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Classic Routes Of The Ecrins 5th Sep 2018 Classic Routes Of The Ecrins -0 Sbastian Constant

This is a delight of a guidebook. It's A5 portrait and 200 pages (but only 75mm thick) so fits into a rucksack pocket pretty easily. The cover is plastic laminated so it will stand up to a bit...

Wild-Guide-Wales-3D-lr-450 26th Jul 2018 Wild Guide - Wales

UPDATE Wild Things Publishing have now made most of their books available as interactive apps via Itunes and Google Play. The apps work pretty nicely featuring a navigable map, as well as...

Wild Swimming France Cover 24th Jul 2018 Wild Swimming - France

UPDATE Wild Things Publishing have now made most of their books available as interactive apps via Itunes and Google Play. The apps work pretty nicely featuring a navigable map, as well as...

Wild-Guide-Portugal Page 01 16th May 2018 Wild Guide Portugal

It's quite a while since I last went to Portugal. Nearly 30 years I think! Looking at this guide it'll definitely be less than 30 before I go again :-)   Reviewing a guide when you haven't...

Mountain Adventures In The Maurienne 15th May 2018 Mountain Adventures In The Maurienne

The full title of this book is Mountain Adventures In The Maurienne, The Vanoise and Dauphine Alps. It features day walks. Walking tours, scrambles, rock climbs, via ferratas, mountaineering...

wild+guide+scotland+cover 14th May 2018 Wild Guide To Scotland

Wild Guides are now coming thick and fast from Wild Things Publishing. The latest to arrive through my door is the Wild Guide to Scotland. It's the same format as the previous ones: basically...

Canyoning IN The Alps 1st Feb 2018 Canyoning In The Alps - Northern Italy And Ticino

The size of this book, and the relatively small area of the Alps that it covers, is testament to the wealth and breadth of the sport of canyoning.  Initially I thought I'd hit paydirt...

walks-and-treks-in-the-maritime-alps 31st Jan 2018 Walks & Treks In The Maritime Alps

Another pocket sized guide from Cicerone who have definitely cornered the market when it comes to continental Europe. This guide features 220 pages (that's 18 walks of between 6km and 20km as...

Mountain Adventures In Chamonix 19th Jan 2018 Mountain Adventures In Chamonix

It seems apt that I am writing this review on the same morning as watching a short video a friend sent me of some very adventurous looking conditions in the French Alps.     I also went...

North Wales Bouldering 4th Dec 2017 North Wales Bouldering

I can safely say that this is the biggest climbing guide I have yet reviewed. At 668 pages it's a mighty tome that comes with a hefty price tag of £36.95. It may sound expensive, but it's...

Wild Atlantic Way 16th Nov 2017 Exploring Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

I've been reviewing guide books by Wild Things Publishing for a few years now, but they have by no means cornered the market. David Flanagan and Richard Creagh have produced a lovely guide to...

Cicerone 100 Hut Walks In The Alps 4th Oct 2017 100 Hut Walks In The Alps - Cicerone

Cicerone have an army of guidebooks to adventurous stuff in Europe (they do cover other parts of the world too, but Europe is their main focus). This guide is a welcome addition to our...

The Push Tommy Caldwell 2nd Oct 2017 The Push - Tommy Caldwell

I've grown out of the habit of reading books about famous climbers so it was with trepidation that I started reading The Push. I felt as though I knew enough about tommy Caldwell's life through...

Wild Guide Lakes And Yorkshire 29th Sep 2017 Wild Guide To The Lake District & Yorkshire Dales

If you read my reviews you'll know that I am a big fan of Wild Things Publishing. They started out with Wild Swimming and have since gone on to produce a whole raft of other titles, the latest...

Via Ferratas Of The French Alps 25th Sep 2017 Via Ferratas Of The French Alps

Via Ferratas are perhaps one of the oldest forms of adrenaline-based mountain activity. However they weren't originally designed with pleasure in use. Originating in the Italian Dolomites they...

Bikepacking 26th Jul 2017 Bikepacking Guidebook by Wild Things Publishing

Full title: Mountain Bike Camping Adventures On The Wild Trails Of Britain   By Laurence McJannet   At this year's Sheffield Adventure Film Festival there were enough films submitted on...

Wild-Swimming-Walks-Dartmoor-Devon-464x500 12th Apr 2017 Wild Swimming Walks - Dartmoor & South Devon

Following hot on the heels of my review a few days ago of the equivalent book on wild swimming walks in and around London this guide is a little more in keeping with the ethos of wild swimming....

WSW-Cover-10cm-72dpi 6th Apr 2017 Wild Swimming Walks - London

The full title of this book is: Wild Swimming Walks - 28 lake, river and seaside days out by train from London   Wild Things Publishing have released a series of very good and very...

