/ PREVIEW: The New Yorkshire Grit Bouldering Guidebook
So, it is without surprise that a new guidebook should emerge, this time from a group of newcomers in the form of Total-climbing.
Kevin Avery reports: http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=763
Looks like it's going to be a really nice guide. Chris Crags (before his post was zapped) mentioned the the A5 format, I like the format and it works well with the sexiest bouldering guide and one of the best, the Font 7+8 guide.
As for Glyns remark about the BMC/RF/Total climbing guides, well competion is often a good thing and keeps the bar high and the goal posts far enough away to ensure that the next guide is always fresh and the format reviewed.
Exciting that the new guide is coming out.
I hope the example pages are not final though!
3 problems a page / incorrect grades / dogdy descriptions.
I think this guide is going to be a huge let-down.
> Exciting that the new guide is coming out.
> I hope the example pages are not final though!
I am sure they aren't.
Pass judgement when you have a copy in your hands, not before.
What the hell are you sorry for?
Just sorry that this is the opinion that I have decided to share. But unfortunately I believe that what I have said will be true.
> I hope the example pages are not final though!
I don't think for one minute they are, I believe they were produced in the first place to sell advertising space.
> 3 problems a page / incorrect grades / dogdy descriptions.
The book will be judged when it comes out, but there will all ways be debate about grades.
> Just sorry that this is the opinion that I have decided to share. But unfortunately I believe that what I have said will be true.
The upside down, inside out, mixed up, jumbled thinking of some astounds me.
You keep on believing in make believe dude.
How the hell can you have an opinion on something when you haven't seen the darn thing!
Mr Nidderdale seems to be able to express his opinion without being ripped apart
I haven't expressed an opinion more than saying "Looks like it's going to be a really nice guide". And that's been on what I have seen so far.
Looks good, and similar to Ru's successful Peak bouldering guide.
I am dissappointed that its A5 landscape again as this was the only major downside to the peak book (i.e it starts to fall apart & gaffer tape is soon needed!)
I also don't think the format lends itself to photo & text layout well, anyhoo - am looking forward to the 1st volume.
Good call on leaving out the Kebs for obvious reasons and the decision to have two volumes - as there is so much to go at!
thumbs up & bring it on!
Prahaps a ring bound version is needed?
At £19 for half the pair getting the complete volume for the area is going to be a bit eyewatering, it looks like it could be a fantastic guide but at £40 its really gonna hurt.
Is the idea that vol 1 is selective and vol 2 is the add inns becase thats not the impression I'm getting. As I understand it if you don't buy both then a whole geographic area is missing?
Vo1 is more the core areas and Vol 2 more the "esoteric" Moorland stuff.
Ah, so prahaps i can purchase vol 2 and stick with rockfax for the rest. Its a nice idea as probably most folks will buy vol 1 so it will keep the quiet places quiet.
Vol2 might be cheaper.
is that a reflection on the quality of the climbing to be found within? Could be a new way to price up guidebooks...
Heavily researched and printed in low volumes, I sometimes wonder why climbers write and publish them.
Of course I know why they do!
It would have perhaps been better to add the Bridestones but put BIG warning notices on each page of that section along the lines of 'Clean your fecking boots!'.
Just my opinion of course.
Hmmm, i think it was the righ choice - drastic action is needed to save some places. As I understand it whole crags are skipped out of font guides over periods of years to let them recover.
> As I understand it whole crags are skipped out of font guides over periods of years to let them recover.
In our Bishop Bouldering guidebook we left out over a dozen areas and over 1,000 problems (I had recorded them and done much of the topo work).
Self-exploration and discovery (sometimes rediscovery) are to be applauded - surely that is part of the spirit of climbing.
I see what your saying, but would we all be desolate if a new peak guide didn't include burbage south & just said follow your noses?
As much as I like bouldering guides to get me to new places - I tend not to use them much when I'm there (including font) as I can see without a book whats in front of me.
I think we need to tip a nod to places that are trashed and site them as examples of what happens when people (like us) over use/abuse them I guess... (your defo right about the foot wiping tho Rich!)
There are lots of problems missed out at the Bridies in the Rockfax guide as are there many places - which is IMHO a good thing.
> Ah, so prahaps i can purchase vol 2 and stick with rockfax for the rest. Its a nice idea as probably most folks will buy vol 1 so it will keep the quiet places quiet.
That sounds like a good plan, especially as I'm not much of a boulderer.
I suppose the question has to be: will leaving the Bridestones out have any effect on the place and the visitor numbers it gets? Is prohibition better than education? (Sorry that two questions)
I left it out of Northern England at Dave Musgrove's request - though it doesn't really fit in a 'crag guide' anyway.
