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The Climbers Guide to Squamish

The Climbers Guide to Squamish



Kevin McLane / Elaho Press (2005)
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This book is a comprehensive guide to all the rock climbs of Squamish, British Columbia.

  • Softcover, 552 pages, black-and-white photos
  • Presents scores of climbs in such areas as the sea cliffs South of Murrin, the crags of Murrin Park and the Shannon Falls-Papoose cliffs
  • Also includes the Malamute granite dome, the Smoke Bluffs crags and, the centerpiece of the guide, The Chief
  • Provides maps, routes, ratings and a wealth of other valuable information
Squamish Select

Squamish Select



Marc Bourdon / Quickdraw Publications (2004)
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Climbing guide to bouldering, sport and traditional climbing of the Squamish area of British Columbia.

  • Softcover; 260 pages; maps, black-and-white photos with route overlays
  • Guide covers bouldering, sport climbing, select traditional climbs and select multi-pitch climbs in the area
  • Covers the area from Murrin Park to Squamish and all the way north past Whistler to Pemberton
Squamish Bouldering

Squamish Bouldering



Marc Bourdon & Scott Tasaka / Quickdraw Publications (2003)
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Always known as a world-class granite climbing area, Squamish is now rightfully considered Canada's premier bouldering destination.

  • Softcover; 284 pages; black-and-white photographs, maps and route overlays
  • Squamish is not a one-dimensional destination, and no traveling boulderer should leave disappointed
  • Whether you like moderates, desperates, roofs, slabs, highball or lowballs, no climber should be lacking
Thailand a climbing guide, Sam Lightner Jr.

Thailand: a climbing guide



Sam Lightner Jr, the Mountaineers Books First Edition 2005
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  • More than 350 sport routes, rated 1-5 stars for their appeal
  • Up-to-date post-tsunami information
  • Information on Thai history, culture, and geology, along with useful Thai language phrases

This new guide contains everything climbers need to make the most of Thailand, both on the rock and off. You'll find information on local transportation, lodging, sightseeing, guide schools, and gear shops, as well as how to preserve your gear from the wear and tear of warm salt water breezes, and much more. Most routes located on the Phra Nang Peninsula; also includes Koh Phi Phi, Chiang Mai, Laos and Andaman Sea locations.

Provides information on transportation, lodging, sightseeing, guide schools, gear shops and much more
www.thailandclimbingguide.com

100% of the profits from sales of Sam's guidebook goes toward the rebolting effort done in conjunction with the American Safe Climbing Association (ASCA)
Rock Climbing in Northern Thailand

Rock Climbing in Northern Thailand



Josh Morris and Khaetthaleeya Uppakham, Nopburee Press copyright 2004
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  • Provides up-to-date information on Crazy Horse Buttress plus over 120 routes on 14 different buttresses
  • Offers travel tips on getting to Thailand, plus recommends hotels, guesthouses, restaurants, and bars
  • To help you connect to the culture, includes Thai culture guide, useful Thai language phrases and a list of Thai holidays and festivals
Climbing in Thailand

Climbing in Thailand



Wee Changrua and Elke Schmitz, Third edition 2006
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  • 220 pages. 100 climbing areas.
  • Over 80 easy-to-read topo maps.
  • Covers all of Railey and Ton Sai in Krabi over 50 areas.
  • Post-tsunami update on Ko Phi Phi.
  • NEW: Chapter on Deep Water Soloing.
  • All climbing areas in Laos and sidetrips in Malaysia.
  • Route recommendations for every grade level.
  • Indicates recently rebolted routes.
  • All you need to know before you go.


King Climbers route guide book

King Climbers: Route guide book



Somporn Suebhait(King), 5th Edition 2004
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Up to date and comprehensive guide book on rock climbing in Thailand. It includes Railay, Krabi and Phi Phi areas. Plus pretty colour pictures, useful top tips on surviving Thailand, and miscellaneous trivia. With over 700 routes it'll keep you busy for years.
The Whole Enchilada, A Climber's Guide to Potrero Chico, Mexico, by Dane Bass.

The Whole Enchilada -- A Climber's Guide to Potrero Chico, Mexico



Dane Bass, Puma Press, February 2007, 248 pages.
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This is the latest and greatest comprehensive guide to Potrero Chico, hot off the press on February 20, 2007. Lots of useful introductory information about the area, driving in Mexico, bringing your pets, where to stay, where to eat, where to get help, etc. Includes information on more than 500 routes.

