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Rock Climbing Photo: Rock Climbing Joshua Tree (2nd edition)

Rock Climbing: Joshua Tree



Randy Vogel (2000) Falcon Guides
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Randy Vogel's Joshua Tree guidebook is getting a bit dated (this 2nd edition was published in 2000), but it still remains a comprehensive guide to the world famous area and works perfectly well for getting you to the numerous classics of the area.

Rock Climbing Joshua Tree, 2nd (Regional Rock Climbing Series) Paperback – September, 2000
Rock Climbing Photo: The book cover

The Trad Guide to Joshua Tree - 60 favorites climbs from 5.5 to 5.9



Charlie & Diane Winger
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The Trad Guide to Joshua Tree was written especially for moderate climbers looking for fun routes. It contains detailed maps, directions, and photos for locating each of 60 favorite rock climbs, sun/shade info, descent instructions, and pro suggestions. There is a large, full-color photo of every route, plus other photos showing details of the approach for the more complex areas.
Rock Climbing Photo: Cover of Joshua Tree West

Joshua Tree West : Quail Springs to Hidden Valley Campground



Randy Vogel (2006) Falcon Guides
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The long awaited first installment, of three, to cover the ever popular Joshua Tree National Park. Completely reworked with new maps, new photos, more detailed route descriptions with protection recommendations and tons of new routes. Get your copy and see what you've been missing!
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Cragcam's Guide to Joshua Tree National Park - a DVD



Cragcam Productions LLC
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A trip to Joshua Tree is too big to plan from grainy black and white photos in a travel or climbing guide book. With over 1200 square miles and almost 8000 climbing routes, there's an incredible amount to see and do in Joshua Tree.

Cragcam's guide breaks park activities into three easy to explore sections; Off Rock, On Rock and In Camp. From the main menu you can select the activities you're interested in for planning your visit to the park and avoid wasted drive time or disappointing long approaches. Day hikes, overnight trips, remote desert floor, palm tree oasis, mountain ascents, top rope areas, isolated crags, classic climbs... it's your vacation, what do you want to do?
Rock Climbing Photo: Joshua Tree Rock Climbs

Joshua Tree Rock Climbs



Robert Miramontes/Wolverine Publishing
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A fairly complete select guide with thousands of routes and boulder problems. Full color throughout with detailed maps, action photos and fun lists throughout.
Rock Climbing Photo: Classic Joshua Tree Routes and Bouldering

Classic Joshua Tree Routes and Bouldering



Randy Vogel/K. Daniels Publishing
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A great select book detailing the best of the best with helpful maps, interesting history throughout and much more. The perfect guide for visiting climbers and locals alike.
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Best Climbs Joshua Tree National Park: The Best Sport and Trad Routes in the Park (Best Climbs Series)



Bob Gaines (2011) Falcon Guides ISBN-13: 978-0762770199
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A concise guide to more than 250 quality trad and sport routes with full-color photographs throughout. Perfect for the visiting climber with sun/shade info, GPS coordinates, gear requirements and much more.
Rock Climbing Photo: Book cover thumbnail from Amazon.

Rock Climbing Guide to the Castle Rock Area



Bruce Morris (2007) MorComm Press 0-9650234-1-9
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A good book on the Skyline and Castle Rock areas, expanded again by Bruce Morris to include content from his earlier, more specialized separate guides. This edition includes both roped climbing and bouldering in the whole South Bay area.

Areas Covered..
Castle Rock Area
Skyline Slabs
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Rock Climbing the San Francisco Bay Area



Teresa Black (2002) Falcon Press ISBN: 0-7627-1143-4
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Teresa Black

Areas Covered..
Beaver Street Wall
Castle Rock Area
Cragmont Park
Berkeley
Mickey's Beach
Mount Diablo State Park
Mount St. Helena
Remillard Park
Table Mountain
Ring Mountain
Mount Tamalpais
Sea Crag
Fort Ross
Rock Climbing Photo: From Jim's website.

Bay Area Rock



Jim Thornburg (2015) Potlicker Press
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The 8th edition (September 29, 2015) of Jim's annually updated book covering many climbing spots in San Francisco's immediate area.

Areas Covered..
Beaver Street Wall
Cragmont Park
Sea Crag
Goat Rock
Grizzly Peak Boulders
Berkeley
Mount Diablo State Park
Mickey's Beach
Mount St. Helena
Mount Tamalpais
Panther Beach
Remillard Park
Ring Mountain
Table Mountain
Fort Ross
Lake Temescal Park
Rock Climbing Photo: From the publisher's website.

Bay Area Bouldering



Chris Summit (2007) Supertopo
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Chris's latest Bay Area climbing books are split into bouldering and top ropes.

Areas Covered..
Salt Point State Park
Fort Ross
Goat Rock
Sugarloaf Ridge
Squaw Cliff Area
Twin Coves
Mount St. Helena
Sea Crag
Rock Climbing Photo: From the publisher's website.

