i'm looking for a newer and better guidebook for yosemite. i have the old falcon guide and an older supertopo. i have several older falcon guides for areas such as joshua tree et all.
now that i'm getting back into climbing after a multi year hiatus, i'm thrilled to see the new types of color guidebooks coming out.
for yosemite, i'm looking for something on par with miramontes' Joshua tree guide and handren's red rocks guide. both of these guides are amazing and full color and a real pleasure to peruse through as well as great info on climbs. SO is there a yosemite equivalent?
the supertopo free guide is good, but while the climbs that are in it are well detailed, there are only a select few that are covered and most are super crowded. I would advise against getting it unless you're only going to be in the valley for a couple days, otherwise you'll get tired of getting to crags and not knowing what anything is besides the routes with 8 parties already on them.
I bought the SuperTopo book before going for the first time and was there 8 days without any complaints on the book... the people that I climbed with also thought it was good. It covered classics as well as a few off the beaten path, had great beta, and good photos.
I've heard rumors that Eric Sloan is working on a new comprehensive Big Walls guide, which would be way cool. A new free climbs books is desperately needed, but I haven't even heard of anything in the works...
Probably the only guidebooks to come out since your "hiatus" are: a flimsy "Sport Climbs and Topropes" by Supertopo, a nice bouldering guide by Matt Wilder that came out in 07, and the Supertopo Big Walls got updated to it's 3rd edition last year.