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California : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Big Bear City Area : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles

Holcomb: Sky Forest Gold - 2nd Edition Cover

FEATURED: Holcomb: Sky Forest Gold - 2nd Edition

Chris Miller, Chris Owen / SoWR Publications / 2022

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The definitive Holcomb Valley Pinnacles Guidebook, written by one of the original (and the most prolific in the San Bernardino Mountains) area developers, detailed and in-depth. Almost a 100 additional routes added since the 1st Edition, including new routes put up since 2019.

A Climber's Guide to Big Bear Lake & Holcomb Valley Pinnacles

FEATURED: A Climber's Guide to Big Bear Lake & Holcomb Valley Pinnacles

Brandon Copp / Wolverine Publishing / 2020

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This is the essential guide to over 1000 routes surrounding Big Bear Lake in California's San Bernardino Mountains. The best-known climbing area here is the famed Holcomb Valley Pinnacles, super-popular for its dense concentration of steep, well-featured, granite sport climbs. The Pinnacles are covered in full detail, along with complete beta for scores of crags well off the beaten path. Moderate sport climbs may have put Big Bear on the map, but there is something perfect here for everyone, from easy slabs to remote pinnacles, to technical slab and trad cracks of all kinds. The pine-covered hills, quaint mountain town, and expansive lake offer an abundance of excellent camping and a large variety of rest-day fun. With never-before-published crags, extensive maps, and new routes for every skill level, this full-color, comprehensive guidebook promises years of climbing adventures in LA's backyard.

Holcomb: Sky Forest Gold

Holcomb: Sky Forest Gold

Chris Miller & Chris Owen/Chris Owen/2019

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A detailed and in-depth guidebook to the ever popular Holcomb Valley Pinnacles.

Southern California Sport Climbing Guide (3rd Edition)

Southern California Sport Climbing Guide (3rd Edition)

Troy Mayr/KDA/2004

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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).

California : Lake Tahoe : I-80 Corridor : Donner/Truckee Bouldering : Rainbow

Rainbow Bouldering

Brian Spiering / Gunks Apps / 2023

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This digital guidebook is complete with photos and GPS navigation, and it works offline. As of this posting it documents 98 boulder problems from V0 to V11, including 11 projects, and it will continue to receive updates as things change.

California : San Francisco Bay Area : South Bay Area : Castle Rock Area : Summit Rock

Rock Climbing Guide to the Castle Rock Area

Bruce Morris / Morcomm Press / 2007

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1st edition covering over 500 boulder problems, top-ropes and lead climbs in the South SF Bay Area at Castle Rock State Park, Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) preserves, and nearby Silicon Valley crags (Handley Rock, Lexington Rocks, Guadalupe Rock, etc.) Color cover (front & back). Color illustrations and photo topographics. Climbing route and boulder problem index.

California : Lake Tahoe : Carson Pass Highway (88) : Calaveras Domes : Calaveras Dome

Calaveras Dome Climbers Guide Book

Climbers Guide To Calaveras Dome

Flash Drive Publisher, Mike Arechiga 2023

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Latest and Greatest climbers guide to Calaveras Dome

California : San Bernardino Mountains : North Slope : Juniper Flats Area : Butt Rock Outcrop

A Climber's Guide to Big Bear Lake & Holcomb Valley Pinnacles

A Climber's Guide to Big Bear Lake & Holcomb Valley Pinnacles

Brandon Copp / Wolverine Publishing / 2020

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This is the essential guide to over 1000 routes surrounding Big Bear Lake in California's San Bernardino Mountains.  The best-known climbing area here is the famed Holcomb Valley Pinnacles, super-popular for its dense concentration of steep, well-featured, granite sport climbs.  The Pinnacles are covered in full detail, along with complete beta for scores of crags well off the beaten path.  Moderate sport climbs may have put Big Bear on the map, but there is something perfect here for everyone, from easy slabs to remote pinnacles, to technical slab and trad cracks of all kinds.  The pine-covered hills, quaint mountain town, and expansive lake offer an abundance of excellent camping and a large variety of rest-day fun.  With never-before-published crags, extensive maps, and new routes for every skill level, this full-color, comprehensive guidebook promises years of climbing adventures in LA's backyard.

California : Los Angeles Basin : Beaches : Corona Del Mar : Pirate's Cove (aka The Beach or Corona Del Mar)

Cover Binder

1980's OC Rock Guide [FREE!]

Randy Vogel - 1982

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This is a hand drawn 'zine' Rock Climbing Topo from the 80's detailing areas throughout Socal; the first section details Pirates Cove

California : San Bernardino Mountains : Running Springs Area : Snow Valley Bouldering : Snow Valley South

Boulderfest! The Snow Valley Bouldering Guide

Matt Artz

Contains hundreds of bouldering routes as well as the results of the late 90's Boulderfest.

California : Lake Tahoe : Highway 50 Corridor : Placerville : Cosumnes River Gorge

American Alpine Journal, 1979 (free article)

Bob Branscomb / American Alpine Club

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Bob describes the 3 routes he and friends put recently: Grandma Buttons, Grandpappy and Grizzly Green.

Book's cover photo from its (out of stock) Amazon page.

Rock Climbs of Placerville, CA - 2nd Edition (2003, Cottrell)

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

California : Sierra Eastside : Mammoth Lakes Area : * Mammoth Lakes Bouldering

From the publisher's website.

FEATURED: Mammoth Bouldering

Charlie Barrett / Flash Press /

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"A bouldering guide to the area around Mammoth Lakes, California

Over:

1,000 problems
300 color photos
By: Charlie Barrett

978-1-5323-7708-2"

California : Southern-Western Sierra : Hwy 168:Tollhouse, Shaver Lake, Courtright : Courtright Reservoir

FEATURED: A Climber's Guide to Courtright Reservoir & Vicinity

Dwight Kroll/K. Daniels Publishing/2016

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Welcome to Courtright; a little known area with world class climbing. Know for its awesome thin face adventures, courtright has a huge variety of climbs spanning the spectrum from fun low angle face to steep hard test pieces. Here you will also find the jewel of the western Sierra, Power Dome, with over 20 five-star routes.

