Schoolhouse Ridge on Beinn a’ Bheithir, Glencoe
Essentially, Northern Edge Books is the name for a small publishing venture that’s run from a desk at home. Until recently most of my work has been as a climbing instructor, teaching all things related to the hills, from mountain navigation through to Scottish winter climbing. I still teach, though only part-time and mostly in the winter months (see here). I now aspire to make nice mountain guidebooks – books that will lead you to some wild and beautiful places.
So far I’ve published two books. The first, a selection of mountain scrambles in North Wales, the second, a selection of winter journeys through the Scottish mountains. All the routes they contain should be doable by most people… a basic tenet I’ve tried to stick to.
I do most of the book making process myself – from words, photos and maps, to layout and typesetting – which is the main reason why they’ve taken so long to complete. I leave the cover designs to a mate Gav. To be honest, this publishing thing wouldn’t have seen the light of day without the help of friends; from advice on software, to hours of back-and-forth proof reading, and, most importantly, good company when out on the hill.
Both guidebooks have been printed by Gomer Press, a family owned company based in Llandysul, in West Wales. Gomer have been producing beautifully bound books for years, so were able to hold my hand through the whole printing process, making sure the books I envisaged were what actually rolled off the press.
If you order a book from this website, all the money will reach me (I wouldn’t want to paint the purpose of this site as being anything else). There’s no doubt the books can be bought more cheaply from a certain online retailer, however you’ll feel much warmer inside if you purchase them directly from me… and you’ll also be helping to fund book project number three.