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- Sale!UTAH Maple Canyon is arguably the most popular summer sport-climbing destination in the USA. Its steep walls of cobbled conglomerate provide quality pitches for climbers of all abilities, and some of the most enjoyable climbing anywhere. Packed with color photographs and maps, Maple Canyon Rock Climbs provides a comprehensive guide to more than 400 routes from 5.4 to 5.14c. Did we say that there's some pretty great steep climbing at Maple? Heck yeah! Wolverine Publishing March 2012. 132 pages. Color.
About the bookIf 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.
- Big Chief
- Light Deprivation Buttress
- Little Chief
- Sawtooth Ridge
- Fun circuit ideas are suggested.
- Big Chief Area Climbs
- 2005 Maximus Press
- by Marek Hajek
- 96 pages in black and white
- 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 Gran Teton National Park with over 300 color images and 85 detailed routes, from 3rd class mountaineering to 5.12+ test pieces. by Aaron Gams 2012 Ground Up Press
- 2015 5th edition! by Ray Ellington and Dustin Stephens 2015 Wolverine Publishing, 5th edition 1938393201 248 pages. Color.
$5 per guidebook sale goes to the RRGCC for the month of March for flood damage repairs.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 NorthThis 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, historic cliffs, such as Military Wall, Left Flank, Long Wall, and Funk Rock City. Don't miss it!
About the bookEver 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, this book is easy to use and fun. Grab a copy and check it out!
About the authorsPam 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.
- Texas Canyon Climbing Guide 1st edition
- 2019 Louie Anderson
- by Pam Neal and Ben Chapman
- Color. 176 pages.
About the bookBishop, 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.
- 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
- Rock Creek
- Happy and Sad boulders
- Druid Stones
- Buttermilk Country – roadside and backcountry
AuthorsAirlie 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.
- Bishop Bouldering Select
- 2015 Wolverine Publishing
- by Airlie Anderson and McKenzie Long
- 216 full color pages
About the bookThe 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.
- Sinks Canyon
- Fairfield Hill
- Wild Iris Boulders
- Cirque of the Boulders
- and many more!
- 2013 David Lloyd
- by David Lloyd and Ben Sears
- 200 pages in gob smacking color
About the bookThe 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 LakeThis volume documents the climbing north of the main gorge of the New, 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.
- Meadow South Side
- Lower Meadow
- Upper Meadow
- Summersville Lake main area
- Lont Point
- Gauley Crag
- Carnifex Ferry
- 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 AuthorMike 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, daughter Hazel, and crag dog Lilah. You can contact Mike at email@example.com 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.
- New River Rock Volume 2, 3rd edition
- 2021 Wolverine Publishing
- By Mike Williams
- 328 full-color pages
About the bookThe 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 SouthThis 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
- Natural Bridge
- Muir Valley
- Motherlode/Bald Rock
- Handy infographics for each crag for quick reference
- essays on Dave Hume, The Webers, Miguel Ventura, and others
AuthorsRay 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.
- Red River Gorge South
- 2017 Wolverine Publishing
- by Ray Ellington and Blake Bowling
- 360 full-color pages
About the bookWisconsin'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.
- 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
- Hillbilly Hollow
About the AuthorJay 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.
- Devil's Lake: A Climbing Guide
- 2016 Wolverine Publishing
- by Jay Knower
- 308 full-color pages
- 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
- A wealth of great bouldering is found at Grayson Highlands, an unlikely treasure in southwestern Virginia. Pick your circuit with the Grayson Highlands Bouldering guidebook by Brayackmedia Publishing. Find updates to the guidebook here. by Aaron Parlier 2013 BrayackMedia Publishing 160 pages. Color.