The Bond 1st Mar 2017 The Bond - Simon McCartney

I've avoided reading any books about mountaineering for a while. Impressive though the feats are I began to find them following a pattern. It's no fault of the authors, but there are only so...

9781910636107 22nd Feb 2017 The Scottish Bothy Bible by Geoff Allan

Another gem from Wild Things Publishing, this is the second book on bothy's to have been released in the last year. Whilst the former, The Book Of The Bothy, featured a selection of bothies all...

Wild-Garden-Weekends-3D-2 20th Feb 2017 Wild Garden Weekends - Guidebook

I has been a pleasure to delve into this beautifully illustrated book and leaf through the beguiling examples of what has to be described as ‘Secret Britain’. Obviously, when reviewing...

wildswimmingitaly 2nd Nov 2016 Wild Swimming - Italy

They keep on coming. I've previously reviewed Wild Swimming books on  the UK, France, Spain, Australia and now comes Italy. I've not been to Italy for a long time, but this book looks set to...

1001climbingtips andy kirkpatrick ofc485pxsticker 13th Oct 2016 1,001 Climbing Tips - Andy Kirkpatrick

1,001 tips on anything has to be a pretty tall order. 1,001 tips on a niche activity like climbing must be virtually impossible. Not so if you have the mind of Andy Kirkpatrick. I checked out...

Wild-Guide-South-West-high-res 4th Oct 2016 Wild Guide - Devon, Cornwall & The South West

I'm loving the fact that Wild Things Publishing are producing a series of these Wild Guides. Having started off with wild swimming guides they have broadened their horizons and begun this...

in the shadow of ben nevis ian sykes cover 30th Sep 2016 In The Shadow Of Ben Nevis - Ian Sykes

Ian Sykes is a guy you have probably never heard of. He's not climbed big grades or big mountains so he's never really featured in any of our magazines or websites. But he's now in his...

a4b3b98ad5a56629d80c9d67a4422182 1024x1024 26th Jul 2016 Wild Swimming - Hidden Beaches

If you follow my reviews at all then you will know that I am a big fan of the Wild Swim series of books. I find them thoroughly inspirational, especially in light of yesterday's Blog post about...

WG-Scandinavia-3D-cover-lr-464x500 14th Jul 2016 Wild Guide - Scandinavia

I've reviewed one Wild Guide already, to the South of England. This is a whole different world of a book. I suspect I have yet to find a guide book with this many inspiring photographs in it. A...

punk in the gym 01 andy pollitt 13th Jul 2016 Punk In The Gym - Andy Pollitt

Andy Pollitt’s book was given to me by Vertebrate Publishing, the Sheffield-based business responsible for the majority of the recent climbing biographies, with a twinkle of the eye and a...

EVENT-WS-spain 30th Jun 2016 Wild Swimming - Spain

After France, Spain is probabyt eh country outside the UK that I have travelled to most. As kids our summer holidays were often based there, and summer in Spain being hot, we seem to spend the...

wssa-cover-150dpi 21st Jun 2016 Wild Swimming - Sydney

I’m an avid fan of wild swimming, and love the ever-growing series of Wild Swimming  guidebooks published by ~Wild Things Publishing. Wild swimming by its vey nature tends to take you off the...

Mallorca-Cover-2015 15th Jun 2016 Spain: Mallorca Guidebook Rockfax

I lose track of whether this is the third or fourth edition of Rockfax’s Mallorca guide (actually, I just looked it up and discovered that it’s no less than the 7th!) such is the popularity of...

5&6Part2 17th May 2016 5 + 6 - Western & Northern Fontainebleau (Part 2)

I’ve been a long-time fan of Bart Van Raaij, the Fontainebleau fanatic who has singlehandedly reinvented the guidebook to what is probably the world’s most complicated climbing area. Bart’s...

Rock Queen 10th Feb 2016 Rock Queen – by Catherine Destivelle

Rock Queen – by Catherine Destivelle Review by Sam Schofield Catherine Destivelle was at the pinnacle of climbing during the 1980s and 90s, achieving sporting firsts, winning competitions and...

Wild Guide 9th Dec 2015 Wild Guide - Southern & Eastern England

I've been a fan of the publishers of the Wild Guides since they hit the ground running with the first edition of wild Swimming. This latest incarnation is a delight to behold. It's the  same...

