New Antalya Rock Climbing Guidebook

by Mark on October 8, 2018

Antalya Rock Climbing GuidebookThe best place to go sport climbing in Turkey is undoubtedly Antalya, and in particular the crags of Geyikbayiri and Olympos.

Geyikbayiri is the largest sport climbing area in Turkey with well over 700 routes, and is situated only 25km from the busy tourist city of Antalya.  The quality and beauty of the rock at Geyikbayiri, plus Antalya’s climate, and the relative ease of transportation are the prime reasons that pull climbers to the area. The climbing is on superb limestone rock, with many features ranging from grey limestone walls with small crimps, overhanging walls with stalactites and tufas, to pocketed walls that have been described as a “mini Ceuse”.  The main crag is 1.5km long, which along with several other buttresses, provide 100’s of routes across at all grades from F4’s to F8’s.

Further south is another excellent sport climbing area at Olympos, with several crags. Here there are over 300 routes on perfect limestone rock across all grades. The rock climbing has slabs with small pockets that require technical moves and lots of balance through to tufas and huge roofs. Some of the crags also have the advantage of only being a few hundred metres from the beach. This area also has several walls that are suitable for deep water soloing (DWS) with the sea being deep enough to attempt routes from 8 to 20m long.

The new 6th edition of the Antalya rock climbing guidebook has just been published.  It describes nearly 1,200 routes at Geyikbayiri, Olympos, Citdibi, Kas, and Cirali areas.  All the routes are shown on full colour photo-topos, along with route length and the number of bolts.

Buy this new Antalya rock climbing guidebook for £29.95 +P&P.

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New 2018 Edition of the Mello Boulder Guidebook

by Mark on September 20, 2018

Mello Bouldering GuidebookMello is an iconic place to go bouldering with perfect granite rock, where thousands of boulders litter the valley floor.  These boulders are situated in lush alpine meadows and shaded woodlands, and provide a good range of problems across all grades that generally have good landings.

Partly thanks to the annual Melloblocco festival, which is held every spring, the whole area is home to some world class bouldering, with new areas and problems being constantly developed.  Mello is home to thousands of problems across the grade range with many lines graded 6a or easier, and everything above including an incredible number of problems in the 7b to 8b range.

The boulders come in all shapes and sizes, requiring different technics and styles.  There are overhangs that sometimes require a quickly executed dyno; rounded arêtes where careful balance and a wise distribution of personal strength will be successful; while steep faces are ascended via white crystals.

A new edition of the Mello Boulder Guidebook has just been published.  It covers 37 different bouldering areas in the Masino Valley area including Val di Mello, Valle dei Bagni, and Piana del Remenno. In total around 2,500 problems are described, of which 300 are new.  There is something for everyone, from beginners through to the top end boulderers.

Buy the Mello Bouldering Guidebook for only £32.95 plus P&P.

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Outer Hebrides Rock Climbing Guidebook

August 6, 2018

The Outer Hebrides represents the jewel of Scottish sea cliff trad climbing with the emphasis on adventure.  They are located on the western extremes of Scotland.  The largest selection of routes are found on the islands of Lewis and Harris that despite their names are in fact one island separated by a 10km neck of […]

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New Arco Rock Sport Climbing Guidebook

July 16, 2018

Situated just north of Lake Garda, Arco and the Sarca valley is one of Europe’s most popular climbing destinations that provides something for everyone.  This ranges from single pitch sport routes to long Dolomite style airy multi-pitch routes on big walls.  The whole area is vast with many 1000’s of routes to choose from across […]

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Zillertal Rock Climbing Guidebook

June 22, 2018

Zillertal, located near Innsbruck in Austria, is a beautiful green and narrow alpine valley surrounded by snow-capped peaks.  Dotted throughout this valley are numerous granite blocks of all shapes and sizes, providing a paradise for sport climbing and bouldering.  The climbing is varied from delicate quartz slabs, to deep granite cracks, and steep crimpy overhangs.  […]

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Rock Climbing in Sweden

May 18, 2018

The summer is almost upon us, and for those who are looking for a different rock climbing holiday experience, then Sweden could be the answer.  Climbing in Sweden?  Where? What type? Throughout southern Sweden and particularly around the city of Gothenburg there are many crags to explore.  The character of the climbing here is all […]

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Istria Rock Climbing Guidebook, Croatia

April 16, 2018

Istria is the huge peninsula overlooking Italy in northwest Croatia, and is a great place for a climbing holiday.  Many of the best and largest crags are situated in protected rural areas, with rolling hills and canyons. What about the rock?  It’s fresh, solid, karsty, exhilarating limestone.   A new Istria rock climbing guidebook has just […]

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Riglos Vertical Guidebook

March 23, 2018

Riglos is a picturesque village in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains near Huesca, in northeast Spain.  Riglos is famous for its orange conglomerate pillars of rock rising up to 300m high.   The photograph opposite shows the main cliffs of Riglos, with the broad pillar of El Pison in the foreground. Riglos is all about […]

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Peak Limestone South Guidebook

March 11, 2018

The Peak District is the most popular climbing area in the UK with many thousands of routes across a wide range of climbing styles.  A new definitive guidebook for the southern limestone crags has just been published centred around Matlock.  Called Peak Limestone South, it describes all the trad climbing and sport climbing as well […]

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Sport climbing in Margalef guidebook

February 12, 2018

Margalef is the second largest climbing area in the Sierra de Prades Mountains (also known as the Costa Daurada climbing area) that are close to the towns of Reus and Tarragona in southern Catalunya. The type of rock found at Margalef is conglomerate, and the style of climbing is all about pockets, with an abundance […]

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