Talk:Compiling A Climbing Guidebook

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This document was based on the Rockfax document referenced at the bottom and started from the Rockfax idea of the compilers assembling the content and MI using its expert resources in design and print-buying to bring the project to print.--Shayoh 09:16, 16 April 2010 (UTC)


We have followed the British grading system for years but need to move on a bit further maybe.

Last week a guy broke both of his ankles in a fall from Pilaster in Dalkey Quarry. He is not the first person to suffer a similar fate. The first 6/7m are unprotected and eat the ankles of those who do not get the sequence right. There is a hint in the guidebook for those who know the code because the route is described as having a bold and strenuous start. Pilaster is graded VS(4c)the same as Mahjonng which is well protected throughout.

Maybe we need to learn from Rockfax, not necessarily copy them exactly, and include clear icons telling how well protected a route is and the injury potential for those who make mistakes. Maybe there are other things we need to include.

I look at and think that the above is a bit "nanny-state" but then I think of the second-year climber who loses maybe 6 months of activity and wonder if we might do well to bear such people in mind.--Shayoh 15:10, 20 April 2010 (UTC)

Guidebooks and the internet

This section needs a lot more development. So far guidebooks are paper-based. The only toe in the water to the web is the online topos for Wicklow.

Where, if anywhere, do we go next? A paper guide will not run out of power but an electronic guide can carry much more detailed information. Shared pitches on routes can be listed in each of the routes instead of "Climb pitch 1 of xxxx".

This subject needs a lot of input.--Shayoh 09:24, 16 April 2010 (UTC)