Over 40 different formations
Over 400 routes in an area worthy of national park status
A sampler of over 100 Shaver Lake climbs included.
Beautiful climbs, bouldering, hiking, mountain biking, fishing & boating.
ISBN: 978-0-692-03319-7

Courtright Reservoir A Select Climbing Guide Book

Flash Drive Publisher, Mike Arechiga 2021

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New guide book to Courtright Reservoir.

California : Southern-Western Sierra : Hwy 41: Fresno Dome, Shuteye Ridge : Fresno Dome (Wamello) Area

Front and back covers of new 2023 Fresno Dome Guide Book

FEATURED: Fresno Dome Rock Climbers Guide - Bonus Crags, Lewis Creek, Lost In The Forest, Ukraine Dome, Willow

Grahm Doe / Self Published / 2023

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Those familiar with my guide books know I go through great lengths to get clear photos of the walls to draw accurate topo lines of route paths and anchor locations. I am excited to add the new use of a drone for that perfect birds eye view of formations, walls and action photos. This has been super helpful with the 500 foot tall walls on Fresno Dome. Some walls even have their own topos of just the top pitches so you can clearly see the finishes and all the other nearby options for finishes. I also used many ground based photos so when you walk up to the wall you can easily see the starts as well.

Lots of action photos throughout will get you psyched to climb!
Precise driving directions with maps will get you to the different parking areas. Further maps and drone shots of all the approach trails will keep you on the right path. Each area also has gps coordinates for the directionally challenged. Sun/shade information and strategies for different walls are included.

I also use a color coded system on the topos. Green up to 5.9, Blue 5.10, Orange 5.11, Red 5.12. This allows you to quickly scan a page and choose the grade you are going for. Detailed route descriptions include grade, safety rating (PG-13,R,X), name, star quality rating, length in meters, bolt count and or gear required, route description of what you will encounter, descent options when needed, and the FA Party and date of ascent. It is everything you need to find the route, climb it, have a blast and move on to the next.

I have been climbing here since 2004 and personally climbed 95% of the routes to verify the information. Lots of research was needed to clarify some of the route paths, route names and first ascent party info which had been changed or misreported over the years. With help from local developers Mark Spencer, Jerry Anderson, Matt Schutz and others, the record is set straight for an area that has been shrouded in mystery.

Over just the last three years myself and partners have added 78 new pitches from 5.7 to 5.12 to the area. We also did lots of trail work around the dome and replaced many aging bolts and anchors with stainless steel quality hardware.

Nearby bonus crags of Lewis Creek (Bouldering), Lost In The Forest (Enchanted), Upper and Lower Willow Creek, and Ukraine Dome (developed 2022) are included. These add a vast array of single pitch climbing options while in the area.

My sincere thanks to everyone for helping make this all possible! Climb on!

From back cover: Come experience the thrill of rock climbing at Fresno Dome! With an abundance of high-quality granite, this rock climbers’ paradise offers a variety of routes from gear swallowing cracks to gently overhanging sport climbs.

This guide will help you find your way through 376 distinct pitches. Explore some of the highest-featured granite in the western Sierra mountains. Centrally located in California and accessed via a two wheel drive dirt road. With its casual approach and everything from single pitch sport routes to multi-pitch adventures up to 500 feet long, Fresno Dome has something for everyone. Nestled in a 7,000 foot high pine forest with stunning views, plenty of free camping options, and stacks of routes, Fresno Dome is the ideal destination. This all new well researched, full-color and highly accurate guide will unlock the fun. Nearby bonus crags are included adding even more options for adventure. So, grab your gear and get ready for an unforgettable experience!

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Oakhurst Select

Grahm Doe / Self Published / 2022

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Includes a sampling of climbs from : Lewis Creek bouldering, Volcanics sport routes and bouldering, Willow Creek sport and trad climbs, Fresno Dome sport and trad climbs and Shuteye Ridges Chilkoot Lake area bouldering, sport and trad climbs.

This select rock climbing guide is catered towards convenience cragging with short drives and quick approaches in the Oakhurst (Stokehurst) area. A high density of climbs await the traveling climber looking to maximize their time in the area. Also a good resource for local climbers. Most of these areas have never had accurate route and topo info before.

Bouldering, topropes, sport and trad climbs on a variety of rock from Volcanic to Granite. All reached via easy dirt roads for 2wd vehicles.

Published 2022. Full color. Highly accurate turn by turn odometer readings with directions. GPS coordinates for each area. To scale overview maps. Color coded route ratings by difficulty for quick reference. Accurate route descriptions by one of the areas prominent route developers. First ascent details. Drone shots for accurate topos. 56 pages.

The cover photo Mike shared of his guide. - [[106853948]]

Fresno Dome Climbers Guide (2021)

Mike Arechiga / Flash Drive Publisher Rock Climbing Guide Books / 2021

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For all new Fresno Dome rock climbing guide book 2021 contact Mike Arechiga at mikeclimbingdude@aol.com, Flash Drive Publisher Rock climbing guide books.

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 Area, Wawona, Fresno Dome (Wamello) Area, 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."

California : San Francisco Bay Area : South Bay Area : Castle Rock Area

Rock Climbing Guide to the Castle Rock Area

Bruce Morris / Morcomm Press / 2007

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1st edition covering over 500 boulder problems, top-ropes and lead climbs in the South SF Bay Area at Castle Rock State Park, Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) preserves, and nearby Silicon Valley crags (Handley Rock, Lexington Rocks, Guadalupe Rock, etc.) Color cover (front & back). Color illustrations and photo topographics. Climbing route and boulder problem index.

California : Sonora Pass Highway (108) : Sonora Pass Bouldering : Pump Rocks

Northern California Bouldering

Chris Summit, Kevin Swift, Chris McNamara

This guide covers more than 1700 bouldering problems from the 50 best areas in Northern California. It includes the Bay Area, Lake Tahoe, Sonora and Bear Valley, Bald Rock and Mt Lassen, the North Coast and all the classic spots in between. We listed all the classic problems as well as a number of new cutting-edge, V-ridiculously-hard testpieces. You will find nearly every rock type: granite, limestone, sandstone, schist, chert, volcanic tuff, greenstone, and pure California Jade. The scenery is as varied as the rock: beaches, mountains, river beds, oak shaded foothills, and High Sierra peaks. In addition, there is info on another 20 bonus areas with hints of the limitless potential just waiting to be discovered. Get out there and send!