Well its already erroded so it will be hard to tell. If its not in the 2 new guides coming out then maybe it will prevent new climbers (over) using the crag. I guess the Font case is different because as far as i am aware the idea was to allow the vegetation to recover, the rock at bridestones isn't going to though is it. Is there any news on the french polish treatment that they were trialing at bridestones?
hmm, I'm not convinced by this, particularly with regard to the Rockfax guides I am afraid Mick ;). Although i prefer the Rockfax guides to the more traditional ones, I do sometimes wonder how much checking goes on of route descriptions, grades and first ascent details particularly in the guides that cover areas outside the UK.
>Self-exploration and discovery (sometimes rediscovery) are to be applauded
Self exploration is one thing, but adding discovery AND rediscovery to that can lead to soreness.
Another point- it's difficult to applaud with hairy palms. The acoustics are rubbish.
I have sent you an email Duncan.
Regarding the new guide:
I think it is great timing with our Northern England guide a few weeks away from publication as well. Both guides appear to be highlighting some of the lesser-known crags dotted across the north of England and hopefully people will be persuaded to explore these far flung corners a bit more. I know that during our research I have been continually amazed at the quality of crags that I had never even heard of.
> during our research I have been continually amazed at the quality of crags that I had never even heard of.
You know its one of area's that until you go there / see a guide - you wonder how the hell you have never been!
You have mail btw Al
Some of us have been going to these places for years and years!
Font grades are better accross the range of Grades & give more scope.
Also more people will have been used to font grades than V grades...(ie visited font rather than Hueco!)
I wish we never took the decision to use them.
> Font grades are better accross the range of Grades & give more scope.
How so. Explain yourself.
To most climbers English tech grades make more sense.
Who is this we you speak of?
> To most climbers English tech grades make more sense.
But to most boulderers they don't!
> Who is this we you speak of?
Steve Rhodes, he did write the first bouldering guide and he did (try) to equate the grades to the Hueco grading system.
> But to most boulderers they don't!
That species are a very small proportion of climbers that actually boulder. Most are climbers that boulder, rather than that tiny clique that call themselves 'boulderers', and to them you will find that English tech grades are more easily understood than V or Font grades.
You've got to open your eyes and ears to see the bigger picture.
No, Simon was using the royal 'we' to describe himself. Mr. Rhodes had no experience of V grades when he wrote the OTE bouldering guide to Yorkshire Grit - and the same with the majority of UK climbers at the time, 1993.
In fact John Sherman's Hueco Tanks,' A Climber's and Boulderer's Guide' that introduced V-grades to the climbing world was only published in 1991.
It was a few years later with the rise of Hueco and Fred Nicole that V-grades started to be used and accepted in parts of Europe.
It's irrelevant how well people understand a grading system if that grading system doesn't work.
> It's irrelevant how well people understand a grading system if that grading system doesn't work.
But then you could say that it is irrelevant if a grading system works as long as people understand the grading system.
A bit like E grades.
> How so. Explain yourself.
I feel like I've been caught naughty bouldering at Micks Trad Climbing School.... My old headmaster used to talk like that to me!
Dead simple Simon; How are Font grades better across a range of grades and give more scope?
That's a statement.
Now give your reasoning behind that statement.
For V grades to work as well as Font grades you have to use V8+, a grade which only exists (partially) in the UK. Come on Mick keep up!
> For V grades to work as well as Font grades you have to use V8+, a grade which only exists (partially) in the UK.
Font and V-grades are identical. One was invented in France the other in the USA. There is no difference between them, only how people apply them.
"What confused me was that after saying that the Font system isn't suitable, he then attempts to par the Font linear numerical system with the V linear numerical system. I've tried working out why we should strive for this parity of grades. I have a few explanations but I won't bore you with them here. Better perhaps to explain how V8+ evolved. In his role as bouldering correspondent for Climber magazine, Simon was inundated with reports of new boulder problems often using three different grading systems: the Hueco V, the Peak B and the Font system. His column was beginning to look like a maths equation; Bernard Newman, Climber's editor, asked Simon if he could simplify the notation and just use one system.
The problem was that the V and Font Scales on some comparison charts align and on others they don't. Simon's contribution to aligning the V and Font scales was to add a V8+, to make parity with Font 7b+, where before on some tables V8 was spread from Font 7b to 7c. But he then ignores the lower grades where there is a similar non-alignment of grades between the V and Font systems. Do those lower grades not count?
But V8+ is, despite its inconsistancy, gaining ground in the UK; the new FRCC Lakes guide uses it, as does Greg Chapman's Lakesbloc website and Dave Henderson's guide to bouldering on Devonshire granite."
North Wales Bouldering - reviewed
reviewed by Mick Ryan
> Font and V-grades are identical. One was invented in France the other in the USA. There is no difference between them, only how people apply them.
