Friday, August 29, 2008

'Big Stone Country' epic Scottish climbing book!

Ajare E6 Niall McNair

We are currently seeking photography for the next exciting project from Stone Country Press – Big Stone Country – A Selection of Scottish Mountain Climbs (draft title). Unlike the previous (bouldering) guides, this book is intended for much wider consumption; it will be structured around the great Scottish mountain crags, featuring both summer and winter climbs. Guy Robertson will be the editor in chief.


The core purpose of the book is to profile Scotland's best mountain crags and inspire people to climb in the hills, keeping the focus primarily (but not exclusively) on more recent historical developments and routes. We’re aiming for the ‘contemporary traditionalist’, and hope to both challenge and inspire.


If you would like to contribute photography, or you have a photograph of a classic Scottish modern extreme or winter route over Grade 5, please submit a jpeg or two to Guy or myself. All photography will be remunerated, or if you would like a commission to take a particular shot, please get in touch!


A list of routes is still in the making, but the criteria would be:


  • Long - i.e. typically multi-pitch, and approaching a full rope for any single pitch inclusions;
  • High - i.e. on what is generally accepted as a mountain crag, with a bit of a walk-in etc;
  • Wild - i.e. within an inspiring setting of wilderness and mountain grandeur;
  • Quality - i.e. only routes most folk agree are the best;
  • Trad - i.e. climbed by at least one party from the ground-up using natural pro;
  • Modern - i.e. at a reasonably high standard (>E2 or grade IV) and put up in the last 20 or so years;
  • Aesthetic - i.e. following a good, strong line.

Cheers and happy cranking!

John Watson & Guy Robertson

Stone Country Press Ltd.
61 Sinclair Drive
Glasgow
G42 9PU
Website: www.stonecountry.co.uk
Contact: John Watson 07901 767 532

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