Bay Area Top Ropes



Chris Summit, Chris McNamara and Valentine Cullen (2010) Supertopo
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Chris's latest Bay Area climbing books are split into bouldering and top ropes; this is the latter, with coauthors.
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Rock Climbing Lake Tahoe



Mike Carville (1999) Falcon Press ISBN: 1-57540-088-X
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There are tons of routes in this book, and most of his drawings are quite good. Unfortunately, there are many areas that the bolting information is inaccurate. Expect many of the dirt access roads in the guide to be closed to cars, and often this makes the approach times twice as long. This book could use an update, and the South Lake Tahoe book and Big Chief book do an excellent job replacing Carville's book for the areas covered. which is concerning because it was published quite recently.

Areas Covered..
Donner/Truckee
The Emeralds
Truckee River Canyon
Luther Rock
Echo Lakes
Lover's Leap
Phantom Spires
Eagle Creek Canyon
Indian Springs
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South Lake Tahoe Climbing



Chris McNamara (2004) Supertopo ISBN: 0-9672391-7-6
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Chris McNamara and company at Supertopo have put out an excellent book on climbing around the Southern Section of Lake Tahoe. While the topos often leave some things to be desired, the books plethora of pictures picks up the slack.

Areas Covered..
Luther Rock
Echo Lakes
Lover's Leap
Phantom Spires
Wrights Lake
Rock Climbing Photo: Cover photo from the publisher's website.

Locals Guide to Rock Climbs of North Tahoe



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

California areas covered include:
Crystal Bay Boulder
Donner/Truckee
Indian Springs
Rainbow
Trippy Rock
Truckee River Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Cover photo from the publisher's website.

Bouldering Lake Tahoe - South and East Shore Edition



Dave Hatchett, Jon Thompson and Frank Lucido / K. Daniels Publishing
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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: Cover photo from the publisher's website.

Bouldering Lake Tahoe - North and West Shore Guide



Dave Hatchett / K. Daniels Publishing
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From the publisher's website: "Experience the magic of Lake Tahoe Bouldering.

With the recent discovery of thousands of new problems, Lake Tahoe is now a world class bouldering area. These guides include every pebble that has ever been wrestled in and around Tahoe, with full color photos of all the boulders, topos, overview maps, breathtaking photography and everything else needed to get you to the boulders. Tahoe has 5000+ problems which range from novice to expert on many different rock types. It is one of the few places on earth where you can boulder year round in a beautiful mountain setting."

Climber's Guide to Lake Tahoe and Donner Summit (out of print)



Eric Beck (1973) Tahoe City Parks and Recreation Department
The original guide to Lake Tahoe climbing documented five 5.10s between the Tahoe Basin and Donner Summit.
Rock Climbing Photo: Cover photo thumbnail from seller's website.

Rock Climbing Tuolumne Meadows: 4th Edition (2006)



Don Reid and Chris Falkenstein (2006) Falcon Guides ISBN-13: 978-0762734283
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Quoted from the back cover:

"Rock Climbing Tuolumne Meadows leads the way to more than 1,000 traditional and sport routes and classic bouldering problems of all degrees of difficulty. Expert climbers Don Reid and Chris Falkenstein share their knowledge of this high-country area, with excellent face and crack climbs on granite domes plus alpine ascents on the surrounding high peaks."
Rock Climbing Photo: Thumbnail of cover from seller's website.

Tuolumne Free Climbs: 2nd Edition (2009)



Barnes, McNamara, Roper / SuperTopo
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From the publisher's website: "Tuolumne Free Climb: 2nd Editions includes twice as many routes as the first edition: over 275 of the best routes in Tuolumne Meadows from 14-pitch trad climbs to one-pitch sport routes."
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Rock Climbing Yosemite's Select



Don Reid (1998) Falcon Guides ISBN-13: 978-1575401157
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A fairly good compilation about Yosemite's "favorite" climbs. Unfortunately, this also usually means that you'll wait in line on most of the lower difficulty climbs. The information in the book is concise and accurate, though often approach information is a little cryptic.
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Yosemite Topropes



Rob Floyd (1999) Sharp End Publishing
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Now you too can bring your kids to the rocks. Floyd takes a unique approach to climbing books, using interesting little icons to represent information from the slope of the climbs to whether or not to bring your children along. An interesting book, though a little bit too small for a climbing region (Yosemite) containing thousands of routes.
Rock Climbing Photo: Book cover thumbnail from seller's website.

Off the Wall: Death in Yosemite



Michael P. Ghiglieri and Charles R. Farabee (2007) Puma Press
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Not a climbing book per se, but full of lovely climbing legends, lore and gore, including some firsthand stories, from a coauthor that did a stint as a ranger in the Valley.
Rock Climbing Photo: Maximus Press website cover image.

A Climber's Guide to the Sonora Pass Highway



Brad Young and Steve Dawson (2013) / Maximus Press
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A Great book describing climbs along highway 108. They have gone to great detail to ensure that their topos are excellent, their information is correct, and their ratings and climbs are fair. A good resource associated with this book is their website which contains many updates to the book, as well as new climbs in the area.

June 2013 - 2nd Edition
ISBN: 978-0-9797421-2-5
Self Published

Brad Young and Steve Dawson / Maximus Press

Areas Covered..
Herring Creek Dome
Table Mountain
Potter's Rock
Road 5N06 Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Cover photo from Amazon.

Classic Rock Climbs No. 18 Castle Crags California



Laird Davis, 1997. Falcon Guides
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A small sampling of routes in the park (there are a lot!). Very useful to have, but a little route-finding is definately necessary!

