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.
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.
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
Panel 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
Interview – 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
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.
The book looks great and is the culmination of three year’s of work for Charlie Boscoe as the main author, with help from Jack Geldard especially and also numerous other local climbers, guides and photographers.
It covers all you need for a trip to this amazing valley – from valley cragging, through big granite rock routes, classic ridges, epic north faces all the way to ticking Mont Blanc.
The Rockfax App has been updated to a new version 1.4.2 and we have also updated the Chamonix package to contain the full information from the new print guidebook.
Chamonix Bundle Updated
The initial App package for Chamonix was missing information from two valley crags – Vallorcine and Barberine – and there were some poor topos which needed replacing when the conditions had improved. This has now been updated in line with the Chamonix print guidebook (published on 6 October 2016).
To update, go to Crags > Downloads and click on Update next to the Chamonix package.
Rockfax App Version 1.4.2
This update was done to allow the app to work with the Chamonix information. It also coincided with the release of iOS system 10 which necessitated some bug fixes. The main visual change is that the way the route highlights are now created which is more flexible and allows you to choose a different highlight colour if required.
This version will probably update automatically but if you are unsure, you can trigger it through the App Store > Updates.