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Shelf Road Rock: A Complete Climbing Reference

by Fred Knapp, Rick Thompson, and Rich Aschert, Sharp End Publishing, 2005.

Finally, a comprehensive guide to Shelf Road with over 900 plus routes, the new guide covers: The Gallery, Sand Gulch, Dead Colt, The Bank, The Dark Side, The Vault Area, Cactus Cliff, Spiney Ridge, The Gym, The North End and the Great Black North.

Areas Covered..
Shelf Road

Rock Climbing Shelf Road

by Mark Van Horn, Falcon Press, 1999. Out of print though usually available used from online retailers.

Newly updated guide to a premier Colorado limestone sport crag outside of Canon City. Includes areas recently acquired by the Access Fund. Knapp's guide does include additional areas that Van Horn doesn't, but those areas are currently private property and have access issues. Van Horn's is a good guidebook, considering the thorough topos, pictures, history, directions and .... route descriptions? Well Van Horn is far from verbose with his route descriptions. Get used to the following words: devious, technical, continuous, strenuous, thin, sharp, and sequential. Mathematically Van Horn has found the orthoganol set of route desciption words, the smallest possible set of words to adequately describe the routes. And darn tootin, it works, leaving just enough to the imagination. If you're considering getting a guide to Shelf, then this is a good one.

Includes The Gallery, Sand Gulch, Dead Colt, The Dark Side, The Bank, The Vault, Cactus Cliff, Spiney Ridge, & The Gym.

Areas Covered..
Shelf Road

Cactus Cliff and Spiney Ridge

by Rick Thompson, Sharp End Publishing, 2000.

This guide to Cactus Ciff and Spiney Ridge is outdated, and has been superceded by the new Shelf Road Rock guidebook by Fred Knapp, Rick Thompson, and Rich Aschert.

Areas Covered..
Shelf Road

Shelf Road Climbing

Bob D'Antonio, 2010

  • Full Color
  • Professional, stunning action photography by Keith Ladzinski, Stewart Green and Bob D'Antonio
  • Essays by Richard Aschert, Colin Lantz, Mark Hesse, Dave Dangle, Stewart Green and others
  • Clean, thorough, easy-to-navigate info
  • Over 800 total routes described
  • Over 130 new routes included
Back Side Of The Bank. Lighter Side Of Shelf.  by ...

Back Side Of The Bank


There is a newly updated mini-guide to the back side of The Bank.

Back Side Of The Bank. Lighter Side Of Shelf.  by ...
Back Side Of The Bank.
Lighter Side Of Shelf.


Bob and Carrie Robertson.

It is written by Bob & Carrie Robertson and came out in October, 2012.

This is a black and white guide to:

The Piggy Bank
Bank Rob
Neapolitan Headrush Area
Let Me Out Area
The South End Of The Quarry Wall

This includes black and white photographs / topos for 83 sport routes with FA information.

It is available through climbingpamphlet.com for $7.95.
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