"Sedona Rocks! A Climber's Guide" Now Available.


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Social climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 6, 2012 - 09:55pm PT
The day is finally here! The updated Sedona Climbing guide is finally published and available. Yay!

Just got our first shipment of books today:

The guide has updated route information on over 550 routes in 24 different areas and is 334 pages. There are over 100 hand-drawn topos + photo topos to aid in negotiating the sprawling area that is the Sedona/Oak Creek climbing region. The book is color cover with traditional black-and-white interior.

Thanks to everyone that contributed, your help was invaluable and we hope we did it justice with this.

Cost: $35.00 + $4.00 shipping

Available Payment Options: Send $39.00 total to...

Check: If you would like to send a check and get a copy sent to you (best for us) email us at rocksolidpublishing@gmail.com for the address and we will get a copy out to you.

Paypal: "Send Money" to rocksolidpublishing@gmail.com

or it is also available on Amazon.com:


Enjoy! Erik and David.


Social climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 6, 2012 - 10:03pm PT
Oh, and the guide-book release party is the weekend of June 30th/July 1st at the Flagstaff Climbing Center (formerly Vertical Relief) on San Francisco Street. Please join us for the official event.


Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jun 6, 2012 - 11:06pm PT

Congrats to ya both!!!!!

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Jun 6, 2012 - 11:09pm PT
Awesome. Congrats on putting that beast to bed.

El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Jun 6, 2012 - 11:55pm PT
Now just hope there are lots of people that love choss as much as you do!!!

Congrats, and see you in Flag!

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Jun 7, 2012 - 12:07am PT
Excellent! Excited to purchase my copy, and hope I'm in Flag for the party.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Jun 7, 2012 - 12:15am PT
I'm on it;....I'll order mine thru Amazon this week;....thank you for all your hard work, patience, and following thru on a worthy and awesome project......I'm super psyched about this....yeeehooooo!


Jim Henson's Basement
Jun 7, 2012 - 12:34am PT
Congrats on putting that beast to bed.

Amen to that. "Beast" is an understatement. The boy worked hard.

Never was so much work done to promote such choss ;)

Congrats Honey.

PS: Awesome picture of Tucker BTW. Can we make him our mascot^^?

Trad climber
San Francisco, Ca
Jun 7, 2012 - 01:00am PT
Congrats guys. I'm going to order a copy forthwith.

Funny photo. The rock always gets better above the limestone band, at least until you get high enough to get in the white colored soft stuff. A pitch or two of absolute choss to reach the band, then 3-5 pitches of decent sandstone, then butter soft rock. I sure do miss that place!

Way out there....
Jun 7, 2012 - 01:22am PT
Great job Erik and Skip. It was good seeing you both this last weekend. I could tell a load was off your back Mr.E.

Gym climber
A dingy corner in your refrigerator
Jun 7, 2012 - 01:28am PT
Sweet. The demand may be high so I'm gonna drive to Cali this weekend to pick up my copy!!!! Capishe??
Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 7, 2012 - 01:34am PT

Will you have copies at the FaceLift? I've never been climbing in Arizona, but you never know.

Jim Henson's Basement
Jun 7, 2012 - 01:50am PT
I'm gonna drive to Cali this weekend to pick up my copy!!!!


Capiche?? I capiche that your $100.00+ in gas is saving me $4.00 in postage.



Trad climber
West Los Angeles, CA
Jun 7, 2012 - 02:24am PT
Congrats Erik (and Skip)!

mars...it's near nevada...
Jun 7, 2012 - 09:42am PT
will you and david sign my copy ? I want a signed copy...

Trad climber
4 Corners Area
Jun 7, 2012 - 09:46am PT
Can't wait to get mine! Way to go MisterE and the Doctor. Its been a long time comin' . . .

And for all you Sedona hopefuls . . .


(The old book wasn't called "
A Better Way to Die
" fer nothin'! Heh, heh, heh . . .

Sport climber
Vacaville, CA
Jun 7, 2012 - 10:03am PT
What method of purchase puts the most $$ in your pocket MisterE for someone who will have to have it shipped?

Jim Henson's Basement
Jun 7, 2012 - 10:05am PT
Yes - other contenders for the title:

"Yer (Still) Gonna Die"

"Choss is Boss - Climbing Sedona"

"Last Bastion of the Suicidal Hardman"


Jim Henson's Basement
Jun 7, 2012 - 10:08am PT
@ Roughser

A personal check sent directly to Erik incurs no processing fees - so that is the best method for those who don't mind the delay with the two-way snail-mail. 2nd best is direct Paypal transfer.

from out where the anecdotes roam
Jun 7, 2012 - 10:20am PT
i know a few locations where just being seen with this guide will make me appear younger ... i'm in!
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Jun 7, 2012 - 10:22am PT
Bring it, Homey...

Tony Bird

Northridge, CA
Jun 7, 2012 - 11:48am PT
i've seen a copy--attractive and comprehensive. hearty congrats and best wishes with sales.
susan peplow

Joshua Tree, CA
Jun 7, 2012 - 01:55pm PT
Thank () for that! So............what's next?

Congratulations and a big cold drink to Skip too!


Social climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 7, 2012 - 03:14pm PT
Thanks, everyone! It has been quite a process for the last three years, and I am glad to have it done!

"What's next?" Susan, the Flagstaff guide, of course!
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Jun 8, 2012 - 04:44am PT
Rock on, Sedona....


Social climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 8, 2012 - 10:00am PT
Sedona has a "scary and loose" reputation that is kind of out-dated.

There certainly are some climbs that are like that, but they are not in the majority. The newer generation of climbs are usually cleaned and are often bolt protected where the rock quality is questionable or there is a run-out.

