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Cochise Stronghold Guidebooks

Arizona : Southern Arizona : Cochise Stronghold

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Cochise Stronghold: Rock Climbing on the East Side

Tanya Bok /

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Published in 2017, Cochise Stronghold: Rock Climbing on the East Side features 475+ routes and and thousands of pitches to include ALL the areas you know are out there but have never been published before.

- Full color, stunning photography, in a 275 page book.
- The pitch-by-pitch descriptions include gear and bolt count.
- Hundreds of multi-pitch climbs in easy to follow color coding in difficulty from 5.5 to 5.12.
- Turn by turn descriptions with GPS coordinates to navigate all of those nooks and cranny approaches.
- Funny stories, writing, and history share the personality of the area.

"Few climbers know the spectacular classic lines, and the quiet nooks and crannies of this wonderful place as well as Tanya Bok. I spent several hours with it this morning and am blown away by how beautifully spectacular it is. It is the best guidebook I think I have ever put my hands on – the effort and care you invested shines through on each and every page –gorgeous! Dave Baker"

The author is a Cochise Stronghold first ascensionist, explorer, and always ready to have a good time.

Cochise Stronghold: Rock Climbing on the West Side by Tanya Bok

Cochise Stronghold: Rock Climbing on the West Side

Tanya Bok / Trundlestone Productions, LLC

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Published in 2016, Cochise Stronghold: Rock Climbing on the West Side covers the west side in beautiful detail.

Features include:

  • 200 full color pages with vivid photos, accurate topos, and detailed route descriptions
  • 375+ routes comprising 550+ pitches, many previously unpublished
  • Singular access to route names and details

The author spent years climbing and photographing in the Stronghold to make this guide.

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Toofast Topos: 50 Multipitch Climbs In Cochise Stronghold

Geir Hundal

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Published in 2014 and available as a hardcopy or PDF, Toofast Topos: 50 Multipitch Climbs In Cochise Stronghold features 50 of the most popular routes in the Dragoon Mountains. Features include:

  • Toofast's topos reworked for the 226 page book
  • Precise pitch-by-pitch descriptions for every route, ranging in difficulty from 5.7 to 5.12
  • Overhead satellite imagery and clear descriptions of all approaches, formations, and descents
  • Maps, driving directions, camping and accommodation information
  • Detailed timeline and history of climbing in Cochise Stronghold
  • Foreword by Steve Grossman

The author is a Cochise Stronghold fixture and frequent Mountain Project contributor.


McDowell Rock – A Climber’s Guide

McDowell Rock – A Climber’s Guide

Erik Filsinger and Cheryl Beaver

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McDowell Rock is the one source for information on rock climbing in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve of Scottsdale, Arizona.

· Designed to make finding the crags and routes easy
· Identification and colored photos of over 20 rock crags
· Accurate trail head and trail access information
· GPS points at key intersections to assist in finding crags
· Contains over 240 routes, many never publicized before
· Color locator photographs of the crags
· Routes displayed on color photos
· Route descriptions and photos presented on the same page
· Top rope climbs highlighted
· Anecdotes and photos from many of the first ascensionists
· Historical commentary about climbing and the Preserve
· Published in 2016 with 134 pages of text and photos

Feel free to visit the book’s website - for more information and news.

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Karabin Guides

Marty Karabin

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Marty Karabin has produced $5 fold out pocket guides for the following areas:

  • The Road Area
  • Lower Devils Canyon
  • Uper Devils Canyon
  • Northern Devils Canyon
  • The Mine
  • Euro Dog Valley
  • Beardsley Boulders
  • The Overlook
  • The Projects
  • South Mountain & Pima Canyon
  • Groom Creek
  • Blue Ridge Reservoir
  • Pinnacle Peak
  • The McDowell's
  • Camelback Mountain
  • Lookout Mountain
  • Crown King
  • The Homestead

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Rock Climbing Arizona

Steward M. Green / Falcon Guides

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A select guide to 25 of Arizona's best and most popular climbing areas. This black and white, 528 page book was published in 1999.

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Weekend Rock Arizona: Trad And Sport Routes From 5.0 to 5.10a

Lon Abbott / Mountaineers Books

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This guide provides a sampling of Arizona rock climbing. It is geared towards the casual climber and as such does not include more difficult grades or areas in their entirety. The areas covered in are: Cochise Stronghold, The Overlook, Granite Mountain, Pinnacle Peak, Jacks Canyon, Queen Creek, McDowell Mountains, Sedona, Mount Lemmon, and Thumb Butte. The book was published in 2006 and is 285 pages. Besides still being in print it is available for the Kindle.

Arizona : Southern Arizona

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Backcountry Rockclimbing in Southern Arizona

Bob Kerry

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This out-of-print classic from 1997 covers the Santa Catalina Mountains, Cochise Stronghold, Baboquivari, Mendoza Canyon (Coyote Domes), and many other Southern Arizona formations. It is a great resource for those seeking adventure and solitude.

The guide is hosted online at