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By Mark O'Neal
From Nicholson, GA
May 30, 2014
1st trad lead - Northern Pillar at the Gunks
Done

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By Drew Hayes
From Charlotte, NC
May 30, 2014
yay bouldering
Preordered, I'm stoked. I still haven't climbed ropes there enough.

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By Mike Mu.
May 30, 2014
The Nose from the road
Ordered, definitely looking forward to its arrival

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By Mike Reardon
Jun 2, 2014
Thanks for the pre-orders! It'll be in your hands Mid-December.

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By Mark O'Neal
From Nicholson, GA
Jun 2, 2014
1st trad lead - Northern Pillar at the Gunks
Thanks for putting these books together.
Is Cashiers next on your list?

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By Mike Reardon
Jun 11, 2014
Cashiers; now that would be one hell of a project. That place takes extreme time and extreme talent and I seem to be lacking at least one of those most of the time!

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By TomCaldwell
From Clemson, S.C.
Jun 12, 2014
Pano of Choas in the P2 crux. Undercling-high-step...
Mike Reardon wrote:
Cashiers; now that would be one hell of a project. That place takes extreme time and extreme talent and I seem to be lacking at least one of those most of the time!


You would be surprised how much of that is already done and in electronic form.

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By Jim Corbett
Jun 12, 2014
Shannon has been compiling a guide for the Cashiers area for some time. Talked to him the other day and he said he was about to hire a plane for aerial shots. His problem is that he puts them up faster than he can compile them! Is a guidebook a vanity project if, like, 50% of the routes were put up by the author? Even then a lot of the cliffs won't be included for access reasons.
Reminds me of a time right after one of Kelley's guides came out, I think ed. 3(?), and when I stopped at the 64 overlook next to Whitesides I ran into a couple of kids with their new guide eagerly trying to piece together what was what. I told them, 'Every cliff you see has routes on it; none of them are in that book,' and one of them wailed, 'Well what good is it?'
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By Mike Reardon
Jun 21, 2014
Great that Shannon is going on a Cashier's book; he would be the man to do it. I would not call it vanity at all; just taking time to share some good info that others can use. Just like posting a route on mountain project, most people's intent is to share what they love rather than simply pad personal ego...hopefully that's their intent!

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By Mike Reardon
Oct 15, 2014
Rumbling Bald Rock Climbs: grounduppublishing.com
Rumbling Bald Rock Climbs: grounduppublishing.com

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By Chris Massey
5 days ago
Got a chance to use my new guidebook today and it is excellent. Took a friend up to RB for his first time. Climbed a few moderate classics (Fruit Loops, Granola, and Comatose). In between those we climbed a few harder lines (Born Again, Pull the Plug, and Rusty Redneck). I found it interesting that each of these three routes has been downgraded in the new book compared to Selected Climbs. Born Again 11a to 10d, Pull the Plug 11a/b to 11a, and Rusty Redneck from 10c to 10b. Has anyone used the new book enough to notice if this is a consistent theme? Again, the book is excellent so this is not meant to be a negative, but just curious if anyone else has noticed this as a trend or did I just hit the downgrade lottery today?

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By Kevin McGuire
From Lawrenceville, Georgia
5 days ago
View from North Ridge top of P1, Table Rock, NC
Nice work with the book. I am evidence that it is legible to first timers at the Bald. Very informative and sometimes really humorous. Fun to read and even more to put to use!

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By Sean Cobourn
From Gramling, SC
3 days ago
Caught Up In The Air- photo by Thomas Kelley
Thanks for the kind words Chris and Kevin. To answer your question Chris, I was on the FA of the three routes you mentioned and I think the grades given in the new book are closer to reality than those in the prior book. More folks have done the lines since the Select guide and a consensus seems to have been reached. Plus grades are just approximations anyway, always changing from guide to guide and from person to person.

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