with the release of iOS system 10 which necessitated some bug fixes. The main visual change is that the way the route highlights are now created which is more flexible and allows you to choose a different highlight colour if required.
This version will probably update automatically but if you are unsure, you can trigger it through the App Store > Updates.
Version History – Check out all the changes here.
The Chamonix Rockfax is now available for pre-ordering at a special offer price of £25.95 (RRP £34.95)
Pre-orders finished. The book is now available for online ordering or via your local specialist outdoor retailer.
The book is a big single volume covering everything from Valley Cragging through mountain rock, big north faces and ticking Mont Blanc. It is the one book that you will need if going to Chamonix for an alpine climbing or mountaineering season.
Pre-orders - We are taking pre-orders now for the book at a special offer price which is offering a saving of £9 on the normal retail price and includes free delivery to UK addresses. The books should be delivered after 6 October.
The information is available now on the Rockfax App via the Download tab on the Crags tab. It is available as a single book download for £22.99 or as 13 individual bundles. More information on the App here.
Today sees the release of version 1.4 of the Rockfax app. This is a minor version which enables us to publish a pre-publication edition of the upcoming Chamonix guide within the app. The final version will be available once the book goes to print as a free upgrade to anyone who buys it now.
The Chamonix bundle contains 500 routes on 18 crags. You can buy it in smaller packages if that suits.
It is available now via the Crags Tab > Downloads for £22.99 or as 13 separate bundles.
This autumn we will be publishing a new guidebook to South Wales Sport Climbs. The book is being written by Mark Glaister as the main author but we have also been lucky enough to work with great local route developers Roy Thomas, Goi Ashmore and Gary Gibson.
The climbing is easily split into four main areas – Valleys Sandstone, Gower, the inland and coastal limestone crags and Camarthenshire’s sea cliffs. The variation in climbing on offer is remarkable for such a compact area and access is easy.
This book will be the first book to bring together these various crags into a single edition with many never having been properly covered in print before. We are aiming to get it out in print by October this year and it will be published in book and App format at the same time.
More information on the guide here
We have encountered a few problems in the finishing stages of the Chamonix guidebook owing to adverse weather in the Alps.
Several crucial crag photographs needed to be retaken and some taken for the first time and our plan was to do this in May or early June. We also had some work to finish on the valley crags. Unfortunately the weather has been so dreadful that there is lots of snow preventing us from getting the mountain crag photos, and we haven’t been able to properly finish off the valley crags because of persistent rain.
Most of the rest of the book is ready to go but we can’t print it until we have all the photos and crag research in place. So the plan now is to go to the printers in July for publication in August.
This is late for the season – many apologies to those who have been anxiously looking forward to this book for their trip in July or early August.
The good news for those who have iOS devices is that we will be able to release a version of the Chamonix guide on the Rockfax App in early July. It will be missing a few crags in the mountains and a few of the valley crags but essentially 95% of the information will be there. Anyone who buys the full App version, or smaller bundles, will get the updated information appropriate to their purchase by the end of August anyway via the automatic updating system.