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How starry do people like their guidebooks? 31-Oct-2014 At 5:17:09 AM pmonks
Not the question that was asked, but I strongly dislike select guides. The fact that a route is crap doesn't mean it's not worth including in a guide - knowing where such climbs are helps new visitors orient themselves, even if they have no intention of doing the route. Mikl's Blue Mountains Rock Guide suffered from this problem in spades (compounded by the copious use of painted initials all over the mountains).

Once you include all climbs, a binary system makes sense to me - no star if the climb isn't worth doing, a star if it is. That reduces a subjective relative quality assessment down to a single question: is the climb worth doing or not.

That said, I also liked the old Pt Perp guide, which ditched stars and relied on descriptions. But I seem to be in the minority there...

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