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Yorkshire Gritstone v1


Yorkshire Gritstone (2012)

ISBN: 978-0-9515267-5-0

Written by: Robin Nicholson with Adi Gill and Andy McCue

Published by: Yorkshire Mountaineering Club

Reviewed by: Steve Crowe


Yorkshire Gritstone YMC (2012)
Volume One Almscliff to Slipstones


Yorkshire Gritstone Volume 1 by the Yorkshire Mountaineering Club is the definitive guide to all the rock climbing and bouldering on just half of all the Yorkshire Gritstone crags. It is a weighty tome comprising of over 700 pages and describes over 50 crags which are arranged logically into geographic areas including Almscliff, Caley and The Chevin, Brimham and Outlying Crags, Great Wolfrey to Eavestone, Barden Fell to Hunter's Stones (inc. Simon's Seat), The Slipstones Area, Hetchell and Outlying Crags.

This fifth edition is packed to the gunnels with a superb selection of inspirational action photos, clear photodiagrams, impressive aerial photography and detailed maps. Climbing on the Grit has always been brilliant but I must say that the quality of production of this 2012 edition by Robin Nicholson has set a new standard for definitive guidebooks.

Previous Guides
This is my eighth Grit Guide since I started climbed on the Yorkshire crags with the 1982 edition by Eddie Lesniak but it was the Yorkshire Grit (1989) according to Graham Desroy (and the Well Oiled Machine) that shaped my formative years. This was soon supplemented by Steve Rhodes OTE Bouldering Guide (1993) which introduced me to problems “worth getting out of bed for” and classics that were “worth getting out of someone else's bed for”!

Now that every crag and boulder has been photographed combined with the spectacular aerial photography and traditional plan diagrams, I can no longer blame the guidebook team for getting lost at Brimham. I now realise that it is my own ineptitude!

There is a great diversity to gritstone climbing on both accessible roadside crags and up on esoteric remote crags in superb settings. Well over 2000 routes are covered from Moderate to E8 and an equal number of boulder problems from Font 1 up to 8B+. I must admit that I was disappointed to see that the idiosyncratic P grades have been dropped after two editions but I was pleased to see that the YMC settled on Font grades for their comprehensive coverage of the bouldering. A number of suggested Bouldering Circuits have been included at the popular crags like Almscliff, Brimham and Caley as well as the remote Spyeland and Great Wolfrey. They reveal many of the quality problems and highlight some of the hidden gems. Each section has it’s own graded list and there is a full route index at the end of the guide.

Various profiles and short essays can be found throughout this guide which celebrate the characters that shaped the development of climbing on Yorkshire’s gritstone outcrops. There is also a detailed and engaging historical section illustrated with classic first ascent photos and littered with humorous Yorkshire banter. Route climbers will find their pocket weighed down by on the detailed bouldering descriptions, however it yet may prove useful as a cheat stone!


Yorkshire Gritstone Volumes 1 & 2
I would like to thank Robin Nicholson, Adi Gill, Andy McCue and their team of volunteers for all the hours of effort they have put in to produce what is by far the best ever coverage of gritstone climbing and bouldering in Yorkshire.



Yorkshire Gritstone Climbing Guidebooks


The Yorkshire Mountaineering Club has been responsible for the publication of the definitive guidebooks for Yorkshire Gritstone and Yorkshire Limestone for over 40 years.

The recording of new routes on Yorkshire Gritstone can be made at www.theleedswall.com/newroutes

Peakbouldering.info has a useful section on Yorkshire Grit on which you can build a personalised ticklist of problems by grade, crag, rock type, style or even number of mats needed!  

Learn more about Mike Hutton here:www.mikehuttonphotography.com 



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