Lofoten Climbs – Pre-order Now

Rockfax-App-Montage-RF-TemplateLofoten Climbs is now available for pre-ordering at a special offer price of £24.95 (RRP £34.95). The book is due to be published in the week beginning 15 May and this is the fastest way to get hold of a copy. We send out pre-orders direct from the warehouse as soon as we receive stock.

Pre-order here

The book is a significant update of the 2008 book Lofoten Rock with new crags, an almost completely new set of crags shots, new maps, new action photographs and updated descriptions and  crag approach information.

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Big new detailed maps

This time we have expanded the coverage to include the major peak of Stetind with its world famous routes.

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Stetind from the air taken by Frode Jenssen – stetind.nu

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The information is available on the Rockfax App via the Download tab on the Crags tab. It is available as a single download for £25.99 or as smaller separate bundles. More information on the App here. This app version is currently an update of the 2008 printed guidebook but if you buy this now then you will get a free upgrade to the new version when the new version is released in the next 2 weeks.



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France : Côte d’Azur Edition 2 Published

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The second edition of France : Côte d’Azur has just been published. This book is a minor update to the original 2010 edition with a few new routes and updates. We have also updated the formate to the more modern Rockfax format and added some extra features such as a Top50, QR codes for parking locations and a good number of new action photos.

If you own the previous 2010 edition then you probably don’t need this one for the new route information.

The Rockfax App edition has also been updated with the new information. We have added geo-located apps to this edition. To update go to Downloads > Crags and tap on the update icon. This is a free updated for those who bought the previous edition.



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Rockfax Makes Contribution to Sustainable Bolting on Mallorca

Bolting-article-montageOver the last few years we have been very pleased at Rockfax to be able to make some significant contributions to various bolt and access funds. A lot of this has been to UK-based  initiatives but we have also made donations to the El Chorro bolt fund and are in negotiations with several other non-UK areas.

We have just completed a deal working together with Derek Watson, Isidre Bisbal and other climbers in Mallorca, to purchase some long-lasting bolts to be used at Santanyi.  This venue has suffered for years from the highly corrosive effects of the adjacent Mediterranean which has damaged many of the bolts within the space of a few years of them being placed.

Santanyi - great routes but a lot of corrosion from the sea.

Santanyi – great routes but a lot of corrosion from the sea.

Sheffield company Titan Climbing run by Martin Roberts, produce titanium bolts which are designed to last generations in even the harshest climbing environments. Martin has given Rockfax and the Mallorcan climbers an excellent deal for an order of titanium bolts for use at Santanyi.

Martin commented, “It’s great to hear about people, companies and communities coming together to solve a problem. I think that some climbers take bolts and maintenance for granted. I’d like for every climber that clips a bolt to feel that they should donate to their local crag maintenance and actually get their hand in their pocket. This change of mindset is coming but I think it’s too slow. Sure, I want us to sell more bolts! But more importantly, I just want myself, friends, family and all climbers around the world to be clipping safe gear, made of the right material for the environment and not some rusty half worn through bolt. These are the reasons I started producing Titanium bolts many years ago for me and my friends, long before I started Titan Climbing.”

On receiving the consignment of bolts, Derek Watson said, “The order of titanium glue-ins and anchor rings has arrived. Thanks so much to Rockfax for this contribution to start the rebolting of some routes in Tijuana (Cala Santanyi). We are also receiving contributions from local climbers to purchase the top quality resin which will be used with the titanium bolts to hopefully last at least 50 years. As always the most important (and scarce) resource is the time donated by experienced re-equippers to do the job properly. As a token of our appreciation for their time and effort, we are offering them material (steel expansion bolts, hangers and lower-off) to put up one new route for each route rebolted in Tijuana. Hopefully in the coming weeks we can fix a date to get started.”

We look forward to continuing this relationship over the next few years to help promote safer bolts in areas covered by Rockfax guidebooks.

 

 



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A New Lofoten Climbs Rockfax

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We are putting the finishing touches to a new Lofoten Climbs Rockfax guidebook. This follows on from the extremely successful and popular 2008 book Lofoten Rock which won the Banff guidebook award that year.

We have updated and expanded the information with a completely new set of crag photographs, plus some fantastic maps and all the new developments from the nine years since the last book was published. For the first time we have also included coverage of the astounding set of peaks around the Stetind area on the mainland, close to Narvik.

The books is due to go to the printers in April and will be available in May – just in time for the main Lofoten season.

 



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Peak Bouldering added to the Rockfax App

We have finally managed to prepare the Peak Bouldering book for the Rockfax App. We had initially had some problems due to duplicated information and the slightly different format this book was in but this has been solved and the full book is now available via the Crags > Downloads tab.

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Geo-located Maps

One of the benefits of waiting this long is that we have been able to take advantage of the new geo-located map ability. This means you can now see yourself on the Rockfax detailed crag maps as a blue dot and it has the bonus of only needing a GPS signal, which is more reliable than the 3G/4G signal in countryside areas.

In testing we found it to be accurate to around 5m or so which was a great help when trying to find specific boulders. New maps have been created for Stanage Plantation, Millstone area and the central gritstone around Cratcliffe and Stanton Moor and all the other maps have been updated to work with geo-location.

Eastern Grit and Peak Limestone

We have also updated Eastern Grit and Peak Limestone with geo-located maps. To update these packages you will need to update the app to version 2.0 – more info here. Some problems previously covered in Eastern Grit and Peak Limestone have been moved to Peak Bouldering since it isn’t possible for a route/problem to feature in two app packages. This is mostly hard problems and the significant ones have been indicated on the topos in the updated crag packages.



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