/ Worst/best guidebook cover photo
Considering how good the pics are inside, the cover of the rock fax pembroke guide is gash!
And I don't quite get the old Yorkshire grit guide one with big John dunne on widdop wall (i think)There appears to be a rope going around the corner. Not sure what the deal is with that.
The old/current NE England guide doesn't do much better. The CC Avon & Cheddar one with Lucy Creamer posing with a mobile on her rack is pretty ropey; great colours, but you know she's vogue-ing on a route 20 grades too easy for her.
Worst I can think of is the current Cairngorms one.
Not a particularly good shot anyway but is relevant to about 1% of people who would buy the book.
> Worst I can think of is the current Cairngorms one.
Visit the Cairngorms! You too can top out on Fingers Ridge in the fog!
The Yorkshire gristone guide from way back when, had some poor cover photos.
These are just a few of the great shots taken from in the Cairngorms. (I know some of them came out after the guidebook was published) that would have looked great on the front cover.
I dont mind the yorks grit bouldering one.
However the worst for me are
El chorro - completely uninspiring and shows nothing of the quality of the area.
West grit - What were you thinking seriously?
The new bouldering guide to ireland - Inspiring!
Over the moors - High up, exposed, isolated. represents what moorland grit is all about.
Squamish select 2012 - wow!
Llanberis Slate is good too
Yes, I agree. Hold on, thats my pic. But, yes, it's pretty old fashioned now.
Black and white shot of Peter Crew soloing Charity on the old Ogwen Guide.
The new Northern Highlands guides; no moors, no space, no sea, just inconsiquential bits of rock and attendant punter.
sniff, that's me :(
I like the Cairngorms picture, very moody and makes me want to go there.
The NE England cover is pretty uninspiring - though might be better if you can appreciate bouldering photos.
> I like the Cairngorms picture, very moody and makes me want to go there.
A bimbly summer route in the mist? When given the whole majesty of the Cairngorms summer or winter?
I'd rather a photo of a route that I can do, than the usual far-too-hard-to-contemplate dare :)
THe 1989 one was Streaky on Wawleska wasn't it - I recall his trews were proper bobby dazzlers.
> sniff, that's me :(
I'm sorry, but it's true :-(
worst - dunno
Didn't the 1989 Yorkshire Grit guide have the Big Greeny on the cover, bathed in tropical-looking sunshine? That guide had a lot of good photos in it. In contrast, the 1998 guide had some shockers - one of someone udging up a chimney at the Bridestones spring to mind.
I don't like the FRCC Gable and Pillar cover photo as it's too gimmicky. The Eastern Crags cover is great though.
What is it you like about the photo of Matt Kilner at the top of pitch 9 of Vestpillaren? ;-)
I remember when Mark G and I did the route about 2 months after the guide had come out, I was surprised to find that that particular photo was taken on one of the least remarkable bits on the route which considering it is 500m of almost unrelenting quality climbing was quite curious. You can't tell this from the photo though.
That was a bit odd. John put a call out for photos for the guide, so I sent about 20 - much to my surprise they used most of them including that cover shot. Maybe they were a bit desperate?
BMC Recent Developments guide - 1977 - Bancroft on Strapadictomy in his rolled up jeans
The Cloggy Guide with someone silhouetted on the arete of Shrike
The 94 CC guide to the Pass is pretty uninspiring
And I have to agree with the recent western grit vote
> Considering how good the pics are inside, the cover of the rock fax pembroke guide is gash!
Agreed,i was thinking this just the other day as i was perusing the guide gettin syked for a trip there next april.
I nominate that current N Wales one of the Superdirect on Dinas Mot - great photo and also an excellent example of why 2 ropes are better than 1 on routes like this.
Elsewhere on the site
Atom Series: Synthetic insulated mid layers AR: All-Round. Significantly warmer and more protective than a fleece hoody, this... Read more
Over the years I've been asked many times about work as a Rope Access technician, often by Instructors and Guides working for... Read more
Hot Aches Productions premiered their latest film Redemption: The James Pearson Story at Kendal Mountain Festival on... Read more
Nikwax’s uncompromising environmental ethos has once again been recognised and rewarded by a trusted authority in... Read more
2014 has been a bumper year for climbing publications. Here's a few of the ones that we have either read, or ones that we... Read more