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It's been almost 20 years since the last definitive guide to the North Devon coast and surrounding area. Since then, there has been a significant development in the number of new, lower grade (S - HVS) venues, the country's first E11 (quickly downgraded to E9) was climbed and there's been an explosion in bouldering in the area including, possibly, the world's hardest crack problem. This new guide seeks to document these developments with detailed photo-topos and some fine action shots - the best boulder problems in the area are also included. Extensively researched by local activists with many years of rock-climbing experience in the region - Lead author Mark Kemball has been climbing in the area since the late 80s.
'One of the best books ever written about the early attempts to conquer Everest. A fine, fine slice of history by a truly special writer who proves time and time again that he is among the best of his generation' Dan Jones, author of The Plantagenets The untold story of Britain's most mysterious mountaineering legend - Maurice Wilson - and his heroic attempt to climb Everest. Alone. In the 1930s, as official government expeditions set their sights on conquering Everest, a little-known World War I veteran named Maurice Wilson conceived his own crazy, beautiful plan: he would fly a Gipsy Moth aeroplane from England to Everest, crash land on its lower slopes, then become the first person to reach its summit - all utterly alone. Wilson didn't know how to climb. He barely knew how to fly. But he had pluck, daring and a vision - he wanted to be the first man to stand on top of the world. Traumatised by his wartime experiences and leaving behind a trail of broken hearts, Wilson believed that Everest could redeem him. This is the tale of an adventurer unlike any you have ever encountered: an unforgettable story about the power of the human spirit in the face of adversity. Maurice Wilson is a man written out of the history books - dismissed as an eccentric and a charlatan by many, but held in the highest regard by renowned mountaineers such as Reinhold Messner. The Moth and the Mountain restores him to his rightful place in the annals of Everest and in doing so attempts to answer that perennial question - why do we climb mountains? 'A towering, tragic tale rescued from oblivion by Ed Caesar's magnificent writing' Dan Snow 'Absolutely bursting with life . . . the lure of adventure, hair-raising tales of amateur aviation, and, above all, the beauty and madness of the quest to ascend Earth's tallest summit' Patrick Radden Keefe, author of the Orwell Prize-winning Say Nothing 'It's hard to imagine a finer tribute to one of Everest's forgotten heroes' Elizabeth Day
In 1985 mountain guide Martin Moran achieved the first completion of all 277 Munros* in a single winter with the support and companionship of his wife Joy. Their success was a feat of dedicated mountaineering and effective teamwork through the storms, snows and avalanches of an epic winter season in the Scottish Highlands. Martin's account of the winter journey became a classic mountain narrative, combining his passionate enthusiasm for the mountains with humorous insights into a marriage put to the test through three months of living in a camper van. It was described as 'the best guidebook to the Munros' by mountain writer Jim Perrin. The book inspired many other climbers and runners to pick up the gauntlet in pursuit of new feats of endurance on Scotland's hills, and is now reissued with full colour photographs plus an introductory update by the author on how the 'Munros in Winter' changed his life.
When Boulder Britain first appeared in 2012 there was nothing else like it; eight years on, there still isn't.The UK's most ambitious guidebook 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. 2020 sees a major update to the classic guide. With 25 exciting new venues, lots of new problems, updated info and a great selection of new photos to reflect the fabulous sport that bouldering is today. 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
From the Brecon Beacons through The Valleys and onto the Coast, this guide contains 1500 of the best routes in South Wales. With Limestone escarpments overlooking the mountains, hidden Sandstone quarries for your first steps climbing outside or projecting hard classics, and sea cliffs offering either a big adventure or pleasant day out, it's hard to beat the variety of climbing on offer. Featuring trad routes from Diff. to E6, sport routes from to F4 to F8a+, bouldering and Deep Water Solos, all made easy to find with topos & maps and packed full of inspirational photos throughout. This is a guidebook like no other, a hybrid guide that combines the convenience of a select book with the completeness of a comprehensive guide. We've tucked into these pages the best climbing this area has to offer, with links to the South Wales Climbing Wiki (swcw.org.uk) that records everything else that's been climbed. This means no more compromises on book size or information volume and when new routes get put up and old ones fall down, the Wiki will keep you up to date and in the know.
Take the woman whose usual occupation is a sedentary one, proclaimed Mary Crawford in 1909, whose daily life is one of routine and who is constantly giving out to others her nervous energy. Put her on the train and send her to the mountains. She is going to know herself as never before-physically, mentally, emotionally. . . . Women have known the challenges and triumphs of mountaineering for nearly two centuries, and for nearly as long they have been writing about their accomplishments, creating a fascinating, often thrilling literature of adventure and daring. As with other aspects of women's history, however, the literature of mountaineering women has been scattered and largely forgotten. Their stories-sometimes published under the name of a male relative, sometimes under anonymous bylines such as a Lady -are here recovered and collected for the first time. The women who speak to us in this book climbed on the world's highest peaks and most difficult rock faces, from the English Lake District to the Alps to the Andes and Himalaya. Some were politically motivated, like the American Annie Smith Peck, who considered her spectacular ascents a strategy for advancing the liberation of her sex. Others were staunchly conservative about all matters save their personal right to climb mountains, a right that could rarely be taken for granted and sometimes proved as difficult to win as the summit itself. These stories are as much about people as about mountains. They tell of conflict and cooperation, of women struggling not only to reach a summit but also to negotiate their freedom in a society that preferred they simply stay at home. The editor's introduction provides an overview of the two hundred-year history of women's climbing and places it in the context of that struggle. Mountaineering Women shows how highly skilled, courageous, and determined women have revised and transformed a traditionally masculine activity, while at the same time transforming themselves-each arriving, as Mary Crawford put it, at last upon the summit to gaze out upon a new world. Surely not the same old earth she has seen all her life? Yes-but looked at from on top-a point of view which now makes upon her mind its indelible impression.
Scrambling is the highly popular pursuit which combines the freedom enjoyed by the hillwalker with the more immediate excitement of the rock climber but without the cumbersome clutter of ropes, karabiners and other paraphernalia. An essential guide to the best scrambling in Scotland, this book details, with the aid of maps and photographs, classic mountain routes such as Aonach Eagach and the Cuillin Ridge, as well as the lesser known Northern Pinnacles of Liathach and many more. Whether a complete beginner or a seasoned scrambler, everything you need to know about this challenging sport is contained here.
Toproping is rock climbing with the rope anchored at the top of the climb, as opposed to lead climbing, where a climber places protection as he or she goes. Having a top anchor lessens the potential distance of a fall and creates a more controlled situation in which to hone your climbing technique. Toproping is at the heart of learning to climb, and being able to safely set up and manage toprope situations is a critical component in the development of any climber. While it seems simple on the surface, topropes must be rigged and configured properly in accordance with sound safety principles-and that's where this book comes in.
When eleven climbers died on K2 on August 1, 2008, it was a stark reminder that the world's second-highest mountain has, for more than a century, been regarded as the most difficult and dangerous of all-for every four people who reach the top, one dies in the attempt. K2, The Savage Mountain tells the dramatic story of the 1953 American expedition, led by Charles S. Houston, when a combination of terrible storms and illness stopped the team short of the 28,251-foot summit. Then on the descent, tragedy struck, and how the climbers made it back to safety is renowned in the annals of climbing. K2, The Savage Mountain captures this sensational tale with an unmatched power that has earned this book its place as one of the classics of mountaineering literature.