Outer Hebrides Rock Climbing Guidebook

by Mark on August 6, 2018

Outer Hebrides Rocking GuidebookThe 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 land.

The Uig sea cliffs on the western side of Lewis offer the best climbing on the island, with wonderful rock architecture and fabulous beaches set amidst a rugged and superbly scenic Atlantic coastline.  The climbing is on Lewisian Gneiss that is usually solid with good friction and positive holds many of which aren’t visible until you commit to the moves. The vast majority of the routes require committing abseils onto small ledges above sometimes wild seas – the very best of adventure trad climbing.

However not everything here is about sea cliff climbing with excellent mountain crags on both Lewis and Harris.  The Uig hills are remarkably rugged and set in a wild environment, with a mixture of single pitch and multi-pitch routes up to 300m long.  Further south on Harris there are a large collection of mountain crags with the emphasis on multi-pitch routes.

The new Outer Hebrides Rock Climbing Guidebook covers all of these routes on Lewis and Harris, plus the islands of Barra, Sandray, Pabby, Mingulay, Berneray and St Kilda.  For those seeking total remoteness then the uninhabited islands of Pabbay and Mingulay offer world class sea cliff climbing in solitude.  Here there are no comforts other than those that are carried by boat.

The guidebook covers almost 2,500 routes across a wide range of grades from Moderate to E9. This is a great climbing guidebook for those on a dedicated climbing trip, or those looking to climb for a day or two as part of a family holiday.  The islands of the Outer Hebrides have their own special charm and leave a lasting impression on all those who visit.  A trip out here is an adventure which allows one to sense the elements.

Outer Hebrides Climbing Beta

The new edition of the Outer Hebrides Climbing Guidebook is available to buy for £29.95 +P&P.  All the routes are shown on colour photo topos along with detailed access maps, approach information and a description of the type and style of climbing to be found.

The best time to climbing is from April through to September.  However the optimum time is in the spring and early summer when the weather is frequently fine and the midges have yet to emerge.

Travel to these islands is also an adventure though there is an airport at Stornoway on Lewis.  Alternatively there are various ferry services with the main ones being from Uig (Skye) to Tarbert and Ullapool to Stornoway.

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New Arco Rock Sport Climbing Guidebook

by Mark on July 16, 2018

Arco rock climbing guidebookSituated 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 all grades on superb limestone rock.

The new 4th Edition of the Arco Rock Sport Climbing Guidebook has just been published.  It is bigger than the previous edition with over 5,000 routes described across 136 crags (up from 113 crags in the 3rd edition).  This guidebook covers all the superb bolted sport routes, with vast majority being single pitch, though it also includes some 2-pitch and multi-pitch sport routes as well.  The guidebook is split into 7 main climbing areas which are Arco, Sarca Valley, Valle del Laghi, Trento, Rovereto, Giudicarie Valley, and Val di Non.

The guidebook is in English text throughout, with all the routes are shown on clear topo diagrams, along with route length and a brief description.

Buy this new edition of the Arco Rock Sport Climbing Guidebook for £31.95 +P&P.

Find out more about rock climbing in Arco.

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Zillertal Rock Climbing Guidebook

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Rock Climbing in Sweden

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Istria Rock Climbing Guidebook, Croatia

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Riglos Vertical Guidebook

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Peak Limestone South Guidebook

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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

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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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Rock Climbs in Annecy Guidebook

January 3, 2018

Climb Europe wishes all of our customers a happy New Year.  January is always a good month to plan your holidays and adventures for the year ahead. The French Alps is always a popular climbing destination, with most climbers heading for Chamonix.  For those who wish to escape the crowds of Chamonix but still experience […]

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Rock around the World Guidebook

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Christmas is always a good excuse to buy yourself a present; one that will inspire you to dream of big routes in great locations around the world. Sounds good? Then the Rock around the World Guidebook is for you. It describes 180 multi-pitch routes (both sport and trad) in 7 different areas around the world, […]

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