• About the book

    The Shawangunks — “the Gunks” to most of us — is one of the oldest climbing areas in the US, with a storied history dating back to the 1930s. Located 80 miles north of New York City, it has long been a focal point of rock-climbing culture, and remains a traditional climber’s paradise. There is no shortage of very difficult routes that will challenge the best climbers, but the Gunks is even more famous for its incredible easier climbs. You could spend several seasons exploring made-to-climb cracks, faces, overhangs, and dihedrals without ever venturing beyond the 5.7 grade! Multi-pitch outings abound, and the graded carriage road at the base of the cliffs allows easy strolls to even the most distant ends of the cliff.
    This full-color, ruthlessly researched guide represents the “next generation” of Gunks guidebooks. It covers over 600 routes at the two main cliffs: the Trapps and Near Trapps. Cliff-base photos get you quickly oriented on the ground, and high-resolution aerial images show key features on routes. Detailed area and route descriptions help you find just the right flavor of climb. You’ll spend less time searching, and more time pulling overhangs, plugging cams, and chasing your own piece of history.

    Areas and features

    • Trapps — Keyhole to Slime Wall (21 sectors)
    • Near Trapps — right end to Workout Wall (3 sectors)
    • Aerial cliff photos
    • Cliff-base photos
    • Trailhead-locator photos
    • Helpful sector summaries for choosing where to climb 
    • Action photography from past and present eras
    • Detailed regional and climbing history
    • Biographical essays of 10 famed Gunks climbers
    • Graded list of routes
    Looking for more? Gunks Bouldering describes over 600 boulder problems.

    Authors

    Andy Salo grew up outside Rochester, New York, and began climbing at age 14. He first visited the Gunks soon after, and moved there full time in 2004. Andy’s hard Gunks first ascents are local lore, including Brozone (5.14a), Over the Moon (5.13c), Fire Gild (5.13c R), Corkscrew Roof (V12), Chaotic Stability (V10), and Ideas Are Bulletproof (V10). Having recently relocated to Burlington, VT, he’s super proud of this project and is forever grateful to the Gunks. He is also author of Gunks Bouldering. Christian Fracchia grew up in Glens Falls, New York. A lifelong climber with 36 years of Gunks experience, he spent his formative years climbing rock and ice in the Gunks, Catskills, Adirondacks, and White Mountains before settling in New Paltz in 2000. A high-school physics teacher, Christian has also devoted his summers to climbing around the world, most recently spending his time in the Dolomites of Italy. He is the author and creator of Gunks Apps. His notable Gunks first ascents include The Zoomulator (5.12a), Word of Mouth (5.12b), Indiana Jones (5.12a X), Future Shock Direct (5.12c R/X) in the Trapps, and The Past Recaptured (5.12a), at Millbrook, his favorite Gunks cliff. An architect and designer by education, Eric Ratkowski grew up in Detroit, Michigan, and has climbed in the Gunks for 14 years, guiding professionally for 6 of those. His community contributions include editing for the AAC’s Accidents in North American Climbing and working as a ranger at the Mohonk Preserve. Eric has climbed in eight countries and four continents. He’s climbed and guided at a hundred different areas in the United States, and claims to have “never climbed anything of note.”

    Details

    • Gunks Climbing
    • 2021 Wolverine Publishing
    • by Andy Salo, Christian Fracchia, and Eric Ratkowski 
    • 468 full-color pages
    • 9781938393389
  • About the book

    Ten Sleep Canyon is home to some of the best sport climbing, anywhere. As if that's not enough, it's also in a beautiful mountain setting. Ten Sleep is located in a canyon within the Bighorn Mountains in north central Wyoming, and has over 1,000 routes. Conveniently, there is a road in the canyon, so most routes are within a 15 minute walk from your car. The rock is dolomite, which is a type of limestone that produces some great holds. Most of the routes in this book are protected with bolts, but there are even a few traditional lines. The book has everything you need. You can find your way around easily with abundant maps and cliff photos. Sun and shade info helps you have the best experience. Lots of action photos make for eye candy on rest days. There are even full-spread route profiles featuring a few action photos on the same route. The introduction is loaded with helpful tips and information about climbing at Ten Sleep Canyon, such as local amenities, rock info, history, area hazards, and driving distances.

    Author info

    Louie Anderson has been climbing at Ten Sleep Canyon since 1998, and is passionate about investing his own time and resources developing new routes and areas in the area. He and his wife Valerie own and operate the Ten Sleep Rock Ranch, which is a great base for your climbing trip at Ten Sleep. Learn more and reserve your site in advance by visiting their website.

    Details

    • Ten Sleep Canyon Climbing 1st edition
    • 2019 Louie Anderson
    • by Louie Anderson
    • 464 full color pages
    • 9780976663034
  • About the book

    A Climber’s Guide to Big Bear Lake and Holcomb Valley Pinnacles is the essential guide to climbing near Big Bear Lake in California’s San Bernardino Mountains. It features over 1000 trad and sport routes! You’ll even find a little bouldering too. The most popular climbing area here is the famed Holcomb Valley Pinnacles, loved for its steep, well-featured, granite sport climbs. The Pinnacles are covered in full detail, but if you want to do some social distancing, there is beta here for scores of crags where you might not see a single person. Moderate sport climbs may have put Big Bear on the map, but there is something perfect here for everyone, from easy slabs, to remote pinnacles, to trad cracks of all kinds. Awesome camping abounds. While most people think of summer climbing at Big Bear, fall and even winter climbing is easy to find. The pine-covered hills, quaint mountain town, and expansive lake offer all kinds of rest-day fun. With never-before-published crags, extensive maps, and new routes for every skill level, this full-color, comprehensive guidebook promises years of climbing adventures in LA’s backyard.

    Areas included

    • Holcomb Valley Pinnacles
    • Lakeside crags including Castle Rock and Fisherman’s Buttress
    • Fawnskin area including Hanna Rocks and Holcomb Creek
    • Grapevine Canyon area, including Butt Rock
    • Black Bluff and Siberia Creek
    • North Shore Boulders

    Author

    Brandon Copp’s other job is aerospace engineer, and he has applied that same careful attention to detail in this guidebook. You’ll appreciate that when you’re looking for precise driving directions to a remote crag, or the respective grades of each of three variations to a route at your favorite Holcomb crag. What you won’t find is drab writing  — Copp’s love of the area shines through bright and clear. Learn more about Brandon and wife Jackie and their adventures in their travel blog, Go Escape The Ordinary.

    Details

    • Big Bear Lake & Holcomb Valley Pinnacles 1st edition
    • 2020 Wolverine Publishing
    • by Brandon Copp
    • 364 full color pages
    • 9781938393372
  • About the book

    A Climber's Guide to Frustration Creek describes a collection of areas in the lower San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California. This area feels remote, but is conveniently located only a half hour drive from Riverside. The book has all of the route photos and maps that you need to get you oriented. You'll find lots of action photos, as well as area and historical information. Escape the summer heat and the bustling city with a trip to Frustration Creek with this guide as your companion. Even your non-climbing partners will enjoy the area, with Big Bear Lake and other mountain attractions nearby. And, since you're looking at this book, we thought you might also be interested in one of our newest titles, "A Climber's Guide to Big Bear Lake & Holcomb Valley Pinnacles" by Brandon Copp. Also featuring never-before-published areas, this book is a great companion to Frustration Creek!

    Areas included

    • Mill Creek Wash
    • Rocky Hollow
    • Thurman Flats
    • Monkey Face Falls
    • Mountain Home Creek
    • Frustration Creek

    About the author

    Louie Anderson was one of the first to explore the Frustration Creek area and established many new routes and boulder problems. It took some time to publish this book because things just wouldn't settle down in the area. Natural events such as flash floods and landslides were constantly changing the canyon. New routes just kept going up. In his words, "at long last, the secrets of the lower San Bernardino Mountain climbing areas are revealed" in this complete, accurate guidebook. He now lives in Ten Sleep, Wyoming with wife Valerie, and runs the Ten Sleep Canyon Rock Ranch. Check out his guide to the climbing at Ten Sleep Canyon!

