Peak Rock, the long-awaited book celebrating a century of cutting edge rock climbing in the Peak District is now in print. A fun and raucous launch party was held at The Climbing Works December which we filmed for posterity. Featuring some of the stars of the book - as well as the Peak Districts climbing scene - here's some edited highlights of a great event!!
'Peak Rock' is meticulously researched and written by a team of local authors, and is the story of the sharp end of Peak District climbing as told through the words of many of the Peak’s – and the world’s – top climbers, including: James W Puttrell, Jack Longland, Joe Brown, Don Whillans, Ed Drummond, Tom Proctor, John Allen, Ron Fawcett, Andy Pollitt, Jerry Moffatt, Johnny Dawes, Ben Moon, John Dunne, Miles Gibson, Pete Whittaker, Steve McClure, Ryan Pasquill and many more.
The late Giles Barker first started work on Peak Rock – then titled Peak Performance – in the early 1980s, before progress was halted by his premature death in 1992. It was almost twenty years before Phil Kelly picked up where Giles left off, pulling together Giles’ original research and interviews, which were stored at the Mountain Heritage Trust. Phil enlisted Graham Hoey to work on the book, updating the manuscript with their own interview material and other primary source information, writing a number of missing chapters and also adding a number of chapters, including the significant developments of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.
Phil and Graham brought in a team of experienced Peak District climbers drawing on their knowledge of specific developments – trad climbing, sport climbing, bouldering, gritstone, limestone – and worked with them to develop individual chapters. This resulting book on the history of Peak District climbing is the most comprehensive to be published since Eric Byne and Geoff Sutton’s High Peak in 1966.
“It's a thing of beauty from cover to cover and a truly fantastic voluntary effort from Phil Kelly, Graham Hoey and team. I was a bit sceptical when I first heard about this - but I'm not now.” BMC CEO Dave Turnbull