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?' Indeed.
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!