I heard the author Anna Fleming speak on the Outofdoors podcast it was a really interesting interview. I enjoyed hearing about her book and her journey rock climbing and learning about the natural world.
It was interesting to hear her views on how woman’s climbing has pushed on over the years and how attitudes have changed for the better. It is refreshing to hear her views on what she sees and why she climbs.
I bought the book and enjoyed it there are so many great crags all over the UK that I have also have been lucky enough to climb on. She explains the problem solving from route finding to working out a route like a game of chess. Yet it’s the climbing in wild areas the views and the feelings after completion of a route that I felt she describes so well. She also describes the different types of rock, it’s qualities and feel. From Gabbro in Skye to Granite, Gritstone, sandstone and even my wee local crag at Cummingston. The shapes of the rock, the colours and so many things we take for granted.
A rock-climber’s eye view of the natural world, tracing a geological and personal journey across the British Isles over ten years
Canongate – In Time on Rock Anna Fleming charts two parallel journeys: learning the craft of traditional rock climbing, and the new developing appreciation of the natural world it brings her. Through the story of her progress from terrified beginner to confident lead climber, she shows us how placing hand and foot on rock becomes a profound new way into the landscape.
Anna takes us from the gritstone rocks of the Peak District and Yorkshire to the gabbro pinnacles of the Cuillin, the slate of North Wales and the high plateau of the Cairngorms. Each landscape, and each type of rock, brings its own challenges and unique pleasures. She also shows us how climbing invites us into the history of a place: geologically, of course, but also culturally.
This book is Anna’s journey of self-discovery, but it is also a guide to losing oneself in the greater majesty of the natural world. With great lyricism she explores how it feels to climb as a woman, the pleasures of the physical demands of climbing, fear and challenge, but more than anything, it is about a joyful connection to the mountains.