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Old Rag: A Climber's Guide

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By Will Alford

Old Rag, with a climbing heritage dating to the 1930s, is distinguished by the splitter cracks, hair-raising slabs, and superb faces scattered across one of the most beautiful deciduous forests in America. Packed with over 300 meticulously documented routes, detailed climbing topos, hand-drawn maps, entertaining insights, and photographs spanning decades, this guide offers everything you need to enjoy one of the Southeast’s premier climbing areas.

Included with purchase is a license for a 2-year subscription to the Digital Edition. This will arrive in 1-2 business days. The expected ship date is December 26, 2023.

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  • 5
    1 Billion Year Old Granite I want to Lose Skin On

    Posted by joel on 19th Jan 2024

    Will Alford has given us a most comprehensive guide to climbing at Old Rag. Well organized, illustrated and annotated by generations of developers, it will serve generations of climbers to come. Buy two copies.

  • 5
    Great guide

    Posted by Bob on 16th Jan 2024

    Great guide. Lots of very good topos, maps and beta to get around old rag - which can be complex to work out initially. High quality photos and good history, geology and other general info. Psyched to check out some new areas there after reading the guide!

  • 4
    Great content, binding could be better

    Posted by Riley on 16th Jan 2024

    This is a great guidebook from an expert author and guide. From illuminating background to topo on new areas I hadn’t previously been aware of in my 7+years of climbing at Old Rag. I took the book out this weekend and it was great. Except, the middle pages started falling out. Why aren’t guidebooks printed to be more durable so they can be used in the context where we climb? Great job overall to Will.

  • 5
    Old Rag, A Climber's Guide

    Posted by Will C on 12th Jan 2024

    This guidebook is excellent. The route descriptions contain useful information and also historical context and the occasional anecdote. I'm looking forward to exploring a lot more of what this area has to offer.

  • 5
    The one and only.

    Posted by Nick on 12th Jan 2024

    Quality of this guide is top notch. If you climb anywhere in the area and frequent Old Rag, you need this guide. You can tell a lot of of work and care went into making it. Photos are great too!