|The Climbers Logbook
£14.95, added Feb/2005
reviewed by Jonathan Lagoe
This review has been read 7,531 times
Climbers tend to split quite neatly into those who wouldn't dream of
recording any of their climbing exploits, and those who regard keeping a minutely
detailed record as an essential part of the activity.
For those in the second category, The Climbers Logbook is an attractive option
consisting of spiral bound pages, simply subdivided for use to record your climbs
and liberally interspersed with inspirational photography from Dave Cubby
First impressions are that this is not a logbook to be thrown in your rucksack
when away on a climbing trip it's far too nice for that. This
book is something you'll want to keep at home and update as a permanent
record, not least because the quality of the paper means that it's quite
a heavy item. With 122 pages to log notes, as well as a few for tick-lists addresses
and contact information it'll last most of us weekend climbers
a few years at least.
In use, the book is quite unstructured no boxes or formatting on the
notes pages, so you'll need to make up your own system. A quick introduction
from Cubby and you're straight into it. Overall this unstructured approach
extends to the whole book and there are no page numbers or index list of photos.
Personally, I rather liked the serendipitous effect of this just when
you think you've seen all the photos, another one jumps out and grabs
The shots themselves cover a huge range, from big hills in Peru to bouldering
on graffiti at Dumbarton rock, and reflect a lifetime of varied mountain and
In terms of quality, they range from just about perfect to merely excellent,
though you may have seen one or two of them before. In Cubby's introduction
he says he wants them to be inspirational well they certainly are that.
My only criticism about the format is the occasionally rather vague nature of
the photo captions. If a photo inspires me, I'm already mentally planning
my next trip there, so I want as much information as possible: like which is
that icefall in Argentiere? Where is that overhanging crack in Northumberland?
And what is the name of the mountain on the cover?
This minor point aside, The Climbers Logbook is a quality production which
does the job it sets out to do really well, and has already added to my list
of must-go destinations recommended.
The Climbers Logbook - From Cubby Images - £14.95
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