    Details

    • Climber's Guide to Frustration Creek 1st edition
    • 2020 Louie Anderson
    • by Louie Anderson
    • 200 full-color pages
    • 9780976663089
     
  • About the book

    You’ve probably seen photos of the spectacular limestone walls of the Fins, renowned for their big, clean, hard sport lines. Idaho Underground is their big debut. But that is just the tip of the Idaho potato — more than 20 other southern Idaho crags are covered here, near Boise, Twin Falls, and the Sun Valley area. Locals and a few savvy visitors have long known about the truly “underground” areas such as Boise’s Black Cliffs, Dierkes Lake, Leslie Gulch, and more — including the crazy Lava Caves, with juggy, upside-down climbing set beneath windswept sage flats.  Dave Bingham, Godfather of Idaho climbing, put out the B&W first edition of this guide in 2012; with hundreds of new climbs to share, this color guide really showcases them! Check out this video from La Sportiva if you want to see the beautiful Fins (and the second ascent of a 5.14d).

    Some of the areas covered

    • The Fins
    • Boise’s Black Cliffs
    • Table Rock
    • Leslie Gulch
    • Dierkes Lake
    • Teddy Bear Cove
    • Ramshorn Canyon
    • Lava Caves
    • The Channel

    Idaho Underground Features

    • Over 1500 climbs, — sport, trad, multi-pitch, and bouldering
    • Durable, sewn binding
    • Lots of helpful regional information
    • Drone-assisted cliff imagery of the Fins
    • Essays by Jonny Woodward, Jonathan Siegrist, Tedd Thompson, and more
    • $1 from every book sold goes to local climbing organizations

    About the author

    In addition to Idaho Underground, Dave Bingham is also the author of several editions of the ever-popular City of Rocks guidebooks. He grew up in the Northeast, learning to ski and climb there before moving out West in the 1970s and settling near Sun Valley, Idaho. In addition to his impressive roster of FAs, his is an accomplished endurance athlete, with many wins in mountain-running and Nordic ski races. Check out the City of Rocks website entry for more details on his remarkable achievements. Dave lives in Hailey with his wife Lisa, where he runs a log-home chinking business, Dave Bingham Chinking.

    Details

    • Idaho Underground
    • 2019 Wolverine Publishing
    • by Dave Bingham
    • 316 full-color pages
    • 9781938393358
  • About the book

    Situated in the North Carolina Piedmont near Winston-Salem, Moore's Wall is home to year-round climbing and bouldering. It is conveniently located in a park where camping and hiking are also available. The rock is bullet quartzite, which is interesting both aesthetically and for climbing. Moore's Wall Bouldering covers over 500 problems, and includes detailed maps and boulder topos to help get you oriented. Information on climbing history and local amenities will help you get to know the area and things to do. The action photography is so energetic that you'll feel like you're right there. Go get some!

    About the author

    Greg Loomis was born and raised on the gneiss boulders around Asheville, NC. An avid developer and first ascensionist, Greg enjoys dragging his wife and friends on gnarly bushwhacking expeditions in search of new boulders. In addition to exploratory missions, Greg also enjoys maintaining the trails and developed areas.

    Details

    • Moore's Wall Bouldering 1st edition
    • 2017 Brayackmedia Publishing
    • by Greg Loomis
    • Color. 280 pages.
    •  9780990782124
  • About the book

    Ever heard of Texas Canyon? Nestled in the hills of Santa Clarita, this hidden gem is rapidly becoming a popular sport-climbing destination for Southern California climbers. The rock is coarse-grained conglomerate, with many distinct features and pockets of all sizes. With over 160 routes on low-angle slabs to steep, overhanging walls and caves, there is something for everyone. Texas Canyon is conveniently located just north of Los Angeles, and has a quick, ten-minute approach. With a high desert climate, it's possible to climb year-round. Bring your mountain bike and camping gear, and make a weekend of it. With lots of colorful action photos, maps and overview photos, Texas Canyon Climbing Guide is fun and easy to use. Grab a copy and check it out!

    About the authors

    Pam Neal is a native of Los Angeles. She discovered climbing while staying at Camp 4 in Yosemite. Pam loves finding and establishing good new sport routes with co-author Ben Chapman. It's inspiring to think of this mother of two and 4th grade teacher with a drill and crowbar in hand. Ben Chapman is a veteran climber, initially finding his footing on mountain expeditions. He found his love of establishing new trad lines in the Southern Sierra, where he would hand drill his bolt placements. Things are a little more tame now for this Southern California teacher, as he spends his weekends with a battery assisting his drilling efforts.

    Details

    • Texas Canyon Climbing Guide 1st edition
    • 2019 Louie Anderson
    • by Pam Neal and Ben Chapman
    • Color. 176 pages.
    • 9780976663065
  • About the book

    The 11th edition of the comprehensive Owens River Gorge Climbs is an indispensable resource for a great trip to California's premier basalt sport-climbing area, the Owens River Gorge. Written by longtime local Marty Lewis, this latest edition features over 900 climbs and many color action shots, both modern and historical, featuring rock stars of the day. There are maps, cliff photos, and hand-drawn topos to help you find your pick of climbs easily, as well as helpful lists of local amenities. Details like elevation, approach times, and the number and grade range of climbs at the beginning of each chapter will help with planning. A collection of essays written by notable Owens Valley Gorge climbers and route developers is sure to entertain during those long evenings at camp. Bishop is located in the Owens Valley of the Eastern Sierra. It's a great destination for a climbing trip at any time of the year, and Maximus Press publishes a selection of guidebooks that have you covered for all seasons. While the Owens Valley Gorge is best visited in the Spring and Fall, sometimes conditions permit climbing in the hotter and colder months. Check out Mammoth Area Rock Climbs and The Good, the Great, and the Awesome for some great summer climbing. Check out the Bishop Visitor Information website for a little more information and suggestions for climbing at the Gorge. You can also buy souvenirs right off their website if you don't feel like taking time for shopping while in Bishop.

    About the author

    Marty Lewis has been climbing at Owens River Gorge since 1989. During this time, he has climbed many of the routes there, and even established a few of them himself. He runs Maximus Press, and publishes several other guidebooks in the local area, as well as around California. He lives near Bishop with wife Sharon, and a couple of canine friends.

    Details

    • Owens River Gorge Climbs 11th edition
    • 2018 Maximus Press
    • by Marty Lewis
    • 388 color pages.
    • 9780982498842
  • About the book

    The best climbs at the entire Red River Gorge, all in one volume!

    Visiting the Red and need a quick list of classics? On a budget and want to buy one book instead of three? Own all three but want a quick reference to the best climbs for a quick trip? Or do you love collecting sweet climbing guidebooks and need to see more inspiring action photos? Then Red River Gorge Select is perfect for you! The Red River Gorge has over 3,000 routes, and Red Select presents enough classics to fill a lifetime of weekend fun. With over 54 crag's worth of routes, you'll have plenty of areas to choose from if you need to escape crowds, rain, or cold.

    Inside the book find handy icons to help plan your day: driving times, walking times, sun exposure, rain protection, and even kid friendliness. You will quickly learn how many routes there are, their grades, and percentage of sport vs trad climbs. GPS coordinates and detailed approach directions help you find your destination easily. Now all there is to do is climb!

    Areas and features

    • Northern Gorge- Military, Left Flank, Funk Rock City, and more
    • Natural Bridge- Roadside, The Zoo, and more
    • Muir Valley- Midnight Surf, Bruise Brother's, Solarium, and more
    • Southern Region- Motherlode, Chocolate Factory, Solar Collector, Gold Coast, Gallery, Drive-by, Bob Marley, and more
    • Miller Fork- Infirmary, Fruit Wall, Cloud 9, Graveyard, and more
    • Handy infographics about each crag for quick reference
    Looking for the comprehensive set? Pick up Red River Gorge North and Red River Gorge South.

    Authors

    Born and raised in Slade, KY, Dario Ventura is a true Red River Gorge local. He did his first FA here at the age of 10, with his dad Miguel and RRG legend John Bronaugh and John's son Alex. From this early start, he has moved on to do many more first ascents in the area, especially at Miller Fork. Like his dad, he's got pizza in his blood, and from an early age has been an integral part of the Miguel's Pizza business. He and the rest of the Venturas have made the Red what it is with their ability to bring climbers together from around the world. Dario knows the Red as if it has been his backyard his whole life, which in fact it has. Mike Williams, assistant wordsmith, researcher, and project manager for this book, is a New River Gorge climber, and author of the guidebook for that area. A longtime editor of Deadpoint magazine until that fine publication's demise, he has climbed extensively in the Red, and his love of the area and attention to detail were essential in making this book what it is. Mike lives in Fayetteville, WV, with his wife Elissa and children Hazel and Elliot, where he climbs, writes, and operates Bridge Bound Campers, tricking out Sprinter vans. Ray Ellington has climbed at the Red for 30 years. He first partnered with Wolverine Publishing in 2005 and would go on to write 4 editions of the Red River Gorge guidebook, and self-publish the Miller Fork guide. He lives in Lexington, KY with his wife Michelle and still runs his website redriverclimbing.com.