Areas Covered..
Northeast California
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Climber's Guide Pinnacles National Monument



David Rubine, 1995, 2002. Globe Pequot Press
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Sold online through Amazon at a fair price.

Areas Covered..
Pinnacles National Park
Rock Climbing Photo: Book's cover photo from its (out of stock) Amazon ...

Rock Climbs of Placerville, CA



William H. Cottrell (2003) El Dorado Publishing ISBN 1-891119-03-6
This excellent book describes two areas around Placerville, and is by far the best resource for both areas covered. Excellent overhead views and detailed topos leave little desired, except more pictures perhaps?

Covers two areas: Cosumnes River Gorge and Mosquito Coast.

Areas Covered..
Cosumnes River Gorge
Rock Climbing Photo: Maximus Press' website cover photo.

Big Chief Area Climbs



Marek Hajek (2005) Maximus Press ISBN: 0-9676116-7-9
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A new book for Big Chief, finally answering my rantings on the current published information on Big Chief. This book has it all, photographs of almost all the rocks, excellent topographic information on approaches and wall locations. Edited by Marty Lewis (I know him from his Owens River Gorge books, though he has another on Mammoth Area climbs), this book keeps with his style, which is the more information, the better! This book lacked in only one area: it is so narrowly focused, since there are other walls quite close by.

The Climbing Guide to the Big Chief Area, Lake Tahoe
Marek Hajek, Edited by Marty Lewis
March 2005 - 1st Edition
96 pages - 5.5" x 8.5"
ISBN: 0-9676116-7-9
Maximus Press
Lake Tahoe Area Climbing Guides Vol. 1

Big Chief
Light Deprivation Buttress
Little Chief
Sawtooth Ridge
Rock Climbing Photo: California Central Coast Climbs: San Luis Obispo, ...

California Central Coast Climbing: San Luis Obispo



Tom Slater
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This is the most current guidebook available for San Luis Obispo County. It is available in many small shops around California, including:

Mountain Air Sports
667 Marsh St
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 543-1676
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Rock Climbing Santa Barbara and Ventura



Steve Edwards (2000) Falcon Guide
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From Amazon.com:

"Santa Barbara and Ventura counties have long been known as sublime tourist areas, but the rock climbing and bouldering along the California's south-central coast are just beginning to attract the attention they richly deserve. From the sweeping walls of the Echo Cliffs to the awesome overhangs at the Owl Tor, from classic problems at Painted Cave to the vast boulderfields atop Pine Mountain, the many routes and boulder problems described in this book will appeal to a wide range of tastes and abilities. Written by one of the area's leading activists, Rock Climbing Santa Barbara and Ventura provides first-hand information to more than 50 scenic and uncrowded climbing areas not to be left off your tick-list."
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Sport Climbing in the Santa Monicas



Louie Anderson (2003) Maximus Press
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A rock climbing guide to the Santa Monica Mountains of Southern California. Lavishly illustrated with maps, topos and action photos. A sport climbers paradise with a year round climate.

* Paperback: 250 pages
* Publisher: Maximus Press; 2nd edition (July 2003)
* Language: English
* ISBN: 0967611660
* Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Rock Climbing Photo: Cover

Ansel Adams - American Experience



Ric Burns - Director (c) 2002 Sierra Club and Steeplechase Films
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Not particularly a film about climbing, but rather the life and works of Ansel Adams - whose plates of the High Sierra and the Yosemite remain as the datum-point of California mountain imagery.

Parts of this documentary capture the haunting spirit of the High Sierra like no other film before.

If you need a reason to join your local PBS, or The Sierra Club, this is it. Just the thought that my few measley bucks contributed to this gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling.
Rock Climbing Photo: Cover of 3rd Ed.

The High Sierra - Peaks, Passes, and Trails



R.J.Secor 3rd edition (c) 2009 The Mountaineers
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R.J.Secor's bumper book of fun for the Sierra is still the quintessential High Sierra guidebook for people who want to get the big picture, and learn all about a mountain range bigger than the entire Alps.
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My First Summer in the Sierra



John Muir, published by the Sierra Club
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Muir gleaned some of the truth of the Universe just by merely existing in it's wild and beautiful regions (can it be that simple?) - his idea that everything is connected predates Sagan and all scientific observations.

This volume in the John Muir Library Series is the most popular of Muir's works: the naturalist's account of his first visit to the High Sierra and the Yosemite.
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Close Ups of the High Sierra



Norman Clyde (c) 2004 Spotted Dog Press
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Norman Clyde was the most prolific first ascentionist in the history of climbing in this range - so it's a good idea to read what he thought of climbing here. An expanded and illustrated edition of Norman Clyde's classic, with new stories added for the first time.
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The Last Season



© Copyright 2005 Eric Blehm - HarperCollins
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This, the story of the life and mysterious disappearance of Randy Morgenson, High Sierra Backcountry Ranger, makes for a compelling read - and along the way describes some of the places we've either been or would love to be - some hauntingly so, or perhaps it just my sense of nostalgia.

