Grit Blocs

100 of the finest boulder problems on Pennine gritstone

Author: Dave Parry (foreword by Dan Turner)

‘A beautiful guidebook that captures the magic of gritstone.’ – Martin Mobråten

‘This book perfectly captures how much good climbing we have in the UK.’ – Jim Pope

Grit Blocs by Dave Parry showcases 100 of the finest must-do boulder problems on the gritstone outcrops, edges and quarries of the Pennines. The stunning photography is accompanied by texts that expand on the context and characteristics of the boulder problems.

Grit Blocs by Dave Parry showcases 100 of the finest must-do boulder problems on the gritstone outcrops, edges and quarries of the Pennines.

The gritstone crags of Northern England are internationally renowned and are home to some of the best bouldering in the world. With an emphasis on high-quality photography, Grit Blocs presents a selection of the very best boulder problems in these areas – covering the Peak District, Yorkshire, Lancashire and North East England.

The classic problems are there – Careless Torque on Stanage and Flying Arete at Almscliff – but, as the sport of bouldering continues to evolve, there are also lesser-known and newer gems to discover: Archery at West Nab, The Lash at Birk Gill and Ouzel Thorn at Thorn Crag, amongst others.

The stunning photography is accompanied by texts that expand on the context and characteristics of the boulder problem and give you a flavour of what each problem is like, with a bit of bouldering history thrown in too.

Let Grit Blocs inspire your next climbing adventure – whether you’re a seasoned grit aficionado or new to the sport, you’ll find something to engage and animate you.

Dave Parry is a photographer, climber, and author. He began his climbing career on the gritstone crags of the Peak District, and after a quarter of a century of dedication and hard work is convinced he will get the hang of it any day now. Climbing has taken Dave to many amazing places and different countries – France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Canada and Thailand – but he still finds that a breezy spring evening climbing on Sheffield’s local gritstone crags is hard to beat.

His relationship with photography began simply as a means to document days out climbing with friends, and from then photography became his passion. Dave pursues climbing photography with the same considered eye for lighting, form and balanced composition that underpins his landscape photography work. He uses both film and digital technologies and readily admits he has bought too many cameras. He has this under control now; he can stop any time he wants.

Prior to being a professional photographer, Dave made a living pushing numbers around a spreadsheet, is a recovered teacher, has worked in a steelworks, and once won a t-shirt for writing a pun. Dave has written extensively for The Project Magazine, along with the BMC’s Peak Area Newsletter. Grit Blocs is his first book.

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