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.
North Wales Climbs has been published and is now available for next day delivery.
Anyone who pre-ordered their copy will get it sent out today and should have it tomorrow, or Monday/Tuesday next week. Specialist Outdoor Retailers should get their stock in time for next weekend.
North Wales is one of the most varied and popular areas in the country for climbing and this book brings it all together in one might tome. 400 pages covering 52 crags across the spectrum – from Lliwedd to the Slate Quarries, and from Cloggy to Pen Trwyn and everything in-between.
More on the book here
We have just released the third edition of the Gower Sport MiniGuide. It has been updated to include three additional Rhossili venues: Shipwreck Cove East Face, Retribution Wall, and Wedge Wall. Recently climbed projects have all been included. This is a free updated for people who purchased version 1 or 2.
To realise the enormous potential for sub 7a sport climbing around Rhossili Bay, a fund has been set up to equip 30+ new routes. The work has already begun, and at time of writing (October 2013) over £1,800 has been raised. If you would like to see how it is progressing – and maybe get involved, visit www.positiveclimbing.com