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Time on Rock By Anna Fleming

Release date: 15th January, 2022
Publisher: Canongate

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Anna Fleming was at university when she made her first tentative foray into the world of rock climbing, initially satisfied with tackling indoor gym walls in what was essentially a man?s sport.

Perhaps the biggest change she has witnessed since then, en route to becoming a ?competent leader? of mountain climbers, has been the sport?s continued ? and growing ? appeal to females.

In Time on Rock, Fleming offers an experienced rock-climber's view of the natural world, simultaneously outlining a personal journey she has taken from the gabbro pinnacles of the Cuillin in Skye to the Peak District, the Cairngorms and beyond over the last decade. Climbing, she declares, is not about ticking off colossal peaks as though they formed part of a rocky bucket list. It is a more nuanced experience which provides a ?direct route into the spellbinding potency of a place.?

Aside from presenting climbers with the opportunity to acknowledge mountainous beauty, perhaps the sport?s greatest unknown ? and often menacing ? ingredient is risk, an experience Fleming describes as an ?electrifying charge?. She says that slipping or falling are essential parts of the sport after experiencing the latter while climbing the Cuillan, though fortunately the safety rope caught her from almost certain death.

Fleming writes well, leading readers through a variety of landscapes, a multitude of different rocks, challenges and unique pleasures. There are few sports where precision and a clear mind are so important; as the author reminds us time and again, in many instances, one false move could prove fatal.

The risks apply to the two principle forms of climbing: sports climbing, where metals bolts are left in the rock for others to use, and traditional climbing which involves a leader inserting bolts into the rock to which safety ropes are attached. The bolts are removed by the last man or woman on the mountain face. After beginning as a ?terrified novice?, Fleming has graduated to appreciate the majesty of the natural world and the satisfaction of climbing a new peak. For anyone still searching for a completely different form of new year resolution, reading Time on Rock could prove inspirational.



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