Lots of maps and photos with route lines drawn in to help you find your way around and get on the right route. A zero-to-three-star quality rating system will help you identify the classic climbs.

Unfortunately, the guide wasn't proofread very well and there are lots of typos and spelling errors, but that's not a serious problem.

If you only buy one Potrero Chico guide, this is the one to have.

Available for $26.95 at Posada's Restaurant: www.elpotrerochico.com.mx. Available on-line at www.potrerokrew.com.
Central BC Rock

Central BC Rock



Lyle Knight, Elaho Publishing
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Now a little out-of-date, but still the essential reference for the BC interior areas such as Yak Peak, Kelowna, and all the smaller crags that deserve attention but don't quite have the same draw as Skaha.
Scrambles in Southwest British Columbia

Scrambles in Southwest British Columbia



Matt Gunn
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A well put together guide to scrambling routes on many BC peaks.
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Alpine Select: Climbs in Southwest British Columbia & Northern Washington



Kevin McLane, Elaho Publishing
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As the title lays out, this is a book of select alpine climbs mainly in BC, but also a few in Washington. The book is interesting for being divided into a section covering all of the approaches and another covering all of the climbs. McLane writes to a high standard and this book is no exception.

There are some fairly accessible day climbs in here as well as some monsters. Would you believe that there's a 37 pitch rock route only a few hours from Vancouver?
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Whistler Rock Climbs



Elaho
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Covers the crags from just north of Squamish to north of Whistler with McLane's usual excellent quality.
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Skaha Rockclimbs



Howie Richardson, Elaho Publishing
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Your essential reference for Skaha. Don't forget, however, that access has changed significantly as of 2007, so check with up-to-date sources rather than going by what this book has to say.
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Bugaboo Rock: A Climbing Guide, 2nd Edition



Randall Green and Joe Bensen, The Mountaineers Books
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One of two Bugaboos guide books published in 2003.
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The Bugaboos - One of the World's Great Alpine Rockclimbing Centres



Chris Atkinson and Marc Piché, Eleho Publishing
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One of two Bugaboos guide books published in 2003.
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Rock Climbing in Snowdonia



Paul Williams - Frances Lincoln New Ed edition (July 19, 2006)
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Even though it's a select there's a big collection of routes in this guide, and not just the total classics - more than enough for a climber making a vacation visit. Due to space constraints the descriptions are not as colorful as the individual guidebooks, but it's great value.

A must have for anyone interested.

Paul Williams was a well-known rock climber and mountain photographer. He died at the age of 49 in a climbing accident on Froggatt Edge in 1995.
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The Mountain Men



Alan Hankinson - out of print do a web search.
I love this book.

Here's a review by Colin Wells of On The Edge Magazine (posted at planetFear.com):

What’s the gist?
Eccentric elements of the late Victorian & Edwardian bourgeoisie invent mad new British sport one drizzly Easter bank holiday. It involves slimy gullies, waxed moustaches, Meerschaum pipes, and standing on each others’ shoulders in a manfully, but vaguely homo-erotic way. Rock climbing is born!
Are they any good?
In other hands, the narrative could have been as dry as a gentleman’s snuff box but ex-ITN newshound Hankinson employs his journalistic skills to great effect, bringing the landscape and the characters of the protean Edwardian climbing scene come alive as if it were but yesterday. The Mountain Men recalls the hard nuts who grappled with the Welsh volcanic battlements of Snowdonia, which is both educational and entertaining.
Costa Daurada by Mark Glaister and Emma Medara <br />

Costa Daurada



by Mark Glaister and Emma Medara Rockfax
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Costa Daurada is a select book covering the crags of the Sierra del Prades, including Siurana. This book is far from comprehensive, but with nearly 200 routes, it probably has enough to keep most folks busy for a short vacation, and is a better option than the spartan & expensive local guide. This book offers star ratings, text descriptions (for some of the routes) & photographs, unlike the local guide, which states only the name & grade of each route. As a Rockfax guide, it is entirely in English.

