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California : Joshua Tree National Park

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 : High Desert : Apple Valley Crags : 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 : San Bernardino Mountains : 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 : West Shore : 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 : 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.

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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.

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California : Lake Tahoe : Highway 50 Corridor : Crystal Basin : 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 : Lake Tahoe

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

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, The Bathtubs, Prison Hill, Washoe Boulders, Erratica, Silver 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 (2017, Horniak)

Josh Horniak / Cold Stream Media ISBN: 9780998501109

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"This guidebook covers a broad geographical region in the vicinity of North Lake Tahoe, between Auburn, California to the west and Reno, Nevada to the east. The book describes more than 1400 rock climbs, which span the full spectrum of climbing styles and grades, from multi-pitch traditional adventures to clip-and-go sport climbs. Information on all the classic and previously documented areas, such as Donner Pass, Big Chief, Rainbow, and Indian Springs, has been thoroughly researched and expanded, to include pitch length, grade, gear recommendations, and a description of each climb, as well as detailed approach and descent options. The new and previously undocumented areas of Bowman Valley, The Emeralds, and Cold Stream Canyon – each area alone containing hundreds of climbs developed by dedicated locals during the last ten years – are included for the first time in print."

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.

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Bouldering Lake Tahoe - North/West Edition (2013, Hatchett)

Dave Hatchett / Tahoe Bouldering Guides ASIN: 057810959X

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"Bouldering Lake Tahoe-North/West Edition features over 3,200 problems at 25 different areas.This is a comprehensive guide covering every pebble that has been wrestled on the north and west shores of Tahoe.

Some of the areas included are: Rainbow, Castle Peak, Donner Summit, Truckee, Big Chief, Old County, Sugar Pine, Bliss, Cascade Falls, Lost in Space 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."

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Bouldering Lake Tahoe - South and East Shore Edition (2014, Hatchett, Lucido and Thompson)

Dave Hatchett, Jon Thompson and Frank Lucido / Tahoe Bouldering Guides

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"Bouldering Lake Tahoe-South/East Edition features over 3,500 problems at 30 different areas. This is a comprehensive guide covering every pebble that has been wrestled on the south and east shores of Tahoe.

Some of the areas included are: Phantom Spires, Lovers Leap, Benwood Meadows, Flagpole Peak, The Beavers, Luther Pass, Burnside Lake, Kirkwood, The Pieshop, The Zephrys, Incline Village and much more.

It has full color photos of all the boulders, topos, overview maps, breathtaking photography and everything else you need to get you to the boulders. This book is written by local climbing pioneers Dave Hatchett, Jon Thompson and Frank Lucido, so you can be assured the info will be accurate and up 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/Truckee
Indian Springs
Rainbow
Trippy Rock
Truckee River Canyon

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

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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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 : 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 : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Climbing Guide App (free)

Chad Lawyer (2016)

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

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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 (2015) Yosemite Bigwalls

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Roger Putnam's and Erik Sloan's Yosemite Bigwalls is sold in print and/or digital formats.

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Rock Climbing Yosemite Valley

Barth, Bedinghaus, Jakubowski and Sloan (2016) Yosemite Bigwalls

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Rock Climbing Yosemite Valley: 750 Best Free Routes. As of May 2016, this is available for pre-order, with shipments scheduled for June.

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

California : Southern Sierra : The Needles / Kern River : The Needles

The Needles Climbing, A Complete Guide (2016)

Kristian Solem / K. Daniels Publishing (2016)

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From the seller's website: "This guidebook covers every route from the classics to the obscure at the upper Needles, Voodoo Dome, Demon Dome, and the secretive Merlin Dome.

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

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

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

California : San Francisco Bay Area : Wine Country : 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 : 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 : Sierra Eastside : Bishop Area

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 Bouldering (2nd Edition)

Bishop Bouldering (2nd Edition)

By Wills Young / Wolverine

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

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

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

California : Southern Sierra : Fresno Dome (Wamello)

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Fresno Dome Climbers Guide (2015)

Mike Arechiga

"The new 2015 Fresno Dome Guide Book is now available." - Mike Arechiga

Southern Yosemite Rock Climbs

Mark Spencer and Shirley Spencer (1988) Condor Designs ISBN-13: 978-0962015809

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Currently out of print. The buy link goes to Amazon. From the seller's page there:

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

California : Southern Sierra : The Needles / Kern River

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.

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 : 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 : 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 : Tuolumne Meadows Bouldering

Tuolumne Meadows Bouldering Guidebook (2014)

Charlie Barrett / self published

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

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

East Shore Climbers Guide: Woodfords Chapter

Ron Anderson (long out of print)

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 : Sonora Pass Highway (108) : Columbia Bouldering

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Columbia Bouldering

Dean Fleming and Daniel Forbes

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

California : San Jacinto Mountains : Black Mountain

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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

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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.

Yosemite Topropes

Rob Floyd (1999) Sharp End Publishing

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Now you too can bring your kids to the rocks. Floyd takes a unique approach to climbing books, using interesting little icons to represent information from the slope of the climbs to whether or not to bring your children along. An interesting book, though a little bit too small for a climbing region (Yosemite) containing thousands of routes.

Rock Climbing 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 : San Francisco Bay Area

From the publisher's website.

Bay Area Top Ropes

Chris Summit, Chris McNamara and Valentine Cullen (2010) Supertopo

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Chris's latest Bay Area climbing books are split into bouldering and top ropes; this is the latter, with coauthors.

From the publisher's website.

Bay Area Bouldering

Chris Summit (2007) Supertopo

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Chris's latest Bay Area climbing books are split into bouldering and top ropes.