    Details

    • Red River Gorge Select
    • 2018 Wolverine Publishing
    • by Dario Ventura, Mike Williams, and Ray Ellington
    • 340 full-color pages
    • 9781938393327
  • About the book

    Gunks Bouldering! This is New York City climbers’ favorite place to play, and Andy Salo and Hillary Guzik have done a spectacular job of presenting it. Just outside the lively town of New Paltz, two hours from the City, lie the historic rocks of the Shawangunks, ground zero for countless dedicated climbers. There’s great (and famous) roped climbing at the Gunks, but the bouldering here also rocks. With easy access and a decades-long parade of climbing’s who’s-who passing thorugh, the bouldering here has deep roots, with classic blocs dating back 50 years. Many problems rise directly from carriage roads that provide casual approaches — and perfectly flat landings. This is the definitive bouldering guide to the region, brought to you by the core local team that created the well-known Gunks Apps.

    Areas covered in Gunks Bouldering

    • Trapps - 22 areas
    • Near Trapps - 5 areas
    • Peter’s Kill - 9 areas
    • Over 600 problems in all
    Consider picking up a copy of New England Bouldering for more great bouldering nearby! Or to round out the Gunks set, the classic trad climbs are covered in Gunks Climbing.

    Featuring

    • Durable, sewn binding
    • Clear and detailed maps of the boulder fields
    • Photos of pretty much every boulder
    • Routes color-coded by difficulty
    • Full bouldering history complete with funky old photos
    • Sweet action shots from over 30 photographers
    • Full “climber’s pick” restaurant guide to New Paltz
    • Lodging and rest-day recommendations

    About the authors

    Andy Salo has bouldered in the Gunks since the late 1990s. In addition to opening many fine, hard problems, Andy’s proudest contribution to the guidebook is the unearthing of all the old history of Peter’s Kill and Trapps bouldering. After completing this book, he turned his attention to documenting Gunks roped routes - Gunks Climbing was released in spring of 2021. Hillary Guzik is a microscopist, entomologist, and photographer, and has been climbing around the Gunks since 2009. Her proudest contribution to the guidebook was making sure all of her favorite V0’s made it in. Her favorite Gunks climbs include Tweaky Crack (V3) and Baby Problem (V0) in the Trapps, and Won’t You? (V1) in Peter’s Kill.

    Details

    • Gunks Bouldering
    • 2018 Wolverine Publishing
    • by Andy Salo and Hillary Guzik
    • 224 full-color pages
    • 9781938393310
  • About the book

        New England bouldering is some of the finest in the country, and this completely revised 3rd edition of New England Bouldering provides a comprehensive guide to the region’s best areas. From the granite blocks of Lincoln Woods, RI, to the schist nuggets of Smugglers’ Notch, VT, you’ll find detailed maps and information on over 1200 boulder problems. This guidebook also provides inspiration, with heartfelt essays and plenty of sweet action photography from Tim Kemple, Brian Lewis, and more.

    Areas and features

    • Lincoln Woods, RI
    • Hammond Pond, MA
    • Hidden Valley, MA
    • Pawtuckaway, NH
    • Rumney, NH
    • Smuggler's Notch, VT
    • McKenzie Pond, NY
    • essays from Jim Belcer, Lucy Humphreys, Joe Kinder, Alec Wooley, Joe McLoughlin and Dave Wetmore.
    • photos from Henry Barber, Bronson MacDonald, Pat Munn, Gabi and Brandon Fox, Alyssa Bennett, Lee Hansche, Jay Knower, and Brian Lewis
    Looking for more? Gunks Bouldering describes over 600 boulder problems in the nearby Shawangunks of New York.

    Author

        Author Tim Kemple is an accomplished climber and globetrotting photographer. His roots are in New England, where he has established some of the hardest boulder problems in this book. Today he is based in Salt Lake City, UT, but he regularly revisits his old stomping grounds to make sure the sunny days out West haven't made him soft. You can learn more about Tim and see more of his photography here.

    Details

    • New England Bouldering
    • 2018 Wolverine Publishing
    • by Tim Kemple
    • 252 full-color pages
    • 9781938393303
  • About the book

    Introducing, Chattbloc -- the first ever dedicated guide to the bouldering around Chattanooga, Tennessee! 100% of the areas and over 1000 boulder problems in Chattbloc are never before published. Plenty of topos, photos and maps will help you find your way around. Gorgeous color photography illustrates just how cool the Chattanooga boulders are. The sandstone that makes up the Chattanooga area boulders is bullet hard, and has been sculpted into all manner of shapes and forms. But don't take our word for it, go check it out yourself! The city of Chattanooga has put together a website describing the different things to do around Chattanooga, and is a great resource if you're visiting with the family, or just looking for something else to do.

    Chattbloc includes exclusive information on

    • Zahnd
    • Prentice Cooper (Upper Middle Creek, Suck Creek, Pot Point)
    • Cumberland Boulders
    • Dogwood
    • Laurel Snow
    Chattbloc is a culmination of over five years of effort from three collaborative authors and many local contributors.

    About the authors

    Micah Gentry moved to Chattanooga for the outdoor activities and decided it was his place to live. He co-owns Rockery Press, and if that's not enough also has a day job and a couple of kids. He wishes that he could spend a little more time out on the rock. Ronnie Jenkins hails from Chattanooga. He loves wandering around in the woods with friends looking for that next crown jewel problem. He has since moved from Chattanooga, but his heart hasn't. Jefferson Drumm lives with his wife, two kids, and a menagerie of furry and feathered friends. Bouldering keeps him healthy and sane, and luckily, they are only minutes from his home. One of his favorite things to do is find pristine new bouldering areas so that he can share them with friends and future generations.

    Details

    • ChattBloc: A Guidebook to Chattanooga Bouldering
    • 2017 Rockery Press
    •  by Micah Gentry, Ronnie Jenkins, and Jefferson Drumm
    • 340 pages in full color.
    • 9780692970324
  • About the book

    Ever since Todd Skinner explored Moon Hill in the '80s, American climbers have always been curious about the mythical limestone in the far-off land of Yangshuo. Climbers would return with tales of fantastic limestone across a surreal landscape of karst towers. Newly available in the US, Yangshuo Rock helps shed some light on this remarkable destination. This guidebook is indispensable for anyone that has dreamed of traveling to this other-worldly location. 

    Features

    • More than 2000 full-color photographs and 12 detailed maps with helpful locator photos and hotspots.
    • 43 crags with over 800 routes organized geographically into 10 areas, from 5.5 to 5.14d
    • Complete weather and crag data allows you to get the most out of your time in Yangshuo.
    • Travel information straight from the locals who live in Yangshuo.
    • General information about 5 other regional climbing locations including Getu and LiMing.
    • Chinese history and cultural introductions like folklore and ancestry as well as personal stories from many local climbers.
    • Over 30 pages of text portraying the short yet vivid history of how rock climbing began and thrived in China, especially Yangshuo.
    Written in both English and Chinese. 

    About the author

    Andrew Hedesh has lived in the Yangshuo region for over 10 years, and can be found with a drill in hand, putting up new routes or fixing old ones. His love for the area is readily conveyed in Yangshuo Rock, with a percentage of the proceeds of book sales going to local climbing organizations. Learn more about Andrew at Rakkup.com, where you can also purchase the Yangshuo Rock app.

