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5.0 out of 5 stars Peak Performances
The sub-title `the history, the routes, the climbers' says it all. `Peak Rock' is a 5-star definitive history of rock climbing in the Peak District commencing in 1885 with renowned James William Puttrell as the first to systematically reconnoitre gritstone edges and to encourage their maturation as climbing grounds. The book covers the same period up to the mid nineteen...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Peak Rock review.
The book is an accurate and entertaining history of hard Peak District climbing with some superb photographs but the authors have become too Sheffield centric in the later stages of the book taking some of the interest away for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peak Performances, 17 Jun 2014
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D. Elliott (Ulverston, Cumbria) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Peak Rock - the history, the routes, the climbers (Hardcover)
The sub-title `the history, the routes, the climbers' says it all. `Peak Rock' is a 5-star definitive history of rock climbing in the Peak District commencing in 1885 with renowned James William Puttrell as the first to systematically reconnoitre gritstone edges and to encourage their maturation as climbing grounds. The book covers the same period up to the mid nineteen sixties as the earlier classic `High Peak' (by Eric Byne and Geoffrey Sutton) taking developments to a time of exploding activity and rocketing rise in standards, yet it also adds to this history with reference to primary source information and previously unpublished material. `Peak Rock' brings the history up to date with details of a huge number of routes,concentrating at the cutting edge and giving emphasis to elite pioneers and performers.

`Peak Rock' is a team effort with main writers as Phil Kelly and Graham Hoey, but the lengthy list of contributors reads like a roll of honour including luminaries as Joe Brown, Don Whillans, Johnny Dawes, Jerry Moffat, Ron Fawcett etc. etc. Also it is founded on the painstaking research and recording by Giles Barker of what he intended to be a book titled `Peak Performance'. Giles did not live to see his work published, but now over twenty years later comes the fulfilment of his objective. `Peak Rock' is a remarkable production covering both gritstone and limestone, and embracing traditional climbing, sport climbing and bouldering. It may be restricted to a small geographical area but it covers a lot of ground!

Phil Kelly and Graham Hoey have extensive experience and knowledge of rock climbing in the Peak District, but they have gone to great lengths to go beyond their own comprehension and to tap into the understanding of their supporting team and to various eminent exponents of extreme climbing. It can be difficult to reconcile recollections and to collate differing views, but the writers appear to have successfully extracted personal accounts and to have interweaved facts and surrounding particulars. The result is a narrative that speaks to readers and evokes empathy in a manner unlike many historical texts whereby making content easy to read and assimilate. More importantly it is informative and enlightening, and it is underpinned by a gloriously stunning selection of magnificent photographs even if some of the older illustrations may be of poor quality. However nothing should detract from `Peak Rock' as an important classic contribution to rock climbing history, albeit in one small area, and Giles Barker would be proud of what his `Peak Performance' has become.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best climbing book of the century., 16 Feb 2014
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If you have ever climbed in the Peak, this is a must buy. From Jimmy Puttrell to the latest rock stars, the photos are excellent, the descriptions and coverage phenomenal. For oldies like me who have lived through 40 years of it, and met or read of many of the protagonists, it is a particular joy. If you have never climbed in the Peak, go there and become part of it. If I could have given more stars I would.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 13 Feb 2014
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A very complete history, with mainly excellent photographs, of the best years of Peak District climbing. Having lived throuht the seventies and eighties I can verify the accuracy of the content for much this period. It might have a limited market but this book deserves to do very well; all Peak climbers should buy it as a matter of course...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book, 19 Jan 2014
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It fully met my expectations indeed it exceeded them - read over New Year and will go back and re-read it regularly. A superbly illustrated history of climbing in the Peak.
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5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring, 6 Dec 2013
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Best history climbing book I've ever read!! Pictures, histories, all inspiring. I wish I could live in the Peak district...

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3.0 out of 5 stars Peak Rock review., 11 May 2014
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The book is an accurate and entertaining history of hard Peak District climbing with some superb photographs but the authors have become too Sheffield centric in the later stages of the book taking some of the interest away for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous tone, 6 May 2014
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A serious attempt at capturing the culture and history of peak climbing. Arguably balanced towards more recent decades, only time will tell. A great coffee table book which will surely grow in value as it goes out of print?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book, 3 May 2014
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A beauty of a book with a top selection of historical photos. Well worth the money and looking forward to pouring over it for hours to come.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Armchair climbers, 14 Feb 2014
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If you climb, or have ever climbed, in the Peaks then this is essential winter reading. Excellent for dipping into, a fitting testimony to the superstars of the past.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peak Rock rocks, 13 Feb 2014
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Five-star. Excellent production, the authoritative UK rock climbing history. Wonderful action shots, black and white and full color. Could wish only for an index of climbers and routes.
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