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mtnyoung

Trad climber
Twain Harte, California
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 5, 2013 - 10:58am PT
After six years of concentrated work, we're now sending our print company the new "Climber's Guide to the Sonora Pass Highway, Second Edition." This completely new book will be standard climbing guidebook size (9" by 6"). It will use photos, topos and written descriptions to depict areas, crags, and routes along a 70 mile stretch of Highway 108. It will be fairly long, at 568 pages. The paper and binding will be the same as in the 2007 Pinnacles guide (although this book will be more than 150 pages longer).

Yeah, I know, 568 pages for a totally backwater area is lunacy. What can I say? We love the place, we wanted to be thorough and we've made a labor of love.

The book should be available for sale by the end of May. Here's a shot of the cover (the front photo, by our good friend Jerry Dodrill, shows Tonya Nilsson leading a three-star 5.10b, Cassiopeia, at Chipmunk Flat):

the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Apr 5, 2013 - 10:59am PT
Congratulations!
pvalchev

Social climber
Mountain View, CA / Calgary, AB
Apr 5, 2013 - 11:06am PT
Can't wait to order!
Roxy

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
Apr 5, 2013 - 11:08am PT
The book should be available for sale by the end of May.


congrats indeed!

looks awesome, to judge a book by its cover.


good for a copy,

briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Apr 5, 2013 - 11:08am PT
Can't wait to finally see it and order a copy!!!
mtnyoung

Trad climber
Twain Harte, California
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 5, 2013 - 11:16am PT
looks awesome, to judge a book by its cover.

Alright, I've got to hand it to Roxy: that definitely made me laugh. Obvious perhaps in hindsight, but very clever.
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Apr 5, 2013 - 11:27am PT
Jeez, would you guys stop writing guidebooks?

The money's not worth the time, and it's not going to get you laid.
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Apr 5, 2013 - 01:40pm PT
^someone's grumpy this morning
sharperblue

Mountain climber
San Francisco, California
Apr 5, 2013 - 01:46pm PT
so many great climbing spots on 108! not to mention some Top Secret awesome ice lines....looking forward to it, and thanks!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Apr 5, 2013 - 01:48pm PT
Wow,, i guess that includes the pickle areas- gonna bum some marines out lol!
Michelle

Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
Apr 5, 2013 - 01:54pm PT
This is not the guidebook you're looking for. Move along.









Looking forward to getting mine!
mtnyoung

Trad climber
Twain Harte, California
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 5, 2013 - 02:11pm PT
Randisi:

1. Done; I'm now very happily finished with writing guidebooks forevermore.

2. I agree about the money, although it is worse than you think: there is no money - anyone who thinks guidebook authors make money is wacked;

3. Neither of us authors has a problem at all with the other issue you listed (we're both very happily married);

Sharperblue:

Those ice areas may not be as secret as you think. I got quite carried away with the history part of this book (what I expected to be five paragraphs of history turned into 11 pages!). Lots and lots of ice climbing has been done up here extending from the early 70s, up to Mungeclimber's crazy efforts here over the last several years.

Ron:

No, the guide stops at Chipmunk Flat, three miles west of the pass itself. It doesn't cover anything to the east of the pass, meaning it doesn't cover any of the training routes at the MWTC.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Apr 5, 2013 - 02:27pm PT
Ohww,, Too bad,, theres some nice craggin in there. And some NOT on the USMC reserve. But then it is good to have a little off the main pages..

We were gonna get "scalped" by a Marine squad back around 77 when we were up there. But none of em could even get started on our "route" !! Thank gawd! They were just jivin us (i think) cuz we all had long hair a flowin back then,, of course. And bell bottom pants--We were givin em some shyt back though lol!
bhilden

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Apr 5, 2013 - 03:54pm PT
Of course, Brad is the author of the excellent guide to Pinnacles National Monument. The guidebook does an excellent job in getting all the little details like approaches, protection, etc. correct which greatly enhances one's experience of the area.

BTW, even though it is now a national park, the guidebook is still totally relevant.
BMcC

Trad climber
Livermore
Apr 5, 2013 - 04:21pm PT
Excellent news, Brad!
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Apr 5, 2013 - 04:39pm PT
Sure to be a classic guide.

Monumental effort, can't wait to get one Brad.

Jerry Dodrill

climber
Sebastopol
Apr 5, 2013 - 04:41pm PT
Congrats on sending your project Brad and Steve!
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Apr 5, 2013 - 05:48pm PT
aw sh#t, now everyone will want one. ;)

Next thing you know, they'll have websites and Facebook groups.




Crazy? There's nothing crazy about driving up the road in January when the Pass is open! :)
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Apr 5, 2013 - 06:12pm PT
What will be really crazy Munge is when we go climbing and actually SEE other climbers out there haha
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Apr 5, 2013 - 06:27pm PT
Run and hide. Run. And. Hide.

Dingus and Scuffy gonna kill yew!
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