    Details

    • Yangshuo Rock: A China Climbing Guide
    • 2017 AnZhu Publishing
    • by Andrew Hedesh
    • 462 full-color pages
    • 9780998728605
  • About the book

    The award-winning Chasing the Ephemeral ships from the USA! Purchase at your own peril -- this is a dangerously inspirational, gloriously illustrated, and meticulously detailed guide to the birthplace of mixed climbing. Being in the right place at the right time is critical when Scottish Winter Climbing. Chasing the Ephemeral will help you make the right choices - do you go high or low, head east, west or north, or attempt snowed-up rock, mixed or ice climbs? With more than 600 new Scottish Winter Climbs to his credit, Simon Richardson reveals his simple strategy for success and selects 50 climbs to put on your hit-list. There is a detailed analysis of the strategy and tactics Scottish Winter Climbers need, taking into account Scotland's sometimes fickle conditions and unpredictable weather. There are sections on using weather forecasts, using the internet, avoiding avalanches, clothing and equipment, protection, navigation, timing, partners and psychology. Simon also presents 50 climbs primarily in the Grade III to VI range, specifically selected to match a variety of Scottish conditions. Each climb is supported by a map and topo, with access and descent details, route description, optimum conditions and top tips. Climbs include well-known classics and lesser-known gems. There are suggestions for more than 200 alternative routes from Grade II to Grade VII. Detailed overviews are included of approaches and descents on Ben Nevis with North Face panorama and map and summit descent bearings. There is also the largest ever collection of photographs of Scottish Winter Climbers in action! Stunning! Winner of the 2017 Banff book award.

    About the author

    Simon Richardson is one of Scotland's most prolific winter climbers, with 600 new routes to his credit. In addition to helping develop classic walls such as Aonach Mor, he also helped introduce Scotland's two-tier grading system. He lives in Aberdeen with his wife Christine, and has a son and daughter. Learn more about Simon in this UKClimbing article.

    Details

    • Chasing the Ephemeral
    • 2016 Mica Publishing
    • by Simon Richardson
    • 256 full-color pages
    • 9780956036797
  • About the book

    Hueco Tanks State Park in West Texas has some of the best bouldering in the world, featuring some of the country’s most famous boulder problems. It is also a precious repository of ancient Native American rock art, and every trip to Hueco involves delightful hunts for the famous “masks.” This is volume 1 of our second generation of Hueco bouldering guides. Much has changed at Hueco since the original 2004 edition :  the discovery of new rock art led to changes in access, there are great new places to stay, and new problems abound! This comprehensive guide covers 850 problems at self-guided North Mountain (200 new problems since the last edition). For guided-only areas (West Mountain, East Mountain, and the East Spur), there is also a 20+ page “greatest-hits” section, full of maps and great imagery. We also include a thorough guide to navigating the park regulations and the tour-guide sytem so you can get the most out of your visit. Jason Kehl put in an incredible effort to update and beautify Matt Wilder’s original work for this new edition! Please note: this volume is comprehensive for North Mountain only. For hard-bit Hueco connoisseurs, a comprehensive book for the guided-tour-only section of the park is in the works! For more online information on the access to Hueco, check out this site.

    Areas covered

    • North Slope - 9 areas
    • Front Side - 7 areas
    • Eastern Slope - 4 areas
    • Top of the Chains - 5 areas
    • Summit plateau - 4 areas
    • Southern Slope - 2 areas
    • “The Backcountry” - 20+ pages of the best problems

    Features 

    • $1 from each book sold is donated to the Climbers of Hueco Tanks Coalition
    • Durable, sewn binding
    • Unique drone-sourced schematic maps
    • Color photos of almost every boulder
    • Routes color-coded by difficulty
    • Cultural and climbing history of the park
    • Essential advice on lodging, amenities, logistics
    • Essays by John Sherman, the late Todd Skinner, Fred Nicole, Ashima Shiraishi, Bronson MacDonald, Sam Davis, and Thomasina Pidgeon
    • Action photos by Andy Mann, Gustavo Moser, Merrick Ales, John Wesely, Jim Thornburg, Boone Speed, Sandra Studer, Colette McInerney, and more

    About the authors

    Jason Kehl has been bouldering in Hueco since 1996. His national claims to fame include his first ascent of the notorious Evilution (V12, 2002) in the Buttermilks and the first bouldering ascent of The Fly (5.14d, 2003) in Rumney. Since then he has made hard first ascents from Japan and Peru to Europe and the US, including The Seventh Circle (V14) in Hueco. Jason is also well known for his creation of unusual art — see www.cryptochild.com. He has shaped holds for SoIll for 20 years, and has designed more than 10 gyms, including the Englewood, CO, Earth Treks, one of the biggest in the country. He now lives in El Paso with the lovely Martina Mali and their sweet baby daughter Eva Luna and son Luka Von. When not writing guidebooks, he continues to shape holds, design gyms, and make videos while exploring the endless potential of Hueco Tanks. Matt Wilder grew up New England and honed his skills through many seasons in Hueco during the late 1990s and early 2000s. In 2004, he authored the first edition of this guide, which documented hundreds of classic new problems. Bandersnatch (V13) is one of his better Hueco first ascents, and he is a true all-arounder, with 5.14 R trad FAs, the first onsight of Zion’s Moonlight Buttress (V, 5.12d), and several one-day ascents of El Cap. Matt completed a PhD in computer science at CU Boulder and currently runs a small consulting company doing work in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Outside of work and climbing, Matt has made several appearances on the popular TV show American Ninja Warrior, including some of the series' most exciting moments. Living in Boulder, CO, since 2006, he still makes it down to Hueco on a regular basis, though now much of the climbing is done with his son Bayes, who recently climbed his first 5.14, Rodeo Free Europe, at age 10.

    Details

    • 2020 Wolverine Publishing second edition
    • by Matt Wilder and Jason Kehl
    • 308 full-color pages
    • 9781938393365
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    Explore one of the world’s great climbing areas, Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California, with this newly updated guide to climbing! The 3rd edition of Joshua Tree Rock Climbs is our fattest book, weighing in at over 500 pages. Renowned for its intoxicating combo of demanding trad climbing, exotic granite formations, unique flora, and laid-back outdoor living, Joshua Tree is a must-visit destination on every rock climber’s life list. Most come back year after year. For over half a century, the Yosemite Valley climbing greats “trained” in Joshua Tree in the cooler months, leaving a fascinating legacy of hard, classic climbs. Prefer mellower fare? The variety of easy and moderate routes in the Park is second to none. It’s a great place to introduce someone to the sport. Every discipline of rock climbing is represented: cracks of all sizes, overhanging face climbs, delicate edging problems, friction slabs, corners, overhangs, arêtes — you name it! Toproping has a long tradition here, and some of the hard topropes are world class. Though true sport climbs are in the minority, most climbs here are a mix of gear and bolts and require only a small rack, making this a great place to develop your “old-school” skills.

    Areas covered

    • Quail Springs
    • Wonderland of Rocks
    • Lost Horse
    • Real Hidden Valley
    • Hidden Valley Campground
    • Bighorn Pass
    • Echo Tee
    • Barker Dam
    • Cap Rock
    • Ryan Campground
    • Ryan Mountain
    • Hall of Horrors
    • Geology Tour Road
    • Jumbo Rock
    • Split Rocks
    • Indian Cove
    • Rattlesnake Canyon
    • … and more!

    Features

    • 3000+ climbs
    • Best of JT bouldering - Hidden Valley CG, CapRock, Planet X, Gunsmoke
    • Premium, sewn binding
    • Color photos of almost all the cliffs
    • Inspiring action photography
    • Artsy and accurate maps
    • Camping beta
    • Climbing history, geology, Park logistics

    The author

    Robert Miramontes first visited Joshua Tree National Park in the mid 1980s and began a life-long obsession with climbing and bouldering. His love of the park inspired the cultivation of another passion — photography — and combining these passions led to the creation of this book. Robert has now written six books for the area, including this one, as well as the Wolverine titles Joshua Tree Bouldering and Joshua Tree National Park: The Insider’s Guide. He lives near the Park with his wife Christina, also a climber, and daughter Alexandra.

    Details

    • Joshua Tree Rock Climbs 3rd edition
    • 2017 Wolverine Publishing
    • by Robert Miramontes
    • 524 full-color pages
    • ISBN 9781938393297
  • About the book

    You'll find everything you need to have a great time climbing in the 3rd edition of our guidebook, Boulder Canyon Rock Climbs! With adjacent Dream Canyon also covered in the book, it’s an all-season, granite-lover’s paradise. Crags are accessed mere minutes from downtown. Spend an afternoon working on your most recent bolted project, or grapple with multi-pitch traditional climbs up to 400 feet long. There is something for all climbing levels and styles with plenty to choose from, from 5.4 to 5.14. There are even some world-famous boulder problems. You'll be challenged with delicate slabs, splitter cracks, burly roofs, and overhanging walls. Boulder Canyon climbing has it all! This book gives you all the beta you need for over 1800 routes and variations, with improved route photos, extensive new mapping, and the inspiring photography that you expect from Wolverine guides. While you’re enjoying this sweet little canyon you might notice shiny new bolts and remarkable trail work at some of the more popular crags. If you like what you see, join the Boulder Climbing Community to support more essential work in Boulder Canyon!

