by Mick Ryan – UKClimbing.com And excited Brian at the Climbers´ Shop The new FRCC guide Buttermere & St Bees is now available. This is the second guidebook in the FRCC series to Lake District climbing to get a major makeover, the first was Gable & Pillar; although ´makeover´ is probably the wrong word to describe the hard work that has gone into this publication by authors Colin Read and Paul Jennings, and the rest of the FRCC guidebook team, in particular Phil Rigby who produced the photodiagrams and Al Phizacklea who created the beautiful 3-D maps. This guide is in full colour with a plastic cover, a marker ribbon and 356 pages in the standard handy pocket format From the FRCC: “This guide covers Buttermere, including its main venues of High Crag, Eagle Crag and Grey Crag, the newly developed Raven Crag on the Ennerdale face of High Stile, the less known venue of the Newlands Valley, and the sunny sandstone cliffs of St Bees with their modern bolted routes and trad adventure horrors. A selection of boulder problems, both in Buttermere and at St Bees, is also included. Also features some great action photography and many historical pictures from the FRCC archives.” The colour and beautiful photodiagrams alone will do more to popularise these often remote crags or at least open the eyes of those interested in climbing in the Lakes to go beyond the popular hot spots of Langdale and Borrowdale. You can see the cover of the guidebook: here Topo example: Grey Crag: Oxford and Cambridge Buttress: here More details of FRCC guidebooks: www.frcc.co.uk
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