• 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

    The New River Gorge of West Virginia is one of the most dramatic canyons in the East. It’s famous for its whitewater rafting, the BASE-jumping extravaganza of “Bridge Day,” and, of course, its world-class rock climbing. New River Gorge climbing is a unique combination of excellent, historic trad and equally excellent, historic sport. Unlike its main “rival” crag, Kentucky’s Red River Gorge, the New holds equal lure for both trad and sport climbers. No surprise to the tradsters: the Nuttall Sandstone is harder than granite and riddled with excellent cracks of all sizes. Fair enough, say the sportsters, but the bolted climbing is some of the best and most varied anywhere! The specialty of the house is technical climbing that will test your ingenuity, footwork, and finger strength, but there are plenty of massively overhanging sectors for those who just want to grab big holds and pull. There is so much climbing in the New that we’ve had to split it into two volumes, each with a lifetime’s worth of routes to explore.

    Volume 2 – The Meadow, Gauley, and Summersville Lake

    This volume documents the climbing north of the main gorge of the New, with over 1400 routes on the crags along the Meadow and Gauley rivers and surrounding Summersville Lake. Many of the crags here are close to fine swimming holes, making them favorites for summer climbing. The Coliseum at the Lake is arguably the most sought-after hardperson’s crag in the entire region, and as of 2021 now boasts the hardest sport climb in the East. Just a short stroll away is Orange Oswald, likely the most popular 5.10 sport crag in the New. And the steep, psychedelic rock of the Meadow must be seen to be believed. Endless climbing! But of course, you won’t want to miss the fantastic crags of the main gorge — see New River Rock Volume 1.

    Areas covered

    • Meadow South Side
    • Lower Meadow
    • Upper Meadow
    • Summersville Lake main area
    • Whippoorwill
    • Long Point
    • Gauley Crag
    • Carnifex Ferry

    Featuring

    • premium sewn binding
    • entertaining route descriptions
    • up-to-date beta on over 1400 routes
    • detailed history
    • camping and apres-climb stuff
    • inspiring color photos

    The Author

    Mike Williams learned to climb on the granite domes of North Carolina, but felt the pull of West Virginia’s Nuttall Sandstone after his first trips to the New in the late ’90s. He then toured around the US in a VW van looking for the best rock climbing before finally realizing it was back where he started, at the New River Gorge. He has since become an active route developer there. Mike has worked as a wilderness instructor, climbing guide, rigger, author, editor for Deadpoint Magazine, and guidebook project manager. He now runs Bridge Bound Campers, converting cargo vans into luxury road-trip machines. He lives in Fayetteville with his wife Elissa, children Hazel and Elliott, and crag dog Lilah. You can contact Mike at mikey@newriverclimbing.net or just stop by Bridge Bound Campers at 131 S Court Street to talk about his two passions — rock climbing and van dwelling. $1 per book sale goes straight to the local climber's org, New River Alliance of Climbers.

    Details

    • New River Rock Volume 2, 3rd edition
    • 2021 Wolverine Publishing
    • By Mike Williams
    • 328 full-color pages
    • 978193839402
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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 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 gobsmacking color
    • 9780615775111
  • 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 and 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
    • 2016 Wolverine Publishing
    • by Airlie Anderson and McKenzie Long
    • 216 full color pages
    • 9781938393211
  • 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
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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

    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 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 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, 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 on the eastern US to work your way up the grades.

    Volume 1: Red River Gorge climbing North

    This book, Volume 1 of a two-volume series, covers the crags located north of the Mountain Parkway (for the South, click here). This region includes some of the Red's most classic and historic cliffs, such as Military Wall, Left Flank, Long Wall, and Funk Rock City. Don't miss it!

    Areas and features

    • Military and Left Flank
    • Long Wall
    • Phantasia Wall
    • Eastern Sky Bridge
    • Funk Rock City
    • GPS Coordinates for easy navigation
    • essays on Porter Jarrard, Miguel Ventura, John Bronaugh, and more
    Looking to complete your set of Red River Gorge books? Pick up Volume 2: Southern 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. Dustin Stephens has been climbing nearly 30 years, including lots of bumbly-period trips from New York to Miguel's in the 1990s. He moved from Yosemite to Lexington in 2009 for medical school and has been spending way too much time climbing, bushwhacking, and putting up new routes in the Red since then.

    Details

    • Red River Gorge North
    • 2015 Wolverine Publishing
    • by Ray Ellington and Dustin Stephens
    • 248 full-color pages
    • 978193893204
  • 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

    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

    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

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