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The Red Rocks of Southern Nevada

This is the original Red Rock climbers' guide by Joanne Urioste. When it was first published in 1984, it had a bright red cover and therefore came to be known as the "Red Book." You will still hear old-timers referring to it by that name. The current edition has a white cover, but contains the complete text and illustrations from the original. It has over 250 pages of classic routes. Many of the climbs are interesting traditional routes not described in any other guidebooks. With its wealth of information and historical significance, this is a "must-own" book for every serious Red Rock climber.
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Supertopo: Red Rocks Climbing

The Supertopo guidebook by Greg Barnes, "Red Rocks Climbing," is an outstanding choice for the visiting climber. The book addresses only two or three hundred routes, but they are all top quality. The coverage is detailed, complete, and accurate. The route beta is there, of course, but there are also thorough explanations of the approach, descent, and history. Although the focus is mainly on traditional classics, there are enough short routes and sport climbs to keep the out-of-towner busy even on relaxed days. Available in both a print and an e-book version at the Supertopo website.
Rock Climbing Photo: Rock Climbing Red Rocks (3rd Edition)

Rock Climbing Red Rocks (3rd Edition)

Todd Swain/ Falcon Books

"Rock Climbing Red Rocks" by Todd Swain provides over 400 pages documenting more than 1100 climbing routes. The book includes a full range of all types of climbs throughout Red Rock Canyon, but it is especially noteworthy for its extensive listing of sport climbs in the Calico Hills and Sandstone Quarry areas.
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Red Rock Canyon - The Red Book Supplement

"Red Rock Canyon - The Red Book Supplement" is Joanne Urioste's 2003 update to her original guidebook. If you are running out of big adventurous climbs this book will give you material for a few more seasons!
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Red Rock Odyssey

Red Rock Odyssey, by Larry DeAngelo and Bill Thiry, is a different kind of book. Partly a select guide, partly a treasury of history and anecdote, partly a celebration of the contemporary experience, and partly an impressive photo book, there is much here to enhance the experience of any Red Rock climber. Highly recommended! Get it here.
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Red Rock Canyon: A Climbing Guide

"Red Rock Canyon - A Climbing Guide," by Roxanna Brock and Jared McMillen is the most recent (2005) addition to the comprehensive guidebook category. Lots of routes and some good photos give this book the broadest coverage currently available in a print guide. Check it out at
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Hiking Las Vegas

"Hiking Las Vegas" by Branch Whitney is a different kind of guide. The information here is on the non-technical terrain. If you want detailed information on approaches or descents, or are looking for some good hikes for those days when you are resting the tendons, this is the book for you. The author has wandered through an amazing array of scrambles and hiking routes, and detailed them painstakingly for the reader. Check out the Hiking Las Vegas website for info on the book, and lots of other good stuff.
Rock Climbing Photo: Red Rocks - A Climber's Guide, by Jerry Handren

Red Rocks - A Climber's Guide

Jerry Handren's 2007 book, "Red Rocks - A Climber's Guide," has set a new standard for Red Rocks guidebooks. The book covers thousands of routes, both trad and sport. Several hundred have never been included in previous guides. It is printed in full color, and the high quality of the photographs is enough to make the book as worthy of a place on the coffee table as in the climber's pack. Check out the details or buy your copy at
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Southern Nevada Bouldering

The bouldering guide to complement Handren's route guide. Southern Nevada Bouldering (2010) describes over 2000 problems in full detail with high quality color photographs of nearly every boulder. The guide covers a vast array of as-yet unpublished areas as well as the popular spots such as Kraft and Red Springs. This book is fast becoming the de facto standard for bouldering guides through its in-depth information, detailed maps, extensive history section, and overview of the natural environment of southern Nevada. For more information, pictures, video, and purchasing see
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Vegas Bouldering

By Seth Robinson / Wolverine

Vegas Bouldering starts where other climbing guidebooks to Vegas stop — with the boulders! Lit up with stunning action photographs, this color guide covers the classic bouldering at the Kraft Boulders and Calico Basin as well as the insider beta on a wealth of previously undocumented bouldering in Red Rocks, Mount Charleston, and Big Sandy. Grab your crashpad, because you'll be amazed by the bouldering in Las Vegas.
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Islands in the Sky

Dan McQuade, Randy Leavitt,Mick Ryan/Rock Fax

Although dated this covers the goods for La Madre Range, Mount Charleston, Mount Potosi, Clark Mountain, VRG and much more. Detailed topos and action photos throughout
Rock Climbing Photo: Book's cover from seller's website.