    New crags covered in the 3rd edition of Boulder Canyon Rock Climbs

    • Solar Dome
    • Glacier Dome
    • Lookout and Hideout
    • Wizard Rock
    • Loft and High Tower areas
    • and more!

    Authors

    (sometimes it just takes a team)
    Bob D’Antonio has been climbing since the 1970s. Originally from Philadelphia,  he began climbing at the Gunks, soon exploding West in a new-routing frenzy! Colorado areas where Bob contributed heavily include: Garden of the Gods, 11-Mile Canyon, Penitente Canyon, the South Platte, Shelf Road, and Independence Pass. Bob currently lives in Taos, New Mexico, with his wife, Laurel, and is the proud father of three children: Jeremy, Adam, and Rachael. He continues to put up new routes in the Rio Grande gorge near Taos, and is the third-best bird photographer on Facebook.
    Jeff Achey spent the best years of his youth climbing in the Boulder area, then went on to a career writing about climbing. He lives with his wife Amber Johnstone in western Colorado, where he splits his free time between bolting chossy cliffs and directing the creative at Wolverine Publishing.
    Adam Brink has spent over two decades climbing and guiding in Boulder Canyon. He lives in Boulder with wife Jessica Jaret, and is dad to two amazing kids, Willa and Nico.
    Peter Beal has been bouldering in the canyon over a decade. Besides climbing and his day job as a professor of art history at Front Range Community College, he works on painting, photography, and electric guitar, as well as writing. Peter lives out in eastern Boulder County with his wife Caolan and daughter Sophia.

    Details

    • 2017 Wolverine Publishing
    • 3rd edition
    • by Bob D’Antonio, Jeff Achey, Adam Brink, Peter Beal.
    • 380 full color pages
    • 9781938393280
  • About the book

    Horse Trails of Garfield County describes 23 rides in Garfield County, Colorado. Rides are located between New Castle and Parachute. All have good trailer parking, and take between 1 and 6 hours. Trails are graded for beginner, intermediate and expert riders. These trails aren't just for riders either, as they also make great hikes.

    About the author

    Fiona Lloyd is a landscape architect who lives in New Castle, CO. She moved to CO from England in 1994, attracted by the prospect of being able to ride under endless blue skies.

    Details

    • Horse Trails of Garfield County
    • 2005 Wolverine Publishing
    • by Fiona Lloyd
    • 64 B&W pages
    • 0972160957
     
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    About the book

    Roca Verde ships from the USA! This is the second edition of the Roca Verde climbing guidebook to the Cordillera Cantabrica climbing area of Northwest Spain. It covers Asturias, Cantabria and Leon, and includes the best routes within these regions. With over 50 crags, 239 sectors and nearly 3500 routes; an overview of the bouldering; links to videos and over 200 full colour action photos this is the definitive guide to the Roca Verde region. Select guide in both English and Spanish. Learn more about the region, this book, and its author in this 2017 Rock and Ice article by Bobbi Bensman. Note: Due to a recently-released third edition, this is on sale for $30.

    Details

    • Roca Verde (2nd edition)
    • 2016 Richie Patterson
    • 512 full-color pages
    • 978-0992887421
  • About the book

    The Sierra Nevada has unsurpassed road biking: good pavement, quiet roads, huge climbs, long open expanses, and breathtaking views of some of the tallest peaks in the Lower 48. Detailing 48 classic rides from casual to ultra, showcasing the landscape of a 270-mile stretch of the range, this color book will quicken the pulse of anyone who loves to bike. In addition, find descriptions, maps, elevation profiles, and trip tips.

    About the Authors

    Jim Barnes is a corn-fed Midwestern kid who discovered the West in his twenties and now can't imagine leaving the mountains. A jack-of-all-trades, he has yet to master anything but keeps trying. Mountain biking was his original mountain sport; and since then backcountry skiing, snowboarding, and Nordic skiing have filled the void in the winter. Rock climbing, mountaineering, and cycling keep him busy during the summer. In a nutshell, he loves to play. Nate Greenberg is a skinny computer nerd with an engine like a Mack truck. Growing up in Southern California, he spent plenty of time in and around the Eastern Sierra, and moved to Mammoth Lakes immediately following college. His time is divided by the seasons into his two main passions of skiing and climbing, though road biking plays an ever increasing role in his summer routine.

    Details

    • Road Biking California's Sierra Nevada
    • 2011 Wolverine Publishing
    • by Jim Barnes and Nate Greenberg
    • 164 full-color pages
    • 9780982615461
  • About the book

    Need a Joshua Tree hiking guidebook? Curious about the Park's history? Interested in exploring off the beaten path? Look no further. This is a colorful, adventurous, hiker's and visitor's guide to Joshua Tree National Park, from the same team who brought you the Joshua Tree Rock Climbing and Bouldering guides. The Park's other-worldly landscape is a true wonder. From the twisted architecture of the Joshua trees, to the rock labyrinths of the Wonderland, to the vast ocotillo-speckled Pinto Basin, you will be constantly delighted. Discover hikes of all categories, from wheelchair-accessible nature trails to highly unofficial belly-crawls through granite corridors. Sweat your way up a desert summit with 100-mile views, make an airy scramble to the top of a rock dome, or trek up a canyon to a palm oasis. Did you know the Park has a rich mining history? Visit off-the-radar mine sites and quirky desert homesteads. If you want to get away from the parking lots, whether for a full-day outing or a 30-minute scramble, this is your book. Sewn binding for abuse in your backpack, and postcard photography for when you're back home, planning your next trip.

    Features:

    • photography tips
    • the skinny on the Park's 4WD roads
    • lots of frontier lore
    • helpful sidebars, including "If you only have a few hours," "Seeing the Park with kids," and more
    • a hit list for the excellent (funky) local art scene
    • a primer on the Park's rock climbing

    The Author

    Robert Miramontes first visited Joshua Tree National Park in the mid-1980s as a young and impressionable teenager. While there, he witnessed rock climbers scaling the sheer cliff walls and vowed never to engage in the sport. Well, several years later, Rob found himself back in the Park doing the unthinkable- rock climbing! This marked the beginning of a life-long obsession with Joshua Tree National Park. Initially, with rock climbing as the focus, he set out to explore every crag and rock pile, every cliff and summit. This culminated in the writing of four rock climbing guides to the area. During this time, Rob cultivated another passion, photography. Combining these two passions led to the creation of this book. Robert lives in nearby Desert Hot Springs with his wife Christina and their daughter Alexandra. Be sure to also check out his Joshua Tree Rock Climbing and Joshua Tree Bouldering guides.

    Details

    • Joshua Tree National Park- The Insider's Guide
    • 2016 Wolverine Publishing
    • by Robert Miramontes
    • 240 full-color pages
    • 9781938393235
  • About the book

    The New River Gorge region of West Virginia is a hiker's and biker's paradise, and this book covers 119 of its best trails. The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve and surrounding state parks encompass more than 80,000 acres of beautiful Appalachian forest and river environment. The area is an outdoor-lover's dream, full of enough adventure opportunities (including rock climbing, of course!) to keep a person busy for a lifetime.  This guide is the bible of  New River Gorge hiking and biking, and a perfect introduction to the area itself. It will get you on the trails as quickly as possible, and show you the wide range of opportunities, on and off trail.

    Your play time is precious

    We know how that is, and this book will help you maximize the time you have. Easy-to-read icons let you see details at a glance: trail type (hike, bike, run, cross-country ski, horseback, and/or handicap-accessible), mileage, elevation profile, and overall difficulty. The guide's detailed text, plentiful photos, topographic maps, and elevation charts will keep you on track. Helpful appendices include Lodging, Restaurants, Shops, Outfitters and Guides; Map Resources; and Recommended Reading. In short, you'll find everything you need to get out and experience the hidden wonders along each trail. There is even a bonus chapter featuring Camp Creek State Park with miles of additional trails!

    About the author

    R. Bryan Simon is a WV native and current Fayatteville resident. A graduate of West Point, he was an infantry officer before an injury forced him to leave the military for other goals. He currently serves on the board of directors for the New River Climbers' Alliance, and his writing can be found in magazines, journals, and textbooks. Keep an eye out for his upcoming guide, A Local's Guide to the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. 

