• 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

    Wisconsin's Devil’s Lake State Park is, hands down, the Midwest’s premier rock-climbing area. With its many, many routes in the more moderate grades, and the wide range of techniques required to ascend them, it has even been called the best place in the country to learn to climb. Located just northwest of Madison, it is the closest major crag for countless Midwest climbers, from Chicago to Des Moines, Milwaukee to the Twin Cities. The Lake also features great hiking, swimming, and camping. The unique quartzite rock is a wonder of nature, notable for its vibrant purple color and made-to-climb texture. From ladder-like beginner’s romps, to strenuous crack leads, to desperate glassy faces, you’ll find something perfect to suit every mood. There are no bolts at Devil’s Lake, and though the bullet-hard stone offers many fine lead climbs, toproping is widely practiced, leading to a fun, community atmosphere where climbers can test themselves to the limit with minimal risk and maximum focus on precision movement. Check out this website by the local guide service for tips on setting up toprope anchors at Devil's Lake. Mastery of small holds is a hallmark of Lake-trained rock climbers who venture out to other areas of the country. Your training will serve you well! In addition to describing almost 900 climbs at all the cliffs of Devil’s Lake State Park, this book also devotes over 20 pages on two nearby areas, Necedah and Hillbilly Hollow, which feature a different kind of rock, and even a little bolted sport climbing and a smattering of the best bouldering.

    Featuring

    • Almost 1000 rock climbs
    • the 40 best boulder problems
    • Area maps and schematics
    • Geology, flora, and fauna
    • Detailed climbing history
    • Guide to park rules, camping options, and local amenities
    • Colorful essays by John Gill, Leo Hermacinski, Steve Sangdahl, Nick Rhoads, and others
    • Dozens of inspring action photos

    Areas included in Devil's Lake

    • East Bluff
    • West Bluff
    • Sandstone Bluff
    • Necedah
    • Hillbilly Hollow

    About the Author

    Jay Knower, 38, grew up in Baraboo, WI, with Devil’s Lake in his backyard, and began climbing there as a teenager in 1993. This introduction to rock climbing did the trick, and he has gone on to visit crags all over the world, climbing up to 5.13a trad and 5.14a sport and establishing many new routes. Jay met his wife Kayte in Yosemite’s Camp 4, and the couple moved to New Hampshire together in 2003 and have lived there ever since — though Jay makes it a point to get back to Devil’s Lake at least once a year to visit family and test himself on his beloved home quartzite. Jay holds a B.A. in English and an M.Ed. in English Education, and has worked in education his entire adult life. His writing has appeared in Climbing Magazine, The Canadian Alpine Journal, and The New Hampshire Journal of Education. A lifelong runner, Jay has completed two marathons, and every year he threatens to run another one (but doesn’t). He currently lives in Campton, New Hampshire, with Kayte, their daughter June, and Topher the Mountain Poodle.

    Details

    • Devil's Lake: A Climbing Guide
    • 2016 Wolverine Publishing
    • by Jay Knower
    • 308 full-color pages
    • 9781938393259
  • 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 also find beta for a selection of bouldering at the Happy and Sad volcanic boulders which lie just outside town. 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

    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

    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
  • 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
  • TEMPORARY UPDATE 1/06/2022: Frustration Creek areas are currently closed due to fire damage and rockfall!

    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 Climbing Psychology

    Ever experienced a fear of falling, fear of failure, or any other negative thoughts that distract you from climbing your best? Author Kevin Roet's interest in climbing psychology developed because of direct experience with his own fear of falling. If you would like to push your limits instead of finding a myriad of reasons to say "take", then this book is for you. Rooted in modern psychological concepts like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and current scientific research, the book will help break down your fear response and allow you to shift your focus away from your fear. Kevin runs workshops on climbing psychology and has solicited feedback from students, honing his concepts into a very readable and colorfully illustrated book. For an informative review, as well as an inside look into the table of contents and a few pages from the book, check out this article on UKClimbing.com.

    Features

    • Color photographs and illustrations
    • Essays and thoughts from experienced and professional climbers
    • Exercises and practical advice, including QR code links to supplemental material

    About the author

    Kevin Roet is a mountain guide, and runs a mountain skills and training company in the UK called Rise and Summit. He also is a climbing coach, consultant, and runs workshops. He loves climbing and helping other folks gain the experience and confidence to climb their very best.

