The Rockfax App is Launched

RF-App-Icon-ShadedThe Rockfax App is now available for download from the Apple App Store. This version works on Apple devices running iOS 8 and above. This means everything from an Phone 4s onwards, and an iPad 2 onwards. The Android version is in preparation.

There is a lot more info on the App here


And we have a little video:

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Dolomites Book – A Finalist at Banff!


James Rushforth’s superb Dolomites : Rock Climbs and Via Ferrata guidebook has been selected as one of the five finalists in the prestigious Guidebook Award category at the Banff Mountain Film Festival.

The Banff Mountain Festival is one of the biggest and most important world climbing festivals, similar to the Kendal Mountain Festival in the UK, but having a more established series of Mountain Literature Awards including a dedicated ‘Guidebook’ category.

Over recent years the Guidebook Award has been dominated by UK guidebooks with 2 Rockfax guidebooks (Lofoten and Deep Water), 1 BMC Guidebook and 1 Vertebrate guidebook amongst the winners since 2006.

It could well be another European triumph this year with four of the five finalists being from Europe including three from Britain and Ireland. Along with James’ Dolomites book is Dave Flanagan’s excellent Rock Climbing in Ireland guidebook (UKC Review here). The new Lake District Rock from Wired Guides is also in the final five plus a Ski Touring guidebook to Norway and a Backcountry guide to Canada.

There is more potential British success in the other categories including Statement : The Ben Moon Story by Ed Douglas in Mountain and Wilderness Literature, Steps by Mark Goodwin in Mountain Fiction and Poetry and Alpine Exposures by Jon Griffith in Mountain Image.

The Grand Prize will be revealed at the Book Awards Presentation on Thursday November 5th as part of the 40th Annual Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.


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Rockfax App in Beta Testing

The Rockfax App is in the final stages of preparation and currently out with beta-testers (become a beta-tester). We anticipate this process taking a couple of weeks and then the App will need to be cleared with the App Store and the first version will be on release.


This represents the end of 3 years of work for us, and for Stephen Horne in particular. The has involved creating both a stand-alone app with all its functionality, and processing all the data that we have in our back catalogue of books. Currently this latter work is only part way through although we do have information from 12 areas ready for release with the App and another few that should follow soon after.

Ready for Release with the App - 

Ariege, Dolomites, Dorset (Sport and Trad), Dorset Bouldering, Eastern Grit, Gower Sport Climbing, Lofoten, Northern Limestone, North Wales Climbs, Peak Limestone, Pembroke, Siurana, West Country Climbs

Following on soon after -

Costa Blanca, Kalymnos, Clwyd (with the new book), Mallorca (with the new book)

In preparation -

El Chorro, Haute Provence, Cote d’Azur, Languedoc Roussillon, Western Grit, Northern England

(Unfortunately the work required to extract the data from the older books is disproportionately difficult and takes significantly longer).

The Rockfax app itself will be a free download with plenty of free content including a sample crag for most areas. It has an extremely useful map which locates you and adds all the information from the UKC Directory and UKC Logbook crags list so that you can now find a crag, shop, wall, accommodation, etc. easily when you are out and about. The App also contains the UKC and UKH Photos of the Week making both previous UKC Apps redundant.


The majority of the Rockfax crag and route information is by way of paid in-App purchases for individual crags or bundles or crags. The first release does not have the option to buy a full area guide but this will be being added in the near future and full guides will be available at decent discount, likely to be around 2/3 the price of the equivalent book.

You are given the option to log into your UKC account so that you can start managing your UKC logbook direct from the App. Currently we have comments and photos being sent the other direction from the UKC Logbook system to the App so thousands of routes have photos available, and there are many comments. In future grade and star votes will also be displayed in the App, and allowed from the App.

The finished App is expected to be available in a few weeks time – announcements will be made both here and on UKC. If you would like to become a beta-tester for us then check this thread on UKClimbing for information on how to get involved.

We are working on an Android version and hope to have more news on this over the next few months.


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Dorset Bouldering Published

Dorset isn’t just about sport and trad on the sea cliffs, it also has a vibrant bouldering scene which has been growing in popularity over recent years. Now you can get hold of the perfect book to accompany your trips to the area in the shape of Ben Stokes’ superb Dorset Bouldering guidebook.

Author Ben Stokes with a copy of the new Dorset Bouldering guidebook.

Author Ben Stokes with a copy of the new Dorset Bouldering guidebook.

The book is the result of several year’s of effort by Ben and his friends, both writing the guide, and developing the problems. It follows on from some much smaller Rockfax publications but really opens up the entire area with detailed coverage of bouldering on both sides of Portland, and at Lulworth and Swanage. The vast majority of the problems recorded have never been published before.

This is the third Rockfax guide to be published this year following on from Northern Limestone and Eastern Grit. Next up is Clwyd Limestone and an updated edition of the Mallorca guide. In-between we will be launching our App. So it is set to be a busy year again for Rockfax.

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Rockfax Donations to Path Restoration on Portland and Bolt Funds


Half way through the year and we have just made our second donation to the various Bolt Funds and Access funds/projects that we support via this web site, the Rockfax book sales and

The Portland path restoration initiative we announced last month has just got its starting donation of £234. This comprises mostly of £1 from each copy of the Dorset Bouldering book sold, plus some very generous PoS donations by people on the web site amounting to £65. These funds are being paid direct to the BMC ACT but Alan Brown, at the BMC, is ring-fencing them for this project.

We have also made a good sized payment of £271 to the Yorkshire Bolt Fund from the sales of  Northern Limestone. Next month we will concentrate on the Cumbria Bolt Fund.

Small donations have also been made to the Gary Gibson Bolt Fund, and the Dorset Bolt Fund.

We welcome approaches from all bolt funds, from anywhere in Europe covered by a Rockfax guidebook, to get involved. Contact us using this form.

Thanks to everyone who supported this fundraising either by buying a copy of Northern Limestone or Dorset Bouldering, buying another book direct from the Rockfax web site, or making a generous PoS donation.

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