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Rock Climbing in Snowdonia



Paul Williams - Frances Lincoln New Ed edition (July 19, 2006)
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Even though it's a select there's a big collection of routes in this guide, and not just the total classics - more than enough for a climber making a vacation visit. Due to space constraints the descriptions are not as colorful as the individual guidebooks, but it's great value.

A must have for anyone interested.

Paul Williams was a well-known rock climber and mountain photographer. He died at the age of 49 in a climbing accident on Froggatt Edge in 1995.
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The Mountain Men



Alan Hankinson - out of print do a web search.
I love this book.

Here's a review by Colin Wells of On The Edge Magazine (posted at planetFear.com):

What’s the gist?
Eccentric elements of the late Victorian & Edwardian bourgeoisie invent mad new British sport one drizzly Easter bank holiday. It involves slimy gullies, waxed moustaches, Meerschaum pipes, and standing on each others’ shoulders in a manfully, but vaguely homo-erotic way. Rock climbing is born!
Are they any good?
In other hands, the narrative could have been as dry as a gentleman’s snuff box but ex-ITN newshound Hankinson employs his journalistic skills to great effect, bringing the landscape and the characters of the protean Edwardian climbing scene come alive as if it were but yesterday. The Mountain Men recalls the hard nuts who grappled with the Welsh volcanic battlements of Snowdonia, which is both educational and entertaining.
Costa Daurada by Mark Glaister and Emma Medara <br />

Costa Daurada



by Mark Glaister and Emma Medara Rockfax
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Costa Daurada is a select book covering the crags of the Sierra del Prades, including Siurana. This book is far from comprehensive, but with nearly 200 routes, it probably has enough to keep most folks busy for a short vacation, and is a better option than the spartan & expensive local guide. This book offers star ratings, text descriptions (for some of the routes) & photographs, unlike the local guide, which states only the name & grade of each route. As a Rockfax guide, it is entirely in English.

Unfortunately the guide is rather out of date (published in 2002), and omits several excellent crags, most noteably La Siuranella, El Cargol, & L'Isabel. This book is intended for international travelers, and therefore offers some useful travel beta. A good choice for the budget-minded traveler planning to visit multiple crags, or only planning a few days at Siurana.
Rock Climbing Europe by Stewart Green

Rock Climbing Europe



Stewart Green, Falcon Guides
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Rock Climbing Europe is the perfect starting point for Americans on their way to Europe. The book is far from comprehensive, so ensure that your destination is included before laying out $40 or so. If your destination is included, expect explicit, robust, American-style route descriptions (a rarity in European guides) & photo-topos, all prefaced with a good deal of "Lonely Planet"-style traveler information. The book also follows the Falcon Guide system of providing tips on lodging/camping and where to find amenities in the local area. The book is encyclopedic is size, so you may want to xerox the key sections if you're going for a short trip.
Europe Sport Vertical

Europe - Sport Vertical



By David Atchison-Jones, Jingo Wobbly Publishing
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This is an overview book that sets out to list every single crag on the European continent a la Tim Toula's "Rock N' Road". Intended for a broad audience of various languages, the book uses an absurdly complex assortment of symbols & numbers to "describe" each crag without the use of text. The book is in full color, with plentiful glossy photos of various crags. This isn't a guidebook in the classic sense, but it can be a good way to learn about the locations & raw statistics of the multitude of little known crags in Europe. The book indicates number of routes, height of cliff, length of approach, sun exposure, and relative quality for more than 2600 sport, bouldering & alpine crags. The book also points you in the direction of the pertinent local guidebooks. Its a nice reference book, but probably not too useful once you're on the road. Set it on the coffee table or near your procelain throne for a few minutes of inspiration when the local weather is bad.
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Schweiz Extrem West



Filidor
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Areas currently in MP:
Lehn
Lungern
Schillingsflüe

From the author:

In the Fall of 2009, after weeks had passed since the final copies of „Schweiz extrem, Band 1“ were sold out and a re-printing was imminent, I began work on the publication of the updated climbing guidebook which is here newly presented as „Schweiz extrem WEST“. The past months were interesting and educational. Though I was met with many new and invigorating experiences, I had hurdles to overcome as well. The workload behind the publishing of a guidebook of this caliper was unimaginable to me at the time. I also felt an obligation to maintain the same topo publishing standard established by Filidor in the past and continue the diligent research of the areas.
The impressive limestone walls of the Wenden with its annual international draw of so many ambitious climbers from all over the world convinced me to focus on this amazing climbing destination. Over 50 routes (many new since the previous edition) on the Wenden are included here. The Bernese Oberland and The Valais has innumerous sport climbing areas within a small region. Next to the classic and well known areas, new and exciting climbing areas are being discovered and getting developed. “Bolti“, for example, has so many routes to choose from, all with a casual approach time of less than 3 minutes! It takes a bit more time and effort to approach routes like the “Doldophin“ on the impressive SE face of the Doldenhorn, but absolute awesome alpine ambience is guaranteed.
I hope with this new edition of the guidebook in hand, you are inspired for the upcoming climbing season and have a great time climbing. Most importantly, have fun!
Jura

Plaisir Jura



Filidor
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Areas currently in MP:
Balsthal - Brückenwand
Balsthal - Klus
Moutier
Schauenburgflue

Guidebook in German, French, and English. Covers a broad range of the Jura climbs, including some areas in France and Germany.

Valsertal



Panico
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Zervreilahorn

Very nice book for a relatively small area, the Valstertal region of Grabünden. All alpine (sport)climbing. High-quality book with pre-made topo cards to pull out for specific climbs.
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Gastlosen.ch



Edigast
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A comprehensive guide with very nice combination of photos and drawings to direct you to the right area (and then sub area, and then the peak..)

Plaisir Sud



Filidor
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Areas currently in MP:
Arcegno
Ponte Brolla

Ticino/Tessin and northern Italy sport climbing. I've only used the older edition, but quite decent area topos and easy to decipher. In German/French/Italian.
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Plaisir West



Filidor
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Areas currently in MP:
Eldorado
Gastlosen
Hintisberg
Sanetsch

Sport and alpine climbing in Western Switzerland, from Interlaken to Valais.

Plaisir Ost



Filidor
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Areas currently in MP:
Äscher
Bockmattli
Cheselenflue
Ofen
Melchsee-Frutt
Weesen
Zervreilahorn

Eastern Switzerland sport and alpine climbing for areas predominantly 6b and under.
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GLclimbs



Glclimbs
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Areas currently in MP:
Weesen

A labor of love by Glarner locals. Beautiful photo topos, very useful for figuring out where the heck you are. Focus on the big routes in the Glarner Alps, also with detailed info for sport climbing areas like Weesen and Mettmenalp.

Guidebook



Aris Theodoropoulos / Terrain
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Aris Theodoropoulos has done an astounding job on the guidebook. I'd venture to say it is the best guide I've seen. You can get one in Massouri at many of the climbing and tourist shops. If you want to study it ahead of time go to:
climbkalymnos.com/
Aris is active on the forums and new routes are listed there.
BUY THE BOOK! Leave it on the coffee table, display it in a Argon filled glass case... whatever you want - just buy it.