Yorkshire Gritstone Bouldering Volume 2
Authors: Steve Dunning & Ryan Plews
Publishers: Total-Climbing (2011)
It’s been a few years since the publication of the first volume of Yorkshire Gritstone Bouldering, which covered well-known crags such as Almscliff and Caley, but the second volume is now here. Anchored around the moorland crags near Skipton, this new guide covers some of the less well-known and more esoteric crags in Yorkshire, yet arguably some of the best. The Barden Fell and Moor crags are included – Lord’s and Simon’s Seat, Crookrise, Rylstone and others – big days out away from the crowds. There are also recently developed crags such as Hunter’s Stones and, further off the beaten track, Thorn Crag and Goldsborough. A nice touch is the inclusion of ‘Connoisseur’ crags – smaller yet quality spots of perhaps lesser interest to the general bouldering population, such as Eastby and Great Wolfrey. These give the two volumes a pretty comprehensive feel when taken together.
Like the first volume and other recent bouldering guides the A5 landscape format is used, and the design is good, modern and – importantly – it works. Each crag features clear maps, access and approach information, and plenty of photo topos. The action photos give a good flavour of what the crags are like and provide plenty of inspiration, the cover photo of Dave Barrans on McNab at Lord’s Seat being a good example. As with the first volume, and now the accepted norm for bouldering across the UK, the Fontainebleau grading system has been used. It's very hard to pick fault with another solid addition to the range of UK bouldering guides. An essential purchase for gritstone boulderers.