• 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
  • 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 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 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

    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. Complemented with plentiful camping, the volcanic rock makes for a nice switch from the more typical granite found around Tahoe. Big Chief Area Climbs provides clear, concise beta that has been checked and rechecked. In fact, the author himself climbed almost every single route to verify the accuracy of all the info herein!

    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).

    About the author

    Marek Hajek grew up in the Czech Republic, and moved to Lake Tahoe in 1989. His friend Don Harder introduced him to climbing in 1992. Progress for Marek was slow, but he steadily worked up to having ticked all but three climbs in the Big Chief area. Marek married his wife Trang in 2001, and they live in Reno and climb in Tahoe as much as possible.

    Details

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

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