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Walks and Climbs Pyrenees by Kev Reynolds http://

Describing 170 routes for walks, climbs and multi-day treks on both sides of the Pyrenees, including a circuit of Andorra's Frontier Peaks, Walks and Climbs in the Pyrenees from Cicerone is a comprehensive and useful guide

FRCC Lake District 2018 New Climbs and Notes http://

A new supplement providing information on new routes, both summer and winter, for the following areas: Gable & Pillar, Buttermere, Eastern, Eden, Limestone, Langdale, Scafell, Borrowdale and Winter Climbs.

BMC Peak Limestone - South http://

The definitive BMC guidebook to Southern Peak Limestone from the Manifold Valley in the West to Pleasley Vale in the East, then the wondrously named Nuda's Tartan in the North to Dovedale in the South.

Fontainebleau Fun Bloc http://

Now in its 3rd edition, Fontainebleau Fun Bloc Volume 1, features an impressive 7500 boulder problems.  It is an extremely well established photo topo style guidebook to the very best and most popular areas of the Font forest.

Kalymnos, Rock Climbing Guidebook http://

A new guide featuring the best of what Kalymnos has to offer and arguably features some of the best sports climbing in Europe. This 7th edition of the guidebook was published in July 2016, and is in English text throughout.

Dartmoor Climbers Club Guidebook http://

The definitive Dartmoor rock climbing guide is packed with tongue-in-cheek Devonian wit and banter plus some 600 routes and 1200 boulder problems with full photo-topos.

Vilanova de Meia - Spain http://

In Vilanova, you’ll find from sport routes of only one pitch to 250m of traditional and aid climbing. Areas Include: Covers La Pauta, Vilanova de Meia, La Vansa Beavent-Comiols and Abella de la Conca. By Luis Alfonso and Xavier Buxo.

The Ecrins Massif - Classic Snow, Ice and Mixed Climbs http://

Less popular than the Chamonix area, the Ecrins has some of the best alpine climbing in France. This guide showcases the Ecrins' some of  the area's best lower grade snow, rock and mixed climbs.

Greece Sport Climbing http://

The revised & expanded 2nd edition of the Greece Guidebook is here. The best of Greece Sport Climbing covers 31 of the best sport venues in Greece with nealry 2600 single pitch routes, plus dozens of multi pitch routes.

Via Ferrata in the Italian Dolomites - 1st Volume http://

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Chasing the Ephemeral - 50 Routes for a Successful Scottish Winter http://

Chasing the Ephemeral, by Simon Richardson, is a guide for the dedicated Scottish Winter Warrior, offering 50 of the best routes, mainly in the Grade III to VI range. 

Winter Climbs - Ben Nevis and Glen Coe http://

This new and revised edition of Cicerones classic Winter Climbs: Ben Nevis & Glen Coe contains over 900 winter climbing routes, including some of the worlds hardest trad winter climbs.

Winter Climbs Cairngorms http://

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Rjukan: Selected Ice Climbs http://

Needing very little introduction as an ice climbing venue, this guide for Rjukan features more than 200 of the valley's best ice climbs. Detailed topo's and photos to help you find your way to your chosen route more easily than ever.

Mont Blanc and The Aiguilles Rouges http://

This guide features some of the very best rock routes on the Mont Blanc Massif and the Aiguilles Rouges, with routes from f4 to f6a+

Vegas Bouldering http://

Lit up with stunning action photographs, this full-colour guide covers the classic bouldering at the Kraft Boulders and Calico Basin as well as bouldering in Red Rocks, Mount Charleston and Big Sandy.

Giardini Di Cristallo http://

The first guide describing ice climbing in Ossola valley: Valle Anzasca, Formazza, Antrona and the spectacular castles of the Gondo Gorges in Switzerland.

Vanoise Ski Touring http://

The guide is aimed at skiers who find the magnificent, unspoilt scenery and peace and quiet of the mountains as exhilarating as the thrill of a perfect descent.

Pembroke Stockpole and Lydstep - Volume Five http://

The fifth climbing Guidebook to the fantastic Pembroke region.

Ibiza Rock Climbs http://

A photo topo guidebook to the delights of sunshine island of Ibiza (Rock Climbing delights that is). In German and Spanish languages. 

