• About the book

    How does it feel to rock climb - the touch, ethics, companionship, landscape, and language? A Feeling for Rock explores such topics in a clever mix of poetry, cartoons, photographs, essays, and interviews with both lifelong climbers and total beginners. Fun for dipping into or a more immersive read, it will brighten your climbing experience. A Feeling for Rock won the Climbing Literature Award 2021 at Banff Mountain Book Competition. "I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It's thoroughly weird, which is GOOD." - Andrew Bisharat “One of the pleasures of reading this book is you rarely know what Dobner is going to come up with next… If…you too have been wondering where the joy of climbing has gone, I recommend you get yourself a copy of A Feeling for Rock.” - Ian Parnell Read the review by Andrew Bisharat over at Evening Sends here, and the one by Ian Parnell at UKClimbing here.

    Author

    Sarah-Jane Dobner is a devoted climber from Bristol, UK. “Rock climbing has shaped my body, my bookshelves, my home, my holidays, the clothes I wear, the vehicle I drive, how I spend my money and what happens when I die. I am a product of the rock. The dynamic is visceral, spiritual, intellectual and emotional – no area untouched by this curious hobby.” Follow her on Instagram and Facebook @afeelingforrock.

    Details

    • A Feeling for Rock
    • 2021 Dob Dob Dob UK
    • by Sarah Jane Dobner
    • 268 B&W pages
    • 9781838400415
  • 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 Shawangunks — “the Gunks” to most of us — is one of the oldest climbing areas in the US, with a storied history dating back to the 1930s. Located 80 miles north of New York City, it has long been a focal point of rock-climbing culture, and remains a traditional climber’s paradise. There is no shortage of very difficult routes that will challenge the best climbers, but the Gunks is even more famous for its incredible easier climbs. You could spend several seasons exploring made-to-climb cracks, faces, overhangs, and dihedrals without ever venturing beyond the 5.7 grade! Multi-pitch outings abound, and the graded carriage road at the base of the cliffs allows easy strolls to even the most distant ends of the cliff.
    This full-color, ruthlessly researched guide represents the “next generation” of Gunks guidebooks. It covers over 600 routes at the two main cliffs: the Trapps and Near Trapps. Cliff-base photos get you quickly oriented on the ground, and high-resolution aerial images show key features on routes. Detailed area and route descriptions help you find just the right flavor of climb. You’ll spend less time searching, and more time pulling overhangs, plugging cams, and chasing your own piece of history.

    Areas and features

    • Trapps — Keyhole to Slime Wall (21 sectors)
    • Near Trapps — right end to Workout Wall (3 sectors)
    • Aerial cliff photos
    • Cliff-base photos
    • Trailhead-locator photos
    • Helpful sector summaries for choosing where to climb 
    • Action photography from past and present eras
    • Detailed regional and climbing history
    • Biographical essays of 10 famed Gunks climbers
    • Graded list of routes
    Looking for more? Gunks Bouldering describes over 600 boulder problems.

    Authors

    Andy Salo grew up outside Rochester, New York, and began climbing at age 14. He first visited the Gunks soon after, and moved there full time in 2004. Andy’s hard Gunks first ascents are local lore, including Brozone (5.14a), Over the Moon (5.13c), Fire Gild (5.13c R), Corkscrew Roof (V12), Chaotic Stability (V10), and Ideas Are Bulletproof (V10). Having recently relocated to Burlington, VT, he’s super proud of this project and is forever grateful to the Gunks. He is also author of Gunks Bouldering. Christian Fracchia grew up in Glens Falls, New York. A lifelong climber with 36 years of Gunks experience, he spent his formative years climbing rock and ice in the Gunks, Catskills, Adirondacks, and White Mountains before settling in New Paltz in 2000. A high-school physics teacher, Christian has also devoted his summers to climbing around the world, most recently spending his time in the Dolomites of Italy. He is the author and creator of Gunks Apps. His notable Gunks first ascents include The Zoomulator (5.12a), Word of Mouth (5.12b), Indiana Jones (5.12a X), Future Shock Direct (5.12c R/X) in the Trapps, and The Past Recaptured (5.12a), at Millbrook, his favorite Gunks cliff. An architect and designer by education, Eric Ratkowski grew up in Detroit, Michigan, and has climbed in the Gunks for 14 years, guiding professionally for 6 of those. His community contributions include editing for the AAC’s Accidents in North American Climbing and working as a ranger at the Mohonk Preserve. Eric has climbed in eight countries and four continents. He’s climbed and guided at a hundred different areas in the United States, and claims to have “never climbed anything of note.”

