Portrane – you don’t have to be mad to climb their but it helps

Only messing. Was in Portrane today for the first time in years. Weather looked dodge on the way but it brightened up soon after we arrived. We arrived about 1.5 hours after low tide. The Arch was very wet with seepage, the Alley was damp but was drying fast, Pirates Cove was dry in places […]

The slopes of Three Rock

Many years ago I got tipped off by my almost namesake Darragh Flanagan that the quarries on the lower slopes of Three Rock might contain some bouldering, I didn’t think much of it at the time but obviously stored it away deep in memory. A while ago I was using Bing Map’s birds eye view […]

Glanekeera

Just did this up. I like the idea of blurring the boundary between action photos and topos, this photo while not great – what is Ped looking at and where are his shoes? – illustrates what I’m trying to do. Going to be a thick book if I do them all like this though. I […]

Dalkey Quarry bouldering

I’m trying to decide how much of the quarry bouldering to have in the guide. In the latest web edition of the guide I have a photo topo for Ivy Wall and the Traverse Wall in the West Quarry. Ivy Wall is definitely going to get in. Not sure about the traverse wall, is there […]

Trees

I’m currently trying to figure out the best way to represent tree on my topos. I reckon there are 3 ways Color- Main disadvantage is that I don’t want to use color in my topos just black,white and grey. And large blocks of grey would look crap. Side profile – This seems to be the […]

What grade is a pull up?

Image created with www.wordle.net As part of writing the guide I will have to spend a good bit of time thinking and talking about grades – whether I like it for not. Grades are a nessacary evil. Their purpose is to indicate problems  which one might have a reasonable chance of success or an entertaining […]

Photo topos

The web version of the bouldering guide has very few photo topos ie. photos of cliff or boulders with the lines of problems superimposed on them. There were a few reasons for that firstly if the guide was printed in low definition black and white on an ordinary printed most topos would be unreadable, secondly […]

The Plan

The plan is to do the guide is three phases, firstly the dublin area, secondly the wicklow area and thirdly the rest of the country. At the moment I’m not really able to travel much so this way makes sense. Plus if I find the task of doing the guide to the whole country is […]

New print guide

TheShortSpan is 10 years old soon. I can’t remember its birthday but it was some time before the end of February 2000 Check it out on archive.org  here and here. This website started off with some very scant information about bouldering in a few obscure spots in Dublin and Wicklow. It grew as bouldering become […]