Unfortunately the guide is rather out of date (published in 2002), and omits several excellent crags, most noteably La Siuranella, El Cargol, & L'Isabel. This book is intended for international travelers, and therefore offers some useful travel beta. A good choice for the budget-minded traveler planning to visit multiple crags, or only planning a few days at Siurana.
Rock Climbing Europe by Stewart Green

Rock Climbing Europe



Stewart Green, Falcon Guides
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Rock Climbing Europe is the perfect starting point for Americans on their way to Europe. The book is far from comprehensive, so ensure that your destination is included before laying out $40 or so. If your destination is included, expect explicit, robust, American-style route descriptions (a rarity in European guides) & photo-topos, all prefaced with a good deal of "Lonely Planet"-style traveler information. The book also follows the Falcon Guide system of providing tips on lodging/camping and where to find amenities in the local area. The book is encyclopedic is size, so you may want to xerox the key sections if you're going for a short trip.
Europe Sport Vertical

Europe - Sport Vertical



By David Atchison-Jones, Jingo Wobbly Publishing
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This is an overview book that sets out to list every single crag on the European continent a la Tim Toula's "Rock N' Road". Intended for a broad audience of various languages, the book uses an absurdly complex assortment of symbols & numbers to "describe" each crag without the use of text. The book is in full color, with plentiful glossy photos of various crags. This isn't a guidebook in the classic sense, but it can be a good way to learn about the locations & raw statistics of the multitude of little known crags in Europe. The book indicates number of routes, height of cliff, length of approach, sun exposure, and relative quality for more than 2600 sport, bouldering & alpine crags. The book also points you in the direction of the pertinent local guidebooks. Its a nice reference book, but probably not too useful once you're on the road. Set it on the coffee table or near your procelain throne for a few minutes of inspiration when the local weather is bad.
Rock N Road by Tim Toula.

Rock N Road



Tim Toula, Falcon Publishing
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Rock N Road: An Atlas of North American Climbing Areas, is a comprehensive listing of every chunk of protruding stone on the continent. This is not a typical guidebook: there are no topos or route descriptions and only a few photos. Instead, the atlas provides a paragraph or two on each destination, with quality ratings, stats on number of climbs, and a list of the best routes. This is an essential reference item for those in search of new or less-documented crags.
Aga

"AGA" A Climbing Guide for Okinawa



Emmanuel Eman Lacoste
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Aga
Aga



"AGA" is Okinawa first comprehensive guidebook for rock climbers. Aga is the first English guidebook to any of Japan's climbing destination. The book covers Okinawa, Japan climbing with full route and topos for six of the islands climbing routes and directions to lesser known bouldering and climbing areas around the island 100's of routes listed. Hand Drawn Topos helps climbers identify specific routes.
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Schweiz Extrem West



Filidor
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Areas currently in MP:
Lehn
Lungern
Schillingsflüe

From the author:

In the Fall of 2009, after weeks had passed since the final copies of „Schweiz extrem, Band 1“ were sold out and a re-printing was imminent, I began work on the publication of the updated climbing guidebook which is here newly presented as „Schweiz extrem WEST“. The past months were interesting and educational. Though I was met with many new and invigorating experiences, I had hurdles to overcome as well. The workload behind the publishing of a guidebook of this caliper was unimaginable to me at the time. I also felt an obligation to maintain the same topo publishing standard established by Filidor in the past and continue the diligent research of the areas.
The impressive limestone walls of the Wenden with its annual international draw of so many ambitious climbers from all over the world convinced me to focus on this amazing climbing destination. Over 50 routes (many new since the previous edition) on the Wenden are included here. The Bernese Oberland and The Valais has innumerous sport climbing areas within a small region. Next to the classic and well known areas, new and exciting climbing areas are being discovered and getting developed. “Bolti“, for example, has so many routes to choose from, all with a casual approach time of less than 3 minutes! It takes a bit more time and effort to approach routes like the “Doldophin“ on the impressive SE face of the Doldenhorn, but absolute awesome alpine ambience is guaranteed.
I hope with this new edition of the guidebook in hand, you are inspired for the upcoming climbing season and have a great time climbing. Most importantly, have fun!
Jura

Plaisir Jura



Filidor
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Areas currently in MP:
Balsthal - Brückenwand
Balsthal - Klus
Moutier
Schauenburgflue

Guidebook in German, French, and English. Covers a broad range of the Jura climbs, including some areas in France and Germany.

Valsertal



Panico
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Areas currently in MP:
Zervreilahorn

Very nice book for a relatively small area, the Valstertal region of Grabünden. All alpine (sport)climbing. High-quality book with pre-made topo cards to pull out for specific climbs.
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Gastlosen.ch



Edigast
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A comprehensive guide with very nice combination of photos and drawings to direct you to the right area (and then sub area, and then the peak..)