    Details

    • 2021 Ourea Publishing
    • by Bryan Simon
    • 352 color pages
    • 9781733623261
  • About the book

    Snow & Spire showcases photographs taken from the cockpit of the author'€™s home-built airplane. In 2002, John Scurlock embarked on a nine-year quest to fly to and photograph every corner of Washington State's North Cascade Range in winter. The images he captured provide a breathtaking vision of one of America'€™s most magnificent mountain ranges in its most beautiful, dramatic, and savage season. This coffee table book is sure to be a focal point of interest in your living room. Color photos adorn almost every page, and the mountains almost appear life-like. Sections on history and geology provide interest, as well as interviews and essays about climbing in the Cascades. Photographs are organized geographically, and exact locations are provided, along with date, time, and camera detail. Whether you are a climber looking for a view of that special angle on a ridge that you're interested in, or just want a beautiful tour of a jagged mountain range in winter, this book is sure to entertain.

    About the author

    John Scurlock is an aerial photographer, specializing in mountain photography. His work has been commissioned by the USGS and universities for projects such as capturing changing snow cover and forest kill. An interesting interview appears in a 2008 Alpinist.com article. You may purchase brand new, signed, pristine, copies of the book directly from the author here.

    Details

    • Snow & Spire
    • 2011 Wolverine Publishing
    • by John Scurlock
    • 192 full-color pages
    • 9780982615478
    Please note that shipping costs are $8.99 and $15.99 for media and priority mail, respectively. We have a few cosmetic 2nds, damage is limited to cover dents, otherwise new and unopened.
  • About the book

    Whitewater of the Southern Appalachians Vol 1 - The Plateau Etching the great, rocky plateau-lands of the Southern Appalachians is a rich bounty of streams that not only brings life to the surrounding terrain but also serves as a dynamic conduit for gaining a deep appreciation of Southeastern US canyon country. This comprehensive guide to more than 150 southeastern whitewater streams is an inspiring invitation to explore the lifetime of potential river experiences that await you below the rim of the South's lush, hidden canyons. Stepping far beyond the scope of the average guidebook, this work consists of not only inspiring photography and valuable, accurate information, but is also packed with in-depth coverage of the geologic history of the plateau, advanced methods for chasing rain, classic river stories from local paddling legends, and much more. If you're looking for the ultimate resource for whitewater paddling on the plateau, look no further. For paddling destinations in the Mountain region, look to the Whitewater of the Southern Appalachian Vol 2 - The Mountains. (note: while currently out-of-print, an updated edition should be available soon.)

    About the author

    Kirk Eddlemon (excerpted from his website): I'm a native East-Tennessean who calls Knoxville home, where I live with my beautiful and unconditionally supportive wife Laura, and amazing son Alexander.  I spend almost as much of my time walking, paddling, and even sometimes crawling through the wilder parts of the Southern Appalachians as I do in town.  I've always been intrigued by the call of the wild, and even before I started kayaking, I spent much of my time picking out interesting places on topographic maps, and then putting a face to a name by seeking them out on foot with a compass and a little tenacity.  This drive flourishes in a freedom-based pursuit like paddling, and it was only a matter of time before I realized that a little plastic boat could facilitate one of the most expressive, grounding, and spiritually rewarding ways of connecting with nature! Kirk is a registered whitewater guide and runs Ace Kayaking School in Knoxville, TN - visit him when you're in the region!

    Details

    • Whitewater of the Southern Appalachians Vol 1: The Plateau
    • 2014 Wolverine Publishing
    • by Kirk Eddlemon
    • 296 full-color pages
    • 9781938393181
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    About the book

    Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America is a large-format showcase of the continent's most iconic ski mountaineering descents, from Alaska to New Hampshire. Created by ski mountaineers Chris Davenport, Art Burrows, and Penn Newhard, it is a stunning coffee-table book, but more than that, it is a treasure trove of  ski mountaineering wisdom.  It taps deep into local skier's knowledge. Contributors include Jimmy Chin, Lou Dawson, Andrew McLean, Glen Plake, Lowell Skoog, Chic Scott, and Ptor Spricenieks. These experts give first-person descriptions of their favorite ski descents and insightful perspectives on ski mountaineering past, present, and future. Whether you are planning an expedition to Baffin Island to ski the Polar Star Couloir or heading out for dawn patrol on Mount Superior in Utah's Wasatch Range, or just wish you were going to one of those places, Fifty Classic Ski Descents is a visual feast of ski mountaineering in North America.
    • 208 pages of gorgeous action and mountain images from some of North America's top photographers
    • 11 x 11 inches of hardbound goodness
    • famous peaks including North Maroon Bell, the Grand Teton, Mt. Whitney, Mt. Shasta, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Hood, Mt. Robson, Mt. St. Elias, and Denali
    • conversations with great ski alpinists
    • the perfect gift for any serious skier

    A challenge

     50 Classic Ski Descents was inspired by a similarly themed climbing book, 50 Classic Climbs in North America, by Allen Steck and Steve Roper. Attempts have been made by individuals to climb those 50 Classics, but no one has yet been successful. As in the climbing book, the lines in  50 Classic Ski Descents were chosen for their combination of history, notoriety, purity and beauty of line, the status of the peak or formation — and their general membership in the "this is what I'd like to climb / ski before I die" club. Bucket-list stuff, some accessible and moderate, some ambitious, plus a few ringers thrown in for which only the very skilled need apply. Enter Cody Townsend, who sets out to ski them all, documented in a project called "The Fifty". He's attempting to complete his mission in as few seasons as possible, enlisting his trusted partner Bjarne Salen to video the endeavor. Let the record show that another contender has the same goal, but Cody's our man, and we regularly check his YouTube channel for his latest — always replete with stunning mountain scenery, a fun cast of local characters from each new descent, and some great, gritty, hardcore ski footage. Check out this video for a great introduction to his project and the ski descents in the book.

    Details

    • 2010 North American Classics Publishing
    • by Chris Davenport, Art Burrows, and Penn Newhard
    • 202 pages. Color. Hard cover.
    • 9780982615430
    Please note that shipping costs are $8.99 and $15.99 for media and priority mail, respectively.
  • About the book:

    California's Eastern Sierra has some of the world's best backcountry skiing and snowboarding. This region's blessings are many: a deep snowpack, sunny skies, and high-elevation peaks. Top all that with easy access and you have a backcountry skier's dream come true. Such great terrain deserves a great book, and this one makes the grade, covering every major peak and canyon in the range, describing almost 300 descents. With so much to choose from, no matter what your skill level, the perfect challenge awaits you in the Sierra backcountry. From the moderate bowls of the Sherwins to the high-alpine exposure of Mt. Whitney, you'll find a run that's just right for you. In fact, you'll find many! If you're an expert, you can take on of the most extreme skiing challenges in America. Packed with color photographs, this book is your ticket to a lifetime of adventure.

    Features:

    • expanded and improved third edition
    • ~300 ski descents (many more than the second edition!)
    • full color throughout
    • revealing terrain photography + inspiring action photos
    • thorough introduction addresses Sierra seasons, weather, avalanche danger, skiing history, and more
    • at-a-glance "beta boxes" with aspect, slope angle, summit elevation, vertical feet, hiking distance, terrain type
    • the best skiing in the world!!
    • $1 from each book sale benefits the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center!
    You may also purchase the guide as an app, available from Rakkup.

    About the authors:

    Nate Greenberg grew up in the mountains, backpacking and skiing throughout the Sierra. Since 2000, Nate has called the Eastern Sierra home, and is committed to helping the region's adventure opportunities expand. In 2005, along with the help of a group of dedicated individuals, Nate helped form the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center, providing backcountry users the information they need to stay safe in avalanche terrain. Nate currently resides in Crowley Lake. Dan Mingori moved to Mammoth in 1999, after 20 years of honing his snowboard skills on the East Coast. Married to his snowboard, he spent most of his time at Mammoth Mountain, soon shifting his energy from the chairlifts to the backcountry. Surrounded by an endless playground of mountains, Dan developed a handful of other hobbies, including a renewed interest in photography. He has since moved to Colorado, so we really hope to see some of his photography featuring snowscapes a little closer to home!

