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Arizona : Central Arizona : **Prescott Areas : Granite Dells

The Granite Dells Climbing Guide

Kevin Keith

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Published in 2017, this is a guidebook exclusively for the Granite Dells. There are 198 pages covering over 650 routes with black and white photos and black and white topo overlays. The book is available in Prescott at the local gear stores: The Hike Shack and Manzanita Outfitters. In Flagstaff at Babbits Backcountry Outfitters and in Phoenix at the Arizona Hiking Shack. The book can also be found on Amazon.

Arizona : Central Arizona : **Phoenix Areas

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 ascentionists
· 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 - http://mcdowellsrockclimbing.com/ - for more information and news.

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Phoenix Rock II: Rock Climbing Guide To Central Arizona Granite

Greg Opland / Falcon

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The most detailed guide to Phoenix area climbing, Phoenix Rock II is 280 black and white pages. It was published in 1996 and remains in print.

The author is an administrator for Arizona on Mountain Project.

Arizona

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 : Central Arizona : **Phoenix Areas : Superstition Mountains

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Superstitions Select: Climber's Guide To Multi-Pitch Routes Of The Superstition Mountains

Greg Opland / Steel Monkey Publishing

Guide to selected multipitch routes in the Superstitions Mountains east of Phoenix.
Published in 1998; 85 pages; black and white with illustrations and photos; now out of print.

Arizona : Central Arizona : **Prescott Areas

A Climber's Guide To Prescott, AZ

Mike Smith

Published in 2000 this 114 page guide of Prescott includes over 300 routes from Thumb Butte, Upper and Lower Sullivan Canyon, Granite Basin, and Skull Valley. It features easy-to-read topo-photos for all the areas, detailed route information, directions, and area traditions.

Arizona : Central Arizona : **Prescott Areas : *Prescott Bouldering*

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Prescott Bouldering

Bill Cramer

Published in 2001 this 114 page guidebook contains 59 maps and 53 topos.

Arizona : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon

Cover of "The Rock Jock's Guide To Queen Creek Canyon".

The Rock Jock's Guide To Queen Creek Canyon

Marty Karabin / MK Productions

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This out-of-print guide from 1996 covers the climbing routes and bouldering problems at Queen Creek Canyon. The book is 387 black and white pages. It has been supplanted by pocket guides.

Arizona : Central Arizona : Isolation Canyon

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Isolation Canyon Climbing Guide

Manuel Rangel / CreateSpace Publishing

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Isolation Canyon Climbing Guide lists 182 routes in 94 pages with color photos. The routes are traditional, mixed, and sport and range from 1 to 3 pitches. The guide was published in 2012.

Manuel Rangel, the author, is one of the area's primary route developers.