Safety Second

Ask your Da or Uncle to name a climbing route, not a mountain but a specific route, and I bet you they will think for a minute and offer The North Face of the Eiger. It’s probably the most famous climb in the world. In 1938 a pair of German and a pair of Austrian […]

Thoughts after the Font trip

I’m been home from my trip to Fontainebleau for just over a week now. It’s only in the last few days that I have felt fully recovered. The only lingering effects at this stage are slightly sore wrists and really good skin on my finger tips. We had four full days in Font, the weather […]

Rock Climbing in Ireland is printed

I got the advance copies yesterday, the rest are to follow tomorrow or the next day hopefully. I’m very pleased with it, the printer did a great job. Check it out…

Colour proofs for Rock Climbing in Ireland

Just got the colour proofs for Rock Climbing in Ireland. It’s looking good, really nice, vivid colours. It’s the same printer that did the second edition of Bouldering in Ireland and Bouldering Essentials so I’m confident they are going to do a great job.

Rock Climbing in Ireland is at the printers

Finally I got Rock Climbing in Ireland to the printers on Wednesday, only a day late. I should have copies ready for sale on the 6th of November, well in advance of the Christmas rush.

Fair Head preliminary route selection

The Prow So the biggest and best is left until last. An probably the most decisive as well. Fair Head  is a great crag and it now has a great,  modern guidebook. It’s probably the only Irish crag that attracts visitors who come solely to climb at it rather than to roadtrip around visiting a […]

Colour blindness and topos

One of the very kind proof readers raised the issue of colour blindness and how it might relate to my topos. Originally I planned to use white lines (with various dots and dashes to distinguish lines that overlapped) but I felt they weren’t clear enough so started using a mix of white and red or […]

Great Gully Ridge,Glenmalure

Was out getting some photos of John and Theo climbing Great Gully Ridge in Glenmalure yesterday. Took hundreds of shots, the weather was perfect, crisp and sunny with mostly clear skies and a little cloud. Taking good topo shots is a bit of  a black art. To get the right light and the perfect angle […]

Mournes preliminary route selection

The Mournes aren’t really a single area more a collection of areas and that’s how I’m planning to treat it in the guide. Each gets their own approach and conditions information. Here is the preliminary list, feedback welcome. Pigeon Virgo Penny Black Playtex Class Distinction Rainbow Warrior Falcon Pantoms Citreon Spellack Spellack Chimney White Walls […]