    Details

    • Climbing Psychology
    • 2021 Kevin Roet
    • 208 pages, illustrated in color
    • 978-1527287686
    This is a great resource for anyone looking to up their game, and is an excellent companion to Rock Warrior's Way and Espresso Lessons by Arno Ilgner.
  • About the book

    The Little River Canyon Climbing Guide is the first ever book dedicated to describing the routes in the beautiful Little River Canyon, near Fort Payne, Alabama. While the climbing style here is known for its steep, tiered roofs, there is also delicate climbing on small holds for the technician. The grades are on the higher end, though, so it may not be suitable for beginners, or those new to the sport. One thing is for sure... climbing on the bullet-hard sandstone of the Little River Canyon is super fun and will challenge even the best climbers. The Little River Canyon has the distinction of being the nation's longest mountaintop river. Situated within the Little River Canyon National Preserve, the area is managed by the National Park Service, so expect a few reasonable regulations. The nearest camping is a few miles away, and the area offers plenty of activities other than climbing. You can climb here year-round, even during downpours. This book has function and style, and is a must-have for any climber visiting LRC. Maps and practical information keep you informed, and color photography, essays and graphics entertain.

    About the author

    Author Adam Henry is an authority of Little River Canyon climbing. He has been climbing and establishing routes in the canyon for decades, and you can't help but to appreciate the history of the area after reading the introduction. He lives near cliffs and whitewater in Alabama with his wife and daughter, and prioritizes living a good life above all else.

    Details

    • Little River Canyon
    • 2016 Rockery Press
    • According to Adam Henry
    • 336 pages. Color.
    • 9780692727195
  • 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
  • Sale!

    Blemished during transport. May include dents, scratches, or slight warping to the cover and/or interior pages. If you're looking to save a bit of money, blemished copies are a great value!

  • About the book

    The City of Rocks and Castle Rocks State Park is your essential companion for the amazing granite climbing in the high desert of southern Idaho, one of the most popular summer rock-climbing areas in the Rocky Mountain West. Other landmarks have been christened “City of Rocks,” but to climbers this one is THE City. It’s been called America’s premiere granite sport-climbing area — and just as often praised for its unique trad climbing. With more than 1000 routes to choose from, you can crimp overhanging patina, grunt up an offwidth, cruise a multi-pitch 5.8, or summit a dramatic spire — all within a short walk of your campsite. Nearby you’ll find historic inscriptions, hikes, mountain biking, and the funky Western town of Almo to keep you supplied and entertained on rest days. Also included here for the first time is the sweet climbing at nearby Castle Rocks State Park. With a different, quieter vibe than the roadside crags in the City, Castle Rocks is a worthy destination in itself, with over 300 routes up to three pitches long, featuring many moderate climbs with a more “modern,” novice-friendly equipping style. Dave Bingham has been chronicling the climbing at City of Rocks since the 1980s, but this is the breakthrough edition, with full-color cliff photographs throughout and excellent maps that put an end to the days of wandering lost in search of your desired crag. The action photography alone will have you planning your trip immediately.

    Areas included

    • City of Rocks
    • Castle Rocks State Park

    About the author

    Born on Long Island, NY, Dave Bingham spent his childhood in the Northeast, learning to ski and climb in his early teens before moving out West in the 1970s. He spent summers in Yosemite and winters near Sun Valley, Idaho, guiding rock and teaching cross-country skiing and soon making his permanent home in the Sun Valley area. Dave lives in Hailey, with his wife Lisa, where he runs a log-home chinking business, Dave Bingham Chinking. He still drags out his college-age-and-younger children Tara, Cameron, Jack, and Kate on a variety of mountain adventures. Dave’s curriculum vitae in adventure sports is impressive: a lifelong athlete and competitor, he has won many Nordic ski and running races in Idaho, and has placed as high as 3rd (1980) in the famous Pikes Peak Marathon. In 1988 and 1990 he won the notorious NBC Survival of the Fittest contest, an old-school, now-defunct version of today’s American Ninja Warrior — but held outside in much more dangerous terrain, featuring stunts such as speed rappelling, whitewater swimming, downhill running, and a log-rolling/stick-fighting battle thing. Dave went on to enter the even more grueling BBC Arctic Survival comp, winning in 1990 and 1992. Dave also set the speed record for ascending all nine of Idaho’s peaks over 12,000 feet: 38 hours, besting the previous record by two days (check out the current record holders). On the rock-climbing front, Dave is a longtime and prolific new-router, with over 200 first ascents up to 5.13, spread over 30+ years, in the City of Rocks alone. Though an “early adopter” of the sport-climbing ethic in the mid 1980s, Dave is a true all-arounder, with many trad ascents in the City, the Elephant’s Perch in the Sawtooths, and farther afield. Though still putting up new routes, Dave is now more of a mentor on the Idaho climbing scene. In addition to authoring eight editions of the climber’s guide to City of Rocks, Dave is also the author of Idaho Underground, an eclectic guide to southern Idaho crags and boulders.

    Details

    • City of Rocks
    • 2016 Wolverine Publishing
    • by Dave Bingham
    • 312 full-color pages
    • 9781938393242

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