Clearly not, and I quote your quote:
> Clearly not, and I quote your quote:
You are being lazy.
Explain the difference between Font and V-grades. I challenge you.
I have yet to see a plausible explanation.
There are 2 things I don't understand:
Firstly, why should the 2 systems line up exactly. The difference betweem 2 grades (in whichever system) is an arbitary "value". What's the chance of 2 sysetm developed on 2 continents by different people having exactly the same "value" between grades.
Secondly, if the 2 systems are linear (which they should be if they're to make sense) then how can they nicely line up apart from the v8/V9 Font 7 b area? That would imply they aren'y linear systems.
On an aside, I prefer Font grades as I've been to Font a coupele of times and I've not been to Hueco so Font grades have more meaning to me.
None apart from 7b+, unless you use the V8+ grade. But then an American for example, might be a little confused by this addition to his grading system.
That nicely sums it up. It is down to personal preference and experience.
"But then an American for example, might be a little confused by this addition to his grading system."
Women climb too in America!
Did you say that with your hand on your heart Mick?
God bless America.
So the big day is Thursday!
I think tolerance for both grading systems is the way forward. Each system has its own + and -. Overall, I prefer V-grades, just because I've climbed in areas that use them more frequently (despite living in the UK - Simon! Some people do make it further afield than Font).
Also, I've found that grades, despite whichever system chosen, have their own local peculiarities. For example in the lower grades that I climb, I've found Font grades to be much harder in Font than 'Peak Font' grades. I believe this is due to the general sand-baggy nature of Font and is part of the fun of the Forest. It almost makes the grades irrelevant!
I could say the same for Bishop V grades (hard) and the ones in the North Wales Bouldering guidebook (soft... er suits me). However when you look at their scales, you can see why.
I realise that it isn't necessary to translate back to Font grades, however, for the sake of argument....
V1 ~ Font 4-5
V2 ~ Font 5-6
V3 ~ Font 6a-6b
V4 ~ Font 6b-6c
V5 ~ Font 6c-7a
V6 ~ Font 7a+
V7 ~ Font 7b
V8 ~ Font 7b+
V9 ~ Font 7c
V10 ~ Font 7c+
V11 ~ Font 8a
and so on...
V1 ~ Font 5
V2 ~ Font 5+
V3 ~ Font 6a-6a+
V4 ~ Font 6b-6b+
V5 ~ Font 6c-6c+
V6 ~ Font 7a
V7 ~ Font 7a+
V8 ~ Font 7b
V8+ ~ Font 7b+
V9 ~ Font 7c (grades start to align here)
V10 ~ Font 7c+
V11 ~ Font 8a
and so on...
So for grades up to Font 7b+, both guidebooks give very different scales and might explain why one area feels harder for the grade.
You could try adding the Yosemite conversion table to that and maybe the BMC one as well :-)
Yosemite (yet another variation!)
V1 ~ Font 4+-5-
V2 ~ Font 5-5+
V3 ~ Font 6a-6b
V4 ~ Font 6c-6c+
V5 ~ Font 7a
V6 ~ Font 7a+
V7 ~ Font 7a+-7b
V8 ~ Font 7b-7b+
V9 ~ Font 7b+-7c
V10 ~ Font 7c-7c+
V11 ~ Font 7c+-8a
One might even think that such confusion might merit its own Facebook group ;-)
Talked to Steve Dunning yesterday and he is picking up the new Yorkshire Grit Bouldering Guidebook today and will begin mailing them out.
We received our first delivery of books from the printers today. All pre-ordered guides will be posted in the morning.
With regards the price of volume 2. We have not set a price for this guide yet but with it being a smaller volume we are expecting it to be under £15.
The guides look superb.
Roll on a dry day.
Well done on getting it finished!
How much longer are you going to be in the country for?
Im back off to Spain on Monday. If you fancy a trip out to Catalunya over the next few months then drop me a line. Kev and Chadders are coming out (to spain!) at half term.
They are now in the shops, well the one near Brimham has a pile!
The hueco system guides pretty well overall.Grading for instance gypsy trav in the new guide 6b+(font)to me is pretty meaningless.A crag like Almscliffe and others like it on grit with many traverse probs needs a less subtle grading system(than the font system).Otherwise the grades end up getting themselves very confused with inevitable comparable grading debates,you know the arguments re- is this a route grade or a 3move wonder grade etc etc.V grades speak for themselves no need to mentaly translate route grades or any other jiggery pokery( tricky if you do not climb routes!).
I think Gypsy traverse is Virgin traverse.
"V grades speak for themselves no need to mentaly translate route grades or any other jiggery pokery" - The same can be said about Font grades.
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