Lake District Rock: Selected Rock Climbs in the English Lake District


Lake District Rock: Selected Rock Climbs in the English Lake District
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Lake District Rock: Selected Rock Climbs in the English Lake District
Manufacturer Fell and Rock Climbing Club of the English Lake District
Page By Nanuls
Page Type Oct 5, 2007 / Oct 5, 2007
Object ID 4046
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Product Description

This new FRCC guidebook takes the best rock climbs in the English Lake District and presents them in a fresh new format.

Fully revised and updated maps to help you find the crags. Detailed colour topo-diagrams to help you find the routes.

More than 500 classic rock climbs on 64 superb crags are described. The choice of routes covers the full grade spectrum from Difficult to E8, with the majority of climbing in the popular VS to E2 range. Classic high mountain venues such as Scafell, Dow, Gimmer and Pillar Rock, low-lying outcrops including Shepherd's Crag, Castle Rock, Raven Crag and Wallowbarrow, and good wet weather alternatives like St Bees, Armathwaite, and Chapel Head (none of them previously covered in an FRCC Guide), together with information on Bouldering, Crags for Groups, Climbing Walls and Accommodation, are all ruggedly bound together in a handy pocket-sized format.


ISBN 10: 0850280451
ISBN 13: 9780850280456
No of Pages: 512
Page Size: 170 x 105
Publisher: FRCC*
Published Date: 01/11/2003
Cover: spiral bound
Illustrations: 141 illustrations, maps
Weight: 440 gms.


Lakeland Book of the Year Awards 2004 - Titus Wilson Prize

Lake District Rock won the Titus Wilson Prize for guidebooks in the prestigious Lakeland Book of the year Awards 2004 hosted by the Cumbria Tourist Board and Hunter Davies.

The award is very apt, as the late Oliver Turnbull, for many years owner of Titus Wilson's Printers and Publishers of Kendal, took the photo of the Editor on Eliminate A on Dow Crag (p114) and also appears (anonymously) as the figure admiring the sun setting over Wasdale on page 21.



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Nanuls - Nov 6, 2009 5:48 am - Voted 5/5

Lake District Rock
In my opinion, general guides are the hardest to get right, particularly for an area so rich in quality routes as the Lake District. Deciding what routes are worthy of inclusion, juggling the right mix of grades, trying to give fair coverage to the various mountains and crags and then trying to fit everything in to a pocket sized booklet must be a nightmarish task. In my opinion such guides all to often give too much focus to the harder routes and not enough to the easier ones, and I feel that those who seek to benefit most from such guides are the newcomers to the sport; after all, if you’re just starting out you’re not going to want to spend a lot of money accumulating a library of detailed guidebooks. It is to the FRCC’s credit therefore that their little book gets it right – the right mix of routes and the right mix of areas all in one compact and colourful location. Of course there are those who will always complain about the omission of a route or the inclusion of another, but by and large, I’m sure most will agree that what should be here, is.

The pages are laid out with clear, colour coded descriptions, colour photographs and crag topos. The topos are of the diagramatical kind, which may seem a little old fashion considering recent Rockfax, Climber’s Club and Ground-Up publications, which use photographic topos in their books, but this is saved by the fact that the diagrams are of a high quality and clearly the intricacies of routes and crags. There is also the addition of a small bouldering section, which although not as comprehensive as the most enthusiastic Lakeland boulders might like, is more than enough for the occasional visitor. Basically, if you’re a local just starting out or just an occasional visitor to the area, then this book is an absolutely perfect companion to your exploration.

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