Cwm Silyn and Cwellyn, Eifionydd - Climbers Club http://

This pocket sized guide covers the area sandwiched between the climbing hotspots of Snowdon and Tremadog. It has been updated over several editions and now has colour topos and photos.

North Wales Limestone - Climbers Club http://

This old school Climbers Club Guide cover the Limestone crags around the coast of North Wales. 3 main crags are covered: Craig y Forwyn, The Great Orme and the Little Orme.

Over the Moors - Kinder Bleaklow and Chew Valley http://

This is the definitive guide to Moorland Gritstone climbs in the Peak. It brings everything from the great crags of the Chew Valley, Bleaklow and Kinder together for the first time

5 and 6 Fontainebleau - Western and Northern http://

Part of a two book series, 5 & 6 Fontainebleau West and North, lists 3000 problems from 5 to 6c+.  English and French languages

Lower Wye Valley - Climbers Club http://

The Lower Wye Valley guide has been printed in full colour and illustrated with maps, photodiagrams, and a wide selection of action photos.

Alpine Ski Mountaineering Volume 2 - Central and Eastern Alps http://

Alpine Ski Mountaineering Guidebook to the Central and Eastern Alps.

Southern Sandstone - Climbers Club Guide http://

The guide comprehensively covers all the popular areas including Harrison's Rocks, High Rocks and Bowles Rocks.

Lleida Climbs - Catalunya http://

This area is a rock climber's dream, offering everything from bouldering and single-pitch routes, to multi pitch classics, all set amidst some of the most spectacular scenery in western Europe.

Yosemite Big Walls - Super Topo http://

Yosemite Big Walls covers the 41 best big wall routes on El Capitan, Half Dome, and Washington Column.Yosemite Big Walls covers the 41 best big wall routes on El Capitan, Half Dome, and Washington Column.

DMM Guidebook Cover - Large http://

Lightweight, yet durable, guidebook cover designed to fit the two most popular formats of guidebooks. The stretchy neoprene fabric is splashproof and the elastic page holder will stop you checking the index all the time.

Yosemite Select Climbs http://

The Yosemite National Park in the US has long been a mecca for climbers.  This guide has the very best free, aid and mixed lines that the Yosemite Valley has to offer. 

South West Climbs: Volume One http://

The first edition covering areas close to the Avon Gorge, Wye Valley and Dorset, written by a team of local acitivists.

Rock Climbs in the Mourne Mountains http://

A wonderful guide to climbing in the Mourne Mountains in Ireland. Featuring over 500 quality routes. With

Staffordshire Gritstone - The Roaches http://

The BMC definitive guide to all routes and bouldering in the Staffordshire gritstone area.

Ecrins East, Cerces, Queyras - First Volume http://

Ecrins East, Cerces, Queyras, Vol 1 - Alpinism & Ski Mountaineering in the Cerces and Queyras, and the first of its kind to this area.

Climbing In Sicily - Di Roccia Di Sole http://

English language climbing guide to Sicily. Today this wonderful island has become one of the favourite destinations of climbers from all over the world and a reference point for climbing around the Mediterranean.

Mountaineering in the Ecrins Massif http://

Mountaineering in the Ecrins Massif showcases the Ecrins' most beautiful summits through a selection of the area's best lower grade snow, rock and mixed climbs.

North Wales Classics POKKETZ by Rockfax http://

This pocket-sized guide packs in hundreds of superb routes throughout the mountains of Snowdonia. The handy pocket format means you can carry the book easily up the routes.

France: Cote dAzur Rockfax Climbing Guide http://

The cliffs along the sunny Cote d'Azur and the area just inland offer some of the best sport climbing found anywhere. The most famous venue is the magnificent Verdon Gorge with it walls of perfect limestone.

Pembroke Range East Volume 4 - Saddle Head to St Govans http://

A completely new and fully revised climbing guide to the Range East section of the Pembrokeshire sea cliffs - the guide is packed with full colour photo-topos, detailed route descriptions and loads of fantastic full colour action shots.

Climb Tasmania - Selected Best Climbs http://

Selected rock climbs covering the whole of Tasmania. Featuring full colour topos and 850 of the best routes in the state.

Southern Sandstone Climbs http://

This will be the first Rockfax guidebook to cover the climbing and bouldering. The book will use the usual Rockfax style - big full-colour photo-topos, detailed maps and full text descriptions.

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