The SMC present a comprehensive guide to sport climbing guide in Scotland, written by 18 of the leading Scottish sport climbers and catering for all abilities. This book features 1300 routes, from grades 3 to 9a spread across over 100 crags from the Central Belt to Shetland and Arisaig to Aberdeen.
It is lavishly illustrated with action photos for each main crag, easy-to-use maps and photo diagrams, and a colour-coded route grading system. In addition to the sport climbing, the guide also covers Scotland's growing number of 'dry tooling' routes. The landscape format is designed to lay open at the crags, and the cover flaps contain useful reference information for those new to sport climbing as well as climbers visiting from other countries.
With its abundance of mountain crags, Scotland is historically better known for its trad climbing and mountaineering, but sport climbing has come to the fore in recent years; with quick drying accessible crags, it suits the busy modern climber and the family-friendly climbing day.
Andy Nisbet, coordinating author of the guidebook, was best known for his wide ranging first ascents of traditional winter climbs in Scotland, but became a zealous convert to sport climbing and also came to establish numerous new routes on Scottish sport crags. The section authors include many of Scotland's most active sport climbers who climb at the hardest grades but want to make sport climbing accessible to all. It is the local knowledge of these activists that not only make the history sections come alive, but give the latest information about crag access, the best local pubs and any other top tips to make a crag visit a great day out.
Nisbet et al - SMC 2013