“It's been a long wait, but I know people will be blown away when they get the book in their hands. It really is a stunning production; we're all very proud!” Commented guide editor Simon Panton.
The books are due to arrive in Britain in the second week of December.
There has been a huge amount of development at Gogarth since the previous Climbers' Club 1990 guide and if any book has been longed for by the British climbing community - this is it.
To celebrate the publication of the guide, UKC has an article that was entered in to the Gogarth writing competition back in 2007.
- UKC Article: Rat Race (E3 5c) – Autumn 2007
The winner of the Gogarth writing competition is Ed Bellthorpe from North Wales with his essay A Pre-Cambrian Trip. Ed's tale captures the trials and tribulations of an exciting day spent living the Gogarth dream in all its startling detail, beginning, as is traditional, in the cliff top café:
“To me the café seemed to be positioned at an un-nerving elevation. Swirling mist added to the atmosphere (slightly dampening it). A sense of foreboding made me secretly want to will-on a bit of light rain, so that we could brew up for longer, and the tatty guide was so full of mystery it merited a bit of a looking over. Strange route names without obvious meaning or explanation, each the work of a different crowd. The Holliwells, Joe Brown, Jim Moran, The Wintringhams - they'd all frequented the unseen world below us...”
The full unabridged version can be found in the forthcoming Gogarth North guide.
For more information on the Gogarth guidebook see the www.groundupclimbing.com website.
New Font Guide (and article)
John Watson has produced a guidebook to Fontainebleau. You can read more about it here: UKC Premier Post.
John has written an article for UKC, outlining his thoughts and research on the history of Fontainebleau. His article is more than a list of boulder problems, he covers art, history and the natural landscape, coupled with historical paintings and photographs.
- Read the article here: Voice in the forest - Fontainebleau
To read more about John and his other guidebooks, visit his site: Stonecountry