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 also came out in the same year as Peak Limestone.
Now it is time for the third iteration of Eastern Gritstone - currently looking massive and magnificent - this really will be a winner.
Best Climbing Experience
50 Grit 'Extremes" in a day.
Great Wall (chalk free!)
Halfdome NW Face
Priest West Pillar - Lofoten
Mot Sola - Nissedal
1000 ticks on Stanage
Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic
Where are we going climbing next?
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- Way Out West 19-Jul-15
- Luck of the Irish 09-Jul-15
- Back to Basics, Back to Blighty 26-Jun-15
- 'Arry Erge 10-Jun-15
- Pyrenean Peace and Quiet 10-Jun-15
- Corsican Reprise 25-May-15
- Pootling around the Pelopennese 09-May-15
- Kalymnos - Winding Down 27-Apr-15
- Kaly Dreaming 05-Apr-15
- East is Easter it is 24-Mar-15
Articles by Chris Craggs
- Classic Eastern Grit Across the Grades Apr/2015
- New Routing on Kalymnos Feb/2011
- Lofoten Rock - Norway Apr/2009
- Sicily and Alpine Ice Guidebooks Mar/2009
- Winter - wow! Dec/2008
- Guidebooks Galore - Ideas For Climbing Trips Nov/2007
- Polarsirkelklatring (Arctic Circle Climbing) Sep/2007
- Rock+Run Rope Bucket Mar/2007
- Ground Up North Wales Rock Mar/2007
- Peñón de Ifach, Costa Blanca Dec/2006
- The Martinswand, France Jul/2006
- The Italian Jobs Jul/2006
- Mountain Walking and Scrambling Book Competition May/2006
- Arrampicare a Cala Gonone by Corrado Conca Mar/2006
- British Mountain Maps - The Lake District by the BMC and Harvey Nov/2005
- Winter Essentials DVD Nov/2005
- Day Walks in the Peak District Nov/2005
- Lake Annecy Crags Jul/2005
- Eastern Grit Jun/2005
- 100 Gritstone Classics - Reviewed Mar/2005
- Devil's Tower, Wyoming Jan/2005
- Jersey Climbs - Guidebook Review Nov/2004
- Portugal - Guidebook Review Nov/2004
- Easy Grit Mar/2003
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