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New Shelf Road Guide Book Arriving Soon
Submitted By: John McNamee on Aug 30, 2010

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Shelf Road Climbing, A Complete Guide will shortly be published and in stores for the Fall season at Shelf.

The guide features full color and great action photos by Keith Ladzinski, Stewart Green, and Bob D'Antonio. Essays and a history roundup by various Shelf Road climbers are also included.

As more details come available I'll post up.

Retails for 37.00. Great cover shot!

Rock Climbing Photo: Shelf Road Climbing.
Shelf Road Climbing.

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By Mike Howard
Aug 30, 2010
Nice work, Bobby. I saw the proofs, very cool layout, great paper/color and high quality topos/photos. Well done, guys.
By kevin fox
From: parker
Aug 31, 2010
How come Bob Dropped off of I always thought his info was of value.
By Ben Cassedy
From: Denver, CO
Aug 31, 2010
Is this going to have any additional info that the Sharp End book doesn't have? I'm in the market for a Shelf book, but not sure if this is worth the extra cash. What is the release date - wasn't it supposed to be out in May?
By John McNamee
From: Littleton, CO
Aug 31, 2010

As soon as I get more information I'll post it up.


By Monomaniac
From: Morrison, CO
Sep 1, 2010

This book will have several hundred new routes that have been added since the Sharp End book was published. I haven't seen it, but I'm sure it will be worth the $$ just to avoid dog attacks at Cactus Cliff.
By England
From: ?
Sep 3, 2010
You are correct, dogs have become a MAJOR problem at Shelf, even more so than in the past. I've written some letters to the powers that be to see if dogs can get banned. Hate me if you want, but my kids are more important than your dogs, and I'm tired of them being harassed.
By Brian Pappas
From: silverthorne CO
Sep 4, 2010
I can't agree more, I love my dog. But in my opinion, climbing and dogs at the base of the climb don't work, they should be banned from the cliffs.
By Joe Collins
Sep 6, 2010
While we're on the subject of dogs harassing kids at crags, I cannot think of a more inappropriate sport crag for toddlers than Shelf Road. At Cactus Cliff alone, I have seen 2 of the worst rockfalls I've witnessed in my 15 years of climbing.

I'm surprised to see a new guide since the area pretty much has saturated guidebook coverage already. I'm still really looking forward to flipping through it though. Looks great.
By rocker
Sep 6, 2010
Hey England,
Could you write the powers that be and ask them to limit how many people go to Shelf. I would prefer to climb and not wait in line.

It looks like a nice book.
Do people still buy guidebooks with so much info on line?
By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Sep 7, 2010
People certainly still buy guidebooks, even in the day and age of the internet. There are many things not available on line that a well-done, thorough guidebook can provide.
By Dean Cool
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 8, 2010
The old guide is great and comprehensive. But yes more routes have been added since and am curious to see the layout and text of Bob's book. Hopefully it's better than the Boulder Canyon guide.

As for dogs at the cliff, it is not the dogs fault, it's the owners'. If you have a dog that can't behave at the cliff, then don't bring it. England and Brian, your opinions are welcome; however, dogs at a cliff can be great, and others will agree some even better than screaming children. A ban would not be in order, but the non-written rule book could certainly come into play.
By Wayne Crill
From: an Altered State
Sep 9, 2010
Congratulations Bob-

My question is will this guide have the FA info that I consider critical to any quality climbing guide? I rarely climb at Shelf, and since it's 99.9% sport climbing, I'm tempted to say I don't care, but I don't think that's an appropriate attitude (I do love sport climbing, but that's not the point). However, with the BoCan guidebook, I feel it's almost criminal to NOT have FA info. ESPECIALLY an area like BoCan which has a diverse, rich, and important climbing history. I worry this sets a dangerous precedent, and I would hate to see such intellectually lazy practice become more common. I don't understand as Bob is far from lazy, and I know he cares about climbing history. I've heard it's length pressure from publishers, but I don't buy that excuse for even a second?
By M Lindfors
From: Highlands Ranch
Sep 17, 2010
Will it tell which routes have bolts made from rusty bedframes and other homemade sketch materials?
By slim
Sep 17, 2010
That would be kind of redundant with the FA info.
By Bal Rau
From: Denver, Colorado
Oct 11, 2010
Is this out yet? If so, does anyone have a link to purchase it?
By Penelope Trendelenbergg
Oct 26, 2010
You can now buy this guide at
By RomoFo Fo
Nov 11, 2010
Neptune Mountaineering has this in stock right now. Come and get it!
By Dan G0D5H411
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jan 9, 2011
Anyone know why the Dead Colt Wall, Quarry Wall, North End and the Great Black North were left out of this new guidebook?
By JamesLucas
Feb 28, 2011
K Daniels Publishing did a super nice job making a wonderful colorful guide. It's nice to have solid graphics and easy to read descriptions.

The book is available at Mountain Chalet in Colorado Springs, Neptune Mountaineering in Boulder, and Wilderness Exchange. Also, you can order a copy on-line at:

K Daniels Publishing
By Unassigned User
Apr 28, 2011
I was disappointed by the new guide. Walls that were included in the old guide were excluded, and new routes that I had been on years ago that were new at the time, I could not find in the new guide. I also found the organization poor. On the overall topo, for example with the Bank which has multiple sections of wall w/ different names, it would be nice to have the sections shown on the overall topo, for example in the Tensleep guide, which is much smaller and covers more routes. Went there for the first time and could find specific routes with relative ease. I would recommend passing on the new guide if you already own the prior.
By Corey Smith
Apr 1, 2017
I've heard a recent rumor that a new Shelf Road guidebook is coming out. Doesn't anyone know if there is any truth to that? If not, what is the best Shelf Road guidebook out? Is this app any good?

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