UNDO Book Review – Cicerone – Lake District Winter Climbs

So the weather is pretty rubbish for us outdoorsy types this winter. I was looking to try a bit of outdoor bouldering in the crisp winter sunshine. Maybe I’m asking to much.Cover of Lake District Winter Climbs

Still our fingers are crossed with anticipation of snow in the coming months. As we who hail from Scotland know, this could be right up to July.

Turning our attention southwards to the Lake District, the lovely folk at Cicerone have furnished us with more of their fine guides, our current subject being Lake District Winter Climbs.
As with most of Cicerones guides, the book its self is a pocket sized paperback type edition with a waterproof plastic cover and is in full colour. Compared to the previously reviewed Winter Climbs In The Cairngorms, The Lake District version feels more substantial, this is possibly due to larger area covered in the guide. More places, more paper!

The book is written by Brian Davidson a seasoned veteran of some 30 years climbing, who has knotched up a significant list of first ascents in Scotland, Wales and the Lake District. He has made expditions to the Himalayas, Morocco, Greenland, Alaska and South Georgia. Through this and other activities Brian has built up an impressive and in depth knowledge of the Lake District which he brings to you in the form of this book.

The Cicerone guides follow a similar easy to read and comprehensive format and the Lake Distrct Winter Climbs is no exception. The guide covers snow, ice and mixed climbs in this area and provides;

– colour area maps, panoramas and photo-topos for locating and following the routes

– all the known routes in the area including Scafell, Pillar, Great Gully, Low Water Beck and Cautley spout, as well as several outlying routes

– also dry tooling routes at The Works in Little Langdale for days when crags aren’t in good condition

– additional info on safety, ethics and equipment, climbing walls, accomodation and a first ascent list illuminated with insights from logs, journals and climbing histories

These guides are jam packed with useful info including info on the surrounding flora and fauna and how to maximise the potential of your photos!

The Lake District Winter Climbs book is available from Cicerone priced at £20, the kindle/tablet friendly version of this edition hasn’t been released as of yet but the previously reviewed Winter Climbs in the Cairngorms is available in these formats. For more information and an look at their extensive catalogue visit Cicerones website.

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