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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.
  • 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 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! 3rd edition. Wolverine Publishing 368 pages. Color. Sewn binding. 2019.  
  • 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 also 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 climbing at Big Bear in the summer, 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

    If you like sport climbing on vertical to overhanging volcanic rock in the sun, you'll have big days of fun climbing at the Big Chief area near Lake Tahoe, California. Located at 7,000 feet in the mountains between Truckee and Tahoe, this is one of the best cool weather crags in the Tahoe region.

    Areas included

    • Big Chief
    • Light Deprivation Buttress
    • Little Chief
    • Sawtooth Ridge
    • Fun circuit ideas are suggested.
    Updates to the area can be found here (although there haven't been changes in a few years).

    Details

    • Big Chief Area Climbs
    • 2005 Maximus Press
    • by Marek Hajek
    • 96 pages in black and white
    • 9789067611679
     
  • About the book

    Bishop Area Rock Climbs is the quintessential climbing guide to the Eastern Sierra South surrounding Bishop, California. It includes bouldering, trad climbing, sport climbing and multi-pitch climbing over a vast area. Bishop Area Rock Climbs has it all! Please note that this book does not include the climbing at Owens River Gorge. Click here for the new, updated, dedicated guidebook to this great sport climbing area! Inside this book you'll find beta for a selection of bouldering at the Happy and Sad volcanic boulders which lie just outside town. The Bishop Bouldering guide is what you want for a dedicated bouldering trip to the area. Check out the Bishop Visitor's Center for some information on the local climbing areas and businesses to patronize while in Bishop.

    Areas covered

    • Alabama Hills
    • Whitney Portal
    • Buttermilk Country
    • Cardinal Pinnacle
    • Happy and Sad Boulders
    • Buttermilk Country
    • Pine Creek

    About the authors

    Peter Croft was born in Canada, but escaped the cold and wet and now resides in Bishop. He has written numerous essays, articles, and guidebooks, and is an authority on climbing in the Sierras. Find some of his Sierra favorites in his book The Good, the Great, and the Awesome. In addition to writing and climbing for fun, Peter also works as a climbing guide for Sierra Mountain Guides. Information on their services is found here. Marty Lewis has lived in the Eastern Sierra for over 30 years. He owns and runs Maximus Press, and lives in Bishop with wife Sharon and canine friends.

    Details

    • Bishop Area Rock Climbs 3rd edition
    • 2008 Maximus Press
    • by Peter Croft & Marty Lewis
    • 335 pages in black and white
    • 9780967611693
     
  • About the book

    Bishop, located in California's Owen's River Valley is one of the best bouldering areas in the world. Enjoy hundreds of high-quality problems from beginner-friendly romps to standard-setting testpieces. Add a backdrop of magnificent mountain scenery, consistently sunny weather, cheap camping, free hot springs, and convenient amenities in the town of Bishop, and you have the ultimate bouldering destination. Bishop Bouldering Select is a full-color guidebook is packed with action photography to help inspire your next effort. Don't let the word "select" lead you to thinking that you'll be missing out. Included are all the best areas with over 600 problems, with maps, topos, and photos to help you find your way in the maze of boulders.

    Highlights

    • Compact size and durable, sewn cover
    • 600+ problems — all the popular areas and all you'll ever need
    • Mick Ryan’s original 2007 watercolor art
    • Essays by Doug Robinson, Dale Bard, Alex Johnson, and others
    • Action photography by Jeff Deikis, Ken Etzel, Boone Speed, John Sherman, Jim Thornburg, John Wesely, et al
    • Every book purchase benefits the Bishop Climbers’ Coalition

    Areas covered

    • Rock Creek
    • Happy and Sad boulders
    • Druid Stones
    • Buttermilk Country – roadside and backcountry

    Authors

    Airlie Anderson was born in London, started climbing at age 14, and at age 17 became the British Bouldering Champion. In Sheffield in the pre-crash-pad days she became notorious for dragging mattresses up to make first-female ascents of gritstone headpoint routes—some of which were shorter than the Buttermilk highballs of today. Airlie emigrated to the States in 2006 as an “alien of extraordinary ability,” her favorite claim to fame. In the style of Dale Bard and others, she first visited Bishop to take a break from Yosemite Valley, stayed for a year, and soon became the ultimate Bishop “visitor,” making numerous trips to the area’s boulders, flying back to the UK just often enough to renew her visa. She also guided bouldering trips to Bishop for climbers from the UK. McKenzie Long hails from the Midwest, where there are no mountains, few boulders, and where her standard winter layering system consisted of wearing two pairs of jeans. Since migrating West with the intention of climbing as much as possible, she has never looked back. During a year of living out of a truck in Mammoth Lakes (just north of Bishop) she fell in love with the area’s warm winter bouldering. Before long she plunged into the guidebook world, and has now helped produce over 20 Wolverine titles. McKenzie still resides in Mammoth, where she boulders, climbs, skis, writes, and runs her graphic-design business Cardinal Innovative.

