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Review by Tony Lourens On my very first climbing road trip through Italy in 1994, one of the few guidebooks available at the time was Cicerone’s Italian Rock by Al Churcher. Clutching this now iconic publication in our sweaty paws, we discovered many exciting climbing areas scattered across the northern part of Italy. Of course, …


Climbing the world’s highest mountains in the coldest season By Bernadette McDonald Hard cover 272 pagesVertebrate PublishingAvailable at Exclusive BooksRRP: R538 Review by Tony Lourens Polish mountaineers have always been considered to be a little on the extreme side. They seem to have a penchant for suffering in the most brutal of ways. They take …


A sport climbing and bouldering guide to Pretoria, Johannesburg and surrounds – By Neil Margetts SpecificationsA5 full colour240 pagesRRP: R280 review by Tony Lourens Ever since Rory Lowther’s brilliant little pocket-sized route guide to the Gauteng area went out of print many moons ago, there has been a dearth of information for the greater Gauteng …


Published by Vertebrate Publishing A5 plus, 320 pages with 32 full colour pages £18.99 online from Amazon Kindle £24.00 hard copy from Review by Tony Lourens Let me just start off by saying that this is the best biography or autobiography I have ever read. And I don’t mean about climbing, I mean the …

Cape Peninsula Select

By Tony Lourens Blue Mountain Publishers A5 | 320 pages Full colour with lots of climbing photos Review by Fiona McIntosh Tony Lourens has clearly been hard at work of late, and what better office than the incredible rock faces of the Table Mountain chain? His latest book, Cape Peninsula Select, is an amalgamation of …


Table Mountain Classics By Tony Lourens Published by Blue Mountain Publishers A5 soft cover | 320 pp. | full colour RRP: R285 at most outdoor shops and bookshops in the greater Cape Town area Review by Magriet Kruger, Wild Magazine I’m sure not a week goes by without author Tony Lourens setting foot on Table …