They say: “This book describes and vividly depicts eighty of the finest lower grade rock climbs of Britain, many of which were established over a century ago”
|Manufacturer||Publisher: Baton Wicks Publications|
|Best Uses||Coffee table book not a guide book.|
|Pros||Loads of photos and history.|
|Cons||Too big to take with you en route.|
So it’s not a guide book as such, it’s more of a coffee table inspire-your-next-trip book. It’s like a giant beautifully illustrated ticklist of all the routes you should try to experience if you love to climb in the UK.
Classic Rock – Great British Rock Climbs was first published in 1978 but it’s been revised and reprinted at least three times since then. There’s history about each of the routes and it’s first ascentionists, alongside up close and personal depictions of all of the climbs (some of the authors having clearly completed a few of these routes repeatedly) but also a healthy dose of technical info to help you get your planning started.
The book is image heavy, with the photos ranging from woolly-jumper-Joe-Brown-helmet-wearing-history-lessons through to full page breathtaking panoramic shots that will have you reaching for your climbing parters phone number whilst throwing your gear bag in the back of your car.
It’s a beautiful book that any climber would be happy to have lying around the house. For both the history lovers and for those days when you can’t get out and do it, you can at least make plans to.
See the book in our shop here.
About the Author
Cyclist, design fiend and climbing convert – common factor being ‘The Love of All Things Shiny’. Naturally inclined towards geekery and more than a little bit obsessive about tidiness and organisation (qualities sweetly satisfied when it comes to racking). Love being in at the deep end. Unabashed coffee snob.