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A CLIMBER'S GUIDE TO THE SHAWANGUNKS Art Gran 1964 1st ed Hardcover Poor condition (Read description)
By Gran, Art
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New York, American Alpine Club, 1964, 1st edition. 155 pp, 285 route descriptions, 35 photos, 2 sketch maps.  Original Red cloth hardcover, the book is very worn on all edges, the pages edges are worn, covers are loose but still attached. The pages are not falling out. Incredibly, it was not written in by the owner so we have no idea whose it was. Many old Gunks guides had check marks or comments if the owner had done a lot of climbs. This one was not marked up in any way.  

The first impression is that this book was abused. However, a careful examination shows that it was not abused, it just suffered the fate of being used a lot. Guidebooks were not really prepared for hard field use  in the 1960s.  The book is not water stained, it was never exposed to water. The pages are not dirty, it was not pawed by a climber who has dirty hands from a day of climbing. All the repairs on it is a small amount of book binder's glue to keep the hinges tight. If we only knew it's history!  We purchased this copy from a baby boomer age climber in Colorado, and he had not used it himself. He did not know its history. 

This is currently perhaps the most desired collectible rock climbing guidebook in the USA. Its humor, clear descriptions, good photos and air of confidence set the tone for many guidebooks to follow.

If you have wanted a copy of this legendary guidebook, but refuse to pay the exorbitant price for a mint copy,  or want it as part of a display of vintage gear, it would lend authenticity to a show of what Gunks rock climbing was like in the 1960s. 

From the website of the AAC:

The Shawangunks is the finest rock climbing area in the Eastern United States and is internationally known for its spectacular overhangs and wide range of excellent climbs in every grade. It is one of the few places where beginners and experts alike can climb side by side on routes of equal quality but opposite extremes of difficulty. In the 1980s a surge of new route activity in the highest grades has given the Gunks undeniable world-class status.

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