It's a great read.
Rock Climbing Photo: Cover

A Climber's Guide to the High Sierra



Edited by Hervey Voge (c) 1954 Sierra Club
The entire range including climbs in the Yosemite! Out of print, try to find it at used book stores. Contains mountain plates by Ansel Adams himself.
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The Climber's Guide to the High Sierra



Steve Roper (c) 1995 re-issue Sierra Club
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The final version of Hervey Voge's original. My first guidebook to the High Sierra and one you could actually take with you - I think I read it more lying in a tent than at home.
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The Good, The Great, and the Awesome



Peter Croft (c) 2002 Maximus Press
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Peter Croft's down to earth route descriptions will inform and entertain you. Another "select" work which also contains roadside cragging, and eateries in the local towns.
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Climbing California's High Sierra



John Moynier, Claude Fiddler 2nd edition (c) 2002 The Globe Pequot Press
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Originally known as 100 Sierra Classics this book is somewhere halfway between the select works and the full blown Secor guide. Contains schematics and historical data etc.
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Climbing California's Fourteeners



Stephen F.Porcella & Cameron M.Burns (c) 1998 The Mountaineers
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Routes on the peaks of the range which are > 14,000ft. Contains historical information and useful schematics of the more sterner stuff.
Rock Climbing Photo: Cover

High Sierra Climbing



Chris McNamara (c) 2013 Supertopo
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Yes, yet another Sierra select featuring detailed topos of "40 of the best" rock climbs in the backcountry.
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Mountaineering in California



Clarence King (1902) Yosemite Association
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Great fun! A ripping Victorian yarn (true story nevertheless) about how famous explorer Clarence King and two of his buddies made an epic excursion from west of the Great Western Divide over to the High Sierra crest in order to bag the highest peak, and managed to bag the wrong one! Written in the days when the American public were hungry for tales of exploration and adventure instead of being just plain hungry.

The purchase link now opens a free online text edition.
Rock Climbing Photo: Cover

Missing in the Minarets



William Alsup (c) 2005 Yosemite Association
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The Search for Walter A. Starr, Jr. (sub-title)

A real page turner for those of us interested in climbing history, I won't say any more.
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Starr's Guide to the John Muir Trail and the High Sierra Region



Walter A.Starr 12th edition (c) 1974 Sierra Club Books
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Lovingly prepared. The original guide on how to get in and out of the High Sierra, originally published in the 1930's and still quite valid today, thanks to the conservationists. Any edition is worthwhile and used books stores often carry more than one - the older the better.
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Urban Rock - Stoney Point Bouldering & Top-Roping



Chris Owen (c)2004
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3rd Edition - Updated with more boulder problems, also contains extensive top-roping.
Rock Climbing Photo: Front Cover

Southern California Bouldering



Falcon 2.00 edition (January 1, 1995)
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Local climber Craig Fry's extensive guide to bouldering in SoCal, contains Stoney Point problems also.
Rock Climbing Photo: Yellow Book Cover

Stoney Point Guide



Hellweg & Fisher. La Siesta Press (c) 1982
The old yellow book is out of print - but you may be able to find it at a used book store, or a middle aged climber's bookcase.

Rock Climbing at Indian Springs



Brad Brothers
Indian Springs is a fun little crag with a lot of variety. There are traditional, sport and top rope climbs and this is a great area for beginner to intermediate climbers. The guide book contains 45 climbs ranging from 5.2 to 5.11 and shows slab locations, climb ratings, slab illustrations & pictures plus climb descriptions.

Bigfoot Country Climbing



Written and published by Eric Chemello and Paul Humphrey.
Bigfoot Country Climbing includes the coastal climbing from Moonstone beach to Promontory as well as limestone climbing at Trinity Aretes, Cecilville, Marble caves and the Caverns. Well drawn topos get you where you need to be. It is available at gear shops in Arcata and Eureka.
Rock Climbing Photo: A Rockclimber's Guide to the Alabama Hills

A Rockclimber's Guide to the Alabama Hills



Michael Strassman/Range of Light Productions
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Although published in 2002, this still remains the most comprehensive guidebook to this high desert playground in the shadow of Mt Whitney.

Bishop Area Rock Climbs: The Climbing Guide to the Eastern Sierra—South (2008)



Peter Croft and Marty Lewis, Maximus Press
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Seems to be the most recent hard copy guide book for Alabama Hills.
Rock Climbing Photo: Owens River Gorge Climbs (10th edition)

Owens River Gorge Climbs (10th edition)



Marty Lewis (2005) Maximus Press
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Marty Lewis's latest, greatest edition of THE guide to the fantastic climbing of the Owens River Gorge details over 700 routes in this popular area. Lots of new routes as well as updated information on older routes affected by the rising Owens River.
Rock Climbing Photo: 4th edition cover from Bored Feet Press website.

Mammoth Area Rock Climbs



Marty Lewis (2014) Maximus Press ISBN: 978-0-9824988-2-8
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This 4th Edition is the latest version of Marty Lewis's standard guidebook for the greater Mammoth area.

Details crags from Tioga Pass in the north to Rock Creek in the south, including Clark Canyon, Dike Wall, Benton Crags, Bear Crag and more.

