Hong Kong Rock
- ISBN: 9789887508908508 pages
- Francis Haden
- Publication date
- 7 May 2021
Hong Kong Rock by Francis Haden is the first sport climbing guide to Hong Kong.
The first of its kind, it is a complete guide to sport climbing in Hong Kong. It features 508 pages of history, information and colour for the resident and visiting climber. This comprehensive guide provides detailed information on travel information, accommodation, visas, food, weather, what to bring, fixed protection standards, climbing walls and recommended routes to ensure a memorable experience.
Hong Kong Rock includes a historical section complete with profile pictures of key developers, past and present, who have shaped the course of sport climbing in Asia's 'Manhattan of the East'. The reader is guided to climbing locations by QR codes, illustrated maps, written descriptions and high-resolution aerial photography depicting approach trails, roads and key features. Call out boxes for every location provide a snapshot of route quantity, best for grade range, climbing style, location orientation, sun exposure, seepage and one-liner summarising the location.
- Over 1,000 sport routes
- 250 previously unpublished routes
- 10 new climbing areas
- QR codes to assist with finding crag locations
- Crag summary table and map for choosing where to climb
- High quality, detailed topo images
- Bolt count and pitch lengths
- Clear, easy-to-read grade charts
- How it all began – a historical on Hong Kong's climbing developers
- Illustrated maps
- Photographs by local climbers
Francis Haden is an explosive engineering consultant, rope access technician and full-time new route developer.
Francis started climbing in the UK, climbing traditionally protected ascents to E7 during the 1990’s while bolting new crags in the UK and other countries such as Spain.
He climbed his first new route aged 14 and has since made first ascents of over 1,000 routes across the world, including in the past 20 years - Australia, China, Greece, Hong Kong, Laos, Thailand
and Vietnam. His route Eterna in Kalymnos, Greece, is currently the longest titanium-equipped route in the world (275m). He introduced glue-in bolts to Laos and has been integral to developing new Asian climbing destinations such as Chiang Mai (Thailand) and Huu Long (Vietnam). He trains climbers to become developers themselves and is the Asia distributor for Bolt Products and Titan Climbing. He has provided volunteer services to the British Mountaineering Council, developed area bolting policies in different countries, and co- developed new fixed protection products.
In Hong Kong, Francis devotes much of his time and resources towards the maintenance of existing routes while concurrently bolting new ones.