California : Southern-Western Sierra : Hwy 41: Fresno Dome, Shuteye Ridge : Shuteye Ridge

Book Cover

Oakhurst Select

Grahm Doe / Self Published / 2022

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Includes a sampling of climbs from : Lewis Creek bouldering, Volcanics sport routes and bouldering, Willow Creek sport and trad climbs, Fresno Dome sport and trad climbs and Shuteye Ridges Chilkoot Lake area bouldering, sport and trad climbs.

This select rock climbing guide is catered towards convenience cragging with short drives and quick approaches in the Oakhurst (Stokehurst) area. A high density of climbs await the traveling climber looking to maximize their time in the area. Also a good resource for local climbers. Most of these areas have never had accurate route and topo info before.

Bouldering, topropes, sport and trad climbs on a variety of rock from Volcanic to Granite. All reached via easy dirt roads for 2wd vehicles.

Published 2022. Full color. Highly accurate turn by turn odometer readings with directions. GPS coordinates for each area. To scale overview maps. Color coded route ratings by difficulty for quick reference. Accurate route descriptions by one of the areas prominent route developers. First ascent details. Drone shots for accurate topos. 56 pages.

Shuteye Ridge 2nd Edition Coming Soon

Author - Grahm Doe. Hoping to go out to the printer end of 2023

In the works is the next full color updated edition with over 100 new routes! New to this edition will be drone shots of some of the crags and trails to help clarify this vast area. The recent Creek fire also burned much of the area. Effected approaches will be updated. Many people have also requested turn by turn directions with exact mileage between turns. This will also be included.

New Shuteye Ridge guide book 2022

Shuteye Ridge Climbers Guide Book

Flash Drive Publisher, Mike Arechiga 2024

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Latest and Greatest guide book for Shuteye Ridge!

Cover photo from publisher's website.

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

Grahm Doe (2013): Wolverine Publishing ISBN: 978-193839309-9

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424 pages, color.

California : Southern-Western Sierra : Hwy 41: Fresno Dome, Shuteye Ridge : Lewis Creek

Cover Photo

Oakhurst Select

Grahm Doe / Self Published / 2022

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Includes a sampling of climbs from : Lewis Creek bouldering, Volcanics sport routes and bouldering, Willow Creek sport and trad climbs, Fresno Dome sport and trad climbs and Shuteye Ridges Chilkoot Lake area bouldering, sport and trad climbs.

This select rock climbing guide is catered towards convenience cragging with short drives and quick approaches in the Oakhurst (Stokehurst) area. A high density of climbs await the traveling climber looking to maximize their time in the area. Also a good resource for local climbers. Most of these areas have never had accurate route and topo info before.

Bouldering, topropes, sport and trad climbs on a variety of rock from Volcanic to Granite. All reached via easy dirt roads for 2wd vehicles.

Published 2022. Full color. Highly accurate turn by turn odometer readings with directions. GPS coordinates for each area. To scale overview maps. Color coded route ratings by difficulty for quick reference. Accurate route descriptions by one of the areas prominent route developers. First ascent details. Drone shots for accurate topos. 56 pages.

California : San Francisco Bay Area : Wine Country/Northeast Bay : Pomo Canyon

Bay Area Bouldering

Chris Summit

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Bay Area Bouldering includes over 600 boulder problems within a 1.5 hour drive of San Francisco. All the classic spots are in this book: Castle Rock, Indian Rock, Mickey's Beach as well as a number of lesser known spots on the North Coast. Sandstone, Schist, Rhyolite, Basalt and Chert are the most prevalent types of stone and each offers a very unique experience. This book includes everything from cruiser jug hauls on sandy beaches to sloper wrestling in lush forests. Author Chris Summit personally climbed and mapped almost every route to ensure the accuracy of the information.

California : Lake Tahoe : Carson Pass Highway (88) : Woodfords Canyon

Climbers Guide To Alternative Cragging - East Tahoe Region

Ron Anderson/ Sierra Graphics/1991 2nd Edition

Yellow Paper back book 2nd Edition, 1991 March
Areas-
Lakeview slab
The Egg
Dinosaur Rock
Iron Butte
Ball Buster Rock
Woodfords Canyon
Pleasant Valley/Grover Hot Springs
Indian Head Rock
Zebra Walls

East Shore Climbers Guide: Woodfords Chapter

Ron Anderson (long out of print) Archive.org working free PDF link

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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. (note as of 2017 the URL https://www.supertopo.com/topos/obscurities/woodfords_guide.pdf went 404).

California : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : * Yosemite Valley Bouldering

Posted with permission from Shannon Joslin

FEATURED: Yosemite Bouldering

Joslin, Lucas & Moore (2020) - Sentinel Press

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  • Contains detailed descriptions of more than 1,300 boulder problems, including over 400 new problems and 7 new bouldering areas
  • Color coded entries and GPS coordinates help you choose and find your problems
  • Full-color 1st edition features multiple personal essays and breathtaking climbing photos

Author(s): Shannon Joslin, James Lucas and Kimbrough Moore
Number of Pages: 464
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781735608006
Publisher: Sentinel Press
Copyright Year: 2020

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

California : Southern-Western Sierra : Hwy 41: Fresno Dome, Shuteye Ridge : The Balls

Guide book to The Ball.

Climbers Guide To The Balls

Flash Drive Publisher, Mike Arechiga 2024

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All new guide book to The Balls

California : Los Angeles Basin : Angeles National Forest : Texas Canyon

Texas Canyon Guide, Cover.

FEATURED: Texas Canyon The Climbing Guide

Pam Neal and Ben Chapman / Louie Anderson / 2019

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Essential guide to the area written by Pam Neal and Ben Chapman. Photos by Irene Yee.

Texas Canyon The Climbing Guide

Louie Anderson

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Texas Canyon The Climbing Guide

Cost: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-9766630-6-5

The first complete guidebook to this great southern California area.