Mammoth Area Rock Climbs: the Climbing Guide to the Eastern Sierra—North
Marty Lewis
October 2014 - 4th Edition
376 pages - 5.5” x 8.5”
ISBN: 978-0-9824988-2-8
Maximus Press
Eastern Sierra Climbing Guides Vol. 2

•Rock Creek
•Way Lake
•Bear Crag
•Clark Canyon
•Deadman Summit
•Tioga Cliff
...
Rock Climbing Photo: Bishop Area Rock Climbs

Bishop Area Rock Climbs



Peter Croft and Marty Lewis (2008) Maximus Press ISBN: 0-9676116-9-3
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The third of the series covering the southern portion of the Sierra Eastside with all the info to popular areas like Whitney Portal, the Alabama Hills, Pine Creek, Cardinal Pinnacle and more. Detailed topos, actions shots, and index and routes by rating as well.

Bishop Area Rock Climbs: The Climbing Guide to the Eastern Sierra's South
Peter Croft & Marty Lewis
August 2008 - 3rd Edition
336 pages - 5.5" x 8.5"
ISBN: 0-9676116-9-3
Maximus Press
Eastern Sierra Climbing Guides Vol. 3
Rock Climbing Photo: Southern California Sport Climbing (3rd edition)

Southern California Sport Climbing (3rd edition)



Troy Mayr (2004) / K. Daniels Publishing
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The latest installment of this popular guidebook covers various areas around Southern California and features extensive (but not complete) coverage of New Jack City.
Rock Climbing Photo: New Jack City Sport Climbing Guide

New Jack City Sport Climbing Guide



Jordan Robbins (2016) / Self-published
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The latest and greatest and most up-to-date guidebook to New Jack City - come see what you've been missing at one of the best sport climbing areas in Southern California.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Sport Climbing in the Santa Monicas (2nd edition) ...

Sport Climbing in the Santa Monicas (2nd edition)



Louie Anderson (2003) Maximus Press
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Well written and easy to use, this guidebook details the many newer crags in the Santa Monica Mountains and surrounding area. Covers Echo Cliffs, Tick Rock, Black Flower, Boney Bluff and more.
Rock Climbing Photo: Rock Climbing Tahquitz and Suicide Rocks (3rd edit...

Rock Climbing Tahquitz and Suicide Rocks (3rd edition)



Randy Vogel & Bob Gaines/The Globe Pequot Press
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This is the third edition of the only guidebook available to these popular traditional crags near Idyllwild. Inside you'll find easy to read topos as well as accompanying text and overview photos - something quite handy when trying to determine the line taken by some of the more obscure multi-pitch routes at Tahquitz.

Best Climbs Tahquitz and Suicide Rocks



Bob Gaines/The Globe Pequot Press
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New for 2013 is this select book which improves greatly on the comprehensive guidebook to the area by adding color photos, new routes, detailed descriptions and hand-drawn topos. The look, feel and layout on this is a definite step-up from previous guides to the area and is sure to help climbers new to the area find the routes they want and have a great time.

  • 288 routes with an emphasis on routes 5.10 and under
  • 45 new routes never before published
  • color photos by Greg Epperson and Kevin Powell
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbers' Guide: Riverside Quarry

Climbers' Guide: Riverside Quarry



Louie Anderson (2011) (self-published)
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The second edition of the guide to this popular crag details the ever-growing list of quality climbs to be done in this suburban playground.

Big Foot Country Climbing



Eric Chemello and Paul Humphrey.
This guide is available at local outdoor stores and covers the limestone and coastal climbing on the Redwood Coast.
Rock Climbing Photo: Southern California Sport Climbing - 3rd Edition

Southern California Sport Climbing - 3rd Edition



Troy Mayr/K. Daniels and Associates copyright 2004
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This guide gives you all the beta and covers all the major areas from San Diego to Santa Barbara.

Areas covered: Williamson Rock, New Jack City, Echo Cliffs, Keller Peak, Devils Punchbowl. Holcomb Valley Pinnacles, Big Rock, Frustration Creek, Malibu Creek, Santa Barbara, Texas Canyon, Mission Gorge
Poway Crags, Apple Valley and Point Dume.
Rock Climbing Photo: Southern California Sport Climbing Guide (3rd Edit...

Southern California Sport Climbing Guide (3rd Edition)



Troy Mayr/KDA
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Covers a portion of the Central Pinnacles more popular crags (Claim Jumper Wall, Motherlode Rock, Coyote Crag etc.) as well as select crags in the Southern Pinnacles (Lost Orbit, Parking Lot Rock).
Rock Climbing Photo: El Cajon Mountain Wall by Chris Hubbard (2005).

El Cajon Mountain Wall



Chris Hubbard/Perpetual Press (2005)
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A photocopied homemade guide with photos, drawings and topos to El Cajon Mt. in San Diego County. Simple yet effective, but the durability might be an issue.

The "Purchase" link seems to go to Chris Hubbard's personal website hosting free PDFs?
Rock Climbing Photo: Tram Bouldering Guide. Photo from fixeusa.com.

