I still feel like I owe you an explanation for my lengthy absence from these pages. So, finally, here it is. *Points excitedly*
This 448 page behemoth of a bilingual sport climbing guide to the Cordillera Cantábrica here in northern Spain has just been published. The product of two and a half years of
hard slog research, travel, photographizing, climbing etc on the part of my other half, with not a little help from his ever-supportive family.
Turns out writing and publishing a book is harder work than you could ever imagine. (Or are we just lacking in imagination? Best not move on to novel-writing next…) But now it is all done. It’s here. And it’s great. *Proud face*
Except now we have to sell the damn thing. Also turns out that this is harder work than you might imagine. (Told you. Unimaginative pair us.) As Richie said to me the other day, ‘I didn’t imagine that I’d be stuffing envelopes at the age of 47′. I did point out that at least he’s stuffing them with his own pretty awesome book, rather than pizza flyers.
Slowly we are resuming normal service. Returning to climbing for fun (as opposed to visiting crags for checking out routes and scrambling around for the best photo vantage point), occasionally having a free five minutes that isn’t work or book-related, I may even strike up a regular blogging rhythm again.
And then one day last week when we headed out climbing, there at the start of the crag was an English pair climbing – a rarity in these parts. As we got closer we saw that, sure enough, they had Roca Verde on the ground by their rucksacks. Of course we had to strike up a conversation, to get some feedback and find out how they had come across the guide. The feedback was great (phew!) and the best part was finding out how excited they were to finally find a comprehensive source of information for the region. They had, in fact, discovered the book a few days before they left on their holiday and had then rerouted their whole trip as a result.
And that’s the whole idea – helping climbers discover this natural rock paradise and hopefully bringing some much-needed tourism euros into the local economy. So if you know anyone who wants to buy a rock-climbing guide book to Asturias, Cantabria and León point them our way. We’ve got a couple of thousand to shift.