Chamonix Print Guidebook Delayed Until August – App Ready in July


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.


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App Update to Version 1.3 – Languedoc-Roussillon Now Available


Languedoc-Roussillon has now been added to the Rockfax App. This is the book that covers the areas from the Ardèche, through the Gorges du Tarn and de la Jonte, and on to Thaurac, Seynes, Russan and Orgon amongst others.

This now means that all four existing guidebooks to French areas are now available with Chamonix to follow when it is published this summer.


The Languedoc-Roussillon package contains 3,100 routes on 17 crags. You can buy it in smaller packages if that suits.

It is available now via the  Crags Tab > Downloads for £19.99 or as 10 separate bundles.

Crags included

Chaulet PlageMazet PlageActinidiasLe Cirque des GensLes BranchesGorge du TarnGorge de la JonteLe BoffiCantobreThauracHortusClaretSeynesRussanMont GaussierMourièsOrgon

Version 1.3 Available

We have also released version 1.3 of the App. This should automatically update via the App Store but you may need to check if you have set your Apps to updated manually.

== New Features ==

+ Share routes from the route list (press and hold), or the share button in the route drawer when looking at a topo. This creates an image with the route marked on it you can send to your mates by text, Facebook or email to get them fired up.
+ Crags (installed or not) are searchable from spotlight.
+ Installed routes are searchable from spotlight.
+ Added a notification to inform when the connection to the app store has been made (so there’s no need to keep tapping the download buttons to find out).

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UKC Readership Survey


In 2010 and 2013 we carried out a huge readership survey on The first time we got an amazing 4,500 responses and the second time a staggering 6,800! We reckon this makes it the biggest survey ever of climbers and mountaineers in the UK, probably Europe and maybe the World.

The results of these surveys have been instrumental in shaping the way UKClimbing and Rockfax look today. The Rockfax App was shaped after feedback from the 2013 survey. You can see some of the 2013 Survey Results here.

It is now time for a new readership survey which this time includes a section specifically on Rockfax. The survey is split into six short sections and takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Survey
(You will need to log in to, or create, a UKC profile first).

The readership survey is completely anonymous - no reference to your email address or IP address will be recorded. Your UKC User Profile will be marked with an indicator showing that you have completed the survey, and we ask you to check your address details at the end (to send the prizes to if required), but there is no connection between the User Profile and any particular set of responses.

Prize Draw

Everyone who completes the survey (you must answer 80% of the questions) is given the option to be included in a draw for one of many great prizes which are being added to all the time.


We appreciate your help and thank you for being part of the Rockfax and UKC community. We are also extremely grateful to the advertisers who have supported this survey with their magnificent prizes.

Alan James

Director Rockfax

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Côte d’Azur Now Available on Rockfax App

Rockfax-App-Montage-RF-CdAThe Côte d’Azur guidebook, first published in 2010, has just been added to the Rockfax App. This contains some great crags along the south coast including the might Verdon. The free sample crag is Châteauverte which is one of the best crags in the area!

itunes-app-store-logoThe whole book is now available on the Rockfax App via the Crags tab > Downloads. Côte d’Azur is available as a single bundle for £19.99 or 10 smaller bundles.

We have also updated the data bundles for the Costa Blanca which includes a few approach updates, plus a new bundle exclusively for the Costa Blanca Ridges. To update your data, for those who have purchased a Costa Blanca bundle, go to Crags tab > Downloads and click on the ‘Update’ button next to the bundle listing.


The App now has now has access to 33,589 routes on 640 crags. Next up will be Chamonix in conjunction with the book launch.

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New Chamonix Guide from Rockfax

Chamonix-cover-2016This 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.

Cahmonix DPS 1

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.

Chamonix DPS 2

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.


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