Areas Covered
From Jim's website.

Bay Area Rock

Jim Thornburg (2015) Potlicker Press

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

Areas Covered

Rock Climbing the San Francisco Bay Area

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

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Teresa Black

Areas Covered
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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.

Areas Covered

California : Yosemite National Park : Southern Yosemite

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Southern Yosemite Rock Climbs

Mark Spencer and Shirley Spencer (1988) Condor Designs ISBN-13: 978-0962015809

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Currently out of print. The buy link goes to Amazon. From the seller's page there:

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

California : Southern Sierra : Shuteye Ridge

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

Grahm Doe: Wolverine Publishing ISBN: 978-193839309-9

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424 pages, color.

California

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Northern California Bouldering

Chris Summit (2009) Supertopo

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1st Edition, May 2009, covers 1600 problems, VB to V13, in 50 bouldering destinations.

Areas covered on Mountain Project include:

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

...

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

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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 : 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 : Northeast California

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Locals Guide to Rock Climbs of Northeast California (2014)

Paul Bernard, with John Jackson, Brett Marty, Mason Werner, and Saylor Flett

Quoting directly from the Camp 4 website: "Includes the crags in Plumas County, Lassen County, Western Tehama County, parts of Butte County and Southeast Shasta County. 35+ crags, 470 pages."

Not seen available for sale online as of mid 2017.

California : Lake Tahoe : Highway 50 Corridor : Crystal Basin

Climbing Guide to the Crystal Basin (1992, Branscomb)

Bob Branscomb (1992)

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

Areas Covered:
Loon Lake

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 : Joshua Tree National Park : *Joshua Tree Bouldering*

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 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 : Sierra Eastside

Bishop Area Rock Climbs

Bishop Area Rock Climbs

Peter Croft and Marty Lewis (2008) Maximus Press ISBN: 0-9676116-9-3

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The third of the series covering the southern portion of the Sierra Eastside with all the info to popular areas like Whitney Portal, the Alabama Hills, Pine Creek, Cardinal Pinnacle and more. Detailed topos, actions shots, and index and routes by rating as well.

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

4th edition cover from Bored Feet Press website.

Mammoth Area Rock Climbs

Marty Lewis (2014) Maximus Press ISBN: 978-0-9824988-2-8

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This 4th Edition is the latest version of Marty Lewis's standard guidebook for the greater Mammoth area.

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

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

•Rock Creek
•Way Lake
•Bear Crag
•Clark Canyon
•Deadman Summit
•Tioga Cliff
...

California : San Bernardino Mountains

Hidden Treasures East (Big Bear Basin)

Hidden Treasures East (Big Bear Basin)

Brad Singer (2008) Glentex Publications

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

The Purchase link goes to Amazon.

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 Jacinto Mountains : The Tramway

Tram Bouldering Guide. Photo from Fixeusa.com.

Tram Bouldering

Miramontes / K. Daniels & Associates

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

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

Southern California Sport Climbing Guide (3rd Edition)

Southern California Sport Climbing Guide (3rd Edition)

Troy Mayr/KDA

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Covers a portion of the Central Pinnacles more popular crags (Claim Jumper Wall, Motherlode Rock, Coyote Crag etc.) as well as select crags in the Southern Pinnacles (Lost Orbit, Parking Lot Rock).

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 : Redwood Coast : Trinity Arêtes

Big Foot Country Climbing

Eric Chemello and Paul Humphrey.

This guide is available at local outdoor stores and covers the limestone and coastal climbing on the Redwood Coast.

California : Inland Empire : 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 : Los Angeles Basin : Santa Monica Mountains

Sport Climbing in the Santa Monicas (2nd edition) <br>

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 : Sierra Eastside : Bishop Area : Owens River Gorge

Owens River Gorge Climbs (10th edition) <br>

Owens River Gorge Climbs (10th edition)

Marty Lewis (2005) Maximus Press

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Marty Lewis's latest, greatest edition of THE guide to the fantastic climbing of the Owens River Gorge details over 700 routes in this popular area. Lots of new routes as well as updated information on older routes affected by the rising Owens River.

California : Redwood Coast

Bigfoot Country Climbing

Written and published by Eric Chemello and Paul Humphrey.

Bigfoot Country Climbing includes the coastal climbing from Moonstone beach to Promontory as well as limestone climbing at Trinity Aretes, Cecilville, Marble caves and the Caverns. Well drawn topos get you where you need to be. It is available at gear shops in Arcata and Eureka.

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 : Los Angeles Basin : Stoney Point

Yellow Book Cover

Stoney Point Guide

Hellweg & Fisher. La Siesta Press (c) 1982

The old yellow book is out of print - but you may be able to find it at a used book store, or a middle aged climber's bookcase.

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.

3rd Edition Cover

Urban Rock - Stoney Point Bouldering & Top-Roping

Chris Owen (c)2004

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3rd Edition - Updated with more boulder problems, also contains extensive top-roping.

California : Central Coast

Sport Climbing in the Santa Monicas (Southern California Climbing Guides)

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."

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 : Lake Tahoe : Truckee River Canyon : Big Chief

Maximus Press' website cover photo.

Big Chief Area Climbs (2005, Hajek)

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

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

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

Big Chief
Light Deprivation Buttress
Little Chief
Sawtooth Ridge

California : Central Coast : Pinnacles National Park

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 : Northeast California : Castle Crags

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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 : Sonora Pass Highway (108)

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A Climber's Guide to the Sonora Pass Highway

Brad Young and Steve Dawson (2013) / Maximus Press

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

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

Brad Young and Steve Dawson / Maximus Press

Areas Covered