Lake District Bouldering // Book Review
We were excited at Womenclimb to get the opportunity to review Lake District Bouldering by Greg Chapman. Read on to see if it’s one you want to add to your bookshelf.
Please note, this review was written before the current outbreak of coronavirus within the UK.
At first glance ‘Lake District Bouldering’ is well presented and high quality. Due to the book being pretty hefty, it isn’t great for carrying around if you’re packing light! Even so, this is a minor inconvenience considering the amount of content (over 3000 problems from more than 70 venues!).
In terms of finding bouldering venues to visit, the guide is very user-friendly. There is a clear map at the front organising the boulders into area, corresponding with the page numbers so you can find exactly what you are looking for with ease.
My first outing using this book was to Warton Crag, which promised plenty of routes of varying grades. On this occasion I found that even with a small map and approach notes the bouldering was almost impossible to find (I found only one section before giving up!). Perhaps this was partly because the map is very small and the photos were so close to the rock it was hard to decipher if I was in the right place.
I found that I had a similar problem at another venue using this book, however for some mountain crags there are Ordnance Survey maps which are handy and pairing those with the descriptions makes it much easier.
For the most part the images are very good. Clear and easy to use which along with the route descriptions makes the book a dream for finding the right route for you once you are in the right area.
I mostly agreed with the grading and star allocation in the book and liked that it included full page photos of certain problems or venues, finding them motivating.
Overall I think it is a useful book for any bouldering fan looking to take on the Lake District locations. It is a little pricey (RRP £36.95), but there is so much content that if bouldering is your thing, don’t let that put you off! Be prepared to take some detours when finding certain venues (or take a local…or a map!), but once you get to your location you’ll be able to enjoy a variety of routes using the descriptions and photos to aid an enjoyable day out!
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