Thursday, February 16, 2012
Upstate Bouldering Guidebook Update!!!
I've been busting my butt getting the revisions done on the beta copies of the Upstate Bouldering Guidebook and have almost got everything ready! I am currently adding some action photos and ads from some of the best local outfitters and gear manufacturers too. Hopefully the guide will be printed and available around March 1st, but I'm planning on them being in my hands no later than March 15th...so shoot me an e-mail if you haven't already, and you'd like to preorder a copy (remember, this is a limited print run of this first edition).
The way its going to work out is that if you want a color copy, then you can only get it by preorder...any other copies will be in black and white (for now). The color version truly is worth the extra money and remember that you are just donating more to the organization that keeps our bouldering spots secure if you order a color copy.
So, right now the options are
1)preorder with an e-mail to me (the only way to guarantee a color copy) or
2)purchase a black and white copy at the Jocassee Gorges Trail Day. I'm working with Sunrift Adventures in Travelers Rest to possibly sell them there after the trail day, so stay tuned for info about getting a copy from Sunrift.
This project has been a lot of work, but I'm so excited to almost have it finished! I've enjoyed developing these area and I'm super stoked to share them in an official guidebook.
I'm also excited to announce that I'll be adding in some of the classic routes for a couple of areas in the Pisgah National Forest/Pisgah Ranger District near Brevard NC to the guidebook also! Pisgah has had a special place in my life for the last 36 years...my grandma was from Brevard and we would visit her every other weekend and head into the forest to see where her family grew up while working for the Vanderbilts. I grew up on the trails and rivers in Pisgah and started mountain biking and climbing in the forest when I was a teenager. This is an area that I've been bouldering at for a while now and as there is no information available to these areas, I think its time to at least tell folks about some of the classic routes that have been sent for years. In my opinion, these may be some of the best boulders in the guidebook and worth buying the guidebook just to have some beta to these areas.
So if you havent preordered a copy yet, go ahead and preorder to guarantee that you get the beta first and enjoy the guidebook before the heat starts to run everyone out of the boulderfields for the summer!!!