    Details:

    • Backcountry Skiing CA's Eastern Sierra (3rd ed.)
    • 2018 Wolverine Publishing
    • By Nate Greenberg and Dan Mingori
    • 368 full-color pages
    • 9781938393334
  • About the book

    The Rock Warrior's Way is the definitive mental training manual for climbers. Learn to focus attention, overcome fear, use effective strategies, and build powerful habits. Getting strong in the gym can help improve your climbing, but an effective mental game will help you learn to apply that strength. A strong mind is the key to becoming powerful on the rock. Drawing from "warrior" literature (as well as sports psychology), The Rock Warrior's Way is the ultimate tool to help improve your performance and gain more enjoyment from your climbing. Find the companion to The Rock Warrior's Way, known as Espresso Lessons, here.

    About the author

    Arno Ilgner (from his website warrior'sway.com): In 1995, after a thorough search of the literature and practice of mental training and the great warrior traditions, Ilgner formalized his methods, founded the Desiderata Institute, and began teaching his program full time. Since then, he has helped hundreds of students sharpen their awareness, focus attention, and understand their athletic (and life) challenges within a coherent, learning-based philosophy of intelligent risk-taking. Ilgner considers the joy and satisfaction in the effort – the “journey” – intimately linked to successful attainment of goals, the “destination.” Alumni of his courses now include some of the nation’s most prominent climbers. Ilgner has run clinics across the USA and Australia. He has worked with young competition climbers and written national magazine articles based on his methods. He holds a BA in geology, spent several years operating his own geological consulting firm in the Wyoming oil fields, acted as Chief Financial Officer for an industrial tool distribution company, attended the Army Ranger School, and served a non-combat tour of duty in Korea. He currently resides with his family near Nashville, Tennessee.

    Details

    • The Rock Warrior's Way
    • 2003 Desiderata Institute
    • by Arno Illgner
    • 146 B&W pages
    • 9780974011219
  • About the book

    Setting good climbing routes in the gym is about a lot more than just the shape and size of the holds. Inside Fundamentals of Routesetting you will learn important skills such as how to accommodate tall and short climbers, promote creative technique, control a route's tempo, and minimize risk of injury. Our sport has been lacking in a written reference to help teach and standardize routesetting activities. In 2004, The Art of Coursesetting was written to meet that need. Fundamentals of Routesetting is essentially a new edition that has been updated to reflect the changes in our industry since that time. A brief overview of all relevant topics is offered, with enough detail to educate and get setters started, but leaving plenty of room for individual creativity and implementation. Scott Rennak (founder of the popular American Bouldering Series - ABS) has put together an informative section on competition organization, management and formatting options. This wisdom is the culmination of hundreds of successful competitions and offers the insight necessary to make your event all that it can be. Also included are essays from several premier routesetters such as Chris Danielson, Molly Beard and Matt Bosley.

    About the author

    Written by nationally recognized master routesetter, Louie Anderson. Louie owns "The Factory Bouldering Gym" in Orange, CA, and currently resides in Tensleep, WY with his wife and climbing partner, Valarie, and their two daughters. He is also author of Riverside Quarry and Sport Climbing the Santa Monicasas well as Ten Sleep Canyon Climbing. Here is an interesting interview in Climbing Business Journal if you'd like to read more about Louie's thoughts about the trends in routesetting and gyms in North America.

    Details

    • Fundamentals of Routesetting
    • 2014 Louie Anderson
    • by Louie Anderson
    • 236 full-color pages
    • 9780976663010
  • About the book

    Espresso Lessons is the companion to Rock Warrior's Way, with practical exercises. A good cup of espresso is big coffee in a small cup. Likewise, Espresso Lessons concentrates the essence of the Rock Warrior's Way method.  You'll need the original Rock Warrior's Way for the bigger story behind the practice, but for no-nonsense exercises to help you improve your mental game on the rock, this book is a gem. Here is a blurb by Julie Ellison of Climbing Magazine about Espresso Lessons.

    About the author

    Arno Ilgner (from his website warrior’sway.com): In 1995, after a thorough search of the literature and practice of mental training and the great warrior traditions, Ilgner formalized his methods, founded the Desiderata Institute, and began teaching his program full time. Since then, he has helped hundreds of students sharpen their awareness, focus attention, and understand their athletic (and life) challenges within a coherent, learning-based philosophy of intelligent risk-taking. Ilgner considers the joy and satisfaction in the effort – the “journey” – intimately linked to successful attainment of goals, the “destination.” Alumni of his courses now include some of the nation’s most prominent climbers. Ilgner has run clinics across the USA and Australia. He has worked with young competition climbers and written national magazine articles based on his methods. He holds a BA in geology, spent several years operating his own geological consulting firm in the Wyoming oil fields, acted as Chief Financial Officer for an industrial tool distribution company, attended the Army Ranger School, and served a non-combat tour of duty in Korea. He currently resides with his family near Nashville, Tennessee.

    Details:

    • Espresso Lessons
    • 2009 Desdierata Institute
    • by Arno Ilgner
    • 115 B&W pages
    • 9780974011233
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    About the book

    Begin your journey to health today and start by reading and implementing the exercises and tips in Climbing Injuries Solved. Focused on restoring your body to where it was before you began climbing, this text is a must-read to understand common injury patterns. Highlighting common injuries between the shoulder and finger, you'll be able to form a self-care plan and understand rehab for many common climbing injuries including finger tendonitis, pulley injuries, evaluate for shoulder weakness due to rotator cuff injuries, and much more.  Avoiding injuries, and healing them properly when they happen is key to longevity in your climbing. Dr. Lisa Erikson has produced the definitive climber's guide to healthy hands, elbows, shoulders, and more. Climbing Injuries Solved not only offers simple exercises (with handy color illustrations) to help you achieve the best results, but will empower you to make the changes. Packed with color photos, you will wonder how you ever climbed without this book!

    About the author

    Dr. Lisa Erikson is a sports chiropractor based out of Crested Butte, CO who has worked with athletes like Dave Graham, Daniel Woods, and Angie Payne. From 2012-2015, she was the head medical for USA Climbing's Sport and Bouldering nationals. She also happens to be a dedicated athlete herself, spending time climbing and running.

    Details

    • Climbing Injuries Solved
    • 2014 Dr. Lisa Erikson
    • by Dr. Lisa Erikson
    • 215 full-color pages
    • 9780692296646
       
  • About the book

    The Grand Teton, in northern Wyoming, may be the most iconic peak in the Lower 48 states. Surrounding this impressive high point is the craggy Teton Range, with a dozen other spectacular summits that would be crown jewels anywhere else. Not surprisingly, climbers flock to the Tetons, and have since the earliest days of American mountaineering. And it's not just looks: the quality and climb-ability of the rock and elegance of the routes has kept the Tetons in vogue. Teton Rock Climbs by Aaron Gams takes you directly to the best climbs in the range, with enough choices to last most visitors a lifetime. This 2012 edition is a selected guide to the local's favorite classic and new routes in the Grand Teton National Park with over 300 color images and 85 detailed routes, from 3rd-class mountaineering to 5.12+ test pieces.

    Features

    • Inside scoop on Grand Teton National Park- maps, camping, weather, etc.
    • 85 detailed route descriptions with approach and descent beta
    • 300 color photos to aid in navigation
    • easy-to-read layout

    About the author

    Aaron Gams was born in Wisconsin, and after some time made his way to the West. Gams has been climbing in the Tetons for the last 20 years, and his knowledge of the area shines through in this guide. A one-time ski patroller, Aaron is now a practicing Neuromuscular Therapist in Jackson, Wyoming.

    Details

    •  Teton Rock Climbs
    • 2012 Ground Up Press
    • by Aaron Gams
    • 238 full-color pages
    • 9780976636328
  • About the book

    Southern California Rock Climbing is volume 2 of the California Road Trip series by Maximus Press. This selected guidebook covers Joshua Tree, Tahquitz and Suicide, Riverside Quarry, New Jack City, Mount Woodson, Malibu Creek, Stoney Point, Gibraltar Rocks — you name it. This select guide takes you to over 60 climbing areas from the middle of the Golden State to the Mexican border. Intended as a complement to California Road Trip: A Climber's Guide to Northern Californiathese two tomes will provide info on a whopping 3000 routes over 160 areas in the Golden State. This volume alone will provide a lifetime of climbing: from alpine to oceanside, from desert to urban, the diversity of Southern California rock climbing will impress even the best-traveled veteran.

