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Re: [happiegrrrl] Stores with best selection of guidebooks
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OK Happiegrrrl I found some time to describe the book. Attached is the cover.

It's a full-color book covering sport climbing and DWS in/near Austin, Texas.

Lynn Hill once said our limestone is short, but it's on you the whole way. We have alot of 30-50' power-endurance routes. Approaches also are short, and it's now roughly 620 routes downtown or within 35 minutes. Convenient!

It's one of the few guidebooks to cover a DWS area, on our varying level lake. Problems come and go with water level, so I used broad strokes, describing sets of problems at different water levels.

Most of the book is about the sport routes. Topo photos show bolt locations, main routes, and linkups/variations. Many include a climber on-route, combining action shots with topos.

I recorded a lot of mini-stories in footnotes, partly because locals asked for a "fun read". I wanted to record history and bring the first ascentionists to life as characters, to the extent that's possible.

Most routes are described with a rich icon language, while the text avoids beta to protect on-sights. The icons describe route steepness, complexity (e.g. a trick move gets a Puzzle Piece), head game (a Ghost icon), predominant type of hand hold, premium moves (e.g. Dyno), Stick Clip recommendation, etc.

Posting images is hard here; the system limits us to 150KB per thread! You can view sample pages/topos at I appreciate any "likes" at


(This post was edited by Hogge on Dec 12, 2012, 12:22 PM)
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Post edited by Hogge () on Dec 12, 2012, 12:22 PM: correcting facts

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