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

Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic
Where are we going climbing next?

Recent Postings

Bridge or Compact? on 14-Dec-14
best peak guide? on 25-Nov-14

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Moderator for 49 crags, checking missing climbs added to the logbooks: Sierra de Toix, Aventador, The Ghost Kitchen, Cave, Galatiani, Black Forest, Noufaro, Arhi, Sea Breeze, Summertime, Kastelli, North Cape, Symblegades Petres, Monastery, Saint Photis, Palace, Auzat, Prophet Elias, Austrians, Dolphin Bay, Ponte Brolla, Vathi, Arginonda, Irox, Sikati Cave, Dodoni, Arcegno, Kastri, Skalia Pillar, Telendos, Julian, Pescatore, Princess of Telendos, Styx, Yerakios, Snow White, Sector St George, Miltiadis, Ovoland, Les Toulousains, Torbeccio, Gerakios, Elephant Slide, Palionisos Bay, Goddard's Quarry, Verghellu, Pic Rouge de Belcaire, Kamari, Perissa

Interests Outside Climbing
Being in the hills

About My Photography
Keen photographer, fanatical guidebook writer, still pretty keen on climbing too!

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registered 01/Nov/00
updated 06/Dec/14


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
Sea Parc 5a
E.O.S. 6a
Thalassopouli 5c
Hera 6a
Pantremenos 5c
Parthenon 5c
Mnemosyne 5b
Petranella 4b
Petranella Extension 5c
To Saligari 5a
Koukouvas 5b
Rebecca 4c
Bernard Bolliger (BB) 5a
Studio Fatolitis 6a
Blitz 5c
... list all 3798 climbs

Ticklists BETA
ROCKFAX Eastern Grit: Top 500 51%
Costa Blanca in a Week Tick List 75%
Pembroke Rockfax Top 50 68%
15 Climbs to do before you die 18%
Top 23 UKC Climbed Climbs 96%
The 100 Best UK VS routes? 68%
Top 25 UKC Wishlist Rock Climbs 92%
Eastern Grit Jamming 100%
Kendal Wall's Best 100 climbs in Britain 16%
Best slab climbs of the UK 61%
... list all 15 ticklists

Climbs Wishlist
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