/ Dorset Rockfax - Now Available
Over 1800 sport and trad routes on Portland and Swanage in Dorset. Also includes bouldering and deep water solos plus the best sport routes in Devon.
Order online to receive your copy as soon as possible.
Alan James, Rockfax
Note for online Pre-orders - all those who ordered this book before publication, copies will be sent out as soon as possible and should arrive before 9 July.
This has got to be up there with The Second Coming...
I guess it will hopefully be waiting for us when we get back from the US :-)
Is it available in shops yet? I want to go to Portland on wednesday and I'd like to pick up a copy on the way down if possible.
I doubt it. The distributors only got their stock today and it usually takes a few days for them to get it into the shops. If you had ordered online then you probably would have had it on Wednesday morning (although we couldn't have guaranteed that).
Have a look at the dorset database...
The book has come out at 320 pages and we really didn't want to make it much bigger than that. Hence only a few more routes have been added to the Swanage section including a few classics at Cormorant.
Guillemot has pretty good coverage actually (as did the last guide). The only routes missing are the non-star routes in the middle section (around Mistaken Identity). 10 routes in all but having had a quick flick through them there doesn't look like much of interest. Had you got any particular route in mind?
What about the new bolted routes at Winspit, there seem to be alot there that aren't in it?
I haven't had mine yet and I ordered online! :-/
Am getting abnormally excited about it...
Are there? Which ones? I am not aware of any.
Be with you on Thursday probably, maybe Friday depending on the post.
> Are there? Which ones? I am not aware of any.
Was down there a couple of weeks ago and came across Scott Titt (think that's his name, its defo scott something, slim chap, beard, features in the CC swanage and portland guide in nice purple shorts and also in even nicer purple leggings) at the crag and he was pointing out several new routes that had been bolted on the main area, lower grade stuff, thats all, he was rather insistent that it would all be featuring in the new CC swanage guide due out at the end of the year!
Well if those have been added in the last few weeks then it is not likely that they will be in the book.
Well they were bolted a coupla months ago I was led to believe. Ho hum, nevermind, all the more for me to do before they get all polished!
By the way - it's great!
The ISBN number is 1-873341-90-3
It may take a while although places like Amazon do now list our more recent books as 24 hour dispatch. However they won't have got any copies of this one until next week at the earliest.
My copy arrived really quickly. Many thanks!
I too have noticed some shiny new bolted routes that appear to have no mention. The ones I have climbed are on the east most quarry face at hedbury, easy stuff. Will they be in the new guide? How outdated is the old guide?
I await with bated breath.
These will be the new 1's, 2's and 3's from Jim Titt and are featured in the new Rockfax.
My pre-ordered copy arrived yesterday. Fantastic book to browse with cup of tea on a sunny saturday morning!
Can't wait to get out there & start clipping! thanks RockFax, these photoguides are inspirational.
I've not recieved my pre-ordered copy yet, do you know when I'm likely to? I'm not planning any trips to dorset for a least a few weeks, but would be nice to know my order hasn't gone astray!
Be nice to get it soon!
Recived mine on friday, i had preordered it. Just the Flu stopped me getting out and enjoying some dorset rock! oh well theres always next weekend!
Mine arrived friday, just in time for a weekend spent down at swanage. What an awesome guide! The best I have ever seen and what a contrast to the old guide book!
Although some might say it takes all of the challange out of decoding the guide book and decifering where the route is. But at least you won't set out on a HS 4B and end up on a E9 7C+ !
Well all the orders have been sent out but there were a few problems with incomplete addresses on some orders. If your book hasn't arrived then send me an email with your name and address in it and I'll check it up.
Was here on our return as anticipated - need to get out and use it now :-).
The CC are only producing a new Portland guide however their definitive 1995 Swanage guide is still available I think.
The Rockfax is virtually definitive coverage for Portland.
The CC Guide will be Portland AND Lulworth and CAN claim to be definitive. All of the existing trad routes and DWS will be included, and a greater depth of bouldering will be covered too. However - unlike the Rockfax, it is not available yet.
A reprint of Nigel Coe's Swanage guide is available in the shops.
yes- where is the inevitable thread banging on about all the upgrades? Did I miss it or are we all blase about it these days? Three of the 8 routes i did on my last visit to Portland have been upgraded from 6b something to 6c; that is quite a high percentage. Though thinking back it is probably deserved for 2 of them.
Or the downgrades. Three fingers has gone from 6A to 4 which is frankly laughable as it's at least 5+...!
Upgrading Monsoon Malabar from 5+ to 6A - completely right, I reckon...
Shame I didn't do it clean! And yes I am stalking you
Well done on the book Rockfax - great photographic topos even my mum was impressed with it! It must have been great going around Portland in a boat (and in the sun). So far, only seen one climber in a picture though...it's a little bit like where's wally - great game to play when bored.
I can picture Alan standing up in his inflatable boat, megaphone at his lips:
"Ok guys, I'm about to take a photo for the guide, everyone hide please!"
I expect they've all been "shopped" out if they were there.
Photos were taken (from Neal+Helen Heanes lovely speedboat) mid-week in May last year, so it's likely the crags were empty.
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