In the late ’90s, Tony Barley and Nigel Baker released the original “Wild Bouldering in Yorkshire”. This small guidebook was the culmination of years of development and discovery played out on the high upland grit crags of North Yorkshire, documenting hundreds of previously unclimbed routes and boulder problems on extensive crags.
The frontispiece of the guide set the scene. Access was generally not granted and a low profile was often needed by visitors. Come the turn of the century all this began to change. With the introduction of the CRoW Act of 2000 the moors started to turn from white to browny-white – on the OS Map that is! What was formerly known as Wild Bouldering was now a fully legal activity, and its transition to the mainstream was cemented when the original Wild Boulders were included in the new YMC grit guides, released in the early 2010s.
These guides brought with them a new wave of development and the realisation by many that Yorkshire had not yet been worked out, not by a long shot, and there was still quality to be found in droves by those willing to seek it out. This website documents the ongoing exploration, and provides downloadable guides to these hitherto…