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Lake District Bouldering
The LakesBloc guidebook
- ISBN: 978-1-910240-73-1560 pages
- Greg Chapman
- Publication date
- 24 May 2019
Lake District Bouldering is the long-awaited guide to bouldering in the Lake District National Park. Written by Greg Chapman, one of the pioneers of bouldering in the Lakes, it features almost 3,000 individually numbered problems and dozens of variations and linkups at over 70 venues.
Greg created the LakesBloc website in 2003 with the sole aim of providing the very best online information relating to bouldering in the Lakes and surrounding areas. Lake District Bouldering builds on LakesBloc and brings together this huge amount of information in a comprehensive guidebook for the very first time.
This guide is split into five sections: South-East, South-West, North-East, North-West and South Lakes Limestone. Featured crags include old-school venues such as the Langdale Boulders, the Bowderstone, Woodwell and Armathwaite; recently developed areas such as the Harter Gold Boulders in Dunnerdale and the Stirrup Stones in Wasdale, and nationally significant spots including Carrock Fell, Kentmere and St Bees Head.
Each crag features detailed access and approach information, including GPS coordinates for parking and crag grid references, together with conditions information and local knowledge. Alongside superb action photography, there are over 700 colour photo topos, plus overview and topo maps. A reference section with Ordnance Survey maps is included for selected mountain crags, and a detailed appendix includes everything you need to plan a visit: tourist information centres, cafes and pubs, campsites and accommodation, gear shops, climbing walls, and useful websites.
Greg Chapman began climbing in the Lake District during the mid 1990s, however it was on the limestone outcrops of the Silverdale area that he discovered his passion for bouldering a few years later. Cutting his teeth on the now hugely popular but then little-known problems of John Gaskins, he began to notice and plug gaps across his local stomping ground. This overwhelming desire to develop and document new areas began a 20-year obsession with the Lake District National Park and its surrounding countryside: developing new areas, expanding existing ones and in the process climbing over 1,000 new boulder problems in the region. He started the LakesBloc website in 2003 to document the ongoing development, and the site is now synonymous with Lake District bouldering.
- Title: Lake District Bouldering
- Author: Greg Chapman
- Imprint: Vertebrate Publishing
- ISBN: 978-1-910240-73-1
- Rights: Worldwide
- Publication date: 24 May 2019
- Edition: First
- Size: 210mm x 148mm
- Extent: 560 pages, colour throughout
- Cover: Paperback (with flaps)
- Weight: 1,050g
- Retail price: £36.95
Vetebrate Publishing have set the new "Gold Standard" for guidebooks, quite simply the only guide you will ever need for the Lakes. Its easy to follow visually impressive layout with concise details to find the crags, boulders and routes. - Mansel Kersey, The Snow Leopard Award
The book is a weighty tome with over 560 pages and a retail price pf £36.95 but is well worth this price for the number of bouldering problems included in the book – in excess of 3,000 different routes. – John Burland, Cumbria press
It’s been long awaits, this guide to Lake District National Park bouldering. The reason? Author Greg Chapman has long been mad on boulders, putting up many classic problems and becoming a veritable “High Ball” guru. – Tony Greenbank, Lakeland Walker
Now this bouldering guidebook firmly recognises the Lakes and Cumbria as a major bouldering destination. It makes me want to get out there and try to visit more of these fabulous looking venues. – Alan Hinkes, My Outdoors
Each area is divided into crags with detailed approach and conditions notes. There are geographically accurate area maps. Every boulder is well photographed with clear white lines showing the bloc. I think, from flicking through, that every climb is shown in a photo. Sit starts are noted and there are lots of nice photos of people climbing some problems. – Amazon reviewer
The book is divided into sections for different areas and has clear maps and approach/conditions/access details which are easy to understand.The bouldering topos themselves are really easy to read and use and in general just make life pretty easy. – Amazon reviewer