- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Brigham Distributing; 2nd edition (July 24, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 094451023X
- ISBN-13: 978-0944510230
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Technical Slot Canyon Guide to the Colorado Plateau Paperback – July 24, 2008
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About the Author
Kelsey has a degree in Sociology from Brigham Young University, and from the University of Utah, he has a Master of Science degree in Geography. After college he began traveling, visiting over 223 countries.
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But, the text is really compressed and is generally not edited well. In a lot of cases, multiple canyons lumped into the same description, which is a little annoying.
Moreover, Kelsey doesn't use the current ACA rating system, but has developed his own system that is only sort of coherent. Also, many canyons haven't been updated since the last printing. Heaps and Imlay are still stated in the book as the most challenging canyons. Many of the canyons in the book are at least as challenging.
The most irritating thing about the book is Kelsey's refusal to use the common names of the canyons accepted in the Canyoneering community. The result may be some unfortunate souls finding themselves in a Sandtrax-type canyon because it had a different name in the book.
All the complaints aside, however, this is really the biggest and only repository to find descriptions of all these canyons lumped together. For that, we should be thanking (cursing for the added traffic??) Kelsey.
If you're a technical canyoneer, no other book comes close to this one in guiding you to the best slot canyons on the Colorado Plateau.
Most 'sour grapes' type of reviews of this book are from folks who've been loathe to reveal what they thought were there personal secrets. Humbug!
I say, "Welcome!" and enjoy...
Kelsey needs to put away his pride and hire an editor. His writeups are far more confusing than they need to be with important information scattered throughout and entire paragraphs dedicated to unimportant trivia. Each section needs to be read and absorbed in its entirety which isn't a big deal while planning a trip but makes it difficult to parse while actually in the field.
I realize Kelsey is superhuman but his timescales reflect this. Casual canyoneers would do well to double his estimated times.
I also realize that Kelsey has been doing this for far longer than those newfangled GPS's have been around but it would be nice to include some coordinates. I'm not as good at navigating as Kelsey is so having some UTM coords would have saved my group quite a bit of time.
If you're canyoneering in the Colorado Plateau you really have no choice but to buy this book. The places it takes you are worth going, just try not to use this guide as a sole source of information.