California : San Bernardino Mountains : Highway 38 Crags : (d) Frustration Creek

Frustration Creek Guidebook.

FEATURED: Frustration Creek and Surrounding Areas

Louie Anderson / Wolverine / 2020

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Definitive guidebook to Frustration Creek and surrounding areas written by one of the original key developers.

California : Northeast California : The Lost Sierra : Frenchman Lake

Locals Guide To Rock Climbs Of Northeast California

Paul Bernard/Camp4Press/2014

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The only comprehensive guidebook for the climbing regions and crags of Northeast California. Full page color photos, with route overlays, for every cliff, route, and boulder problem. Includes historical notes and established climbing ethics for each crag, as well as first ascent information for all routes. Over 600 climbing routes, including more than 300 previously undocumented climbs. Additionally includes a bonus bouldering guide section for "The Lost Sierra" Region. Includes the crags in Plumas County, Lassen County, Western Tehama County, parts of Butte County and Southeast Shasta County.

California : Sierra Eastside : Bishop Area : Owens River Gorge

Owens River Gorge Climbs, Marty Lewis 11th edition

FEATURED: Owens River Gorge Climbs

Marty Lewis October 2018 - 11th Edition

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A Climber’s Guide to the Owens River Gorge

California : Southern-Western Sierra : Southern Sierra - The Needles, Kern River, Domelands, etc. : Domeland Wilderness

Guide cover photo

Southern Sierra Rock Climbing: Domelands (Book 3)

Sally Moser and Greg Vernon. Chockstone Press, Inc.; 1st edition (January 1, 1992)

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"From the Back Cover. The expansive area of domes and crags just northwest of the Needles is described with photos and topos." Book is out of print. FYI link goes to Amazon.

California : High Desert : Apple Valley Area : Fairview Mountain

Fairview Mountain Crags

Richard E. Hoover, J. Stahlheb

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A Climbers Guide to Fairview Mountain Park.
Category Sports & Adventure
Size 6×9 in, 15×23 cm
172 Pages
ISBN
Softcover: 9781389042386
Publish Date Jan 06, 2018
Language English

California : Lake Tahoe : Highway 50 Corridor : Desolation Wilderness

American Alpine Journal, 1980

Robert Branscomb / American Alpine Club

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Bob writes up some recent routes he and friends established around Pyramid Peak.

California : Lake Tahoe : Highway 50 Corridor : Slick Rock Dome

American Alpine Journal, 1981 (free article)

Bob Branscomb / American Alpine Club

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Bob mentions Placerville climbers have been establishing routes on Slick Rock this year.

California : Sierra Eastside : Lee Vining Canyon / Tioga Road : Lee Vining Ice and Mixed

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.

California : Southern-Western Sierra : Southern Sierra - The Needles, Kern River, Domelands, etc. : The Needles

The Needles Climbing - A Complete Guide (by Kristian Solem)

FEATURED: The Needles Climbing, A Complete Guide (2017)

Kristian Solem (2017)

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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."

California : San Francisco Bay Area : Wine Country/Northeast Bay : The Nut Tree Boulders

Nut Tree Lite Guide

Aaron Rough

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Aaron's shared free preview of progress on his Nut Tree bouldering guide.

California : High Desert : Barstow Area : New Jack City

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.

http://www.onsightmedia.org/

Southern California Sport Climbing (3rd edition) <br>

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.

California : Yosemite National Park : Tuolumne Meadows : * Tuolumne Bouldering

A quick phone pic of my guide - thanks Charlie!

FEATURED: Tuolumne Meadows Bouldering second edition

Charlie Barrett / Flash Press / 2020

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From the Flash Press site: "Tuolumne Meadows Bouldering, second edition is the bouldering guide to Tuolumne Meadows. As a 19 year veteran of Tuolumne Charlie knows the ins and outs of the Meadows and with this book, so can you.

Released in 2020, the 372 page, full color Tuolumne Meadows Bouldering guidebook covers over 1,200 boulder problems at 32 different areas in Yosemite's High Country. Tuolumne Meadows offers some of the best summertime bouldering in the U.S.. This book is the essential guide for every boulder looking to enjoy perfect rock in a great setting with problems at every grade and angle from 5.6 to V13. Don't miss it! "

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. "

California : Sierra Eastside : Lone Pine Area : Alabama Hills

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.

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.

California : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : * Santa Barbara Bouldering

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?

California : San Diego County : South San Diego County : El Cajon Mountain

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?

California : Los Angeles Basin : Angeles National Forest : Williamson Rock

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.

California : Inland Empire : Riverside Area : Riverside Quarry

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.

California : Lake Tahoe : I-80 Corridor : Indian Springs

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.

California : Lake Tahoe : Truckee River Canyon : Big Chief Area

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Big Chief Area Climbs (2005, Hajek)

Marek Hajek (2005) Maximus Press ISBN: 0-9676116-7-9

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From Marek. 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 Area
Light Deprivation Buttress
Little Chief
Sawtooth Ridge

California : Joshua Tree National Park : *Joshua Tree Bouldering*

Climber and spotter with text "Guidebook Joshua Tree"

Joshua Tree Bouldering Guide

Jeremy Schoenborn / KAYA / 2024

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Authored by local climber and developer Jeremy Schoenborn, this guidebook contains the most comprehensive and accurate data set for Joshua Tree Bouldering. With nearly 1600 problems with high-quality offline GPS, thousands of community uploaded beta videos, and detailed route descriptions and lines, this digital guide is a no-brainer. A KAYA membership enables access to dozens of other guides for popular areas in California and beyond such as Bishop, Red Rock, Tramway, San Francisco Bay Area, Joe's Valley, Squamish, Leavenworth, and many more!

Joshua Tree Bouldering

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

California : San Francisco Bay Area : Wine Country/Northeast Bay

Wine Country Bouldering

Chris Summit / Gunks Apps / 2023

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This digital guidebook is complete with photos and GPS navigation, and works offline. It will continue to be updated as things change. See the linked webpage for the latest information.

California : Los Angeles Basin : Santa Monica Mountains

Rock Climbing Santa Barbara & Ventura

Steve Edwards / Falcon Guides / 2000

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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.

