At the Oxford Alpine Club we recognise that different climbing destinations require different styles of guidebook. A guidebook not only needs to be factually accurate, but must promote and enhance adventure; it must be clear and easy to use on the belay, whilst being interesting enough to read in bed or in the bar; it must capture the spirit of a destination and provide motivation to go out and explore; it should make your life easy when planning a trip for the first time. An OAC guidebook must do all of those things with a personal feel to it. We do not mass-produce books, or hide their character behind a corporate image, so when you buy an OAC guide you get a very individual product - a labour of love, created by climbers, for climbers.
Our future guidebook projects rely on local experts to provide the inside knowledge, and ensure that our guidebook will be the authorititive source for future visitors. To that end, we are always on the lookout for new authors... So if you have been collating route information to a climbing destination that you think other people might be interested in then we'd love to talk to you. Our publishing packges range from full editing, publishing and sales, through to simple ISBN allocation.
At last... the long awaited Tafraout guidebook, combining all the previous guidebooks to create a single guide to this paradise of adventure-trad climbing. Now includes 2000 climbs, described in more detail than ever before, with all-new full-colour topos throughout, and the most detailed and accurate maps ever drawn of this amazing region. Read more...
The valleys of southern Norway are a dream winter destination for British ice-climbers, with reliable conditions, favourable weather and easy access from the UK. Hornby's guide to the Setesdal valley, 4 hours west of Oslo, is set to open up a major new centre for Norwegian ice climbing to rival ever-popular Rjukan. Read more...