We are very pleased to announce a Rockfax to a new area for us. Southern Sandstone Climbs will cover the popular sandstone climbing found in southeast England, on the borders of Kent and Sussex. The area is well known to London climbers since it offers the nearest outdoor climbing to the capital.
It is an interesting area for us since the local ethic is one of top-roping and bouldering dictated by the softness of the rock, which means that normal runner placements can cause serious wear and damage. Lead climbing on hand-placed protection is in fact banned. This has required us to take a new approach to grading and documenting climbs to fit in with the tradition of the area.
The book will cover all the main routes and boulder problems on 12 different crags using the familiar Rockfax style of big photo-topos accompanied by clear descriptions and inspiring action photographs. It has been put together by local climber Daimon Beail who also compiled the deep water soloing section of the Mallorca Rockfax guidebook.
We are hoping to publish in September and things are on schedule at the moment. The book is set to be around 500 pages and will be accompanied by an app version published at the same time.
(Links take you to the UKClimbing Logbook pages)