/ The bible that is Yorkshire Gritstone has arrived
The divide between volumes was a scary proposition having to buy two guides instead of one complete guide but it is clear that with this level of detail to have a single comprehensive guide would be impossible and at £25 stands at amazing value for money. Climbers are famously tight non more so than myself but how many other books will you be referancing in 10-15 years time.
Good effort to all involved and I hope the second part of the guide stands up to this one.
How Yorkshire!...is this the best value yet per route/problem of any published guidebook??
Its also seriously impressive that Robin and his team managed to get this volume out so quickly. It's no easy task to go to a colour photo topo layout and insert all the bouldering for the first time.
It's just soooo pretty! I do have one problem with it, I have yet to have any damage to it, so I am paranoid about it getting ruined, and have been really over protective of it!
Covers ibbo's ugly mug too
that's a really good idea! ....... And carrying it up to Simon's Seat could make me lose pounds in weight (and I need to).
Top effort Robin and the editorial team. Many thanks for the happy hours the guide will bring.
Adi's good idea not chalky Jims!
Cheeky aren't I
And quite a few walls and outdoor shops had stock last week. Cheers
Forget the job hunting today!!
An excellent job of work by all concerned. The next generation of guidebooks......Well done.....Just buy it!
OK, I am a bit biased!!!
Could be a sure sign of grit obsessive disorder Paul
Pics of your trip look good
aye, it'll be hard work ticking all the severes (or lower).........
Pleased with the pic.
Going out tomorrow with the power dwarf if your free.
Has anyone got theirs from cordee yet?
I am very impressed. This is an excellent guide which includes all the routes and problems together. Clear maps, superb photo diagrams, excellent action photography (especially the shot of Karin!).
Font grades for the bouldering as is rapidly becoming the norm now.
Some superb esoterica included especially around Masham. Check out Roova on page 600...
Just buy it.
I had a trip up to Roova and was genuinely impressed. Nice walk in too.
I'd noted Roova as a possibility back in 1999 I think, but I was off bouldering at the time because of injury... hence the long walk in the middle of nowhere!
Foolishly never went back when I was better!
Well it's still there and I can't see it going anywhere!! I was amazed at how clean it was and probably always will be.
When is volume 2 expected to hit my shelves?
Took my new guide for an outing to Brimham last weekend, and I must say it made the old place look like new. Though having climbed there for the last 'few' years I have a good knowledge of the lay out. But I'm sure if I were new to this Gritstone Mecca the guide would have been invaluable.
However there was one omission from the guide at the mighty Bas West Chevin. The glorious and unmissable West Face Traverse, one of the finest traverses on Grit was not accredited to my long term and great climbing partner Samuel Cartwright AKA Lemony. Please could those that have the guide add a note to the page, and your guide will be complete. Much appreciated.
As with the Bible itself: don't believe everything you see...eg all those blue skys!
As it is I shall just carry a biro and write my name in any copies I see before returning home and crying myself to sleep - weeping for the tattered remains of my pride. Fortunately having Franny's smiling visage to look at every morning keeps the worst of the darkness at bay.
The world now expects a full frontal and a cheeky grin, It'll be like Calendar Girls meets Victor Meldrew!
*Maybe just need a Lapis Brush eh?
That would please you and your Nullification Fetish.
I'm afraid you've got that arse about face, Jim. It's actually 4 guides that you'll need to buy. Two for the crag and two to be kept in pride of place on the mantlepiece.
Yes it's a great read, the new place of Norwood looks cool, I was up there today!
My mate done Knapper at Dovestone a few months ago, we can't understand why it only gets one star in the new guide.
Grades and stars are always subjective because they are such a personal thing
Opening my copy I immediately was keen for the grit again since I ve not really climbed much on it since April. This winter is going to be a good one for yorkshire once people get their copy of this.
Nice one Robin :)
£25 for volume 1 - so that's £50 for all of YG? Think I'll make do qith the old guide + the internet! (I'm not grit's biggest fan!)
Lovely guide though
Fair enough what you said and you love the guide, but;
Considering the average YG guide lasts about 10 years and is a bit like paying Green Fees then fifty quid is for nowt
£50 = £5 per year
If you do 10 routes per year that's 50p per route
Harrogate Golf club fees per year = £857.
If you play 10 rounds per year that's £85.70 per round (or £4.76 per hole).
Cheap as chips.
Well said. I'd also add its not much different in cost from buying the bouldering guide(s) plus the last definitive (despite all the new stuff included). These modern guides are really cheap for the effort involved in producing them.
It's an absolute no brainer if you climb in the area. The time you will save at the crag is precious with the detailed pictures showing where the routes go, the crags that are in there that maybe on your doorstep but didn't know about all for the price of a couple of entry's to your local wall.
It's an investment.
Dont know if you been to places like Roddellar and Catalunya and bought the new guides for there, although looking lovely and costing more than this volume one they dont actually have more info than the name, grade and length. No meat on the bone as it were. Im still reading the interviews and love the list on page 355 in this YG guide....
Yea James and myself scraped our way down the big earl seat project a few years ago ground up. Ground up is a great style but does actually involve more wear and tear on the lower sections....
Having spoken to a couple of people re the Earl's Seats projects I've heard the accepted rule of engagement is to be ground up. Before hearing this I put a top rope on the wall left of Womb With A View and it is VERY pebbly. Also a difficult onsight as I seem to remember that a few of the foot placements were quite blind from above. Some of the crucial pebbles were looking fragile!
It became apparent that it was out of my league so I ceased trying fairly quickly. The Yorkshire Wad Squad are free to choose whatever ethical approach they please but my personal opinion would be towards a careful top rope practice ascent. My reasoning there being that, whilst ground-up is the more ethically pure approach from a style point of view, in the interests of preserving the rock, the fewer goes that are required then the better. I also seem to remember that I thought the crux would be the last couple of moves. You get to a chicken heady crimp and then there's a fair old way either trending left or going straight up to get to the top. With that in mind, there's great potential to have lots of repeat traffic over the fragile, pebbley moves lower down before unlocking the harder moves at the top.
Just my tuppence.
Good to see these projects getting a mention and being brought back to light. Wonder how many off that list will get done this winter.
Is bridestones in the 2nd volume? It's not on the list of crags included.
> Is bridestones in the 2nd volume? It's not on the list of crags included.
Yep, all the best crags like Shipley Glen et al are in the 2nd vol ;)
Less pebbly than it once was Will. There used to be a very helpful pebble at the top and the problem was top roped using it (just). Unfortunately it came away when the solo was attempted.
The resulting two holes in the soft ground below were pretty deep!
> Yep, all the best crags like Shipley Glen et al are in the 2nd vol ;)
Please tell me that include Baildon Bank?
Do you know, I've lived in Shipley since the summer and unbelievably I haven't yet made to Baildon Bank, but I hear it is indisputably the finest crag on grit. Even Jamie's photo here hasn't enticed me 5 minutes up the road from my front door.
A mate who posts on here thinks it's so brilliant he never climbs anywhere else...
Best crag in the world innit?
But in spring when there is warmer weather and light evenings I promise I will call in and tick the classics
If you think BB is anything close to the worst there is then you need to get out more. Ideally on a wet day when you can do a tour of dreadful quarries without actually having to climb in any of them.
BB is actually moderately splendid.
I assumed you were pissed. Predictive text didn't even enter my head.
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