Sport Climbing In The Santa Monicas - 3rd Edition

FEATURED: Sport Climbing in the Santa Monicas - 3rd Edition

By Louie Anderson & Todd Fertig / 2018

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The only comprehensive guidebook to the Santa Monica Mountains. Covered areas include: Backbone Crags (Mt Olympus, Paleface, Pico Raquelita, Top Hat, Boney Bluff, Hueco Wall), Echo Cliffs, The Lookout, Malibu Creek State Park, Black Flower, Corpse Wall, Tick Rock & Bee Rock (Griffith Park).

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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.

California : San Jacinto Mountains : The Tramway

Tramway Bouldering on KAYA

FEATURED: Tramway Bouldering Guide [DIGITAL]

James March / KAYA Climb / 2023

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This Tramway Bouldering Guide provides detailed GPS coordinates, topos, descriptions, and beta videos for hundreds of problems in the Tram. All available offline, you will be certain to never get lost or forget the beta again. KAYA includes 50+ other guides to popular areas such as Bishop, Tahoe, San Francisco Bay Area boulders, Red Rock, Joe's Valley, and much more.

Tram Bouldering Guide. Photo from Fixeusa.com.

Tram Bouldering (out of print)

Miramontes / K. Daniels & Associates

"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."

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California : Northwest California : Lover's Leap (Limestone)

Redwood Burl

FEATURED: Redwood Burl

Evan Wisheropp/Wolverine Publishing/2022

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Redwood Burl is a compact yet comprehensive guide to the extensive climbing in Northwest California. The college town of Arcata is the center of a universe of incredible but little-known cragging and bouldering. Sea cliffs, sea lions, river-polished boulders, towering redwoods, hidden limestone caves, and enough climbing to keep you busy for a lifetime. It’s a paradise. For years, road-tripping climbers in the know have visited the limestone of the Trinity Arêtes and the overhanging seaside pockets of Promontory, declaring them some of the best sport crags in CA. This book fully documents these gems, and introduces dozens of other excellent cliffs that have hidden under the radar … until now!

There’s a lot packed into this guidebook. You’ll find maps to keep you oriented, icons depicting sun and rain aspects, hiking approach times, geology and ecology info, gorgeous color photography, and enough beta on bouldering, sport, and trad climbing to keep you busy whether you’re just visiting the area or a seasoned local.

$1 of each book sale is donated to the Northwest California Climbers Coalition, whose mission is to preserve and expand local climbing opportunities. Please visit their website at nwca-climbers.org, and feel free to pitch in, any way you can!

California : Sierra Eastside : Bishop Area

Bishop Area Bouldering Guidebook_Kaya Pro

Bishop Area Bouldering on KAYA by Dan Beall and Eric Bissell (digital)

Dan Beall and Eric Bissell / KAYA / 2022

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This painstakingly comprehensive Bishop, California bouldering guidebook includes every established variation, link-up, obscurity, and, of course, classic, collected by local legends Dan and Eric. With comprehensive topos, descriptions, and GPS coordinates for every problem, all available offline, this guide greatly improves the experience of finding and sending problems in Bishop. Additionally, there are beta videos automatically linked to each problem which can also be downloaded and filtered to climbers of a similar height, gender, or experience level to you. This guide is available with a $10/month or $60/year KAYA PRO subscription which also includes access to the Golden State and Joe's Valley guidebooks, among other features.

Bishop Bouldering Select

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.

Bishop Area Rock Climbs

FEATURED: 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

Bishop Bouldering (2nd Edition)

Bishop Bouldering (2nd Edition) (out of print)

By Wills Young / Wolverine

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.

http://www.wolverinepublishing.com/guidebooks/climbing/bishop_bouldering.html

California : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area

One of the original guidebooks to Big Bear.

OSO GRANDE

Chris Miller, Alan Bartlett / Quail Springs Publishing / 1995

Rock climbs of North Big Bear Lake - one of the original guides to the area.

California : Central Coast : Pinnacles National Park

2008 Brad Young Pinnacles National Monument guide

FEATURED: Climber's Guide to Pinnacles National Monument

Brad Young Maximus Press 2007

This is the best and most up-to-date guide for climbing at Pinnacles National Park. It is a must-have for those wanting to explore the climbing opportunities outside the most popular corridors and has accurate route descriptions and well-drawn maps.

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

California : Los Angeles Basin : Stoney Point

Front cover LA County Bouldering Guide.

Los Angeles County Bouldering

Dooley, Fritz, Leventhal / K. Daniels Publishing / 2017

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All encompassing guide to bouldering in Los Angeles County, including Stoney Point. A must for any dedicated boulderer.

Urban Rock cover.

FEATURED: Urban Rock

(c) Chris Owen / 2004

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Guidebook for boulder problems and top-rope problems at Stoney Point.

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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.

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. No longer in print.

California : Southern-Western Sierra : Southern Sierra - The Needles, Kern River, Domelands, etc.

From author's website.

New Direction Cliffs and Kern Slabs (2016)

Herb Laeger / Kern Valley Climbs / 2016

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"There are upwards of 100 climbs in this new guide to “New Directions Cliffs and Kern Slabs”. This guide encompasses almost all of those climbs. The map-like format makes it very easy to find any particular route, especially those located on New Directions Cliffs, which has several adjacent climbing faces, and which in the past has been difficult to decipher." - Herb Laeger shared on this thread.

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.

Classic (and out of print)

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.

California : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Climbing Guide App (free - out of app stores)

Chad Lawyer (2016)

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.

http://www.mountainproject.com/v/free-yosemite-guidebook-app/112166147/

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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.

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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.

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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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

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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 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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Yosemite Bigwalls

Putnam and Sloan (2020) RockClimbingYosemite.com

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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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FEATURED: Rock Climbing Yosemite Valley (2020)

Jakubowski and Sloan (2020) RockClimbingYosemite.com

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2020 Rock Climbing Yosemite Valley: 750 Best Free Routes + (PDF) Ebook Authors are Marek Jakubowski and Erik Sloan.

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.

California : Sierra Eastside : Lee Vining Canyon / Tioga Road

Climber's Guide to Ellery Lake Bowl, 2nd edition (MorComm: 2017)

Bruce Morris (2017) / MorComm Press

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Bruce Morris's 2017 guide to many crags in Mountain Project's Lee Vining Canyon / Tioga Road area is on its second edition.

