Overlooking the picturesque slopes of Wharfedale is a climbing destination of national significance. The distinctive Cow and Calf rocks, plus the secluded Rocky Valley offer 278 routes on some of the finest Gritstone in the country. The variety of features on offer is mind-boggling. Protectable cracks, terrifying arêtes, technical walls and blind groove lines can all be found amongst this gritstone playground.
Music. Photography. Climbing. This unlikely triad of passions has influenced Jim Herrington's life from a young age, one occasionally pulling him further away from the others, as he strove to find an elusive equilibrium.
Over the last twenty years, two of these passions have intertwined in pursuit of an ambitious project to create a photo book paying homage to rock stars of a different kind; those whose records weren't for selling, but for setting on virgin peaks and faces by means of first ascents and gutsy endeavours, during the loosely defined 'Golden Age' of climbing from the 1920s to the '70s. Meet The Climbers.
Occupying a wild and desolate location on Ireland's west coast, is an array of limestone Karsts that have been sculptured over many years into a sea-cliff climbers dream destination. Intermingled with a diverse ecosystem of flora and fauna make this area just as interesting to the budding botanist as to the visiting climber.
Occupying a menacing position high above the Chew Valley's reservoir, is a grit stone monster of truly biblical proportions. By far the grandest crag in the Chew Valley, yet receiving rather less attention that it perhaps deserves.