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Feb 24, 2013
So, I have scoured the internet in search of a good guide book for Washington but there seem to be so many out there. Does anyone have a good suggestion for a guidebook for Rainier, the Cascades and Leavenworth. If I need to get multiple guide books than I will... Chris Freye
From Seattle
Joined Nov 30, 2012
30 points
Feb 24, 2013
Cascade Alpine Guide - pick your volume Ben Beckerich
From saint helens, oregon
Joined Jun 24, 2011
270 points
Feb 24, 2013
Ok, so you ended up asking about multiple areas with multiple complexities.

So, let me say that you should probably get multiple books. While the CAG is good, it's a bit old and some areas could be better with more recent books.

For rock in Leavenworth:

For Rainier:

For Other Routes:
CAG is excellent for lower routes.

Also try:

Summit Routes (top 100)


Yes. You should get multiples. If you're gonna be living in WA, there are guidebooks available for Washington Pass, Index, Exit 38, Frenchman Coulee, Royal Columns/Tieton, etc. If you want real rock guides, look for one of these books before heading to the area. Will benefit you greatly!
Cale Hoopes
From Sammamish, WA
Joined Nov 23, 2012
12 points
Mar 12, 2013
leavenworth rock climbing by kramar
beckey alpine guides 1-3
not sure for rainier.
Sky Valley Rock for index
Free pdf for Mt. Erie, PM me if you want.
Aaron Pulda
From Seattle, WA
Joined May 18, 2012
0 points
Mar 12, 2013
This website features a good amount of free beta and a full length guide for Frenchman Coulee.
From Seattle, WA
Joined Feb 5, 2013
7 points
Mar 12, 2013
I agree that it really depends on what your focus is- "Rainier, Cascades, Leavenworth" describes a huge variety of locations and types of climbing.

Here are two general-purpose recommendations:

Selected Climbs in the Cascades (vol 1) is a really good guide for alpine climbs and some rock routes. It has enough classics to keep you busy for a while.

Weekend Rock is a really good book for moderate single- and multi-pitch rock climbing all over the state. It's mostly about cragging/short approaches.
Eric Fjellanger
Joined May 8, 2008
778 points
Mar 12, 2013
Frenchman coulee was the junk! Never saw another soul the for 5 months out there and some great swimming/cliff jumping. Just look out for gang activity around there. I was warned of it a couple times when I was out there 2 years ago. wufpak18
From Raleigh, NC
Joined Jul 31, 2010
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