Tuesday 12 June 2007

Northern Highlands South Guidebook out

Yet another of Scotland’s climbing heartlands gets the new SMC guidebook series treatment. For sure there is no going back for the SMC guidebooks, the photo topos just bring the guides alive to another level.

A photo-topo window into the remoteness of Scotland’s North West, all in one book is like being told a thousand secrets in one go! It almost feels like cheating. So now all the NW area have up to date guidebooks, and I’m sure it’ll breathe life into these climbing areas. There’s really no need to analyse the content – its an SMC guidebook so you know you are getting lovingly written and scrutinised information by the minister of route recording detail, Andy Nisbet. Nuff said.

This book will be a must for lovers of Torridon (whether its roadside Diabeg or big days on Ben Eighe), Applecross (Beinn Bhan ice heaven) and the mystical winter world of Fuar Tholl.

I’m still not sure if new guidebooks are a peculiar fascination of trad climbers, but no printed material about climbing gets me quite so psyched to call up my friends and say “no more delays, lets just get in the car and go to the North West – NOW”.

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