The Bells! The Bells! – An extract from Andy Pollitt's Punk in the Gym
Following the release of Nick Brown's Statement of Youth, Andy shares an extract from his autobiography recounting his ascent of The Bells! the Bells!
Big Stone Country is an exciting new book project aiming to bring together pictures, impressions and stories from modern extreme climbers active on Scotland's great mountain crags. A kind of 'Cold-Climbs-Meets-Extreme-Rock' for the 21st Century, and more.
We're hoping that this blog will generate interest in and support for the book, and provide the climbing community with the chance to share their thoughts and suggestions with us to make the book a success.
Scottish mountaineering is often referred to as “unique”. There may be other places where you can pick up a guidebook to go climb an eight pitch, leader-protected, overhanging icy mixed route, near sea level, several miles from the road, but only half an hour from the nearest town. But then where else, only a couple of month's later, can you then find yourself launching out into pitch after pitch of desperate, poorly protected granite slab? And where else can you also find dozens upons dozens of superb, multi-pitch, unbolted crags all within a few hours drive of each other – almost always in solitude, and in “Europe's last great wilderness”?
Big Stone Country will be a celebration of these unique attractions and challenges through the words and pictures of today's activists. We have over twenty-five contributing authors on board, ranging from some of the “Auld Team” who were pioneering cutting edge new routes at the turn of the 80′s, through to the younger explorers who are active today. Although it will contain certain descriptive and informative elements, the book is intended primarily as a source of inspiration, profiling the trad climbing on Scotland's best mountain crags through a tapestry of images, words and first-hand accounts.