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

California : Yosemite National Park : Tuolumne Meadows

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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 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."

California : Sonora Pass Highway (108) : Columbia Bouldering

Cover of book, image from authors' website.

Columbia Bouldering (out of print)

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.

California : San Jacinto Mountains : Black Mountain

From the authors' website.

FEATURED: 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"

California : Yosemite National Park : Southern Yosemite

From Amazon's website.

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 Area, Wawona, Fresno Dome (Wamello) Area, 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."

California : Sierra Eastside : Mammoth Lakes Area

4th edition cover from Bored Feet Press website.

FEATURED: 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 Area (aka Private Property)
...

California : Central Coast : San Luis Obispo

California Central Coast Climbs: San Luis Obispo, by Tom Slater

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

California : Northeast California : Castle Crags

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

California : Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree Select Routes

Victor Medeiros & Peter Treitler / Gunks Apps / 2023

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This digital guidebook is complete with photos and GPS navigation, and works offline. It currently documents 1,062 routes in the best areas of the park. More details are on the linked webpage.

Joshua Tree Rock Climbs 3rd Edition

Robert Miramontes / Wolverine Publishing / 2017

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About the book:

Explore one of the world’s great climbing areas, Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California, with this newly updated guide to climbing! The 3rd edition of Joshua Tree Rock Climbs is our fattest book, weighing in at over 500 pages. Renowned for its intoxicating combo of demanding trad climbing, exotic granite formations, unique flora, and laid-back outdoor living, Joshua Tree is a must-visit destination on every rock climber’s life list. Most come back year after year. For over half a century, the Yosemite Valley climbing greats “trained” in Joshua Tree in the cooler months, leaving a fascinating legacy of hard, classic climbs.

Prefer mellower fare? The variety of easy and moderate routes in the Park is second to none. It’s a great place to introduce someone to the sport. Every discipline of rock climbing is represented: cracks of all sizes, overhanging face climbs, delicate edging problems, friction slabs, corners, overhangs, arêtes — you name it! Toproping has a long tradition here, and some of the hard topropes are world class. Though true sport climbs are in the minority, most climbs here are a mix of gear and bolts and require only a small rack, making this a great place to develop your “old-school” skills.

Joshua Tree Climbs

Randy Vogel (2015)

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Randy is the leading author on climbing in Joshua Tree and his books are the benchmark. With over 1000 routes this guide covers the best Joshua Tree has to offer. Randy is known for his detailed route topos's and area maps, the user will find EVERY route and formation included in the most efficient manor.

Joshua Tree Sport Climbs

Joshua Tree Sport Climbs & Top Rope Sites

Todd Gordon, published by K. Daniels and Associates, 2018

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Up to date guide to Sport Climbing and Top Roping in the Joshua Tree National Park area.
Beta on 1,000+ routes in a full color detailed guide!

Climb-On Map

Joshua Tree Climb-On Map

Climb-On Maps

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Tired of getting lost in JTree? Get away from crowds and find over 640 mapped crags! Climb-On Maps provides detailed crag maps with approaches, walk-offs, and at-a-glance crag summaries. Complements Mountain Project.

Best Climbs Joshua Tree National Park: The Best Sport and Trad Routes in the Park (Best Climbs Series)

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.

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.

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.

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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?

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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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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 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

California : Lake Tahoe

Bouldering Lake Tahoe - West Shore, 2nd Edition (cover photo from publisher's website)

Bouldering Lake Tahoe - West Shore (2nd Edition)

Dave Hatchett / Tahoe Bouldering Guides

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"Bouldering Lake Tahoe-West Shore 2nd Edition features over 3,900 problems at 15 different areas.

This is a comprehensive guide covering every pebble that has been wrestled on and around the west shore of Tahoe. Some of the areas included are: Sugar Pine, Meeks Bay, Lost Corner Mountain, Bliss, Lost in Space, The Eagle’s Nest, Lake Azure, Cascade Falls, Voodoo Stones, Angora Lakes 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 pioneer Dave Hatchett, so you can be assured the info will be accurate and up date."

Dave Hatchett's Lake Tahoe on KAYA

Bouldering Lake Tahoe: North Shore in KAYA

Dave Hatchett / KAYA / 2023

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Dave Hatchett's Bouldering Lake Tahoe has gone digital! Find thousands of problems with high-fidelity GPS, topo lines, descriptions, directions, and more often than not, beta videos—all available offline! A KAYA membership will give you access to the entire guide library including areas such as Red Rock, Bishop, Joe's Valley, the Bay Area, and many more.

Climbers Guide to Tahoe Rock (1991, Carville)

Mike Carville (1991) Chockstone Press ISBN: 978-0934641333

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Mike Carville's 1991 Chockstone Press guide has tons of routes.

From the Back Cover:

"Superb crags in a sensational setting--that is climbing in the Lake Tahoe region. This beautiful, wide basin, surrounded by the rugged Sierra Nevada Mountains, hosts a variety of excellent crags along the lake shore and throughout the surrounding backcountry. Rock Climbing Lake Tahoe, formerly Tahoe Rock, describes more than 1,000 routes at a dozen major areas around Lake Tahoe."

Bouldering Lake Tahoe - Outlying Areas, 2nd Edition (cover photo from the publisher's website)

Bouldering Lake Tahoe - Outlying Areas (2nd Edition)

Dave Hatchett / Tahoe Bouldering Guides

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"Bouldering Lake Tahoe-Outlying Areas Edition features over 2,500 problems at 20 different areas.

This is a comprehensive guide covering every pebble that has been wrestled on the outskirts of Tahoe. Some of the areas included are: Doyle, Purgatory, Pyramid Lake, The Sierra Buttes, White Rock Lake, Hwy 20, Bear Valley, Prison Hill, Washoe Boulders, Erratica, Sivler Lake, Ronin, Woodfords Canyon, Loon Lake 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 pioneer Dave Hatchett, so you can be assured the info will be accurate and up date."