Bouldering Lake Tahoe - South and East Shore Edition

Dave Hatchett, Jon Thompson and Frank Lucido / K. Daniels Publishing

From the publisher's website: "This is a comprehensive, two volume, guide covering every pebble that has been wrestled on the south and east shores of Tahoe. Some of the areas included are: Phantom Spires, Lovers Leap, Benwood Meadows, Flagpole Peak, The Beavers, Luther Pass, Burnside Lake, Kirkwood, The Pieshop, The Zephrys, Incline Village and much more. It has full color photos of all the boulders, topos, overview maps, breathtaking photography and everything else you need to get you to the boulders.This book is written by local climbing pioneers Dave Hatchett, Jon Thompson and Frank Lucido, so you can be assured the info will be accurate and up-to-date."
Rock Climbing Photo: Book cover from seller's website.

Locals Guide to Rock Climbs of North Tahoe

John Jackson (2011) Camp 4 Press ISBN-13: 9780615440668

John Jackson, CAMP 4 PRESS, 2011

From the publisher's website: "The only comprehensive guidebook for all climbing routes located in the North Tahoe and greater Reno and Carson City Region. Over 1,200 routes, including more than 700 previously undocumented climbs and many formerly obscure crags. Full page color photos, with route overlays, for every cliff and route. Includes a section on the extensive climbing history of the North Lake Tahoe Region, with vintage photos, as well as first ascent information for all routes. Also directs climbers to select bouldering areas (Not a bouldering guide though) throughout the region. 60+ crags, 476 pages. "

Nevada areas covered include:
Truckee River Canyon
East Shore Lake Tahoe Crags
Reno and Carson City Region (Including Carson City Prison Hill and Iron Butte)
Pyramid Lake Region (Including Pig Rock Area)

Welcome to Purgatory (free PDF guide)

Todd Paige, Tom Herbert and Evan Smith

This is currently available as a free PDF through SuperTopo. It covers several bouldering areas in the Reno area: the Purgatory Boulders, Family Boulders, several Pyramid Highway areas and the Fort Sage Boulders.
Rock Climbing Photo: The cover of the Rainbow Canyon guide book, from t...

Rainbow Canyon

Michelle Locatelli

Rainbow Canyon, a climbing guide, published by Michelle Locatelli, one of the area's route developers.

She shared this about the canyon and guide: "All the routes are named and each has a great story to go with its first ascent. We put much sweat and money into the project, hoping to create a peaceful area for locals. So we resisted putting out a guide book. The area was also a sensitive riparian corridor before the big flood and we thought it best to keep it low key. We have had problems with plagiarism (some just trying to make a buck), false info and taking of credit where it wasn't due by some visitors to the cliffs. So at long last we have decided to put together a correct guide for Rainbow. The area is very special; a great mixture of cracks and chimneys, superb technical face climbing and awesome aretes. Please enjoy the routes, keep the place clean and spend some money in nearby Caliente while you're there."

This is the first edition of the guide from 2008. A second edition is planned as of 2015 but is still in progress.
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Lamoille Canyon (current edition sold out as of 2015)

Jim Wise, Ken Hirst and Bob Hicken / Nevada Rock Climbing

A climber's guide to Lamoille Canyon and surrounding areas.
Rock Climbing Photo: Xavier Wasiak's photo of Jim's guide book cover.

Keyhole Canyon of Southern Nevada

James Lybarger
Keyhole Canyon of Southern Nevada, a Rock Climber's Guide Book, by Jim Lybarger.

This is available at the Keyhole Classic, but does anyone know if it can be had elsewhere?

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