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Shelf Road Rock, 3rd Edition

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By: Rick Thompson

Welcome to the updated version of Shelf Road Rock. This edition features more than 1200 routes—more than 100 new routes over the previous edition. Scattered throughout the remarkable, scenic limestone canyons of one of America’s leading sport climbing destinations, this guide features climbs from 5.4 to 5.14! The personality of the routes is revealed through artistic, entertaining route descriptions, gear recommendations (including bolt counts), long-overlooked historical first ascent information, and action shots galore. This is the most complete guide ever published for Shelf Road and will lead you to countless incredible days of rock climbing in this magical limestone paradise.

Shelf Road Rock includes a free 2-year subscription to the digital edition (you will receive a link and a license within 48 hours). More details here


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  • 5
    Must have guidebook!!

    Posted by Andrew on 15th Mar 2023

    This guide book should be considered an essential for anyone looking to climb at Shelf Road. Way better than trying to use online resources due to the crags poor reception. Plus the topos and descriptions are helpful for ensuring you find the routes you actually want to be on. 10/10

  • 4
    Shelf Rock Road

    Posted by Kyle Cooper on 25th Sep 2022

    The book looks well made with nice pictures. I have not been on the trip yet. So can not comment if the route description are accurate.

  • 2
    Digital Edition has bug

    Posted by Andy on 9th Feb 2022

    I have not received guidebook yet, but one of the reasons I purchased this edition ($32 vs $22 for older book) was to have the digital copy for use with my smartphone. After installing the rather large app (45mb!) needed to access the digital version and waiting for access codes, I finally installed all in my android phone (ver12), the app crashes when trying read any page after page 11 (which is the first page with directional maps). Very disappointing, especially since publisher told me that I should try to install on different device! And no tech support available to try to work through the problem

  • 3
    Beautiful book in need of a few more maps and guide pages

    Posted by Matt Leasure on 15th Feb 2021

    This book is beautifully produced and has excellent content. Definitely a must-have for the area. But it leaves the reader to do a little too much leg-work to get the the bottom of the climb you want to get to. The book could really use about 10 more pages of detailed trail maps and wall diagrams to ease the hike in. First time climbers in the area should prepare to do a little extra way-finding. Once you know the area and where you are, the book is excellent.