The France : Ariège book has been published today. We haven’t actually seen a copy yet since the stock has gone straight to the warehouse. All pre-orders should be sent out today which means delivery either tomorrow or Thursday for most people. The report from the distributors is that the book looks great.
This is the fourth Rockfax publication of the year after the Beginners’ Guide, Dorset and Peak Limestone.
Next up is the massive Costa Blanca which, at nearly 500 pages is going to be our biggest publication ever. This is now looking like a January or February publication though.
Our intrepid team of four researchers have just spent a week in the Costa Blanca zipping around crags checking last minute changes and additions to various places. This is with a view to finishing our work on the guidebook before Christmas so that we can get it published early in the New Year.
Alan James and Mark Glaister studying the complex lines in the Bovedon cave at Gandia. Photo: Stephen Horne
The weather wasn’t great which meant trips to a couple of steep overhanging crags – Pena Rubia Sector Competicion and Gandia Bovedon – to find dry rock. Other crags visted were Guadalest, Sella Wild Side, Castallets, Bernia and Echo 2. We also went to two excellent new sectors at Bellus which have just made the cut for the new guide.
The final day was spent sampling the amazing Parle on the Toix Sea Cliffs. An awesome route in a stunning position for a grade of only 6a+.
Stephen Horne (climbing) with Alan James on the magnificent Parle (6a+) on Toix Sea Cliffs. Photo: Mark Glaister
The hard work now begins on putting the extra information into the guide and finishing everything off. At this moment it isn’t possible for me to commit to a publication date but we are aiming at eating our turkey having sent the guide off to the printers (it makes for a more restful Christmas). This would lead to a publication date of end of January. If we miss Christmas, then it will be early February. Update 4 Dec – I think we are going to miss Christmas.
View the publication page for more info…
The new edition of France : Ariège is
now available for pre-order from this web site at a special offer price of £20.95 (RRP £24.95).
Update: The Pre-order offer has now ended, the guides are being shipped today (4th Dec).
Pre-order your copy now to take advantage of this special offer and to ensure that you receive the book as soon as possible after it is published. This will be the fastest way to get hold of a copy of the book, in fact you might even get it before we do since the main delivery goes straight to the warehouse before being moved on to Rockfax base in Sheffield.
The Ariège region of Southern France is the compact area where the Ariège River cuts through the Pyrenées on its way from Andorra to the coast. There is a lot of high quality climbing in the area with a superb variety of rock types to go at; from the soaring granite slabs of the Dent d’Orlu, to the steep limestone bulges of Génat. Limestone, granite and gneiss are on offer and routes vary in size from boulder problems to long epics of over 20 pitches… more info
There will be Preview and Intro chapters available shortly.
We have just released a new version of Adrian Berry’s Gower Sport Climbing MiniGuide which has been fully updated, including several very new venues which were only developed over the last few months.
We noticed that a lot of people appeared to be reading the last edition of this MiniGuide on their mobile phones instead of using the paper print-outs, so with this new edition we decided to adapt for the mobile user whilst stopping short of making a true App. It is still a PDF, it is just a PDF that has been designed to be used on a small screen mobile, or tablet computer, rather than printed into a paper booklet.
This is only an interim step for Rockfax; we aren’t intending on doing this for many future guides, but adapting our existing document into this mobile format in this case was a lot easier and quicker than creating a fully-fledged App. It also has the added bonus of being a free update for everyone who has already downloaded the first edition of this MiniGuide (just head to My Downloads under the View Cart menu when you’re logged in).
Download Version 2 of Gower Sport Climbing here
Liz Collyer on Jaded Locals (6b+) at Watch House.
We are working on Apps for larger guides and should have something on offer within the next 12 months.
A trip to Cwm Silyn on a perfect September weekend provided an opportunity to check some of the classic routes on Craig yr Ogof.
This isolated mountain crag tends to be less popular than other mountain crags in North Wales but has a set of superb routes that are worthy of anyone’s attention. The nature of the main slab is such that it is possible to climb virtually anywhere on the main slab. This has led to some confusion over the years over exactly where the routes, particularly Kirkus Route and its variations, actually go.
After some fairly detailed research going back to the original 1955 guidebook, I have come up with a new topo which corrects the route lines from the North wales Classics guidebook which were a little out.
Download the new NWC Update PDF here
Sam James-Louwerse seconding pitch 3 of the Central Variant on Craig yr Ogof.
It became clear while researching that the line followed by what most people now call Kirkus Route is not the line that Kirkus followed when he led the first ascent when the slab had much more grass on it. It is likely that he weaved around at the top. It is possible that the second man Macphee climbed the upper section more directly on the top-rope, as the line goes now.