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Best alpine climbing guidebooks for the northwest...


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rusty pitoune · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2014 · Points: 755

I want to buy some guidebooks to plan some big alpine missions up there. Pretty open to different areas,  Which are the best? -Thanks for your suggestions. Cameron.

Gavin W · · Langley, BC · Joined Feb 2015 · Points: 181

Cascade Alpine Guide Vol 1-3 from Fred Beckey is probably the benchmark. Three volumes split up by areas of the Cascades.

Blake Herrington's Cascades Rock is awesome, has great photography, and has just enough info for you to have an adventure.

(edited to correct name of the Herrington guidebook)

Eric K · · Leavenworth, Washington · Joined Aug 2010 · Points: 45

Selected climbs in the Cascades

Matthew Tangeman · · Bellingham, WA · Joined May 2015 · Points: 130

If alpine rock climbing is your main goal, Cascades Rock is the best and most up to date. 

rusty pitoune · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2014 · Points: 755

Alpine rock is less interesting than challenging long mixed ice type routes. We have good alpine rock in the sierras that I already partake in. 

rusty pitoune · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2014 · Points: 755

thanks for all of the suggestions so far! keep em coming!

Nick Sweeney · · Spokane, WA · Joined Jun 2013 · Points: 634

Cascades Rock by Blake Herrington

Washington Pass Climbing by Ian Nicholson

If you're more interested in icy snowy stuff, your best bet is to get the Beckey guides and cross-reference them with the trip reports on Cascades Climbers, especially in the 2004-2010 time frame when the site was especially active. 

Kyle Elliott · · Everett, WA · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 565

Echoing what others have said ...Herringtons Cascades rock is a work of art. It mostly covers 5.9-5.12 traditionally protected granite multipitch but has a bit of everything.

the beckey bibles 1-3 . although many of the routes listed are like 2 or 3 sentence descriptions, it gives you a good idea and contains so much additional info about the area. 

The back of the Leavenworth guidebook has a section on alpine routes in the enchantments/Stuart range, And covers some of the alpine-esque walls like snow creek wall and bridge creek wall. 


clint helander · · anchorage, alaska · Joined Dec 2007 · Points: 611

If you run out of good routes to do with the Beckey guides...the best guidebooks ever written, BTW...then you'll probably be regarded as the greatest climber to ever live...besides Beckey, of course.

Chris Winter · · Portland, OR · Joined Apr 2008 · Points: 300

Check out Select Climbs of the Cascades Vols. 1 and 2 - both have a good selection of longer alpine snow and ice routes.  Most are heavily condition dependent, making it tough for out-of-towners to find a good window.  Good luck.  

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