Saturday, 31 March 2012

Grab your Anston guide while you can

Well it's here in the flesh, full colour, laminated cover, a feast for the eyes, packed with juicy limestone test-pieces, all pre-orders have been posted, thanks everyone and now you can also buy copies from the Climbing Works, The new price is £9.95 and you can still order it online with free postage: Click here for link

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Pre-Order the Anston Stones Guide

It's time to get the Anston Stones guide to the printers, thought it would be a good idea to put a demo online and give anyone a chance to pre-order the guide. It will cost £8.50 including postage and consists of 48 pages of some of the best magnesium limestone the country has to offer.
Anston Stones Guide Demo
If you pay via the betaguides website you will be sent a PDF link to the demo only, Don't worry, we will send you a printed copy through the post as soon as the guide is back from the printers. the payment requires an address so the guide will be sent there.

Click here for link to pre-order the guide. Only 100 copies will be printed to begin with so grab one while you can. 

Sunday, 8 January 2012


Some of us live it, breathe it, eat it and dream about it. Others think dangling about off ancient geological formations is a bizarre way to spend the weekend. Bouldering maybe a minority sport but surely it's less disappointing than following a football team, more inspiring than going to the gym and definitely better than watching soaps or some kind of reality TV.

The best part is that all problems are relative to how hard you can climb. So someones warm up is another's project. You can get the same feeling no matter were you are on the grade scale.
This weekend saw a rare and and very social exception to this, with an old historical problem at Anston that Mike had found details of, called Umph and originally climbed by John Marsden. This involved climbing out of a small cave, back and footing before squirming out of a short hole, Described as ungradeable, the reason for the name and the grade soon became apparent, grunts and arms and legs everywhere, puzzling even the better climbers, brilliant, I guess some problems no matter how bizarre should never be forgotten.

Also at the same time we got the rest of the inset area sorted out for the Anston guide, so should be out in print by February, conditions are so good there at this time of year.

Lee Robinson - Right who's next to try Umph
Lee Robinson - Old school Umph exit
Tom Mills - New school Umph exit in darkness
Mike on The Assassin 7b+/7c
Matt Donnally climbing White Light 7c+/8a
Laura on Apprentice Wall 6c

Post and Pictures - Lee Robinson