/ REVIEW: Chasing the Ephemeral by Simon Richardson

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Chasing the Ephemeral montage, 4 kbChasing the Ephemeral by Scottish winter new route guru Simon Richardson is a guidebook with a difference. We think it's an instant classic, and probably unique. Others clearly agree, and two site users have sent us reviews of the book. We've combined them here.

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3leggeddog on 13 Jan 2017
In reply to UKC/UKH Gear:
Without a doubt the book is great, we'll written and inspirational. Well done Simon.

I am disappointed in the format of the book, softback ed and the size of a "modern" guidebook. I think if it were a little larger, with a hard cover it really would be what it ought to be, a modern Cold Climbs. Comparing it with my other Xmas climbing book, physically ills scafell tome, it looks a bit temporary.

I would have happily paid more for this format.

All that said, nice one Simon.
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gavmac on 13 Jan 2017
In reply to 3leggeddog:

Excellent, quite excellent book. The genius of it is how it makes you think about route choice.

I tend to agree regards format. The hardbook, coffee table type design would have been a real winner. The publisher would no doubt have been torn on the usually conundrum of print run and costs, format, RRP etc. Never easy.

Nevertheless, it's a brilliant piece of work. This will be a classic.
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angry pirate - on 13 Jan 2017
In reply to UKC/UKH Gear:

I would agree with the reviews except it just made me feel miserable stuck at home with the family all over Christmas ;)
Tricadam on 13 Jan 2017
In reply to gavmac:

Looking forward to the second edition, coffee table style!

We've been incredibly fortunate to have two stunning Scottish winter books in three years: The Great Mountain Crags of Scotland and now this.
Michael Gordon - on 15 Jan 2017
In reply to 3leggeddog:

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> I am disappointed in the format of the book, softback ed and the size of a "modern" guidebook. I think if it were a little larger, with a hard cover it really would be what it ought to be, a modern Cold Climbs. Comparing it with my other Xmas climbing book, physically ills scafell tome, it looks a bit temporary.

> I would have happily paid more for this format.
>

Agreed, paperback and slightly on the small side are my only criticisms really.
last ascent - on 18 Jan 2017
In reply to UKC/UKH Gear:

I wonder how he reconciles a love for Scottish winter with a career in the oil industry, given that if the oil industry continues unchecked there might not be any Scottish winter before too long.
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Rob Parsons on 18 Jan 2017
In reply to last ascent:

> I wonder how he reconciles a love for Scottish winter with a career in the oil industry, given that if the oil industry continues unchecked there might not be any Scottish winter before too long.

We're all equally complicit in that. I assume you take the occasional trip by something which uses a motor? Heat your house in some way? Etc. etc.

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