Garry Smith
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Topping out on 'Napes Arete'
Wasdale, Lake District, July 19.
High on the final pitch of 'Outside Edge Route'
Cwm Silyn, North Wales, July 19.
Ben on the top pitch of 'Quartz Icicle'
Wen Zawn, Gogarth, June 19.

North Wales 2019  if you'd like to further your skills and gain more confidence in scrambling or rock climbing, I'm available throughout the summer and can arrange instruction to cater for any level of ability or previous experience. The same goes if you'd like to improve your hill walking skills, I'm happy to arrange training for individuals or groups to give the confidence for taking on bigger mountain days. You can hire me on a daily basis with all technical equipment included.

If you'd simply like a great day's climbing, or a day out enjoying classic mountain scrambles, or would like to be accompanied on a challenging hill walk, just give me a call or drop me an email. You'll find more info and prices on the bookings page.

Scotland summer and autumn 2019  if you'd like to arrange any climbing or scrambling in the Scottish mountains, please get in touch for a no obligation chat to find out what's possible. I can guide you to the top of any of the more difficult or remote Munros or Corbetts, on the mainland or on Skye, and by whatever route you'd like to take. I'm can also arrange guided rock climbing on classic routes throughout the Highlands, from Glencoe to the North West. And I'd jump at the opportuntity to guide anyone across one of Scotland's iconic ridge traverses such as An Teallach or Liathach - just give me a call or drop me an email if any of this sounds attractive. I'm happy to quote for anything.

guidebooks  having spent a fair amount of time in the mountains of Scotland and Wales I recently made a bold step (for me anyway) to put together a couple of guidebooks - there's a brief outline of the books below. I've gone down the self-publishing route, even going as far as getting my head around typesetting and cartography (some long hours at the screen there). If you'd like to find out more, there's further information and sample pages at Northern Edge Books. I've just started a third book, a climbing guide this time, which is likely to take three years to complete.

-  Scotland's Winter Mountains with one axe  not really a guide in the conventional way of things but it is a guidebook of sorts. I'm confident it'll make total sense to anyone who loves the Scottish mountains and enjoys a bit of armchair mountaineering. 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.

-  North Wales 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 have sold out. Given that the guide has proved so popular, a newly 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. Available in shops now and can also be purchased directly from me at Northern Edge Books.

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