We want you to do our routes, enjoy them and tell others how great they were!

So, don't be afraid of Sedona climbing - it's nice, you'll like it!

A Busy day at the Planetarium (sport-climbing, 5 minutes from the road):

looking sketchy there...

Social climber
Latitute 33
Jun 8, 2012 - 12:11pm PT
Congratulations! Enjoy the afterglow of all the hard work.

Gym climber
Jun 8, 2012 - 02:14pm PT
CONGRATS to MisterE and The Dr. !!

I want me some ..., my Best Bros.

Jun 17, 2012 - 07:45pm PT
Bump for my brothers.

I received my complimentary copy a few days ago.

Other than the fact that I was given credit for an FA on a route I've never been on (maybe doc slipped me a Mickey and I "forgot"?) this guide is awesome and very well done.

Awesome work Bro's!
Jebus H Bomz

Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Jun 17, 2012 - 08:16pm PT
Damn! Wish I still lived in the arid zone. I never fully utilized Sedona like some other areas, perhaps due to a lack of beta. I hope you make good sales and I'll buy a copy for sure if I plan on doing a big trip out that way.

Social climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 17, 2012 - 09:34pm PT
Thanks again! Looks like we got a couple of articles coming out. One in Urban Climber and one in Sedona Magazine. We will see how the interest pans out.

Looking forward to a few days in the area, and checking out some of the new stuff.


Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Jun 18, 2012 - 04:33am PT

I was just in Sedona a few weeks ago, and the guidebook I bought was pretty damned poor to put it mildly. And it is 10 years old, so a new one was needed badly.

I'm going to head back out there in the fall to take another shot at Queen Victoria...the damn OW shut me down. Will have to pick this up before we head out there!

Social climber
Jun 18, 2012 - 02:08pm PT
Congratulations! Looks great.

It's been a long time coming; must be great to finally get the thing in the stores.

Tim Toula on Book of Friends, 1983
Tim Toula on Book of Friends, 1983
Credit: crunch

Maybe time for a return trip....:-)

Social climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 18, 2012 - 03:44pm PT
More Sedona Stoke:

Reef Shark:

The stunning Shangri La:

The longest arete climb in Sedona - Into The Wild:

Mattson on the amazing 150-foot, 4-1/2" crack of The Spout Route (photo: L. Coats Collection):


Trad climber
30 mins. from suicide USA
Jun 18, 2012 - 04:20pm PT
Havent climbed there yet...congrats on the book.

Jun 18, 2012 - 04:41pm PT
I look forward to getting one of these babies!

Heres some more advertising for Sedona and the guide, Thanks Mr. E!

John and Tracy on the start of Mars Attacks

The AWESOME Mars Attacks traverse

Windows Route - with Mike Knarzer

John and Tracy Borland on the Windows Route

Coolest chimney exit ever.

Who wouldn't like this?!

In an area as beautiful as this?


Social climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 18, 2012 - 07:23pm PT
I love that shot of John, Kelsey! It would be cool to put that one in the second edition, whenever that may be.

Jim Henson's Basement
Jun 18, 2012 - 07:29pm PT
Random book trivia..

In a book that has only a zero to 3-star rating system... David gave Shangri-La 4 stars .

Social climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 22, 2012 - 11:00pm PT
OK, final bump for the book release event, and big thanks to Vertical Relief for their support and hosting of the gathering.

Psyched to get the Sedona stoke on, and that Beaver Street Brewery and their award-winning IPA is three blocks away!


Jun 23, 2012 - 01:18pm PT
Nice job on the book! I like the minimalist route descriptions, keeping in style with the previous guides. The hand drawn maps/topos are appreciated, and do a good job of showing locations of hard to get to climbs. Even though I don't live in AZ anymore it is a great read.

One minor comment/question: the gear listings for the climbs are in inches, but often it looks like 0.5" and 0.75" really mean 0.5 and 0.75 camalot sizes rather than a tips crack.

Social climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 23, 2012 - 10:27pm PT
Thanks Roman, that question is one for David - I just type the numbers he gives me. I will ask him this question next week and get back to you.
As a side-note: we had multiple area developers submitting their own gear beta and there are 24 different areas, so reconciling all of the information was difficult.

Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Jun 26, 2012 - 12:20am PT
Guess what came in the mail today...

The kids wanted a bedtime story....

Damn cat even wanted to check it out....everyone must take turns...

Mike from Phoenix

Trad climber
Phoenix, AZ
Jun 26, 2012 - 03:39pm PT
MisterE wrote: "I love that shot of John, Kelsey! It would be cool to put that one in the second edition, whenever that may be."

Erik I would have included those in the pics I gave you for the book. However I didn't take any of them and didn't want to give away Kelsey's pics (even though I did that for the RRG guide lol) but maybe I should have?

See you Saturday evening.

from out where the anecdotes roam
Jun 29, 2012 - 11:45am PT
let there be righteous bumpage in the name of "sedona rocks" and saturday's book release event
... plus a side note in praise of lumberyard red, my fave from the greater beaver st. gang

edit: sure like that chimney exit shot kelsey ... gecko hands, depth of field, bomb bay predicament, even faces!
easy for the viewer to slide right into place, and help search for the solution

Social climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2012 - 01:26am PT
Thanks for the great shots Todd!

Bump cuz it is the Choss Season again, the Sandstone Sketchiness:

Embrace the looseness, find your inner groveler, the hidden scrabbling maniac.

Channel your clawing monkey-self and go have some real adventure in Sedona. There is more there than you can wrap your sandy brain around (wait - that's my sandy brain - sorry).

Sometimes good, sometimes bad - Hell, if you want predictable climbing, you probably know where to go.

But remember:

Pull down

not out.


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