Needles Guidebook


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Ben Ricketts · · Salt Lake City, UT · Joined Apr 2009 · Points: 30

I'm heading to the Needles (California) in a couple of weeks and wondering if there is anyone in the Sale Lake area that has a guidebook that I could borrow, rent or buy. It looks like the main online resource has been taken down and the new guidebook doesn't come out until October.

Thanks,
Ben

FrankPS · · Atascadero, CA · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 15
Ben Ricketts wrote:I'm heading to the Needles (California) in a couple of weeks and wondering if there is anyone in the Sale Lake area that has a guidebook that I could borrow, rent or buy. It looks like the main online resource has been taken down and the new guidebook doesn't come out until October. Thanks, Ben
Not sure what you mean by the "main online resource," but MP has info:

http://www.mountainproject.com/v/the-needles/105851693
John Ericson · · USA · Joined Jun 2011 · Points: 53

Try the link below. It has most of what you will need. I have a copy of the old book that I may be willing to sell as I am not sure how often I will make it out there in the future. PM me if you are interested.

http://web.stanford.edu/~clint/needles/

Ken H · · Granite, UT · Joined Jan 2006 · Points: 3,940

Alex and Clint's info is never coming down as far as I know. Alex is an old friend of mine, I'll ping him and ask what happened with monsteroffwidth. Alex has told me he's been asked at least 3 times by different would be Needles authors "can I use your info and would you take it down". Answer is always the same "yes but no".

Don't hold your breathe on a new guidebook. I'm way out of the loop but no idea who is writing that book for what publisher. Anyone know?

Mike Mu. · · hagerstown · Joined Feb 2007 · Points: 35
Ken H wrote: Don't hold your breathe on a new guidebook. I'm way out of the loop but no idea who is writing that book for what publisher. Anyone know?
Kris Solem has written the new one. It is printed and K Daniels will be shipping it out Oct. 20. Get yourself some--it looks very well done
Ken H · · Granite, UT · Joined Jan 2006 · Points: 3,940

Alex has a 10 month old and not climbing much currently so domain registration has lapsed. Same needles info is on Clint's page. Sad to see Alex's amazing photos not out on the web.

Sounds like a guide is coming out, here's the link:
http://www.kdanielspublishing.com/shop/guide-books/the-needles-climbing-a-complete-guide-shipping-october-20/

Or maybe IME will be carrying it?

Leo Franchi · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2014 · Points: 0

Also a couple of Needles resources:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/4sy31verli71rge/Needles%20Climbing%20Guide.pdf?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/r8l6h8wicrn2ni9/Original%20Needles%20Guide.pdf?dl=0

Kristian Solem · · Monrovia, CA · Joined Apr 2004 · Points: 325

"...Can I use your info and would you take it down."

Just for the record I think that is a totally bogus request, no such request came from me. Those guys were even cool enough to let me use a photo.

Sorry to see their site is down. Lot's of great photos there, good climbers in action.

Ken H · · Granite, UT · Joined Jan 2006 · Points: 3,940

Sorry Kristian, didn't mean to imply you asked for the info to be taken down. At the time I wrote that post I had no idea you were in actual production of a book. However, during the past decade Alex and Clint's info has been up I do know many "would be" authors have asked. I think most of them were not looking to put in the work to write a real new guide and just use Alex and Clint's material. Being the author of the new Needles guide I assume you know the varied history of the first authors and the many potential authors who followed. Congrads on your publishing of the book. Haven't seen it yet but plan to pick it up the next time I'm in the local shop and hope it's great.

Any chance you're going to move on and work on a new Domelands/Sequoia guide?

Kristian Solem · · Monrovia, CA · Joined Apr 2004 · Points: 325

Hi Ken,

Doing justice to a Domelands guide would be a Herculean task, not only is there a lot out there, but many of the approaches will need to be redone. When most of the
climbs there were first done, there were logging roads. Not so now, once they'd logged the crap out of it they declared it wilderness and closed the roads. Church and Bart domes are still active but a lot is off the horizon now.

Anyway, that one's not for me. Herb Laeger is working on a series of Kern Valley area mini guides. Kern Valley Climbs .

Oh, I never thought your comment was referring to me, just wanted clarity.

Cheers, Kris

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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