    Details

    • Bishop Bouldering Select
    • 2015 Wolverine Publishing
    • by Airlie Anderson and McKenzie Long
    • 216 full color pages
    • 9781938393211
  • 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. You will not pay entry fees. Spend an afternoon working on your most recent project, or grapple with a multi-pitch traditional climb and have the opportunity to get benighted. There is something for all climbing levels and styles with plenty of sport and traditional climbs from 5.4 to 5.14. There are multi-pitch routes up to 400 feet long and 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
    • the Lookout and Hideout
    • Wizard Rock
    • the 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

    The Wind River Mountain Range, near Lander, Wyoming offers every type of bouldering experience imaginable. From the roadside sandstone, dolomite and granite boulders in Sinks Canyon, to expeditionary bouldering in alpine cirques deep in the wilderness. This book explains it all. It’s a full color guide to over 500 boulder problems, in over a dozen spectacular areas. If you are a boulderer visiting the Lander area, you need this guide... in fact, why not just make it a destination for your next bouldering trip! This colorful, fun guidebook will slip easily into your pad or pack, and packs a big punch with excellent photos and helpful area maps.

    Areas covered

    • Sinks Canyon
    • Fairfield Hill
    • Wild Iris Boulders
    • Cirque of the Boulders
    • and many more!

    Details

    • 2013 David Lloyd
    • by David Lloyd and Ben Sears
    • 200 pages in gob smacking color
    • 9780615775111
  • This is a lot of guidebook. Over 450 pages, a grand tour of 2000+ routes on over 100 crags. Boulders, sport, trad, granite, volcanic, limestone. Whitney Portal, Bishop, the Needles, Moro Rock, Courthouse Reservoir, Yosemite, Tuolumne, Sonora Pass, the Bay Area, Sugarloaf, Lover's Leap, the Northern Coast. Staggering. For the big areas, this book just scratches the surface, while for many of the smaller ones it's all you'll ever need. by Tom Slater and Chris Summit 2009 Maximus Press
  • 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. Learn more about author Simon Richardson in this UKClimbing article.
    Chasing the Ephemeral: 50 Routes for a Successful Scottish Winter
    2016 Mica Publishing
    256 color-photo-studded pages

  • 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 can get 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 (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
  • Chattrad features the best sandstone trad in the country, bar none.

    As the first-ever comprehensive guidebook to Chattanooga trad climbing, Chattrad covers hundreds of never-before-published routes, from multiple never-before-published areas – making Chattrad a guidebook like no other! Journey to this fantastic place with legendary character and guidebook author Rob Robinson.

    Chattrad Specs

    • Over 500 color pages
    • Local-born content from Chattanoga climbing pioneer and author, Rob Robinson – as well as many local artists, photographers, and climbers
    • Beautiful, accurate, and easy-to-use layout and design
    • Tons of never-before-published areas, routes, and recommendations
    • Precision area logistics, firsthand route descriptions, and consensus reviews
    • Tons of never-before-seen historic photos and exhaustive insider commentary and essays from the past 30 years of Chattanooga rock climbing

    Areas covered in Chattrad

    • Sunset Park
    • Suck Creek
    • Tennessee Wall (T Wall)
    • Promised Land
    • Big Soddy Gorge

    About the author

    This isn't Rob Robinson's first rodeo writing climbing guidebooks — he's done four previous guidebooks to the area. He's the leading authority on climbing in the "Sandstone Belt of the South," cherry picking bold new lines since 1975. Rob has established over 1000 first ascents in the Chattanooga area and beyond. He has appeared on the cover of Climbing magazine, and has written essays in Climbing and Rock and Ice magazines. Read more about Rob in this 2017 Climbing magazine article. Rob works in real estate, and lives with wife Susan on Signal Mountain, spitting distance from some of his favorite crags.

    Details

    • Chattrad
    • 2014 Rockery Press
    • by Rob Robinson
    • 548 pages. Color.
    • 9780692288351

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