Tram Bouldering



Miramontes / K. Daniels & Associates
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"Our ground breaking “Tram Bouldering” guide, cuts through decades of misinformation on this somewhat secret area and presents an accurate and detailed manual, opening up the full glory of this fantastic destination to the bouldering public. Loaded with inspirational action shots, funny and bizarre clip art, 50+ highly detailed maps, GPS coordinates, and 300 photos, this guide will navigate you through an adventure in the maze of the Tram’s boulder strewn forest."
Rock Climbing Photo: Bishop Bouldering (2nd Edition)

Bishop Bouldering (2nd Edition)



By Wills Young / Wolverine
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The town of Bishop, in eastern California, is a boulderer's paradise, one of the few places in the world where a high concentration of world-class bouldering combines with magnificent scenery, convenient amenities, and near-perfect weather.

Bishop Bouldering details more than 2000 problems at this internationally popular climbing destination, providing complete coverage of the Buttermilk Country (including outlying areas like Dales Camp and the Pollen Grains), The Happy and Sad Boulders, The Druid Stones, and Rock Creek and The Sherwin Plateau (north toward Mammoth).

Bishop Bouldering also showcases the region's bouldering with hundreds of color photographs, including stunning action shots from pro shooters like Dan Pattitucci, Jim Thornburg, Stephan Denys, Simon Carter, and Wills Young.
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Bishop Bouldering Select Guidebook



Wolverine Publishing, by Airlie Anderson & McKenzie Long
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Bishop may be the best bouldering area in the world. It’s certainly one of the most famous, with a high concentration of world-class problems from beginner-friendly romps to standard-setting testpieces. Sealing the deal are two distinctly different kinds of rock—each with its own variations—plus magnificent scenery, consistently sunny weather, cheap camping, free hot springs, and convenient local amenities in the town of Bishop itself. This guidebook covers 722 of the area’s best problems, in Rock Creek, the Happy and Sad boulders, Druid Stones, and both roadside and backcountry areas in the famed Buttermilk Country.

Ocean's Eleven: Bouldering Around Santa Barbara



Bob Banks / Alpen Books


This is the definitive guidebook to 11 superb bouldering areas located in and around Santa Barbara.
  • Author: Bob Banks
  • Softcover; 144 pages; topos, black-and-white photos
  • Alpen Books; copyright 2003
  • Thoroughly researched book comes complete with historical hoopla, action photos and storytelling
  • Also includes recommended eating and drinking lists to finish up each session
  • Covers Pine Mountain, The Swimming Hole, Lizard's Mouth, The Brickyard and more

Seems to not be available online now?
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Hidden Treasures East (Big Bear Basin)



Brad Singer (2008) Glentex Publications
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This is the most current guidebook to the Big Bear Area and covers popular crags such as Holcomb Valley Pinnacles, Castle Rock, Fisherman's Buttress, Black Bluff and more. Over 200 pages with action photos, a list of routes by grade and more.

The Purchase link goes to Amazon.
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The San Diego Climber Pocket Guide



Allied Climbers of San Diego/SOS Printing
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The guidebook with the goods to San Diego's backcountry areas. Includes information on El Cajon Mountain, Corte Madera and Eagle Peak. Color photos with easy to ready topo overlays.
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Joshua Tree Bouldering



Robert Miramontes (2012) Wolverine Publishing
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New and improved with a huge number of problems of all grades, full color throughout, actions shots and detailed maps and ratings index.

This exceptionally well done guidebook details the myriad boulder problems scattered throughout Joshua Tree National Park. Loads of detail coupled with extensive maps and high quality photos make this a pleasure to just browse through, let alone use to find problems.

The author besides climbing many of the problems, including many desperate FA's, has listed the problems with exacting detail, including GPS coordinates and overview maps as well as organizing the problems in the back alphabetically and by difficulty.

Printed on quality paper stock with a bomber binding, this book will see you through many a season of thrashed tips and sandbagged no-hold desperates.

Reviewed by C Miller
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Southern California Bouldering Guide (2nd Edition)



Craig Fry (1995) Globe Pequot Press
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Although dated this is a good overview of some but not all the bouldering in Southern California. Black and white photos with hand drawn maps throughout.

Climbing Guide to the Crystal Basin



Bob Branscomb (1992)
Climbing Guide to the Crystal Basin by Bob Branscomb, 1992. Thanks for sharing notes from your book here, Bob. I'm curious if it's still available for purchase anywhere?

Areas Covered:
Loon Lake
Rock Climbing Photo: Cover photo from the publisher's website.

Locals Guide to Rock Climbs of Northeast California



Paul Bernard, with John Jackson, Brett Marty, Mason Werner, and Saylor Flett
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Paul Bernard, with John Jackson, Brett Marty, Mason Werner, and Saylor Flett,
CAMP 4 PRESS, 2014

Quoting directly from the Camp 4 website: "Includes the crags in Plumas County, Lassen County, Western Tehama County, parts of Butte County and Southeast Shasta County. 35+ crags, 470 pages."
Rock Climbing Photo: Book cover thumbnail from seller's website.

Yosemite Valley Bouldering



Matt Wilder (2007) Supertopo 978-0976523529
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Problems: 600
Difficulty: VB-V13
Pages: 160 pages
Edition: 1st Edition, May 2007
Rock Climbing Photo: Book cover thumbnail from seller's website.

Northern California Bouldering



Chris Summit (2009) Supertopo
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1st Edition, May 2009, covers 1600 problems, VB to V13, in 50 bouldering destinations.

