We have just made the first set of quarterly donations in 2014 to the various Bolt Funds and the ACT that we support with online sales of Rockfax guidebooks. The largest donation has gone to the North Wales Bolt Fund which received £274 from sales and Point of Sale donations by people buying the book direct from the Rockfax web site. The ACT received £81 and there were some smaller amounts for the Dorset and Gary Gibson Bolt Funds. In total the donations amounted to £394 for the first quarter of the year which is a great total.
Thanks to everyone who supported this by buying direct from the Rockfax web site, or making a generous PoS donation.
The Rockfax Peak Bouldering guidebook is now available for pre-ordering at a special offer price of £24.95 (RRP £29.95). Orders place now will be dispatched as soon as we receive stock in the first week of May.
More about the book including a photo gallery
The new Peak Bouldering Rockfax is just about to go to the printers. We expect it to be available in the first or second week in May.
The book is huge – 544 pages, 3394 distinct problems on 53 crags – making it significantly bigger than any previous Rockfax guidebook. It has taken quite some effort to put together but we are nearly there.
Keep an eye on the site for the special pre-order offer which will be available from April 2.
Back in July we set up a new initiative to make donations to various Bolt Funds and the ACT based on areas covered by Rockfax guidebooks – the news item is here. I am pleased to announce that the payments for the second half of the year have just been made which total over £750, taking the full year total to over £900, 10% of which came from Point of Sale (PoS) donations made by people buying direct from the Rockfax web site.
The largest donation has gone to the North Wales Bolt Fund with £1 being donated from all the initial sales be they online or via shops. The total donated for the period up to December 31 was £520.50 which includes some PoS donations. The ACT received £206.50 again with some generous PoS donations.
Greetings of the season from everyone at Rockfax.
Torre Quarta by night. Photo by James Rushforth from his forthcoming Dolomites Rockfax
2013 was another productive year for Rockfax and, although we managed only 2 publications, both were major books. Costa Blanca was out early in the year and is hopefully being found useful by those looking for winter sun this Christmas. North Wales Climbs was published in November and has been very well received.
The Rockfax App
The coming 12 months could well be the most exciting period ever for Rockfax with the long awaited completion of our App for mobile devices. This project started almost 3 years ago with the huge effort required to prepare the data in the right format for the App. We hope to be able to release most of our back catalogue from books published since 2006 on the App when it is made available in the middle part of the year. The App will not only include full guidebook information, but it will also tap into the UKClimbing Logbook and Classified databases to bring you everything you need when you are on the move.
Publications for 2014
We will be bringing out two major new books in 2014 and probably a third later in the year. The first book to be published is the delayed Peak Bouldering book. This is the biggest book we have yet published at over 500 pages and is due in February or March. The book has been delayed so that we can add many more lower grade boulder problems and circuits.
Duncan Campbell bouldering at Bamford in the Peak.
Next up will be another new area for us and this time it is especially exciting. James Rushforth has been working for the last 3 years on a huge project to document the Dolomites for the English-speaking market. The book will cover accessible sport routes, long trad classics in the mountains, and via ferrata and should be everything you need for a trip. The photography in the book is exceptional as anyone who is a regular viewer of the UKClimbing Photo of the Week will have noticed as James’s stunning photos have kept winning week after week. You can see his amazing gallery here.
Other books will likely include a new edition of Eastern Grit and maybe Clwyd Limestone or Yorkshire Limestone.
Via Myriam at Cinque Torri – another photo from the forthcoming Dolomites Rockfax by James Rushforth
All in all 2014 looks like being a very exciting year for Rockfax. We hope that you have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.