Rockfax Donations to Bolt Funds and the ACT – 2016


The year has ended and we have just made our final set of donations to the various funds supported by Rockfax and This has been a great year and a grand total of £2992 has been donated so far split between the BMC ACT and various bolt funds for the most part, this includes £132 from Point of Sale donations from people buying books direct from the Rockfax web site and adding them to their purchase.

We also have £1075 sat waiting to be donated to rebolting in Mallorca making a grand total of £4067 allocated for the year – nearly twice what we gave in 2015! (The reason for the delay in the Mallorca donation is that discussions are ongoing for the best use of the money).

In addition to donations to the Yorkshire Bolt Fund, Cumbria Bolt FundGary Gibson Bolting, Dorset Bolt Fund, North Wales Bolt Fund, El Chorro Bolt Fund, we have also been able to make a first donation of £488 to the South Wales Bolt Fund which is a great start.

The Dorset Path restoration project we set up in conjunction with the BMC ACT has now amassed £1342. Rob Dyer of the BMC got in touch with the following information:

“We’re currently aiming to get a work meet together, spearheaded by Neal Heanes and Marti Hallett for some much needed shrub and bramble clearance at the Cuttings during the next couple of months – this should be really beneficial to climbers and boulderers alike and will make use of the donations you have made. The path work at Blacknor is definitely in the pipeline and last time we spoke, Neal was sounding out a small local team to potentially start once the weather improves (given the slippery nature of the current path in the wet it’s better we wait until the weather improves to carry out stabilisation/improvement work as it would be grim trying to carry heavy kit/dig out and bed in steps etc in anything other than relatively dry conditions).”

In another great development, we have got in touch with Pierre Duret at Saint Léger and Olivier Gaude in the Dentelles de Montmirail and have had some very positive emails. We are discussing  how to add these areas to and also how to help publicise bolting and access in these areas to non-French audiences.

We welcome approaches from all bolt funds, from anywhere in Europe covered by a Rockfax guidebook, to get involved. Contact us using this form.

Thanks to everyone who supported this by buying direct from the Rockfax web site, or making a generous PoS donation.

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France : Côte d’Azur – New edition in 2017



The 2010 guidebook France : Côte d’Azur, has sold out and we are working on a new edition. This will essentially cover the same crags but contain some updates, corrections and be presented in the latest Rockfax style.

The information is still available in the Rockfax App via the Crags tab > Downloads. A  new updated version of the data will be released with the new print edition and this will be a free upgrade for anyone who has bought one of the current App packages for the Côte d’Azur.

We are aiming to have the print version available in Spring 2017.

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South Wales Sport Climbs Published


Naomi Buys on Goose In Lucy (6c+) at Foxhole on Gower. Photo: Mike Hutton

We are very pleased to announce our third book of the year – South Wales Sport Climbs – has just been published. The book is available now for delivery in the UK and should be in many specialist outdoor retailers by the weekend or early next week. Online pre-orders are being processed today although there were quite a few so some may not get done until Monday 28th.

The book looks great and documents nearly 50 separate crags in this fast-developinbg area. From Carmarthenshire to Gower, the inland limestone and the sandstone quarries in the Valleys, this book covers all the sport routes.

We will be adding it to the Rockfax App in due course but are waiting for version 2.0 of the App which will be out in the next week or so. This has many improvements like complete integration with UKC logbooks so that you can log any route, whether it is in a Rockfax guide or not, and localisation indicators in the offline maps so that you can see yourself on our crags maps to check whether you are in the correct place.

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Rockfax and UKC/UKH at Kendal 2016

Rockfax in the Basecamp Village

The Rockfax and UKC/UKH team will be at the Kendal Mountain Festival for all four days from the opening on Thursday 17 through to Sunday 20. We have a stand in the Basecamp Village where you will be able to meet the team, try out the Rockfax App and grab bargain guidebooks.


Those present on the UKC/UKH/Rockfax stand at various times will be: Alan James, Natalie Berry, Rob Greenwood, Nick Brown, Dan Bailey, Stephen Horne, Paul Phillips, Mark Glaister and Martin McKenna.

If you have any questions that you wish to ask then visit the stand and we will either arrange a meeting or pass your question on.

UKC/UKH Events

This year we have two films in the Festival and UKC staff are involved with two other events.

Film – Run Forever

Nicky Spinks is a beef farmer from Yorkshire and one of the UK’s best fell runners. In 2006, she was diagnose with breast cancer, turning her world upside down. Nick Brown’s film ‘Run Forever’ looks at Nicky’s inspirational life and her record breaking attempt of a double Bob Graham Round in the Lake District; a 132 mile route, with 54000ft of ascent, that only one person has completed in under 48 hours.
Viewings: Part of the Space programme
Director: Nick Brown
Featuring: Nicky Spinks, Charlie Spinks, Steve Burgess, Roger Baumeister, Joss Naylor and Jasmin Paris.

Film – Dear Alison


A short from UKClimbing made in collaboration with Dark Sky Media. Dear Alison’ is a poem featured in the anthology ‘No Map Could Show Them’ by critically acclaimed poet Helen Mort – a collection of poems centring on women making their mark and forging their own paths throughout history, both in the wilderness and in modern urban life. ‘Dear Alison’ is a personal tribute written by Helen to the late British mountaineer Alison Hargreaves – a mother, a wife and a talented climber who faced criticism due to her risk taking and her decision to continue climbing as a young mother, before her untimely death on K2 in 1995.
Viewings: Part of the ‘Vision‘ programme
Director: Chris Prescott

petzl-rock-sessionPanel Session – Petzl Rock Session

Hosted by Rob Greenwood and featuring Jorg Verhoeven, Katha Saurwein, Robbie Phillips and a virtual Andy Pollitt. The Rock Session aims to inspire with an exciting mix of people and films concentrating on rock climbing.
When: Sunday 20th, 12:00-14:30
Where: Kendal Town Hall

nat-danrInterview – Dan Richards

Dan is the author of ‘Climbing Days’ – An exploration of the writing and climbing lives of his great great aunt and uncle – Dorothy Pilley and I. A. Richards. He will be interviewed by Natalie Berry.
When: Friday 18th, 19:00-20:30
Where: Brewery Arts Malt Room

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South Wales Sport Climbs – Available for Pre-order

The South Wales Sport Climbs Rockfax is now available for pre-ordering at a special offer price of £24.95 (RRP £29.95)

Now available for next day delivery within the UK


South Wales Sport Climbs covers the area from Cardiff to Carmarthenshire sea cliffs and includes Gower and the Valleys sandstone crags.

The area offers a multitude of venues located in environments that vary from sea cliff to mountainside, and post-industrial landscapes to world heritage settings. This book covers the sport climbing that has been developed on this varied collection of natural and quarried crags of both limestone and sandstone.

The routes on offer cover the full grade span – ranging from easy-going 3s and 4s through to some state-of-the-art upper end grade 8s. There is plenty to keep both local and visitor busy for a long time, with 1750 fully bolted routes documented in this guide and potential for many more to come.

Pre-orders - We are taking pre-orders now for the book at a special offer price of £24.95 (RRP £29.95) and includes free delivery to UK addresses. The books should be delivered after 28 November.

The information will shortly be available on the Rockfax App via the Download tab on the Crags tab. It is available as a single book download for £22.99 or as 33 individual bundles. More information on the App here.

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