Areas covered on Mountain Project include:

395 Boulder
Bald Rock Picnic Area
The Bar
Bidwell Park
Castle Rock Area
D.L. Bliss State Park
Deer Creek Park (Rocklin)
Donnell Reservoir
Donner/Truckee
Flagpole Peak Area
Fort Ross
Hell's Kitchen
Loon Lake
Lover's Leap
The Pie Shop
Rainbow
Salt Point State Park
The Secrets

...
Rock Climbing Photo: Cover photo from publisher's website.

A Rock Climber's Guide to California's Shuteye Ridge



Grahm Doe: Wolverine Publishing ISBN: 978-193839309-9
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424 pages, color.
Rock Climbing Photo: Book cover thumbnail from seller's website.

Tuolumne Bouldering



Chris Summit (2009) Supertopo
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From the publisher's website: "Tuolumne Bouldering showcases 20 of this great destination’s best bouldering areas. It has more than 275 of the best boulder problems in one of the most pristine alpine rock playgrounds on Earth. Tuolumne has a little something for everyone---steep faces, golden diorite knob pinches, splitter crack jams, gnarly old school mantels and a little bit of every other style of bouldering challenge. Located above 8000 feet in the “high country” Tuolumne Meadows is covered in snow every winter and the only road in is closed, but when summer is on the horizon and the snow is melting, the road will open just in time for you to escape the heat and crowds of the popular, lower elevation areas nearby such as Bishop and Yosemite Valley. The classic boulder problems that abound have rich histories and traditions. You can climb in the footsteps of legends like Bachar, Kauk and Yabo. Marvel in the Sierra geology, inhale the fresh mountain air, cherish the clear sky by day, gaze at the star-filled skies at night and live life the way it was meant to be lived—positive and free, in Tuolumne. "

Tuolumne Meadows Bouldering Guidebook (2014)



Charlie Barrett / self published
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"The new Tuolumne Meadows Bouldering Guidebook is a self published, full color, 372 page comprehensive guide that covers over 1,200 boulder problems in Yosemite’s high country."
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Southern Yosemite Rock Climbs



Mark Spencer and Shirley Spencer (1988) Condor Designs ISBN-13: 978-0962015809
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Currently out of print. The buy link goes to Amazon. From the seller's page there:

"Southern Yosemite Rock Climbs is a comprehensive guide to the rock climbing in the uncrowded southern boundary region of Yosemite National Park. These areas include: Mount Starr King, Wawona, Fresno Dome (Wamello), The Balls, Mammoth Pool, and Shuteye Ridge. Originally published in 1988, and out of print for several years, this guidebook chronicles 20 years of Southern Yosemite climbing from the early 70s exploration by Royal Robbins and Fred Beckey through the late 80s sport climbing era. This reprint of the original 1988 edition contains first-hand descriptions of the climbs as told by the original ascentionists. In the nearly 20 years since the publication of the Southern Yosemite guide, new approaches have appeared, new routes have been found and climbed, and a new generation of climbers have discovered the adventure of Southern Yosemite."

Southern Yosemite Rock Climbs



Mark Spencer and Shirley Spencer (1988) Condor Designs ISBN-13: 978-0962015809
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Currently out of print. The buy link goes to Amazon. From the seller's page there:

"Southern Yosemite Rock Climbs is a comprehensive guide to the rock climbing in the uncrowded southern boundary region of Yosemite National Park. These areas include: Mount Starr King, Wawona, Fresno Dome (Wamello), The Balls, Mammoth Pool, and Shuteye Ridge. Originally published in 1988, and out of print for several years, this guidebook chronicles 20 years of Southern Yosemite climbing from the early 70s exploration by Royal Robbins and Fred Beckey through the late 80s sport climbing era. This reprint of the original 1988 edition contains first-hand descriptions of the climbs as told by the original ascentionists. In the nearly 20 years since the publication of the Southern Yosemite guide, new approaches have appeared, new routes have been found and climbed, and a new generation of climbers have discovered the adventure of Southern Yosemite."
Rock Climbing Photo: The cover photo Mike shared of his guide.

Fresno Dome Climbers Guide (2015)



Mike Arechiga
"The new 2015 Fresno Dome Guide Book is now available." - mike arechiga
Rock Climbing Photo: From the authors' website.

Black Mountain Bouldering



Ian McIntosh and Alan Moore / self-published
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"A guide to 1,700 world-class boulder problems just two hours from Los Angeles"
Rock Climbing Photo: Cover of book, image from authors' website.

Columbia Bouldering



Dean Fleming and Daniel Forbes
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Guidebook to problems at Columbia. I see this for sale at nearby climbing gyms, but the online store link from the blog doesn't seem to work in 2015.

East Shore Climbers Guide: Woodfords Chapter (free PDF)



Ron Anderson (long out of print)
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A Supertopo user kindly shared this rough but usable PDF of the Woodfords Canyon chapter of an obscure old guide by Ron Anderson.

Climber's Guide to Ellery Lake Bowl (MorComm: 2016)



Bruce Morris (2016) / MorComm Press
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Bruce Morris's 2016 guide to many crags in Mountain Project's Lee Vining Canyon / Tioga Road area.