    About the author

    Tom Slater has been climbing for over 30 years and has authored several other CA climbing guides. He has logged over 150 of his own FAs, and has climbed boulders to big walls all over the US and Europe. An English teacher, he spends his free time traveling, surfing, and hanging out with his wife and kids in their home on the Central CA coast.

    Details

    • Southern California Rock Climbing
    • 2013 Maximus Press
    • by Tom Slater
    • 360 full-color pages
    • 9780982498811
  • About the book

    Most people think of Los Angeles, California as being a giant area of urban sprawl. Surprisingly, just west of the city lie the Santa Monica mountains along the coast, and this oasis holds some great climbing. Sport Climbing in the Santa Monicas sheds light on this urban escape. Loads of sport climbs, some as hard as 5.14, are scattered all throughout the hillsides, providing LA climbers with no excuse not to get after it! This is the 3rd edition, all newly updated and expanded with great photography and easy-to-use maps and directions.

    Areas featured

    • Echo Cliffs
    • Malibu Creek
    • Boney Bluff
    • Tick Rock
    • Topanga Canyon
    • Corpse Wall
    • Bee Rock

    About the author

    Louie Anderson has been climbing since the age of 8. In the years since, he's done it all from boulders to big walls. However, his main interest is in developing new routes, and he has developed many of the routes in this guide. He has also developed routes in areas like Frustration Creek and Riverside Quarry; check out his guidebooks for there as well! Todd Fertig, a Colorado Native, has been climbing since 1991. He moved to LA in 2003 for law school, and now works as a tax attorney. Todd also enjoys route development, and climbs year-round having given up on skiing claiming he is "too old". When not climbing, he enjoys spending time with his son Bodhi and his partner Kristen.

    Details

    • Sport Climbing in the Santa Monicas
    • 2018 Louie Anderson
    • by Louie Anderson and Todd Fertig
    • 272 full-color pages
    • 9780976663027
     
  • About the book

    Riverside Quarry: it's no wilderness area; in fact, it's an old quarry. So why is it one of the premier sport-climbing destinations in Southern California? Simple answer: great climbing. You'll find the usual array of natural granite holds, plus many features that derive from quarrying operations and ... other human activities. Steep, pumpy climbs: check. Old junked cars: check. A good time: check. Riverside Quarry by Louie Anderson is a sport climbing guide to the Riverside Rock Quarry, featuring over 300 routes in this newly revised 2nd edition in full color. Written by the main developer, this guidebook shares the history and the development of the crag, full color photos and topos, route specific profiles of the best routes, bolt counts, standards, amenities, directions, and just about everything a visitor would need to know. The Riverside Quarry has quickly become the premier sport climbing destination in the region. Its cliff line offers superb climbing on steep, featured granite. Unlike other local areas, the routes here are long; many of them over 100 feet in length. Not only will you find sport climbing, but a handful of excellent quality crack challenges as well. With over 338 routes to choose from, there is literally something for everyone. All of this on a crag that's centrally located to all of Southern California, and with one of the shortest approaches around. PLEASE NOTE: As of 2019, Riverside Quarry climbing is temporarily closed. See the Southern California Climbers' Coalition for more

    About the author

    Louie Anderson has been climbing since the age of 8. In the years since, he's done it all from boulders to big walls. However, his main interest is in developing new routes, and he has developed many of the routes in this guide. He has also developed routes in areas like Frustration Creek and the Santa Monicas; check out his guidebooks for there as well!

    Details

    • Climber's Guide: Riverside Quarry
    • 2012 Louie Anderson
    • by Louie Anderson
    • 200 full-color pages
    • 9780976663003
  • About the book

    The Red River Gorge of Kentucky is one of the most enjoyable places in the world to climb. The Red River and its many tributaries have carved dozens of secluded canyons into the hill country east and south of Lexington, creating a natural wonderland and exposing a ridiculous amount of rock. The cliffs of the Red feature over 3000 routes, from traditional cracks to modern sport climbs, ranging from 5.4 to 5.14. More than enough to go around! But what makes Red River Gorge climbing unique is the wildly featured Corbin sandstone. Simply put, it's made to climb. The walls tend to be super-steep, but the holds are large and plentiful. You don't have to climb 5.12 get on crazy-steep rock here! Of course, if harder sport climbs are your thing, there is a lifetime's worth here. It is the most popular place in the eastern US to work your way up the grades.

    Volume 2: Red River Gorge South

    This book, Volume 2 of a two-volume series, covers the crags located south of the Mountain Parkway (for the North, click here). Fully revised, it describes over 1500 routes, 400 of them new for this edition. Entirely new zones include Flat Hollow, Bear’s Den, and New Zoo, with new routes at famed RRG favorites such as Muir Valley and the Motherlode.

    Areas and features

    Looking to complete your set of Red River Gorge books? Pick up Volume 1: Northern Region. Want the best of both worlds? Check out our Red River Select.

    Authors

    Ray Ellington has been climbing in the Red for 30 years, has done four previous editions of this guidebook, and is tired of talking about himself on this page. He lives in Lexington, KY, with his wife and climbing partner Michelle, works as an IT Security Architect, and runs his website redriverclimbing.com. Blake Bowling lives and climbs in the Red River Gorge. He spends his time developing new routes, working for the AAC, maintaining his site badbolts.com, a nationwide bolt database where rock climbers can report bolts and anchors that need attention. He also is AMGA-certified, and works closely with the Red River Gorge Climbers Coalition to promote safe climbing and protect access for all climbers. Over the past 25 years Blake has ticked over 2000 routes in the Red, holding the top position in the rankings on redriverclimbing.com. Epic 14-hour solo adventure races, high-angle swiftwater and cave rescues, and van life are not foreign to him, but writing in the third person is. You can find Blake in and around the Red River Gorge, adding to his massive tick list, dusting off boulders, and replacing crappy climbing anchors.

    Details

    • Red River Gorge South
    • 2017 Wolverine Publishing
    • by Ray Ellington and Blake Bowling
    • 360 full-color pages
    • 9781938393273
  • About the book

    Rifle Mountain Park is one of America's best sport-climbing areas, especially for harder grades. The canyon's limestone cliffs have more than 500 established rock climbs, including some of the most difficult in America. Climbers come from all over the world to challenge themselves on the steep, gymnastic routes. But the canyon is much more than just a crucible for the sport's elite. Rifle rock climbing also features plenty of easier fare, suitable for novices and intermediates. Looking for a dense concentration of 5.13 and 5.14 lines? Check. Or is 5.10 your limit? Check — you'll find good routes at that level, too. No matter what grade you climb, you'll appreciate the unique style of movement produced by the blocky limestone, with sidepulls, slopers, laybacks, and kneebars. Combine this spread of great sport climbs with easy access and amazing camping and you have one of the most convenient climbing destinations anywhere. Rifle: A Climber's Guide, now in its 4th edition, celebrates the climbs, climbers, natural beauty, and vibrant scene of Rifle. Learn about the flora and fauna, as well as the cast of characters responsible for the routes. Learn how to kneebar, and how to have fun falling off your project 100 times! And while you're at it, enjoy the great photography from some of the country's best-known shooters. $1 from the sale of each book goes to the Rifle Climbers' Coalition, a volunteer group that maintains Rifle bolts and anchors. When in Rifle, be sure to check out the hot springs in nearby Glenwood Springs. Nothing like a good soak to ease weary muscles on a rest day.

    Book features

    • all new beta photos and new easier-to-use layout
    • handy color-coded grades for quick reference
    • wonderfully colorful and quirky descriptions
    • over 100 new climbs since the last edition
    • essays from pioneers such as Mike Pont, George Squibb, and young guns like Margo Hayes

    About the author

    Darek Krol sadly passed away in December 2020, at the age of 57, just days after handing off completed drafts of this guide. A native of Poland, he immigrated to Boulder, CO in 1997. He established over 30 routes in the canyon (and ticked 400 overall), and as the de-facto chief climbing steward of the area became known as "mayor of Rifle." Beyond climbing, Darek was a wonderful human being to be around. He made everyone feel known and important, and Rifle feels a little bit colder without his presence. Darek is survived by his "Noble Wife," Anita, and their daughter, Nina.

    Details

    • Rifle: A Climber's Guide (4th edition)
    • 2021 Wolverine Publishing
    • by Darek Krol
    • 304 full-color pages
    • 9781938393419
     

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