British climber and Berghaus ambassador Anna Taylor has become the first person to complete a self-powered ascent of every climb listed in the iconic ‘Classic Rock’ guidebook.
Carrying all of her kit with her, Anna, 23, cycled 2,400 kilometres and climbed over 10,000 metres during a journey that lasted 62 days and saw her climb 83 routes, starting in South West England and ending on the Isle of Skye. Anna’s trip was supported by Berghaus, which supplied her with the latest performance outdoor kit to complete her expedition.
Published in 1978, Classic Rock is one of the most well regarded climbing books of all time. Written by leading outdoor journalist Ken Wilson, it features 83 of the best rock climbs that the UK has to offer. As well as climbing all 83 routes, Anna cycled between each area, using only ferries as transportation between islands. The vast majority of her trip was completed solo, requiring further skill and resilience.
Anna Taylor says: “I am both delighted and relieved to complete my Classic Rock journey. I’ve learnt so much over the last couple of months and the experience has certainly been memorable – it has been good, bad and at times downright ugly!
“Climbing long routes on beautiful faces high in the mountains with minimal equipment, is a pretty special experience. The journey has taken me to new and wonderful places in the UK and I have gained an even greater appreciation of the amazing landscapes on these shores, and of the amazing routes that Ken Wilson collected in Classic Rock.”