By: Rick Thompson
Welcome to the updated version of Shelf Road Rock. This edition features more than 1200 routes—an increase of 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 are 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.
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I used the book in the first day of my trip and while unimpressed with the layout and depth of the book's content, it helped find specific routes and facilitated thinking about what to do next. However, I got the digital version and to my demise the PDC/Locklizard app interface is not very intuitive (for example resolution was a bit strange, I had to zoom in/out a lot to find/read info on a page) and the book actually disappeared from the app for the remainder of the trip. Luckily we had access to other sources and managed to have a successful trip overall. Working flawlessly while fully offline for multiple days is paramount for any climbing book, having this issue is a deal breaker in my opinion and will prevent me from buying any Sharp End digital versions in the future.