Climber's Guide to Ellery Lake Bowl (MorComm: 2016). 31 pages. All color. ISBN 978-0965023450. MSRP $19.95.

Southern Sierra Rock Climbing: Sequoia/Kings Canyon



Greg Vernon / Falcon Press
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Falcon; 1st edition (January 1, 1993). Link is to Amazon page.

Southern Sierra Rock Climbing: The Needles



Greg Vernon and Patrick Paul / Chockstone Press
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From Chockstone Press, October 1999. Link is to the Amazon page.

Southern Sierra Rock Climbing: Domelands (Book 3)



Sally Moser and Greg Vernon / Chockstone Press
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From Chockstone Press, Inc.; 1st edition, January 1, 1992. Features a forward by Fred Beckey! Link is to Amazon page.

Nut Tree Lite Guide



Aaron Rough
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Aaron's shared free preview of progress on his Nut Tree bouldering guide.
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Rock Climbing Yosemite Valley



Barth, Bedinghaus, Jakubowski and Sloan (2016) Yosemite Bigwalls
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Rock Climbing Yosemite Valley: 750 Best Free Routes. As of May 2016, this is available for pre-order, with shipments scheduled for June.

Authors are Lucas Barth, Cary Bedinghaus, Marek Jakubowski and Erik Sloan.
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Yosemite Bigwalls



Putnam and Sloan (2015) Yosemite Bigwalls
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Roger Putnam's and Erik Sloan's Yosemite Bigwalls is sold in print and/or digital formats.
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Yosemite Big Walls - 3rd Edition



Chris McNamara and Chris Van Leuven (2011) Supertopo
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Yosemite Big Walls - 3rd Edition
Authors: Chris McNamara and Chris Van Leuven
Routes: 64 (click to see the complete route list)
Difficulty: C1-A5
Pages: 208 pages
Edition: 3rd edition, May 2011
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The Road to The Nose



Chris McNamara / Supertopo
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The Road to The Nose
Routes: 14+ (click to see the complete route list)
Difficulty: 9-5.10d and C1-C2
Pages: 60 color pages
Format: downloadable eBook (PDF)
Author: Chris McNamara
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Yosemite Valley Sport Climbs and Top Ropes



Chris McNamara and Chris Van Leuven (2010) Supertopo
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Yosemite Sport Climbs and Top Ropes
Authors: Chris McNamara and Chris Van Leuven
Routes: 200 (click to see the complete route list)
Difficulty: 5.1-5.12a
Pages: 120 pages
Edition: 1st Edition, July 2010

Yosemite Valley chapter of A Climber’s Guide to the High Sierra (free online guide)



Leondard, Brower and Dunmire (1953) Yosemite Library
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A Climber’s Guide to the High Sierra (1954), edited by Hervey H. Voge. Authors: Richard M. Leonard and David R. Brower (1940), and William W. Dunmire (1953).
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Rock Climbing Yosemite's Select



Don Reid (1994) Falcon Guides
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Rock Climbing Yosemite's Select 2nd Edition by Don Reid
Series: Regional Rock Climbing Series
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: FalconGuides; 2nd edition (May 1, 1998)

Out of print, but still widely available on the Amazon page linked.
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Yosemite Climbs: Free Climbs



Don Reid (1994) Chockstone Press
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Yosemite Climbs: Free Climbs Paperback – 1994
by Don Reid (Author), John Dill (Introduction)
Paperback: 413 pages
Publisher: Chockstone Press; 1st edition (1994)

Out of print but widely available on Amazon.

Yosemite Climbing Guide App (free)



Chad Lawyer (2016)
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App creator Chad Lawver announced in the forum thread Free! Yosemite Guidebook App that his Yosemite Climbing Guide App (for Apple and Android devices) is now free.

The Needles Climbing, A Complete Guide (2016)



Kristian Solem / K. Daniels Publishing (2016)
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From the seller's website: "This guidebook covers every route from the classics to the obscure at the upper Needles, Voodoo Dome, Demon Dome, and the secretive Merlin Dome.

Also covered in detail are Dome Rock and Hermit Spire. The Needles stately neighbor to the south, Dome Rock, is home to more easily accessible classic climbs than any other crag in the southern Sierra. Hermit Spire, easily seen from The Needles approach, stands alone across the Freeman Creek drainage beckoning to adventurous climbers.

Everything you need to know to get there, camp there, climb there, and enjoy rest days is in this book. You will also find interesting reading, including a carefully researched history of Needles area climbing, rounded out by personal accounts from Needles climbers who led the way.

This book is the complete Needles guide. And coming in at 240 pages (only ten more than the 1992 book) it will not be a burden in your pack."

Eastern Sierra Ice, 2nd Edition



Robert “SP” Parker (2010)
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Robert “S.P.” Parker
2010 - 2nd Edition
96 pages - 5.5” x 8.5”
No ISBN
Self Published

The Guide’s Guide to Sierra Waterfalls and Alpine Ice Routes. This print guide has been a long time coming. Waterfall ice climbing in the Eastern Sierra of California started in the 1960s and the alpine ice has been climbed since the 1920s. But until now there has been no comprehensive guide to these routes. Short approaches for a fun day of climbing or long multi-day excursions in the backcountry; it is all here.