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Dec 15, 2013
Hi everybody,

I know I've been bopping around on this forum over the last few months with lots of talk about this new guidebook. I wanted to let everybody know that the project is still a go, and that there is some very exciting news!

I found a photographer, and friend, to team up with for the project - and couldn't be happier with who I got. Matt Van Biene is a professional photographer, talented climber, and severe Index enthusiast. I can't wait to work with him on this project.

Matt and I will both be returning from separate trips to Patagonia in March, and are looking to rent in Index, or nearby. So if anybody has good beta on that front, we'd love to hear it! We will begin working on the new book in March, and are really hoping to have all the photography and route descriptions done by next fall. It may be ambitious, but we our goal is to have a rakkup app downloadable by the end of the summer - and a full color book covering just Index on the market by Christmas of next year. Please note that these are goals, and while we hope to keep them, one never knows.

For information on Matt, visit; to find out about myself, go to There is contact info for both of us there. To learn more about rakkup, and their smartphone apps, go to

At this point, we are leaning towards self-publishing. That said, we want to provide the best product possible to Index climbers, and have a number of publishers in mind, and whom we have talked to, that are interested in the book if we fail to create the product we are hoping for ourselves.

Matt and I are both super-excited for spring to come, and open to suggestions and requests from Index climbers everywhere. Please feel free to contact either of us - but keep in mind that we will be starting work on the project in March.

Happy climbing, and Viva la Index!
-Chris Kalman
Chris Kalman
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