The Rhossili Bay Project

Rockfax author Adrian Berry has just launched a great new initiative to develop Rhossili Bay on Gower in South Wales with 30 new sport routes below 7a. His idea is to try and get the the fund-raising ball rolling then start bolting up the routes near Shipwreck Cove on the south end of the bay.

As Adrian explains on his web page here, this is a beautiful family-friendly location that is unlikely to get developed for climbers operating in these grades, yet there is plenty on offer.

Jen Stephens climbing at Shipwreck Cove. Photo: Mark Glaister

If you are the sort of person who would like to combine a beach holiday – family or not – with a bit of sport climbing, then Rhossili Bay is just the place.

How can you help?

Simple! Make a donation by clicking on this button.

The target is £1000 which should be enough to bolt all the routes and have a small celebration party at the end of the task. Adrian goes into much more detail about the costings here on his web site.

To kick start the whole project, Rockfax has made a single donation of £100. The great news is that in the first 6 hours after this project was launched £190 was raised!

This is also a good time to remind people of the web site set up by UKC/Rockfax to co-ordinate bolt funds from around Europe into one single place making it easier for climbers to donate.

Now that is a nice place to go sport climbing! Photo: Mark Glaister

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Rockfax and Bolt Fund / ACT Donations

Since January this year we have been running ‘point of sale’ donations on books bought direct from the Rockfax web site. These have started to bring in a little bit of cash to some of the bolt funds and the BMC Access and Conservation Trust (ACT).

In addition to these PofS donations from people buying the books, we have committed to donating £1 from the Rockfax proceeds to the appropriate Bolt Fund or the ACT for all sales of our main books made direct from the web site. We will implement this from 1 Jan 2013 and have just made the first round of donations to the ACT, the Dorset Bolt Fund and Gary Gibson Bolt Fund.

The Bolt Funds which feature with our book sales are all the ones included on This means that our books to some sport climbing areas (mostly the ones in France and Spain) aren’t included. This is because we aren’t aware of any bolt funds in these areas. We would be very happy to include more bolt funds in our lists. If you would like your bolt fund featured here please get in touch to discuss it.

For the forthcoming North Wales Climbs, Rockfax will be giving a special donation of £1 per book to the North Wales Bolt Fund from the first 1500 copies sold anywhere. After that it will revert to the £1 per online sale system operated with the other books.

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North Wales Climbs to Support the North Wales Bolt Fund

The forthcoming North Wales Climbs guidebook, due for publication this autumn, covers several sport climbing areas on the Slate and North Wales Limestone. The sport routes in these areas rely on the bolting efforts of local climbers which are co-ordinated via the North Wales Bolt Fund.

Colin Goodey Rebolting at Castle Inn Quarry. Photo: NWBF

Rockfax are happy to have been able to support the North Wales Bolt Fund via our site for the last 3 years and we are grateful to everyone that has donated money by whatever route. We have also recently added point-of-sale donation options for our online sales which direct people at the bolt fund associated with the local area they cover when purchasing a guidebook direct from the Rockfax web site, and this will be added for the North Wales Climbs guide when that book is published.

However, the North Wales Bolt Fund is a very active bolt fund which has spent over £12,000 over the last few years and has plans for a number of new initiatives, particularly in the limestone area. More funds are needed which is why we welcome the proposed new definitive guidebook to North Wales Limestone. This book has taken on the definitive coverage from Rockfax and, in a new development in British climbing, has pledged that all its profits will be donated to the bolt fund.

The funds provided by the new definitive book may well ultimately provide some much needed cash for the North Wales Bolt Fund but this is unlikely to happen for a year or two due to the initial publishing costs needing to be met first. To help bridge this gap we are pleased to announce that we will be making a donation of £1 per book from the first 1500 copies sold to the fund, and that we will be making this donation monthly after publication, based on the previous month’s sales.

July 3 addition - After the first 1500 copies have sold, Rockfax will donate £1 for each online sale of the book from this web site. This is in addition to the point-of-sale donations availability for people buying the book direct.


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North Wales Climbs – This Autumn

We are really pleased to announce a new Rockfax guidebook. North Wales Climbs is being written by Jack Geldard, Mark Reeves and Mark Glaister and is due for publication this Autumn.

It is being modelled on the very popular West Country Climbs with the intention being to cover all the major crags in the area from the Ormes, through the mountains and on to Gogarth. You can read more detail about what the book covers on the book page here.

Progress has been amazing over the last couple of months with the team able to take advantage of some surprisingly good weather windows. On a glorious Saturday a group of us got up early to trek up to the Cromlech in morning light and capture the cover photograph of Alexandra Schweikart on Left Wall.

Jack Geldard on the cover photo shoot.

Your Feedback

Since there are so many of us with warm memories about climbing in North Wales, it is a great time to give your feedback on grades, stars and general route comments. The book page here has links to most of the crags being included in the guide so, let us know what you think before the book goes to press.

The example spread of Craig yr Ogof from North Wales Climbs.

The example spread of the walls of the Cromlech from North Wales Climbs.

The Ormes of Llandudno are also being covered.



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France : Ariège – New Crag Update

We have just published a small update for the France : Ariège guidebook which covers an extra crag for the Ax Les Thermes area.

Download it here

Ax les Thermes – Piscine – More Routes
To the right of the routes in the guidebook (p263) is a small selection of routes. The ones on the far right are a useful addition to easy routes in the area. As intimated at in the guidebook, there has been some confusion about the names of the routes here, though some are painted on the rock.

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