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75 Scrambles in Washington: Classic Routes to the Summits Paperback – May, 2001
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As a case in point, consider scramble number 74, "The Brothers": The GPS coordinates listed are wrong, ironic for an author that touts her "extensive experience with map and compass and GPS use." (The coordinates are in the wrong UTM Grid Zone; if you assume that she meant 10T instead of 10U, one is off by nearly a quarter mile.) Some of the coordinates that she does provide aren't particularly useful - obvious sites such as the trailhead, the summit and a large lake on the route - while those that would be useful, such as where the route crosses "The Nose," are omitted. Worst of all, the actual scramble description is cursory, as short as the trailhead driving directions.
Consider this book if you're looking for ideas for alpine scrambles - some in here are true classics. If you do buy the book, however, look for better route descriptions elsewhere, and turn a skeptical eye to trip details, lest they get you in trouble out in the woods.
My main objection is the limitation Goldman seems to place on her trips. The hardest climbs are just a little too easy. She would really open things up to another great 50 climbs if she were willing to go just a little bit farther into the Class 3 climbing arena.
I'd probably check it out of the library and take a good look at it before purchasing it. You might only be interested in one or two of the routes. They very widely in difficulty and logistics.
I have used this book for 5 or 6 years to find climbs. This is the guidebook I use when I want to go for a morning or take someone who wants to feel what it is like in the Alpine Zone. In all honesty, the scrambles listed here have been some of my most enjoyable "climbs" because they are just fun. That is what this book is really all about, a very concise list of scrambles that are challenging without being scary. So, get the book and go climb Hibox Peak, it really is a lot of fun and you won't need a rope.
This is the first book I recommend to anyone who wants to take up "climbing" in Washington.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As the author notes in the introduction, there really weren't any guides dedicated to scrambling in Washington despite many guidebooks for hiking, mountaineering, etc. Read morePublished on November 19, 2010 by John H. Wright
Please avoid this book. While there may be a few idea generators in this book, on one recent trip, the participants compared notes and agreed
that of the more than 20 trips we... Read more
Great book. I just wanted to say that I disagree with the review that says get the Beckey books instead. Read morePublished on April 19, 2002