A new guide to El Chorro in December

We are putting the finishing touches to a new book to El Chorro which will be out this December. The previous book from 2008 was definitely showing its age and there has been plenty going on in El Chorro in the intervening 10 years.

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Paul Phillips on Arabesque on the Escalera Arabe on Frontales.

There has been a lot of mis-information about the access situation around El Chorro and the famous gorge. Much of this has been connected to the redevelopment of the Caminito, which is a tourist version of the  Camino de Rey built early in the last century. The old rotten walkway that was one of the features of El Chorro climbing back in the early days has now been replaced with a much more solid version which has become a popular tourist attraction. This has meant that the routes in the gorge are now off-limits, most are no longer accessible anyway, but there is now a total ban on routes in the narrow section of the gorge.

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This hasn’t had an impact on the place as a climbing venue though since development outside the gorge has been prolific and there are now many more great climbs available on the huge walls of Frontales, in the Central Gorge area and on the surrounding crags of Desplomilandia, Turon and Valle d’Abdalajis. This book will also include a few excellent new crags down by the coast.

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We are working on the book now and it will be available for pre-ordering in November with publication in early December.

Please note – We appreciate that people going out before this would love a copy but we don’t have any copies of the book available before this time and we aren’t able to release PDF versions of the book. 

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North Wales Slate – Now Available

The North Wales Slate Rockfax has been published and is now available for fast delivery in the UK. If you pre-ordered the book then these were sent out on Friday 31 August and should be with you by the middle of the week. Most specialist outdoor retailers will have their stock by the weekend of 8/9 September.


One of the most exciting projects we have been involved in recently is the North Wales Slate guide. This might come as a surprise, after all, it is only a small area and one that we have covered to an extent before – hardly a Kalymnos, Chamonix or Dolomites! The difference is that this is a comprehensive guidebook that have approached with a long term view to create a sustainable information database enabling us to provide continuous updatable coverage for this area in digital and print format. It is also the first book that we have produced using some new photo techniques combined with the detailed maps that we first introduced in the Chamonix guide of 2016.

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The new book contains comprehensive coverage of the slate quarries near Llanberis in North Wales. This includes the major areas of the Dinorwig quarries like Vivian, the Rainbow Slab, Twll Mawr and the vast Australia area. Also covered are the quarries on the south side of Llanberis around Gideon, the Nant Peris quarries, Fachwen and Nantlle Valley. Over 1000 trad and sport routes in total.

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The information will be simultaneously released through the Rockfax app. Unlike previous guides, this won’t have its own dedicated package but instead will become part of the North Wales Climbs package. Anyone who has previously purchased North Wales Climbs, or the ‘Slate Quarries’ bundle will get the full North Wales Slate guide as a free upgrade.

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North Wales Slate – Pre-order special Offer

The North Wales Slate Rockfax is now available for pre-ordering at the special offer price of £22.95 (about €28.60 – RRP £29.95). Pre-orders will be sent out as soon as we receive stock which is expected to be the first week of September.


One of the most exciting projects we have been involved in recently is the North Wales Slate guide. This might come as a surprise, after all, it is only a small area and one that we have covered to an extent before – hardly a Kalymnos, Chamonix or Dolomites! The difference is that this is a comprehensive guidebook that have approached with a long term view to create a sustainable information database enabling us to provide continuous updatable coverage for this area in digital and print format. It is also the first book that we have produced using some new photo techniques combined with the detailed maps that we first introduced in the Chamonix guide of 2016.

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The new book contains comprehensive coverage of the slate quarries near Llanberis in North Wales. This includes the major areas of the Dinorwig quarries like Vivian, the Rainbow Slab, Twll Mawr and the vast Australia area. Also covered are the quarries on the south side of Llanberis around Gideon, the Nant Peris quarries, Fachwen and Nantlle Valley. Over 1000 trad and sport routes in total.

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The information will be simultaneously released through the Rockfax app. Unlike previous guides, this won’t have its own dedicated package but instead will become part of the North Wales Climbs package. Anyone who has previously purchased North Wales Climbs, or the ‘Slate Quarries’ bundle will get the full North Wales Slate guide as a free upgrade.

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Pre-order now – You can pre-order a copy now at a special offer prices of £22.95 (RRP £29.95). As soon as we get stock in early September, we will send the book out directly. This is the fastest and cheapest way of getting hold of a copy.



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North Wales Slate Rockfax – Coming in September

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The next Rockfax guidebook is well progressed and should be available in September this year. North Wales Slate is a comprehensive guidebook to the brilliant climbing on the Slate quarries near Llanberis.

It is being written by Llanberis local Mark Reeves, main author of the very popular North Wales Climbs. A measure of how enthusiastic Mark is about the Slate quarries is that, when he submitted his first draft for North Wales Climbs back in 2013, it contained about 100 pages of slate! We had to cut it down a bit but have really enjoyed reinstating those pages now, as well as adding all the other routes and updating everything with an almost complete new set of crag photos.

The app version of this will just be an update to the North Wales Climbs package and will be a free update for everyone that has already purchased it.

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Kalymnos App Version Updated

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The Kalymnos app version has been updated inline with the new book published last month. This is a free updated for anyone who had bought the package before.

It is available on the Rockfax App via the Download tab on the Crags tab as a single download for £22.99 or as 17 smaller separate bundles. More information on the App here.

We are already aware of some new developments on the island and we will be updating the app to incorporate these later in the year.



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