    Details

    • Gunks Climbing
    • 2021 Wolverine Publishing
    • by Andy Salo, Christian Fracchia, and Eric Ratkowski 
    • 468 full-color pages
    • 9781938393389
  • About the book

    The most beautiful Sierra book ever? Inside the High Sierra is a meticulously produced coffee-table book that will delight anyone who loves the High Sierra, fine-art-outdoor photography, or beautiful books in general. The landscape photography featured here is on par with the very best we have ever seen. Behold the crowning achievement of a climber and photographer who spent most of his life hunting beauty in California’s most iconic mountain range. Hard-bound in linen on the outside, with 55 full-color plates printed on Japanese archival paper on the inside. There is also plenty to read here: in addition to stories and extensive notes on the images by the author, the book features diverse and insightful contributed essays by Joseph Holmes, Michael Cohen, Laurel Fiddler, Peter Croft, Dick Dorworth, and a foreword by Thomas Hornbein. The author's website has a thorough preview of the book, as well as critical acclaim, reviews, and words about Claude and his artistic process. In Claude's words: The work invites viewers to behold visions of wonder from this world, but more to explore what is touched within. We come to sense the majesty of the world doesn’t come only up exhausting mountain trails but waits for us also within our own luminous space of attentive awareness.

    Praise

    Inside the High Sierra is a luminous glimpse into what Claude Fiddler calls a “…restless uncertainty that I was in an unfamiliar reality.” His photographs are exquisitely crafted, in turns as subtle or as dramatic as they should be. They express an infatuation with the outer and inner landscapes he’s spent a lifetime exploring. So, too, do the essays that accompany this visual banquet. “I could see Half Dome and the beach at Tenaya Lake where I grew up swimming,” writes Fiddler’s daughter, Lauren. “This could be enough, I thought.” Would that we were all able to so directly experience the acute love of place celebrated in this sumptuous book.  — Michael Kennedy, Former Publisher and Editor of Climbing Magazine

    Loving a place is easy; capturing its essence is something else entirely. In this gorgeous book, Fiddler reveals the wonders of light, highlighting the Sierra’s many textures and moods. His photographs offer a decades-long study in paying attention, one stunning, thoughtfully conceived frame at a time. The essays that accompany the images, from harrowing climbing tales to meditations on the properties of granite, give voice to the transformative and ultimately fragile nature of this landscape.

    — Caroline VanHemert, author of The Sun is a Compass

    Author

    Since the 1970s and before he became a renowned photographer, Claude Fiddler was a prominent figure in the Sierra climbing community, with high-standard first ascents in Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows and the High Sierra. He has co-authored a climbing guidebook to the range, and worked for many years as a ski patroller and mountain guide. He still lives at the foot of the mountains, with his wife and adventure partner Nancy.

    Details

    • Inside the High Sierra
    • 2021 Claude Fiddler
    • By Claude Fiddler
    • 156 pages, 10 x 12 inches
    • 978-1-938393-39-6
  • About the book

    The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is the newest destination on the East Coast national park tour. It's also one of the worthiest, with dramatic scenery and so much for visitors to do. Local-born author Amanda Ashley knows the area intimately, and has put together an indispensable guidebook for anyone visiting the New River Gorge National Park. Robert Legg's colorful photography illustrates the beautiful, fun, and informative guide. Looking for a a relaxed day in town, or a thrilling whitewater raft trip? A hike to a beautiful overlook or a driving tour to a historic mining town? This guide has you covered no matter how much time you have or how much adventure you're looking for.

