Peak Limestone has been published. We heard from the distributors that the bulk stock arrived at the warehouse on Tuesday and they have begun to get through the pre-orders. The specialist outdoor shops should have their stock by this coming weekend.
We have produced a PDF catalogue of all current Rockfax print publications. This lists all our current books as well as forthcoming publications. It also includes a map of our books – see image to the right.
The Beginners’ Guide for Climbers has been getting some rave reviews from both users and those involved in teaching climbing. This beautifully illustrated book covers the basic skills required for tying on, belaying and technique which are covered in NICAS stage 1, 2 and 3.
We have produced a couple of free posters to support the book which use Sophie Mitchell’s excellent drawings. These can be freely downloaded and printed off for display at climbing walls or anywhere else.
Printed Poster Versions
We haven’t printed any copies of these posters and they only exist in PDF format. If you would like printed poster versions then there are a number of web sites offering relatively cheap poster printing solutions – try searching for poster printing from PDFs. Prices can be less than £10 including delivery. No bleed or trim is required, just print to paper size.
In December 2010 we launched UKBoltFund.org with a view to increasing the profile of the various small bolt funds set up around the country by keen local climbers. The idea was to try and bring together these funds into a central location that can then be easily promoted across UKClimbing.com, Rockfax and anywhere else that wishes to. We included a click tracker on the donations to give us a rough idea of how many people actually clicked on ‘Donate’ once they had reached the site. Obviously this doesn’t mean that the person necessarily went through with the donation but it is an indication and with over 600 clicks I suspect that a fair bit of money has been raised as well as plenty more awareness of the funds. We also received some good feedback from some of the climbers who run the funds that there had been a spike in donations.
A year and a half on and I thought I’d check up on what the state was with the funds. You can read the replies in this article on UKClimbing.com.
To further enhance the coverage of UKBoltFund.org we have added links to all the pages on the Rockfax site pointing at the relevant bolt fund for the areas they cover, we are running banners on UKC and Rockfax web sites and including information about bolt funds in the books.
Despite the fact that the web address is UKBoltFund, I would welcome approaches from climbers in Spain or France who run a bolt fund that we can start supporting and promoting to people who use UKClimbing.com, the Rockfax web site and Rockfax guidebooks.
We have added a couple of useful new features to the Rockfax site in the last week. The first is the ‘Translate’ facility on the right-hand side bar menu. This enables you to read the site in most of the main languages although I am not sure how good the translation is in Chinese.
The second addition is the ability to search on Route Name direct from the home page using the search box on the right. This is a quick way to go straight to any route you have climbed to find comments, give feedback or vote on stars and grades. The search on the main database pages is also no longer limited to a specific region.