Garry Smith
climbing and mountain skills
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Paul on the steep main pitch of
'Royal Pardon' on Aonach Beag.
Pimp Hey approaching Bruach na Frithe,
on the Cullin Ridge, Skye.
Classic mixed climbing in perfect conditions,
Coire an t-Sneachda, Northern Cairngorms.

North Wales 2019  rock climbing, scrambling or hill walking - I'm available for guided days out or daily instruction throughout the spring and summer, from April onwards. If you'd like to arrange something, just give me a call or drop me an email. You'll find prices on the bookings page.

Scotland spring 2019  if you'd like to arrange any guided climbing or scrambling on the Isle of Skye or the mainland Scottish mountains any time in May or early June please get in touch... Cullin Munros, classic rock routes or sea stacks. For a no obligation chat to find out what's possible, just give me a call or drop me an email.

guidebooks  I've self-published a couple of mountain guidebooks, details of which are below. I'm about to start a third book, a climbing guidebook this time.

-  Scotland's Winter Mountains with one axe  I'm hesitant to classify it as a coventional guide but it is a guidebook of sorts, and I'm confident it'll make total sense to anyone who loves the Scottish mountains. Available now from good independent bookshops and outdoor shops, as well as online retailers such as the Guardian Bookshop and the BMC. It can also be purchased directly from me at Northern Edge Books, and from where you'll also find a few sample pages.

-  North Walse Scrambles  a guide to 50 of the best mountain scrambles in North Wales, which should appeal to anyone who likes biffing around in the Welsh mountains.

Beyond all expectations the first two print runs sold out. Given that the guide has proved so popular, a recently printed 2nd edition has been made into something more substantial. As far as possible, the construction copies that of the classic Welsh guidebooks of the 1930s a traditional cloth-bound cover and thick end papers give the book some strength. A thin polymer laminate over the cloth is a modern addition, to stop the white cover from picking up any shite.

The printing and binding were both done in Wales (keeping it local). The cloth came from Italy though, to get a match on the weave used on the early guidebooks - total bookmaking geekery. The 2nd edition is available in shops now and there's more information at Northern Edge Books.

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