North Tahoe: A Rock Climber's Guide (cover photo from publisher's website)

FEATURED: North Tahoe: A Rock Climber's Guide

Josh Horniak / Cold Stream Media / 2017

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"The definitive guidebook to rock climbing in the North Tahoe region. This 350+ page full-color guide has it all! Photo diagrams of every crag, detailed topographical maps, route info, inspiring photos as well as hundreds of never before published routes!This guidebook covers a broad geographical area north of Lake Tahoe between Auburn, CA in the west and Reno, NV in the east. It describes over 1400 rock climbs, which span the full spectrum of climbing styles and grades, from multi-pitch traditional adventures to clip-and-go sport routes. All the classic and previously documented areas - such as Donner Pass, Big Chief, Rainbow, and Indian Springs - have been thoroughly researched and expanded to include pitch length, grade, gear required, a description of each climb, as well as detailed approach and descent options. The new and yet-to-be documented areas of Bowman Valley, The Emeralds, and Cold Stream Canyon are included for the first time in print. From the classic to the soon-to-be classic, the guide includes over 90 distinct crags in the greater Tahoe area."

Climber's Guide to Lake Tahoe and Donner Summit (1973, Beck, 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.

Bouldering Lake Tahoe - North Shore, 2nd Edition (cover photo from the publisher's website)

FEATURED: Bouldering Lake Tahoe - North Shore (2nd Edition)

Dave Hatchett / Tahoe Bouldering Guides

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"Bouldering Lake Tahoe-North Shore 2nd Edition features over 2,300 problems at 20 different areas.

This is a comprehensive guide covering every pebble that has been wrestled on and around the north shore of Tahoe. Some of the areas included are: Cisco Grove, Rainbow, Castle Peak, Summit Lake, Donner Summit, Saddle Boulders Truckee, Big Chief, Old County, 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 pioneer Dave Hatchett, so you can be assured the info will be accurate and up date."

Bouldering Lake Tahoe - South Shore, 2nd Edition (cover photo from the publisher's website)

FEATURED: Bouldering Lake Tahoe - South Shore (2nd Edition)

Dave Hatchett and Frank Lucido / Tahoe Bouldering Guides

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"Bouldering Lake Tahoe-South Shore 2nd Edition features over 2,200 problems at 15 different areas.

This is a comprehensive guide covering every pebble that has been wrestled on and around the south shore of Tahoe. Some of the areas included are: Phantom Spires, Lovers Leap, Benwood Meadows, Flagpole Peak, Alpine Club, PCT Boulders, The Beavers, The Pie shop, Tahoe Mountain 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 and Frank Lucido, so you can be assured the info will be accurate and up date."

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Locals Guide to Rock Climbs of North Tahoe (2011, Jackson)

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. "

California areas covered include:
Crystal Bay Boulder
Donner Summit
Indian Springs
Rainbow
Trippy Rock
Truckee River Canyon

FEATURED: South Lake Tahoe Climbing (2004, McNamara)

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.

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Rock Climbing Lake Tahoe (1999, Carville)

Mike Carville (1999) Falcon Press ISBN: 1-57540-088-X

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Mike Carville's 1999 Falcon Guide has tons of routes.

From the Back Cover:

"Superb crags in a sensational setting--that is climbing in the Lake Tahoe region. This beautiful, wide basin, surrounded by the rugged Sierra Nevada Mountains, hosts a variety of excellent crags along the lake shore and throughout the surrounding backcountry. Rock Climbing Lake Tahoe, formerly Tahoe Rock, describes more than 1,000 routes at a dozen major areas around Lake Tahoe."

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California : High Sierra

High Sierra Climbing - Volume 2

FEATURED: High Sierra Climbing - Volume 2

Authors: Roger Putnam and Vitaliy Musiyenko Published by K. Daniels Publishing 2023

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This book, Volume 2 of a three-volume series, covers peaks on the northern part of the Kern-Kaweah Divide, the Great Western Divide, and on and west of the crest between Shepherd Pass and Bishop Pass.

Angel Wings & Valhalla
Tamarack Creek & Saber Ridge
The Watchtower & Tokopah Valley
Bubbs Creek Wall & Charlotte Dome
Mount Clarence King Area
Tehipite Valley
Gorge of Despair
Lake Basin
Temple Crag & the Palisades
Langille Peak & the Citadel
& much, much more!

High Sierra Climbing Volume 1 - (c) Kevin Daniels Publishing.

FEATURED: High Sierra Climbing - Volume 1

Roger Putnam and Vitaliy Musiyenko. Published by K. Daniels Publishing 2022

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The Sierra Nevada is a world-renowned climbing destination for alpine climbing in some of the most favorable conditions of any mountain range on the planet. This close-to-comprehensive guidebook covers technical free climbs, alpine big walls, ice climbs, and selected scrambles in the High Sierra. It is the essential reference for any climber exploring the “Range of Light”.

The Good, the Great, and the Awesome

The Good, The Great, and The Awesome

Peter Croft - Maximus Press, 2016

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The Guidebook to the top High Sierra Rock Climbs, 2nd Edition

Early Days in the Range of Light: Encounters with Legendary Mountaineers

Daniel Arnold

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It's 1873. Gore-Tex shells and aluminum climbing gear are a century away, but the high mountains still demand your attention. Imagine the stone in your hands and thousands of feet of open air below you, with only a wool jacket to weather a storm and no rope to catch a fall.

Daniel Arnold did more than imagine — he spent three years retracing the steps of his climbing forefathers, and in Early Days in the Range of Light, he tells their riveting stories. From 1864 to 1931, the Sierra Nevada witnessed some of the most audacious climbing of all time. In the spirit of his predecessors, Arnold carried only rudimentary equipment — no ropes, no harness, no specialized climbing shoes. Sometimes he left his backpack and sleeping bag behind as well, and, like John Muir, traveled for days with only a few pounds of food rolled into a sack slung over his shoulder.

In an artful blend of history, biography, nature, and adventure writing, Arnold brings to life the journeys and the terrain traveled. In the process he uncovers the motivations that drove an extraordinary group of individuals to risk so much for airy summits and close contact with bare stone and snow.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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.

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FEATURED: 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.

