Southern Sandstone Climbs - A New Rockfax Gear News

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Southern Sandstone Climbs cover  © Rockfax
We are very pleased to announce a Rockfax to a new area for us. Southern Sandstone Climbs will cover the popular sandstone climbing found in southeast England, on the borders of Kent and Sussex. The area is well known to London climbers since it offers the nearest outdoor climbing to the capital.

It is an interesting area for us since the local ethic is one of top-roping and bouldering dictated by the softness of the rock which can't take normal runner placements without wearing out and causing serious damage to the rock.Lead climbing on hand-placed protection is in fact banned. This has required us to take a new approach to grading and documenting climbs to fit in with the tradition of the area.

The book will cover all the main routes and boulder problems on 12 different crags using the familiar Rockfax style of big photo-topos accompanied by clear descriptions and inspiring action photographs. It has been put together by local climber Daimon Beail who also compiled the deep water soloing section of the Mallorca Rockfax guidebook.

We are hoping to publish in September and things are on schedule at the moment. The book is set to be around 500 pages and will be accompanied by an app version published at the same time.

Crags Included

(Links take you to the UKClimbing Logbook pages)

Bowles Rocks, Eridge Rocks, Harrison's Rocks, High Rocks, High Rocks Annexe, Happy Valley, Bull's Hollow, Toad Rocks, Mount Edgecumbe Rocks, Bassett's Farm Rocks, Under Rockes, Stone Farm

Some example pages below:

25 May, 2017
In the photos of the book there seems to be two grades for each climb - sport and then something else (uk tech grade?) does someone know the score?
25 May, 2017
UK tech grade has alway been used on Southern sandstone up to now. The rockfax guide has moved to French grades, apparently to make it easier for indoor climbers to move outside as well as splitting up the higher grades is to smaller divisions.
25 May, 2017
I missed this key point when I first climbed there, and hence got a bit concerned the amount of suffering I was enduring on my way up some of the 5's.
25 May, 2017
are they font or sport?
25 May, 2017
Cos that hasn't been going on for several decades already.... ???
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