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New Guidebook near completion!
Submitted By: M. Morley on Feb 14, 2003

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This is to let you know, and perhaps you might post to the site, that I am in the middle of finishing up the first volume (of a 2 volume set), of comprehensive guide(s) to Josh.

Rather than try to cram nearly 2,000 new routes into a single volume, I am expanding the existing material, plus new stuff, to make it much more accurate and user friendly.

There will all new maps (showing new roads and changes to be done in the next few years, new crags, etc.), many photos of crags previously lacking them (or new crags), topos and photos of bigger/complicated faces (e.g.: Saddle Rocks, Lost Horse Wall, etc.), verbal descriptions and/or notations for many routes (as well as photos, topos, etc.), redundant parking driving/approach instructions to avoid flipping back and forth, descent information for most crags, recommended gear selections for most every route, and full first ascent information for every climb.

The guides will also cover the new rules for bolting in wilderness and non-wilderness and reproduce the relevant Park Service forms. Notations will be made in the text of all crags that lie in wilderness (or what part of them does) per the latest Park Service surveys.

I am very interested in receiving new route info; ratings corrections-opinions; star rating opinions-corrections; changes in fixed gear; description or other errors; or any other constructive ideas [Note: one of the cool features of this site (at least I think it's cool!) is that anyone can vote on the rating for a given route. Select 'Advanced Comment on this Route' from the 'Contribute/Add' dropdown list on the route page. You will find a 'Rating' dropdown list, plus a space for additional comments. All of the votes are automatically tallied, and appear next to the original route rating (see Cakewalk as an example). Over time, the ratings should become more consistent through this process. -ed.]

The guides will cover the Park in the same order as the 1992 guide; Volume 1 (Joshua Tree West) will cover through Comic Book area; Volume 2 (Joshua Tree East) the rest.

To make suggestions or comments, do so here

Randy Vogel
Author, Rock Climbing Joshua Tree

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