Boulder Britain 2020:
It's not really called that. It's just called Boulder Britain. I mean, Boulder Britain 2020 sounds good today, the way Space 1999 sounded in 1987, but how's it going to sound in 2029? Exactly! But for now, let us pretend.
Boulder Britain 2011 (it wasn't called that either) was a one-of-a-kind guidebook. The UK's most ambitious guidebook, it set out to showcase and guide users through the ripe wealth of bouldering all across Britain. From Cornwall to Scotland, from Wales to Northumberland, taking in the Peak, Yorkshire, Lake District and Southern Sandstone along the way. It was a much-loved book.
Fast forward nearly a decade to this, the funnest year in recent memory; BB was looking a bit old around the edges and it was time to give the old house a lick of paint and patch a few cracks. Except the project grew. I've ended up redoing the roof, put in a new kitchen, added an extension, put down new carpet and fixed the taps. However the wallpaper in the hall is still the same and that nice old bath still leaks.
Metaphor aside (did you like that?) BB2020 is a major update to the original and set out to embrace the changes in bouldering over the last ten years. With over 40 exciting new venues, lots of new problems and updated info and a great selection of new photos to reflect the fabulous sport that bouldering is today. It features all the best jokes from the old edition with many more new ones beside. And it looks utterly fantastic, I swear!
This is a book to inspire any climber. From beginners on their first outdoor ventures, to dedicated boulderers after famous climbs; from road tripping explorers to holidaymaking families.
4,000 problems at 200 venues. It's all in here.
The honeypot gritstone of the Pennines: Stanage, Burbage, The Roaches, Almscliffe, Earl and Caley
Wild wave-washed weirdness on the Atlantic coast: Hartland Quay, Godrevy, Clodgy, Pentire and Lynmouth
Classic limestone powerfests: Raven Tor, Kilnsey, Parisella's Cave, Pantymwyn and Dinas Rock
Welsh favourites on the hillsides of Snowdonia: Mallory Boulder, Crafnant, Sheep Pen and Wavelength.
New-school limestone developments: Biblins Cave, Bacon Hole, Tremeirchion, Church Crag, Blackwell Dale, The Gop, Lees Bottom and Anston Stones
The rough beauty of south-west granite: Bovey Woods, Bonehill Rocks, Hound Tor, Carn Brea and Helman Tor
Moorland gems: Christianbury, The Stell, High Crag, Stoupe Brow, Scugdale, Ash Head and Lord's Seat
Overhanging testpieces on all corners of the land: Dumbarton Rock, Forest Rock, The Bowderstone and Craig-y-Longridge
Beginner's delights in the prettiest locations: Burbage South, Cademan Woods, RAC Boulders, Shaftoe, Dovehole and Stone Farm
Classic coastal destinations: St Bees, Portland, Porth Ysgo, Arisaig Cave, Northcott Mouth and Portlethen
Feel the quality of the country's best sandstone: Torridon, Queens Crag, The Churnet, Pex Hill and Nesscliffe
Holiday gems in the mountains of the Lake District: Carrock Fell, Fisherground, Langdale Boulders, Brant Fell, Virtual Crag and Badger Rock
Remote and unspoiled quality in the breathtaking Scottish highlands: Loch Buie, Applecross, Craigmaddie, Glen Nevis, Loch Katrine and Reiff in the Woods
Publication date: 17 November, 2020
Price £34.95 528 pages A5
Pre-order from www.boulderbritain.com and use offer code BB2020 to get £5 off and free postage.
About the Author
Niall Grimes has been climbing for over 30 years, participating in all aspects of the sport around the globe. For most of that time he has written magazine articles, given talks, DJed at parties, written and published climbing guidebooks and hosted the original and best UK climbing podcast, Jam Crack. He hopes you are having a nice day.