Garry Smith
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The summit plateau of Garbh Beinn
West Highlands, Scotland, Jan 20.
Ruby cragging at Castell Helen
Gogarth, North Wales, Sept 19.
Perfect snow ice binding the crags
Northern Corries, Cairngorms, Mar 20.
Emma and Kath on 'Poor Man's Peutery'
Tremadog, North Wales, Sept 19.
Ben on the top pitch of 'Quartz Icicle'
Wen Zawn, Gogarth, June 19.

Spring and summer 2020 - rock climbing, scrambling and hill walking  nothing's happening while we all do our bit to deal with the current Covid-19 crisis. I'm obviously unable to offer any instruction or guiding in the immediate future. However, if you're keen to arrange something for as soon as it's okay to head into the hills again, please get in touch for a no obligation chat.

guidebooks  having spent a fair amount of time in the mountains of Scotland and Wales I made a bold step (for me anyway) and produced a couple of guidebooks - there's a brief outline of the books below. You can find further information and some sample pages here. I've recently started work on a third book, a rock climbing guide this time. A collection of easy climbs in beautiful places throughout Britain is probably the best way to sum it up.

-  Scotland's Winter Mountains with one axe  a guidebook of sorts, but not in the conventional way. It will make total sense to anyone who loves Scotland's mountains and is perfect for 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 and a book for anyone who likes biffing around in the Welsh mountains.

Beyond all expectations a second print run of the book sold out. I've updated the book and published a new edition, although to be honest there were only a handful of minor revisions needed. It's really a retro edition, it's still pocket sized but now with a traditional hard back cover that feels solid in the hand. As far as possible, the binding process copies that of the classic Welsh guidebooks of the 1930s a cloth-bound cover not only gives the book strength but also an old-school look. 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). However, the cloth came from Italy, in order 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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nature and people - areas already purchased include Blà Bheinn, Quinag, Sandwood Bay and Knoydart.