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The Great Sea Cliffs of Scotland


'Even if you're only vaguely into Scottish rock climbing, I can't see how your life is going to be complete without this book. There's bagfuls of inspiration here, both in terms of the places which might be familiar to you and those that might not. If you haven't bought it already, put it on your Christmas list - you won't regret it.'

The Great Sea Cliffs of Scotland is an anthology of outrageous climbing adventures from twenty-six of the most extraordinary sea cliffs across Scotland. From the farthest flung sandstone sea stacks of the northern isles, to the granite playground of the Aberdeenshire coast, via the intricate archipelago of the Hebrides, all the major sea cliffs on the Scottish mainland and surrounding islands are covered in five distinct sections. Each area is described in rich detail and accompanied by personal accounts that offer an intimate perspective of the distinctive nature of this unique environment, and the generous rewards for those willing to accept the challenge of these seemingly improbable lines.

With contributions from some of the most renowned pioneers and activists in the field of climbing, this compilation traces the remarkable history of Scottish sea cliff climbing and offers a glimpse of its future. Original poetry by Stuart Campbell complements each introductory section, and exclusive images from some of the UK?s most distinguished photographers reveal the cliffs in high resolution with unique clarity and vibrance, capturing the drama and scale of these magnificent seascapes.

Full list of contributors: Ross Jones, Tim Rankin, Guy Robertson, Andy Inglis, Lou Reynolds, Dave MacLeod, Wilson Moir, Grant Farquhar, Simon Nadin, Murdoch Jamieson, Rob Christie, Blair Fyffe, Steve McClure, Rick Campbell, Kevin Howett, Karin Magog, Alice Irmak Thompson, Pete Herd, Ian Taylor, Tess Fryer, Mick Fowler, Simon Richardson and Jason Currie. Original poetry by Stuart Campbell. Foreword by Julian Lines, author of Boardman-Tasker winning Tears of the Dawn, and the UK's most prolific deep-water solo climber.

Guy Robertson lives with his family in Aberdeen, Scotland, where he works as a low carbon project manager. He has put up new rock and winter climbs in regions as diverse as Africa, the Middle East, the Alps, Peru, Norway and the Greater Himalaya. However, it is for his domestic winter exploits he is best known, having been active at the forefront of Scottish winter climbing for many years.
Guy has an enduring passion for writing and storytelling in mountaineering and, in addition to his book The Great Mountain Crags of Scotland (Vertebrate Publishing, 2014), has had a number of essays published in the Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal, the American Alpine Journal and UK-based climbing magazines.

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Cordee Code: CCN062
No of Pages: 256
Page Size: 246 x 316 mm
ISBN 10: 1907233377
ISBN 13: 9781907233371
Publisher: Scottish Mountaineering Press
Published Date: October 2020
Edition: 1st: Oct 2020
Binding: Hardback
Illustrations: Full Colour Photos Throughout
Weight: 2050g

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