"Dude, I have no idea." The deeply tanned young-man raises his hand to his forehead to block the sun from his eyes. With his other hand he points at a wall in the distance. "The guidebook says it's over there."
The young man's partner sneered, "no way it's over there!"
"That's what the guidebook says."
"Well, the guidebook's wrong."
"Yeah, it is." The young man lowers his hand from his forehead and looks at his partner. "This guidebook is lame."
"No," the partner shook his head. "This guidebook author is lame!"
The preceding is an example of the conversations going on around the climbing world every day. Many guidebooks have errors and as such, many climbers come down hard on the guidebook authors. In some cases, the errors were avoidable and in others they weren't.
So next time you see a guidebook author, thank him first. Then, explain to him how he could do it better. He will listen. He will take note of the complaint. And he will do his best to fix it in the next edition. Guidebook authors want to be proud of their books and even more than that, they want you to be psyched to use them...