• 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

    This is a lot of guidebook! California Road Trip has over 450 pages, a grand tour of 2000+ routes on over 100 crags. Perhaps "climbing atlas" would be a better term. Boulders, sport, and trad, all on granite, volcanic, and limestone...it's a safe bet to say this guidebook holds several lifetimes worth of climbing! Each area is listed with a great overview, including information on more in-depth guidebooks and season specifics. For the big areas, this book just scratches the surface, while for many of the smaller ones it's all you'll ever need. Whether you're a hardened California local, or simply visiting for the first time, this book is sure to inspire some new adventures. The open road is calling!

    Areas covered

    • Whitney Portal
    • Bishop
    • The Needles
    • Moro Rock
    • Yosemite
    • Tuolumne
    • Sonora Pass
    • Bay Area
    • and much, much more

    About the authors

    Tom Slater has been climbing for over 30 years and has authored several other CA climbing guides. He has logged over 150 of his own FAs, and has climbed boulders to big walls all over the US and Europe. An English teacher, he spends his free time traveling, surfing, and hanging out with his wife and kids in their home on the Central CA coast. Chris Summit was born to climb. A northern CA native, he started climbing in the '80s in Sonoma County. He has also authored several other climbing guides as well, including the self-published Wine Country Rocks. In addition to exploring for new FAs, Chris spends a lot of time teaching climbing and setting routes at various climbing gyms. He still lives in Sonoma County

    Details

    • California Road Trip: A Climber's Guide to Northern California
    • 2009 Maximus Press
    • by Tom Slater and Chris Summit
    • 456 black and white pages
    • 9780982498804
  • 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
  • About New River Rock Vol 1

    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 allure 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 1 – The Main Gorge

    This volume documents the heart of New River Gorge climbing, the crags of the main gorge. You’ll find all the beta for more than 1900 climbing routes on the immaculate sandstone walls of this beautiful river canyon. Endless climbing! (But while you’re in the area, you won’t want to miss the Meadow and Summersville Lake – the newest edition of  Vol 2 released in July 2021).

    Areas covered

    • Kaymoor
    • Bubba City
    • Beauty Mountain
    • Junkyard
    • Bridge Buttress
    • Fern Buttress
    • Endless Wall
    • South Nuttall
    • Domino Point
    • Sunshine Buttress
    • Keeney’s Buttress
    • Ambassador Buttress
    • Cotton Top
    • Needleseye (access and overview only)

    Featuring

    • premium sewn binding
    • entertaining route descriptions
    • up-to-date beta on over 1900 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 1, 3rd edition
    • 2019 Wolverine Publishing
    • By Mike Williams
    • 460 full-color pages
    • 978193839341
  • About the book

    The Mammoth area of California is an incredible playground. Various crags and boulders of both granite and volcanic tuff are scattered throughout the region, providing plenty of opportunity for a variety of climbing styles. While the nearby areas of Bishop and the Owens River bake in the warmer months, the Mammoth area stays quite a bit cooler. Mammoth Area Rock Climbs is your comprehensive key to the inside scoop of this Eastern Sierra gem. Speaking of Eastern Sierra, this is the second volume of Marty Lewis' 4 volume set to the region. Check out some other titles like Owens River Gorge and The Good, the Great, and the Awesome.

    Areas featured

    • Rock Creek
    • Way Lake
    • Bear Crag
    • Clark Canyon
    • Deadman Summit
    • Tioga Cliff
    Marty Lewis has been climbing at Owens River Gorge since 1989. During this time, he has climbed many of the routes there, and even established a few of them himself. He runs Maximus Press, and publishes several other guidebooks in the local area, as well as around California. He lives near Bishop with wife Sharon, and a couple of canine friends.

    Details

    • Mammoth Area Rock Climbs
    • 2014 Maximus Press
    • by Marty Lewis
    • 374 full-color pages
    • 9780982498828
  • Sale!

    About the book

    Maple Canyon in central Utah is one of the most popular summer sport-climbing destinations in the USA. Its steep walls of unique cobbled conglomerate provide quality pitches for climbers of all abilities, with some of the most enjoyable climbing anywhere. Throw in convenient camping and plenty of shade crags and you have yourself a fine summer haunt. One of our oldest titles, Maple Canyon Rock Climbs provides a "best of" guide to more than 400 routes from 5.4 to 5.14c, with great action shots and colorful maps. Catch it now at its sale price!

    Details

    • Maple Canyon Rock Climbs
    • 2012 Wolverine Publishing
    • by Dave Pegg, Sibylle Hechtel, and Josh Holmes
    • 132 full-color pages
    • 9780982615492
  • About the book

    Joshua Tree Bouldering is the definitive bouldering guide to one of Earth’s great playgrounds of stone — Joshua Tree National Park. At close to 500 pages, this book is fat! The sheer size and complexity of Joshua Tree’s granite mazes is mind-boggling: 30 square miles of rock piles, hundreds of formations — and countless boulders. For those seeking the thrill of exploration and a lifetime of bouldering, Joshua Tree is ad infinitum. This is the most comprehensive book available on Joshua Tree bouldering, documenting more than 2000 problems. Josh is one of the cradles of American bouldering, with historic 1960s problems put up by the wild and crazy Desert Rats Uninhibited, through serious Stonemaster classics of the 1970s and ’80s, to outrageous V-double-digit testpieces by the likes of Rob Mulligan, Chris Lindner, Chris Sharma, and Keenan Takahashi. Come try your hand at some of California’s best and most famous boulder problems, including White Rastafarian (V2), Slashface (V3), Lynn Hill Memorial Face Problem (V4), Stem Gem (V4), JBMFP (V5), So High (V5), Scatterbrain (V6), Planet X (V6), Streetcar Named Desire (V6). Pumping Monzonite (V7), Caveman (V7),  Dark Matter (V9), Iron Curtain (V11), and Iron Resolution (V13). Plus the town of Joshua Tree is really cool, loved by climbers from around the world. Check out this online guide for a peek into the attractions of the town.

