...and then there's two along in a matter of months!
I'm going to wait for April and get the SMC guide though - I don't expect to do any sport-climbing through the winter, and I'd like to be comfortable in the knowledge that the profits are being recycled towards the good works of the Scottish Mountaineering Trust, and the production of less lucrative but equally vital publications.
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> >"the profits"
> Ha! From a Scottish sport guide. Good luck to the guys I say, but I doubt they'll be able to retire on the "profits" of this "lucrative" tome.
I can tell you that it is indeed far from Lucrative, in fact we would be happy if we covered our costs...just of printing!
I may also point out that once printing costs have been covered we are putting a percentage of any profits to our bolt fund for the required re-equipping of Scottish sport routes; in Scotland no such fund has existed to date.
I've got the 7aMax guide and have been impressed with what I've seen of it so far, though have yet to have the chance to actually use it at the crag.
The article is good too, and mostly pretty comprehensive, so I was a wee bit surprised how little mention is made of all the various sport crags on the Northeast coast (almost all of which were developed by Tim Rankin, whose contribution to the development of sport climbing in Scotland is an omission from the guidebook history write-up).
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Really enjoyed the article, thanks for the inspiration; minor editorial point - gneisses are metamorphosed igneous rocks, not derived from sediments like limestone; far north west gneiss is awesome - try Sheigra!
Not strictly correct, gneiss is really more of a textural than compositional category. Orthogneiss is primarily derived from high T/P metamorphism of igneous rocks (like much of the Lewisian gneisses), whereas paragneiss is derived from a sedimentary protolith, and are uncommon in Scotland.
Pictures of folk climbing on conglomerate without helmets: this gives me a major case of the willies!
> I'm going to wait for April and get the SMC guide though - I don't expect to do any sport-climbing through the winter, and I'd like to be comfortable in the knowledge that the profits are being recycled towards the good works of the Scottish Mountaineering Trust, and the production of less lucrative but equally vital publications.
I realise that the SMC and 7aMax guidebooks have obviously taken a lot of hard work and dedication by the two teams. Surely both guides will be a good addition to the range of guidebooks serving Scotland? We did quite a bit of sport climbing last winter in Scotland - it was good fun, in the main; maybe there will be other enthusiastic parties keen to sport climb in Scotland over the winter, after all, there's always 'Costa Arbroath'...
I may be biased as Sebastien and Topher are good friends of mine, but I feel credit should be given for their efforts, hard work and artistic merit - is it not impressive that this project has been realised in a period of 13 months whilst working full time? Good job they are not in it for the money!