Chris Craggs

I started climbing in 1965, moved to Sheffield to climb, took up teaching to climb more, and recently retired to climb even more. I wrote on a regularly basis for Climber, and then produced a few guides to climbing abroad. Twelve years back (time flies) I worked with Alan James on Peak Grit East, Western Grit and Northern Limestone - that shook the establishment. The Costa Blanca guide was well received, and then Eastern Grit was the first of the rewrites - with each edition we set a new standard!
Earlier in 2008 Northern England came into being, and right behind that (only 8 weeks later) appeared the superb Lofoten guide - which manage to scoop First Prize the Banff guidebook competition - so we are doing something right! Early 2012 saw Peak District Limestone hit the shops, it is going like hot-cakes. A Costa Blanca rewrite and a new Ariege guide have also hit the shelves recently - full steam ahead!

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Best Climbing Experience
50 Grit 'Extremes" in a day.
Great Wall (chalk free!)
Le Mafia
Deja Vu
Halfdome NW Face
Priest West Pillar - Lofoten
Mot Sola - Nissedal
1000 ticks on Stanage

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Moderator for 43 crags, checking missing climbs added to the logbooks: Sierra de Toix, Aventador, The Ghost Kitchen, Cave, Galatiani, Black Forest, Noufaro, Arhi, Sea Breeze, Summertime ... plus 33 more

Interests Outside Climbing
Being in the hills

About My Photography
Keen photographer, fanatical guidebook writer.

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Been Climbing For
More than 20 years

Best Onsights
Trad - E5
Sport - 7a+
Winter - V
Aid - A3

Main Sport/Activity
Trad Rock Climbing

Favourite Crag/Rock

Favourite Wall
The Edge

Best Magazine
Climber (UK)

I Climb...
Several times a week
In the UK & Europe

Favourite Climbs
Deja Vu
Halfdome NW Face
Priest West Pillar - Lofoten
Mot Sola - Nissedal

Latest Climbs
Sunset Slab HVS 4b
What's Up Doc? E2 5b
Sunset Slab direct start VS 4b
Sundowner E2 5a
Hawk's Nest Crack VS 4c
Tody's Wall HVS 5a
High Neb Buttress VS 4c
Where did my Tan Go? HVS 5a
School's Out 6a+
Rotund Rooley 6b
Deconstruction 6a
A Time and a Place 6a
Voices 6a+
Joy or Despair 6a+
La Rennaise 2+
... list all 3465 climbs

Ticklists BETA
Kendal Wall's Best 100 climbs in Britain 16%
Eastern Grit Jamming 51%
Best slab climbs of the UK 61%
15 Climbs to do before you die 9%
Hardish grit routes that have good gear but aren't staminafests 75%
The 100 Best UK VS routes? 67%
Extreme Rock "Wall" Routes 73%
Classic Rock 82%
The High Tor Top Ten 90%
ROCKFAX Eastern Grit: Top 50 100%
... list all 10 ticklists

Climbs Wishlist
Attachez vos ceintures 6b+
... list all 1 climb

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