Kalymnos Published


The Kalymnos guide has been published and is now available for fast delivery to UK addresses, or from your local specialist outdoor retailer.

The book looks great – 456 pages of stunning quality limestone sport climbing. Bags of inspiration for a late season trip or for those looking further ahead towards the end of the year. Order your copy now.

The App version is just going through the Apple verification process and should be available in the next week or so. This will be a free upgrade for anyone who has bought the previous version. More about the app.

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Kalymnos Rockfax – Pre-order Special Offer


The Kalymnos Rockfax is now available for pre-ordering at the special offer price of £24.95 (about €28.60 – RRP £34.95/€39.95). Pre-orders will be sent out as soon as we receive stock which is expected to be in the week beginning 7 May.

Kalymnos is one of the best-known sport climbing destination on the planet and Rockfax is very excited to announce that this new book is currently at the printers and will be published in early May.

This will be the first printed Rockfax to the island although we have been producing guides to Kalymnos for the last 15 years. Initially this was in the form of downloaded PDF MiniGuides and it has also been included in the Rockfax app since 2016. The main author for most of these publications has been Chris Craggs who now brings his ten year obsession to the island to life with this great guidebook.

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Pembroke Update 2018


We have just released a major update to our Pembroke guide. The 2009 guidebook is still available and functions fine for most climbers, but it was time for an update.

This new version is only available via the Rockfax app. It has 350 more routes than the Rockfax book (that covered around 600 routes) with many of the existing crags having their coverage expanded, and plenty of new areas added as well. The deep water soloing crags from Mike Robertson’s 2007 guidebook – Deep Water – have been added to this app version.

Also of note are the three huge maps we have created specifically crafted for climbers. These are geo-located so that they will pin-point your precise location when you view them on the app. The Range East to Stackpole map is available as part of the free package for Mowing Word if you want to check out how useful these maps are without committing to buying the full app package for Pembroke.


The huge Range West to Stackpole map

itunes-app-store-logoTo purchase, or update, go to the Download tab on the Crags tab. It is available as a single download for £12.99 or as smaller separate bundles.
More information on the App here

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SMC and Rockfax Announce App Collaboration

SMC-news-piece-RF-MontageThe Scottish Mountaineering Club (SMC) and Rockfax are pleased to announce a joint project to create mobile app-based guides from the SMC’s existing print guides. To celebrate the beginning of this collaboration, a package covering the popular Northern Corries in the Cairngorms has been released on the Rockfax app – Coire an Lochain (Cairngorm) and Coire an t-Sneachda. There is also a free example package covering Polney Crag (Craig a Barns).

Rockfax Director Alan James said, “This was too good an opportunity to miss. The SMC were keen for an app, and we had no coverage for Scotland. Over the last few months we have been able to put together an arrangement that benefits both parties and climbers in general. The Northern Corries are a good start but they are just the beginning of this huge task which is likely to take several years. The aim will be to work through the SMC guidebooks producing the app guides as we go. I would especially like to thank Rob Lovell for being the driving force behind this link up.”

Simon Richardson, SMC President, said, “The Scottish Mountaineering Club has been documenting climbing in Scotland for over a century, and we are delighted to be embracing digital technology in partnership with Rockfax. The Northern Corries app represents a significant step forward into the world of digital media for the Club and will complement our ongoing guidebook print programme.”



To find the packages, check Crags > Downloads > The Cairngorms on the Rockfax app. The free sample of Polney Crag is under Highland Outcrops South.

The Rockfax app has been available on iOS since October 2015 and has been a great success, with it now being installed on over 16,000 mobile devices. It has been updated 18 times with many significant improvements since the original version. The Android version is nearing completion and we hope to have that released later this year. More about the Rockfax app.

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Three New Guidebooks for 2018

We have three exciting guidebook projects for 2018 – a couple of old friends given the full new book treatment, and an exciting development in North Wales where we are expanding our coverage for Llanberis Slate.


This magnificent and popular Aegean island has captivated climbers looking for winter sun sport routes for the last 20 years. We first produced a guide way back in 2002 although it was only ever available as a PDF download, although this didn’t stop printed copies appearing all over the place. This first guide was the work of Alan James and former UKC technical developer Nick Smith. In 2016 Chris Craggs put together a major, and I mean major, update to this original work and we released that on the Rockfax app two years ago. This hasn’t stopped the new routes though but luckily Chris has been able to keep on top of things and turning the app information into an updated print guidebook has been an enjoyable task for us.

The new book is shaping up at around 400 pages and should be available later this spring. It will be in the standard format and will coincide with a significant update for the app version which will be a free update for those who have bought it already. In common with all our recent books, some of the proceeds will go towards bolting and access on the island.


Arhi, one of the classic crags of Kalymnos

El Chorro

It is 26 years since our first El Chorro guidebook and we have published four versions in the meantime. Since the last book though there have been major developments including masses of new routes on the vast cliffs around the old gorge. These form the focus of climbing in the area but there are also plenty of new crags within easy striking distance of a base in El Chorro. The Gorge itself is now home to the major tourist attraction of the Caminito del Rey and is pretty much off limits to climbers, however this has had little impact on the appeal of the area for climbers (El Chorro Access – Open for Climbing). Like the last editions of the guide, the main work is being done by Mark Glaister although he is being ably supported this time by Misha Bruml who was resident in the area for a couple of years and managed to build up a good knowledge of the climbing.

The book will be a sizeable new tome and is scheduled for publication later in the year, probably towards October or November. Some of the proceeds from this book will be targetted towards bolting activities in the El Chorro area – a fund which we have been contributing to for the last five years.


Misha Bruml on a great 6b at the new crag of Puerto Rico in El Chorro

Llanberis Slate

The third project is a really exciting one for us. Back in 2013 Mark Reeves submitted an early draft of what eventually became North Wales Climbs. This draft was a great start but I pointed out to Mark that it had a disproportionately huge section covering the Slate Quarries. Mark said he was unable to kerb his enthusiasm for the area and couldn’t decide what to leave out! After some serious editing we cut it down by two-thirds for the final book but it didn’t diminish Mark’s enthusiasm. In 2017 we used this edited information and added in new developments to the Slate section in the Rockfax app, and now we are very excited to be going the whole hog and taking on a full comprehensive print guide to Llanberis Slate.

This new book will bring together the new routes whilst covering the existing climbing no matter how esoteric. We are aiming for publication in the summer. It is likely that some of the proceeds of this book will be targetted towards maintaining bolting in the Slate Quarries, but we haven’t finalised exactly how this will happen yet.


Simon Lake on the amazing Goose Creature (E3 5c) in Australia in the Slate Quarries.

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