One Man's Everest 24th Nov 2015 One Man’s Everest - Kenton Cool

One Man’s Everest  Kenton Cool Review by Sam Schofield One Man’s Everest is a book of adventures woven into a bright, entertaining and inspiring tapestry of a mountaineering career. The...

peakdistricttrailrunning ofc485px 27th Apr 2015 Peak District Trail Running - Vertebrate Publishing

I've long held the view that there aren't enough fell running guide books out there. We are inundated with cycling guides and climbing guides, but running is arguably more popular, but there are...

vpbeyondlimits ofc485px 31st Mar 2015 Beyond Limits - A Life Through Climbing - Steve McClure

Steve McClure is one of the best rock climbers in the world; and undoubtedly the best sport climber in the UK over the past 15 years.  With climbing parents, growing up within easy reach of the...

scotrocksouth 6th Aug 2014 Scottish Rock - Volume 1 - South

A while back I reviewed Scottish Rock Volume 2 very favourably so it's no surprise that Volume 1, though reviewd in reverse order, is also a cracker. The guide claims to cover the best mountai,...

Rockfax Peak Bouldering Cover 14th May 2014 Peak Bouldering Guidebook - Rockfax - Review

Introduction I've reviewed a fair number of Rockfax guides over the years, but this one sets some new records. Had they made the cover from high density foam it could almost have doubled as a...

BAF poster675x300 adventure festival 2013image 23rd Aug 2013 Book review: 'Adventures in Mind' by Heather Dawe

One of the advantages of being married to an adventure sports writer is all the hand-me-down kit I get.  It means I look like a clown sometimes in an array of clashing colours - a purple...

Wild Swimming 2e 188 11th Jun 2013 Wild Swimming Second Edition by Daniel Start

Back in 2009 Daniel Start published a lovely new book called Wild Swimming. It was essentially a cross between a proper guide book and a coffee table book detailing some of the best wild swimming...

FontainebleauClimbsBatonWicks 16th Nov 2012 Fontainebleau Climbs – The Finest Bouldering And Circuits – A Review

Fontainebleau Climbs – The Finest Bouldering And Circuits – A Review J & Francoise Montchausse / Jacky Godoffe I’m beginning to wonder whether it is possible to have too many guidebooks to...

Echoes 24th Oct 2012 Echoes by Nick Bullock

Echoes by Nick Bullock Echoes has been an interesting book to read. On the one hand I’ve found it incredibly interesting and enjoyable, but it’s also frustrated me at times. A number of years...

Day Walks In Snowdonia 14th Sep 2012 Day Walks In Snowdonia

Day Walks In Snowdonia 20 Circular Routes In North Wales   Vertebrate Publishing I was born and grew up in Snowdonia so know the area pretty well indeed. My folks were avid mountain people so we...

VP West Yorkshire Mountain Biking 2nd Aug 2012 West Yorkshire Mountain Biking - Vertebrate Publishing

I’ve a neat little collection of these pocket sized guides on my shelf now. On a post card inserted inside the front cover Vertebrate Publishing claim to publish Britain’s best mountain bike...

Rockfax Dorset 1st Aug 2012 Dorset Rockfax

I’ve been climbing for more than twenty years now. I’ve climbed across much of the UK, but the south coast is somewhere I’ve only been three times. Don’t know why. It’s just panned out...

canoeing the congo 31st Jul 2012 Canoeing the Congo by Phil Hayward

Last year (2011) at ShAFF Phil Hayward came to the festival to introduce his film, a 20 minute short filmed and edited by himself, on his solo canoe expedition down the Congo river. A few months...

Cicerone Canyoning 30th Jul 2012 Canyoning - Classic canyons in Spain, France and Italy

A selection of scrambling, aquatic and roped descents by John Bull. Cicerone are an unusual publishing house. They are an essential contributor to the world of outdoor guidebooks, primarily...

5 And 6 1st Jun 2012 5 and 6 - 3975 straight ups in central and southern Fontainebleau

  Just over a month ago I went to Font for our annual Easter pilgrimage. I contacted Bart Van Raaij a week or two before going to see how his latest project was coming along, a similar guide to...

IMAG0027 2 31st May 2012 Traversing Club - Climbing Games

My oldest lad goes to our local primary school. A couple of weeks ago local climbing wall builder Wallclimber installed a traversing wall in the playground and I offered to start running an...

Wild Swimming Coast 24th May 2012 Wild Swimming – Coast

A few years ago I published a review of Wild Swimming. It was a breath of fresh air, a book packed with beautifully photographed wild swimming spots all over the British Isles. The thing was, it...

Pembroke09 15th May 2012 Pembroke - Rockfax

Printed a few years ago this is nevertheless a worthwhile addition to the Rockfax arsenal. It’s effectively an update on the previous guide (which came out in 1995!), bringing it into line with...

fivacover 30th Apr 2012 Fiva by Gordon Stainforth

  I tend to avoid reviewing mountaineering and climbing books these days. I’ve read so many over the years that I struggle with them, even if they are well written, as they are essentially...

