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CLASSIC ROCK: GREAT BRITISH ROCK CLIMBS Ken Wilson 2007 New hardcover
By Wilson, Ken
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2007, New updated edition. 288 pp, hunreds of new color photos. Completely new edition of Classic Rock with the same essays but lots more historical information and masses of new colour photos! Describes a hundred or so classic rock climbs (from Diff to ca Mild VS) from all over the UK (with the notable exception of Northern Ireland).
 
First of the series, Britain's greatest 55 climbs. Large-format hardcover, New condition with dust jacket.
 
Due to the large size of this book, extra postage will be required for Priority Mail or International Mail.
 
Classic Rock is a collection of over fifty essays about rock climbing in the UK. But it is more than just a guide to rock climbs. Classic Rock is a source of inspiration in its collection of evocative black-and-white photography and beautiful writing. It is also an 'aide-memoire' and something to discuss over a pint or two of beer in an isolated public house at the end of a hard day on the hills.

Ken Wilson's compilation provides an introduction to climbing areas the length and breadth of Britain. Many of the climbs were at the 'cutting edge' fifty or more years ago and each essay describes the history or significance of a climb and provides a kind of 'way in' to each crag or mountain area - often written by climbers who were pioneers of their day. The authors are people like Jim Perrin, W.H. Murray and Nea Morin - some of the finest climbing writers of their generation.

By modern standards, these are not hard climbs. Rather, they are climbs for the competent adventure climber with a feel for the history and tradition of mountaineering. But to categorise and dismiss these climbs as easy (they have been dubbed 'soft rock') and therefore not worthwhile is to miss the point.

 
Classic Rock will provide a wealth of inspiration and, over the course of a few years, cherished memories for the ingenue and more experienced climber alike. This is a book to be read and used by mountaineers who can enjoy climbing at any level, but who seek an insight into the history, origins and variety of our pastime. Although more of a coffee table book than a pocket guide, this is an outstanding collection of essays about middle grade mountaineering in Britain.

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