Finally – a Rocktown Bouldering guide for your favorite Georgia climbing crag

Rocktown is easily one of the best climbing spots in the southeast United States, but unless you’re a seasoned regular at this spot (like Niko, who qualifies Rocktown as his favorite place to boulder), it’s pretty difficult to navigate through the sprawling boulder fields without any guidance. So, today’s announcement goes out to all the Tally Rock Gym climbers, warriors of the southeast, eager explorers, and my favorite people:

They’re finally publishing a guidebook for Rocktown!


Thanks to Sean Kearny and Zak Roper, Rocktown rompers will be able to get their hands on a comprehensive bouldering guide by March 2012 – sigh, if we can wait that long. The guidebook is slated to be 176 pages, full color, featuring over 600 routes. Are your palms sweaty yet? – Cause mine are. A climbing buddy who was lucky enough to scope out one of the final drafts has raved about the upcoming publication, and his positive feedback makes this a must for any southeast climbing junkie.

The Rocktown Bouldering guide will cost $33.99, but if you pre-order it, you’ll be able to snag this handy book for only $29.99, plus free shipping. You can check out what I assume to the official Rocktown Bouldering Guide website, where you can order your copy directly through PayPal, or download a PDF mail order form. I think I speak for the entire climbing community when I extend a big thank you to Zak, Sean, and everyone else who was involved with the creation and production of this new bouldering guide.

For more on Rocktown, check out my post from the FSU Climbing Club’s Spring 2011 Trip, or check out these videos I posted of The Orb (V8) and Niko’s favorite problem, The Vagina (V8)

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17 thoughts on “Finally – a Rocktown Bouldering guide for your favorite Georgia climbing crag

  1. Longhorn says:

    This is a horrible idea. Its bad enough dealing with all the hunters leaving trash. If this area gained popularity though this guide we might as well call rocktown a dump. Im very sad to see this area see a guidebook.

    • Katie Boué says:

      I appreciate your perspective, I hadn’t even considered that aspect – it’s so true. I was very disappointed to see all the development at Sandrock; it’s great to see climbing gaining popularity, but it definitely comes at a cost.

  2. Zak Roper says:

    Yes, of course the rangers supported the guide. Zak Roper contacted them before even starting the preliminary work on the guide. The Head ranger was very supportive of the guide for multiple reasons. He acknowledges that with a guidebook the impact will be more widely spread, instead of concentrated on the few well-known areas. The rangers are also excited to have an avenue(the guide) in which they can convey their rules and preferences to rockclimbers.

    • Katie Boué says:

      Thank you for your feedback! I think the establishment of areas and spread of guidebooks, etc. is always going to be a debated topic, because as always we have to deal with the whole knowledge is power and with power/knowledge comes great responsibility issue – but overall, a guidebook for Rocktown is going to be a great thing.
      (Even though I hear The Vagina was downgraded to a V7 – what’s up with that?)

    • Katie Boué says:

      I agree 100%. I’ve watched my boyfriend bleed over the Vagina for years, yet he walked right up to Sherman, said “this looks pretty cool” and flashed it without warming up. I smell bullshit, but hey, it’s all just part of the numbers game. Anyways, aren’t we supposed to be climbing for the love of climbing (or something like that)? Thanks for contributing your perspective, Craig!

  3. Craig Buff says:

    i agree we all should climb for the love it and not chase v’s but the grading system was/is developed to help climbers climb things on their level and if the sandbagging keeps up it will destroy the essence of grading system. sorry i will get off my soap box

    • Katie Boué says:

      Oh don’t you worry about that soapbox, I’ve been chasin’ numbers for years. You’re completely right, it establishes difficulties for us to understand, and it is a tool for us to motivate ourselves to improve. Downgrading is one of my biggest pet peeves in climbing – especially when I hear things like “oh that’s not really a _____” after someone gets pissed seeing myself or a fellow lady climber using a tiny foot chip as a crimp. We just gotta get crafty sometimes with that lady beta. 😉

    • Katie Boué says:

      I last spoke with them in late March, and had heard that the book was experiencing some publishing snags and was expected to be out around mid-April – don’t know much beyond that though.

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