    Features

    • Packed with color photos
    • 17 color maps help you find your way
    • Info on each of the Visitor Centers
    • Recommended activities
    • Cultural history
    • Natural history
    • Festival and event information
    • Local businesses
    • Lodging and dining recommendations

    About the authors

    Amanda and Robert are siblings and lifelong residents of the New River Gorge. Adventure gypsies at heart, they’ve explored this area since before they could walk — and once they could, well, they went everywhere in the park. From driving up and down the gorge before the New River Gorge Bridge was built, to the early days of rafting, they’ve seen the area grow and change and blossom. They’ve camped on the river, climbed the cliffs, hiked and biked the trails, run the rapids of the New River, and know how to best experience all of it. Together and separately they’ve gone on adventures around the globe and both appreciate that it’s the intersection of people and place that makes traveling to a new destination so rewarding and fun.

    Details

    • New River Gorge National Park & Preserve Visitor's Guide
    • 2022 Wolverine Publishing
    • by Amanda Ashley and Robert Legg
    • 116 full color pages
    • 978-1-938393-433
    For a quick list of ideas to do in a few hours at the New River Gorge National Park, check out this article. Looking for more in-depth guidebooks? Hiking and Biking in the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve covers the excellent trails at the New River Gorge. If rock climbing is your thing, check out the two volume set, New River Rock Volume 1 and New River Rock Volume 2 for comprehensive coverage of climbing at the New.
  • 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 the book

    Rifle Mountain Park is one of America's best sport-climbing areas, especially for harder grades. The canyon's limestone cliffs have more than 500 established rock climbs, including some of the most difficult in America. Climbers come from all over the world to challenge themselves on the steep, gymnastic routes. But the canyon is much more than just a crucible for the sport's elite. Rifle rock climbing also features plenty of easier fare, suitable for novices and intermediates. Looking for a dense concentration of 5.13 and 5.14 lines? Check. Or is 5.10 your limit? Check — you'll find good routes at that level, too. No matter what grade you climb, you'll appreciate the unique style of movement produced by the blocky limestone, with sidepulls, slopers, laybacks, and kneebars. Combine this spread of great sport climbs with easy access and amazing camping and you have one of the most convenient climbing destinations anywhere. Rifle: A Climber's Guide, now in its 4th edition, celebrates the climbs, climbers, natural beauty, and vibrant scene of Rifle. Learn about the flora and fauna, as well as the cast of characters responsible for the routes. Learn how to kneebar, and how to have fun falling off your project 100 times! And while you're at it, enjoy the great photography from some of the country's best-known shooters. $1 from the sale of each book goes to the Rifle Climbers' Coalition, a volunteer group that maintains Rifle bolts and anchors. When in Rifle, be sure to check out the hot springs in nearby Glenwood Springs. Nothing like a good soak to ease weary muscles on a rest day.

    Book features

    • all new beta photos and new easier-to-use layout
    • handy color-coded grades for quick reference
    • wonderfully colorful and quirky descriptions
    • over 100 new climbs since the last edition
    • essays from pioneers such as Mike Pont, George Squibb, and young guns like Margo Hayes

    About the author

    Darek Krol sadly passed away in December 2020, at the age of 57, just days after handing off completed drafts of this guide. A native of Poland, he immigrated to Boulder, CO in 1997. He established over 30 routes in the canyon (and ticked 400 overall), and as the de-facto chief climbing steward of the area became known as "mayor of Rifle." Beyond climbing, Darek was a wonderful human being to be around. He made everyone feel known and important, and Rifle feels a little bit colder without his presence. Darek is survived by his "Noble Wife," Anita, and their daughter, Nina.

    Details

    • Rifle: A Climber's Guide (4th edition)
    • 2021 Wolverine Publishing
    • by Darek Krol
    • 304 full-color pages
    • 9781938393419
     

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