5 Plus 6 23rd Apr 2012 5 Plus 6 - Fontainebleau Guide by Bart Van Raaij

A few years ago I wrote a glowing review for a new guidebook to the boulders of Fontainebleau. It was a work of art and a labour of love all rolled into one, and the fruits of a talented and...

Llanberis Slate Ground Up 19th Apr 2012 Llanberis Slate by Ground Up Productions

Ground Up are a North Wales based company who produce North Wales guide books. As such they know their stuff. They also clearly knew that the slate quarries were desperately in need of a new, and...

North-Wales-Classics 17th Apr 2012 North Wales Classics by Jack Geldard - Rockfax

What a nice idea. A small pocket sized guidebook to the best routes in Snowdonia. It’s something portable that you can carry on a route with you. It’s a selected guide so saves you the expense...

23rd Nov 2011 France Cote d?Azur by Chris Craggs ? Rockfax

Chris Craggs has been writing guidebooks, many for Rockfax, for a long time now, mainly to interesting foreign destinations so it should come as no surprise that he’s found another. Well, when I...

22nd Nov 2011 France Languedoc-Roussillon by Adrian Berry ? Rockfax

Last summer we went to the Ardeche with some friends for a family camping holiday. It was pre-school age for the kids so we went in September and were blown away by the area. It was stunning....

4th Oct 2011 Cold Wars Andy Kirkpatrick

I finished Cold Wars last night at 11.30. It was a thoroughly good book Im somewhat surprised to say. I read Psychovertical (his first book) and was a little disappointed. Ive seen Andy on stage...

The Good Mountain Biiking Guide 27th Sep 2011 The Good Mountain Biking Guide

Somebody had to do it. The UK has been crying out for a guide like this for quite some time. I remember back in the late 80s getting my first mountain bike and riding it up Snowdon from Llanberis...

font a bloc vol1 20th Sep 2011 Font A Bloc - Jacky Godoffe

Yet another guide to Font you groan? Well bear with me for just a minute as this one’s not half bad and offers a slightly different approach. First of all let’s get the cover photo out of the...

lundycover 8th Sep 2011 Climbing On Lundy - Climbers Club

Having climbed on the magical Isle of Lundy, in the Bristol Channel, three times before (in 1993, 1994 and 2003) I was excited about a my fourth trip with a group of friends in August this year....

west-country-climbs-cover 7th Sep 2011 West Country Climbs - Rockfax

 Published in July 2010 West Country Climbs has to be a contender for Rockfax’s biggest guidebook to date (425 pages). I remember when I worked at the BMC, realising just how big an area the...

lofoten 22nd Jul 2011 Lofoten Rock ? Rockfax

Quite some time ago my Dad bought me a guidebook which had piqued his interest. It was Ed Websters celebrated guide to ‘Climbing in the Magic Isles’. The Magic Isles being the Lofoten Islands...

Peak District Bouldering 21st Jul 2011 Guidebook: Peak District Bouldering

This is the first of a series of guidebook reviews to come over the next few weeks.   Peak District Bouldering is the second edition of the popular Vertebrate Publishing Guide. VP are based in...

yorkshire-grit-bouldering 19th May 2011 Yorkshire Gritstone Bouldering Vol 1 & 2

The first of these books to land on my desk was Vol 2. I was a little surprised to see so many crags I'd never even heard of, with so many classics omitted. Fortunately I spotted the 'Vol 2' and...

Troll Wall 16th May 2011 Troll Wall - Tony Howard

Last week my Dad found an old diary of his, written aged 14 (in 1954) detailing a solo cycle trip from Nottingham to North Wales. He typed it up and sent it to me to read. I was so impressed that...

wild-vision-book-cover-john-beatty 18th Apr 2011 Book: Wild Vision: In Celebration Of The Natural World

I've known John Beatty for a number of years and I knew that he was pretty handy with his cameras. However I had never had the pleasure of dipping into any of his books before now. He lives...

Mallorca11-cover 22nd Mar 2011 Guidebook: Mallorca Rockfax

Mallorca is probably the foreign climbing destination I have been to most. Actually, that accolade has to go to Fontainebleau, but Font is so familiar now that it almost doesn't feel like a...

Ireland bouldering Guide Cover 18th Mar 2011 Guidebook: Bouldering In Ireland

What a lovely guidebook! Can't really fault it. Personally I'm not a big fan of the landscape format, but I appreciate that it lends itself better to pictures, and at the end of the day, one of my...