Review by: tradkelly, 2003-04-19
It's the best product out there right now showing Cactus and Spiney. I'm waiting to see what CT's photo-pano guide (www.climbcolorado.net) looks like when it comes out, and it's been a couple of years since SE put out this guide's latest revision. There are new (and quality) routes not shown in the guide, and several of the (harder) routes have been rebolted and anchors enhanced for safety. Putting out a guide is a heckuva lot of work, but it's time to update what's out there.
The climbs are shown on hand-drawn maps, and are very clear. The only thing that I can think of to help this volume would be a couple of photos of major formations/clusters of climbs (to help orient to the proper climb while on the ground) and an overall panoramic view of the cliffs (from the lower road, or on top of Dark Side) to show where each area is on the cliff.
Overall, an excellent guide, and by far the best to anything at Shelf Road. --tradkelly