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NEW Bluies guidebook – call for info.
1:41:39 PM
Hi Everyone

Work on the all-new Blue Mountains guidebook is underway in earnest!

We published the latest guidebook (Blue Mountains Climbing 3rd Edition) over four years ago. Obviously an update is well overdue, however we’ve also decided to go a lot further than that and have basically started over again from scratch.

This new, expanded and updated guidebook …
- will be printed in full colour throughout…
- features colour cliff photo topos throughout…
- has a completely new, sexy, silky-smooth, user-friendly design…
- features more than just a sprinkling of great “drool, drool, pass the tissues…” action photos…
- has updated information, new maps, and covers several new areas…

The text is being pretty much rewritten entirely. The main author is Mitch Warren – who’s kept well up to date on the state of play in recent years, however several others are also contributing significant amounts of text. Monique Forestier and myself are the main editors, however, likewise, we’re enlisting a legion of helpers to help get the info as accurate as possible.

When? Well… I can’t really guarantee time-lines with projects like this but I can say for sure we’re not mucking about. Our plan is to have it at the printers in five weeks! Yes – FIVE WEEKS!

So…. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!

If you have any relevant route information then please get it to us ASAP. This includes any written information that you might have provided previously to Martin for the Third Edition, and especially any information you’ve provided to him or anyone since then (unless Mitch has it already). Basically, we want to go back to original sources wherever possible – both for reasons to do with accuracy as well as a little issue to do with copyright (well, supposed copyright anyway…).

Please email any and all info to:
(all lower case)
Electronic files preferred however hardcopies can be posted to us at:
PO Box 49 Blackheath 2785.

Please do this ASAP. In a few weeks it will be too late!

Obviously I’ve got no shortage of Bluies action climbing pics coming out of my arrr… er… office filing cabinets… However I’m open, actually would appreciate, getting some photography from others into the guidebook. Photography is going to be one of its great features. In particular, I’m interested in photos from some of the areas I don’t have too many shots from already - more obscure areas, new areas, and I’m also interested in the odd hysterical shot, er, historical shots too. We don’t need a lot of pics and they must be good. The cruncher is that I’m not paying cash (but with free copies of the book – and beer…) for photos. I’ve contributed pics to several other Aussie guidebooks on this basis in recent years (though have yet to receive any beer), so if people want to help on that basis, then that’s great, many thanks, and here’s your opportunity.

Send hi-res scans on disk (PC readable CD or DVD) to the PO Box above. No not email me photos (unless requested) and do NOT send transparencies - as I’m not going to take responsibility for them (I know how much they are worth!). But again – DON’T DELAY!

If you’d like to stake out some advertising space in this new beaut guidebook to one of Australia’s most popular climbing areas, then please get in touch by email and we’ll send you the rate card and relevant info.

If you have any new route projects lying around, then pull finger out and get ticking! All unclimbed projects are going to be declared “open” in this new guidebook! Don’t say you weren’t warned; you have precisely TWO WEEKS!

And if you want your routes upgraded, then send lots of money to the above address…

Thanks everyone!

Simon Carter

(Oh, OK, maybe I was just kidding about the projects…).

2:14:28 PM
This new, expanded and updated guidebook …
-Will have 99% of all routes downgraded
-1% of the routes will come recommmended. "Yeh it's ok, i guess..." :shrugs shoulders:
-The description for the freezer will simply read " Choss!"
-It will feature the neo classic Madge McDougal, grade 24

i can't wait! ;.)

2:30:10 PM
now thats what i call a deadline. sheeeesh!
8:04:46 PM
Work on the guidebook is progressing at a cracking pace due to the huge amount of help we're getting from numerous people. Many thanks indeed to everyone who is helping!

At this stage I'm really keen to get hold of a few more historical photos. So if anyone has any of those they'd be willing to let us use, then please get in touch with me ASAP. There's also room for some more action shots - esp Piddo, Boyce, Narrowneck etc.


PS Kent. Obviously you've been sandbagged on your visits up here. Next time get in touch and I'll point you in the right direction. You can trust me. Honest....

9:46:59 PM
dont listen to him kent, mitch & simon have joined forces to form the sandbaggalin cartel. You can't trust anything he says. Honest.
11:16:04 PM
No no, don't listen to him Kent, Josh is just fuming case I haven't told him details about his secret new crag yet - a bit like Taipan, 'cept not so slabby. It’s so so photogenic eh Josh - the crag that is – and it climbs like a dream. But don't sweat it mate, I'll hook you up w the directions next time...
3:15:44 PM

Design and layout of the new guidebook is nearly complete and locked in. If you have any new route info or corrections that you'd like to see included, which we don't already have, then we must receive the info by this Friday afternoon - latest. Depending on what is sent at this stage we will do our best to include it - if we still can.

We would probably already have any new info if it was sent to myself or one of the main contributors (Mike Law, Mitch Warren, Glenn Short, Adam Darragh, etc) or if it was posted on the ACA site database as of six weeks ago.

At this stage any new info must be sent directly to us at:
photos "at" onsight "dot" com "dot" au
if it is to have any chance of being incorporated into the document. We are really close to going to press with this so at this late stage I can’t make any guarantees.

Thanks for everyone’s help with this, it has been awesome!


5:50:33 PM
>If you have any new route projects lying around, then pull finger out
>and get ticking! All unclimbed projects are going to be declared “open”
>in this new guidebook! Don’t say you weren’t warned; you have precisely
>(Oh, OK, maybe I was just kidding about the projects…).

Nah! That's a good enough time for anywhere, let alone if a new guide is coming out.

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