Plaisir Sud



Filidor
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Areas currently in MP:
Arcegno
Ponte Brolla

Ticino/Tessin and northern Italy sport climbing. I've only used the older edition, but quite decent area topos and easy to decipher. In German/French/Italian.
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Plaisir West



Filidor
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Areas currently in MP:
Eldorado
Gastlosen
Hintisberg
Sanetsch

Sport and alpine climbing in Western Switzerland, from Interlaken to Valais.

Plaisir Ost



Filidor
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Areas currently in MP:
Äscher
Bockmattli
Cheselenflue
Ofen
Melchsee-Frutt
Weesen
Zervreilahorn

Eastern Switzerland sport and alpine climbing for areas predominantly 6b and under.
GLclimbs

GLclimbs



Glclimbs
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Areas currently in MP:
Weesen

A labor of love by Glarner locals. Beautiful photo topos, very useful for figuring out where the heck you are. Focus on the big routes in the Glarner Alps, also with detailed info for sport climbing areas like Weesen and Mettmenalp.

Guidebook



Aris Theodoropoulos / Terrain
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Aris Theodoropoulos has done an astounding job on the guidebook. I'd venture to say it is the best guide I've seen. You can get one in Massouri at many of the climbing and tourist shops. If you want to study it ahead of time go to:
climbkalymnos.com/
Aris is active on the forums and new routes are listed there.
BUY THE BOOK! Leave it on the coffee table, display it in a Argon filled glass case... whatever you want - just buy it.

Whanganui Rock



Len Gillman
Guidebook for Whanganui Bay, Lake Taupo region.

Out of date, but the only one for The Bay

Guidebook "Whanganui Rock" by Len Gillman
Guidebook "Whanganui Rock" by Len Gillman
Tongariro Guidebook

Tongariro: a guide for climbers and ski-mountaineers



Richard Thomson
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Tongariro Guidebook
Tongariro Guidebook

Newfoundland Climbing Guide



Leo van Ulden
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Newfoundland climbing guide for rock and ice.

David Thompson Corridor Guidebook




www.coe.ca/guiding/guides/newroutes.htm

Li Ming Rock



Mike Dobie
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The guidebook documenting the development of Li Ming.

Guide d'escalade du Grand-Morne



Nico & Cie Les éditions La Randonnée

95 pages
Available at MEC, La Cordée and through the FQME

Guide d'escalade en Estrie



Bernard Mailhot Les éditions La Randonnée

Covers:
Mont Pinacle
Lac Larouche (Closed)
Grand Morne
Bistro des Trois Lacs (Closed)
Mont Carré (Closed)
Mont St-Grégoire (Closed)

82 pages

Available at MEC, La Cordée, through the FQME and other climbing stores.

Escalade au Mont-Orford



JIDÉ et Cie Les éditions La Randonnée

Covers:
Parc du Mont Orford
96 pages

Available at MEC, La Cordée, through the FQME and other climbing stores.

North of Superior - Orient Bay Ice Climber's Guide



Shaun Parent - Granite Publishing - 1993
If you can get your hands on a copy of this book you'll be happy!

Parois d'escalade du Saguenay



By: Pierre-Yves Plourde & François-Xavier Garneau Published by: Les Éditions JCL
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ISBN: 978-2-89431-364-0
140 X 216 mm (5,5 X 8,5 po)
434 pages
November 2006

Guide des cascades de glace et voies mixtes au Québec



Stéphane Lapierre et Bernard Gagnon Les éditions La Randonnée


Covers all of Quebec, updates are normally available online on the FQME website, but it seems misplaced for now.
528 pages

Available at MEC, La Cordée, through the FQME and other climbing stores.

Guide d'Escalade de Lanaudière (Roche et Glace)



Jean Claude Néolet (2009)+updates
Available at La Cordée, Montain Equipment Coop or directly from L'Escalade dans Lanaudiere club

Guide des cascades de glace et voies mixtes au Québec



Stéphane Lapierre et Bernard Gagnon Les éditions La Randonnée


Covers all of Quebec, updates are normally available online on the FQME website, but it seems misplaced for now.
528 pages

Available at MEC, La Cordée, through the FQME and other climbing stores.

Guide d'Escalade de Lanaudière (Roche et Glace)



Jean Claude Néolet (2009)+updates
Available at La Cordée, Montain Equipment Coop or directly from L'Escalade dans Lanaudiere club

Escalade de Rocher Weir



Pierre Cornellier 1998
out of print, a few people have photocopies

Val-David, GUIDE DES PAROIS D'ESCALADE



1994, Paul Laperrière et Bernard Poisson Les Editions La Cordée
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old but useful