    Areas covered

    • Lost Horse
    • JBMF
    • Real Hidden Valley
    • Hidden Valley Campground
    • The Outback
    • Asteroid Belt
    • Echo Tee
    • Barker Dam
    • Planet X
    • Cap Rock
    • Ryan Campground
    • Hall of Horrors
    • The Underground
    • Geology Tour Road
    • Indian Cove
    • … and more!

    Joshua Tree Bouldering Features

    • 2000+ problems
    • Premium, sewn binding
    • Problems color-coded by difficulty
    • Photos of almost all boulder problems
    • Inspiring action photography
    • Artsy and accurate maps
    • Camping beta
    • Detailed bouldering history

    About the author

    Robert Miramontes first visited Joshua Tree National Park in the mid 1980s and began a life-long obsession with climbing and bouldering. His love of the park inspired the cultivation of another passion — photography — and combining these passions led to the creation of this book. Robert has now written six books for the area, including this one, as well as the Wolverine titles Joshua Tree Rock Climbs and Joshua Tree National Park: The Insider’s Guide. He lives near the Park with his wife Christina, also a climber, and daughter Alexandra.

    Details

    • Joshua Tree Bouldering, 2nd edition
    • 2016 Wolverine Publishing
    • by Robert Miramontes
    • 484 full-color pages
    • 9781938393266
  • 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

    Jackson Falls in Southern Illinois is an unlikely gem. Situated in a quiet portion of the Shawnee National Forest, this area hosts 450+ routes on some fantastic sandstone, and there is even a few good boulder problems scattered about. Jackson Falls: A Guide to Southern Illinois' Best Kept Secret is your indispensable guide to every route, bar none. With plenty of action photography to keep you psyched and easy-to-use maps to get you where you need to go, plus all the local beta, this book will make your trip to this Midwest locale as smooth as can be. Now you can focus on the best part: the climbing!

    About the author

    Yusuf Daneshyar was born and raised in nearby St. Louis, MO and was introduced to climbing in 2004. He spent most of his formative climbing years at Jackson Falls. Eventually he traveled around to plenty of other climbing areas, which only validated his opinion that the best sport climbing in the country could be found in a little canyon in Southern Illinois.

    Details

    • Jackson Falls
    • 2014 Brayackmedia Publishing
    • by Yusuf Daneshyar
    • 264 full-color pages
    • 9780990782100
  • *** Just a few dozen copies left!!!***

    About the book

    Grayson Highlands State Park in SW Virginia is a hidden gem. Steep boulders lie hidden throughout the park, providing curious boulderers with ample opportunities for great problems. The rock is metamorphic, and most problems are characterized by incut crimps, providing a bit of respite from the more typical slopes sandstone to be found in the Southeast. Grayson Highlands also offers the southern climber a chance at decent conditions (but admittedly far from perfect) in the summer, sitting at a higher elevation than elsewhere. Grayson Highlands Bouldering is the definitive guide, featuring 350 problems and written by the definitive local, Aaron Parlier.

    Features

    • 350 problems
    • 150 color photos
    • "best of" tick lists
    • handy local beta
    Find updates to the guidebook here.

    About the author

    Aaron Parlier is a true Grayson Highlands local, having grown up down the road from the boulders. His uncle took him climbing at the young age of 6, and he has gravitated to rock ever since. After a stint in the Army, Aaron studied Natural Resource Management at Virginia Tech, and he used this background to develop and promote climbing at Grayson. He estimates he has spent 1200 volunteer hours at Grayson since 2010. Aaron would like to thank his parents and family for their constant support, and also the employees of Grayson Highlands State Park for being so welcoming to the climbing community.

    Details

    • Grayson Highlands Bouldering
    • 2013 Brayackmedia Publishing
    • by Aaron Parlier
    • 160 full-color pages
    • 9780615705682
  • 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

    The very best climbs in the High Sierra, according to iconic climber Peter Croft. He has hand picked and described in detail his favorite climbs in a region that boasts some of the cleanest granite that you'll find anywhere. Sprinkled throughout the text are interesting personal anecdotes and insider's beta. The first edition covered 40 of the top climbs. This 2nd edition has even more. How could you go wrong with The Good, the Great, and the Awesome?

    Areas featured

    • Whitney Region
    • Palisades
    • Bishop High Country
    • Tuolumne Meadows
    • The Incredible Hulk
    • Roadside Cragging

    About the author

    Peter Croft needs little introduction, being a longtime icon in the sport. Perhaps most famous for his daring first free solo of Yosemite's famed Astroman, he has spent the last twenty years climbing in the Eastern Sierra. He lives in Bishop with his wife, Karine.

    Details

    • The Good, the Great, and the Awesome
    • 2016 Maximus Press
    • by Peter Croft
    • 304 full-color pages
    • 9780982498835

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