Canadian Guidebook


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Austin May · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 25

This summer I am (planning on) taking a road trip through Canada, leaving from Seattle and going to Manitoba. On the way I am hoping to climb in Squamish, Skaha, and Banff, possibly some other places. Does anyone know of a good guidebook that encompasses all these places?

Thanks!

jon jugenheimer · · Madison, WI · Joined Apr 2006 · Points: 2,049

Bow valley rock for banff

jon jugenheimer · · Madison, WI · Joined Apr 2006 · Points: 2,049

Old book. Sorry. You will want Banff Rock

tsouth · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2013 · Points: 5

Kevin Mclane has a book out called Canadian Rock. It encompasses all those areas and has select lines in each one. It is by no means a substitute guide for the respective local guides to the area as it can't have every route in it otherwise it would be 1000 pages, but it does a good job at identifying the classics and giving people a good idea where to go.

rpc · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2005 · Points: 575

Anything out there for eastern Canada rock?

C Brooks · · Fresno, CA · Joined Feb 2015 · Points: 546

Check out this publisher, they carry most of the relevant guidebooks for Western Canada

http://www.highcol.ca/

Dom · · New Brunswick Canada · Joined Dec 2007 · Points: 1,110
rpc wrote:Anything out there for eastern Canada rock?
Not that I'm aware of. There are, however, plenty of local and regional guidebooks. Eastern Canada is huge!

MEC offers a pretty good selection of those local and regional guidebooks.
http://www.mec.ca/shop/climbing-guidebooks/50001+50250/
rpc · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2005 · Points: 575

Dom - thanks! A few local guides look interesting & I have not seen them before.

Austin May · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 25

Thanks everyone, helps a lot!

Brad Warne · · Calgary, Alberta · Joined Feb 2006 · Points: 945

+1 for Canadian Rock select

Gavin W · · Surrey, BC · Joined Feb 2015 · Points: 183

I'm sure you've already figured this out on your own, but for Squamish, THE book is Squamish Select, by Mark Bourdon. I haven't been out to Skaha yet, but Skaha Rock looks like the best bet as far as a guidebook for that specific area. I haven't used the Canadian Rock book, so I can't comment on it.

petzl logic · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2013 · Points: 0

I heard there's a really nice new guidebook coming out for Quebec. Unfortunately, it's in French. But it should be a significant improvement from the other options on the table. I think it's from the same people who did the ice guide and that is stunning and fairly comprehensive.

Dom · · New Brunswick Canada · Joined Dec 2007 · Points: 1,110
ml242 wrote:I heard there's a really nice new guidebook coming out for Quebec.
For the whole Province?
Where did you hear this? Is there anything online that references this?
Just curious. Thanks.

ml242 wrote: Unfortunately, it's in French.
Probably not your intention but wow, you make it sound like the French language is somehow inferior.
petzl logic · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2013 · Points: 0

That's the info I got at la cordee on st catherine a month ago.

Thin skinned much? Maybe if other English speaking people ask for it they'll do a run of books that could be more useful to non French speakers.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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