California : San Francisco Bay Area

Golden State Bouldering Guidebook in KAYA

Golden State Bouldering on KAYA

Kimbrough Moore, Shannon Joslin, and Leo Popovic / KAYA Climb / 2023

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Featuring over 20 unique climbing destinations in the San Francisco Bay area, authors Kimbrough and Shannon have taken their spectacular Golden State guidebook and made it digital with KAYA PRO. From sandy beach bouldering in Fort Ross to the classic forest slopers of Castle Rock State Park, this region has it all.

With exact GPS coordinates for every problem and parking area, hundreds of beta videos in-app, climb lists, written directions, and ascent data, KAYA Guides are meant to make days out bouldering easier and more convenient. Including 24 unique climbing destinations within the San Francisco Bay area, Kimbrough Moore and Shannon Joslin’s Golden State guidebook is the most thorough and comprehensive collection of climbing in the region.

Purchase a KAYA PRO subscription for $10/month or $60/year and gain access to this guidebook, the newly released Bishop Area Bouldering guide, the Joe's Valley guide, and more!

Golden State Bouldering on KAYA

Kimbrough Moore, Shannon Joslin, and Leo Popovic

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Featuring over 20 unique climbing destinations in the San Francisco Bay area, authors Kimbrough and Shannon have taken their spectacular Golden State guidebook and made it digital with KAYA PRO. From sandy beach bouldering in Fort Ross to the classic forest slopers of Castle Rock State Park, this region has it all.

With exact GPS coordinates for every problem and parking area, hundreds of beta videos in-app, climb lists, written directions, and ascent data, KAYA Guides are meant to make days out bouldering easier and more convenient. Including 24 unique climbing destinations within the San Francisco Bay area, Kimbrough Moore and Shannon Joslin’s Golden State guidebook is the most thorough and comprehensive collection of climbing in the region.

Purchase a KAYA PRO subscription for $10/month or $60/year and gain access to this guidebook, the newly released Bishop Area Bouldering guide, the Joe's Valley guide, and more!

SF Bay Area Bouldering Guidebook

FEATURED: San Francisco Bay Area Bouldering

Jim Thornburg 2023

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2023 edition, 476 pages, the Bay Area’s most up-to-date bouldering guide.

Golden State Bouldering

FEATURED: GOLDEN STATE BOULDERING

Kimbrough Moore and Shannon Joslin, Illustrations Leo Popovic, 2022

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Golden State Bouldering is a comprehensive guide to the greater Bay Area of California, with information on the outdoor bouldering around San Francisco, Sacramento, Santa Rosa, and Santa Cruz. This guide describes 1,600 boulder problems with hundreds of color photos, maps, GPS coordinates, and hand-drawn illustrations. Golden State Bouldering has a philosophical twist, exploring the ways in which climbing can be among the most meaningful parts of our lives. Whether you are new to climbing or an old-school veteran, Moore and Joslin draw on decades of experience to describe the unique magic of Bay Area climbing.

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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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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.

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Bay Area Rock

FEATURED: Bay Area Rock

Jim Thornburg (2022) Potlicker Press

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The latest edition (2022) of Jim's annually updated book covering many climbing spots in San Francisco's immediate area.

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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

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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.

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California : Northwest California

Redwood Burl

FEATURED: Redwood Burl

Evan Wisheropp/Wolverine Publishing/2022

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"Redwood Burl is a compact yet comprehensive guide to the extensive climbing in Northwest California. The college town of Arcata is the center of a universe of incredible but little-known cragging and bouldering. Sea cliffs, sea lions, river-polished boulders, towering redwoods, hidden limestone caves, and enough climbing to keep you busy for a lifetime. It’s a paradise. For years, road-tripping climbers in the know have visited the limestone of the Trinity Arêtes and the overhanging seaside pockets of Promontory, declaring them some of the best sport crags in CA. This book fully documents these gems, and introduces dozens of other excellent cliffs that have hidden under the radar … until now!

There’s a lot packed into this guidebook. You’ll find maps to keep you oriented, icons depicting sun and rain aspects, hiking approach times, geology and ecology info, gorgeous color photography, and enough beta on bouldering, sport, and trad climbing to keep you busy whether you’re just visiting the area or a seasoned local.

$1 of each book sale is donated to the Northwest California Climbers Coalition, whose mission is to preserve and expand local climbing opportunities. Please visit their website at nwca-climbers.org, and feel free to pitch in, any way you can!"

California : Sonora Pass Highway (108)

Climbers Guide To Table Mt.

Flash Drive Publisher, Mike Arechiga 2021

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Climbers Guide To Table Mt. 2018

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FEATURED: A Climber's Guide to the Sonora Pass Highway (2nd edition, 2013)

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

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California : San Bernardino Mountains

A Climber's Guide to Big Bear Lake & Holcomb Valley Pinnacles

A Climber's Guide to Big Bear Lake & Holcomb Valley Pinnacles

Brandon Copp / Wolverine Publishing / 2020

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This is the essential guide to over 1000 routes surrounding Big Bear Lake in California's San Bernardino Mountains.  The best-known climbing area here is the famed Holcomb Valley Pinnacles, super-popular for its dense concentration of steep, well-featured, granite sport climbs.  The Pinnacles are covered in full detail, along with complete beta for scores of crags well off the beaten path.  Moderate sport climbs may have put Big Bear on the map, but there is something perfect here for everyone, from easy slabs to remote pinnacles, to technical slab and trad cracks of all kinds.  The pine-covered hills, quaint mountain town, and expansive lake offer an abundance of excellent camping and a large variety of rest-day fun.  With never-before-published crags, extensive maps, and new routes for every skill level, this full-color, comprehensive guidebook promises years of climbing adventures in LA's backyard.

Hidden Treasures East (Big Bear Basin)

Hidden Treasures East (Big Bear Basin)

Brad Singer (2008) Glentex Publications

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This is a 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. *Out of Print*

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California : Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP

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.

California : Yosemite National Park

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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 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.

California : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks

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 Tahquitz and Suicide Rocks (3rd edition)

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.

California : Inland Empire

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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.

California : San Diego County

The San Diego Climber Pocket Guide

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.

California : Central Coast

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 Santa Barbara and Ventura, by Steve Edwards

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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