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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Patagonia Books (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980122716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980122718
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 9.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Fred Beckey is an audacious living legend who is responsible for more first ascents (over a 70-year span) than any other climber in North America. He is also the leading chronicler of the mountains of the Pacific Northwest; his guidebooks for the Cascades remain the standard. Expert in the geology, natural and social history of the mountain places he loves, Beckey is one of the great travel writers of any age. Now in his eighties – and still climbing – he is revered throughout the North American climbing community as the “original dirtbag.”


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He was very pleased to receive it and I know will enjoy "dreaming" his way through it.
mary
Probably the best use for this book is to motivate the climber bound to her or his home turf to seek out and plan trips to different places and different rocks.
Timothy Byrne
This book, Fred's finest yet, is full of so much information that I have been reading since I got it 2 monthes ago.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Byrne on January 11, 2012
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We are fortunate that Fred managed to get in the last must-climbs on his list. At 89 it wasn't clear that he'd manage that, but he apparently has. Kudos to all the rope guns that have helped him along the way these past few years.
The book is everything you'd expect. The selection of climbs is decidedly not snobbish. It's based on the appeal of the climbs, not technical challenges or bragging rights. It's got routes with 5.11 pitches, and it's got 5.fun routes like the Third Flatiron in Colorado's Front Range.
The route descriptions are terse but suffice to give one a good sense of the climb, and the featured rock routes have hand drawn topos. Each climb also has a brief list of caveats that highlight hazards or key route finding beta.
Each description includes a personal memoir of Beckey's climbs on the route along with notes on the history and geology of the area. For the most part these are interesting. There are some nice sized photos of the routes themselves as well as some smaller accent pictures of Fred and friends in action.
Probably the best use for this book is to motivate the climber bound to her or his home turf to seek out and plan trips to different places and different rocks. There's certainly enough material here to base that sort of planning on.
This book makes a nice companion to Patagonia's classic books on Yosemite in the 60s and 70s. Mr Chouinard is building a nice library of must have large format climbing tomes.
The climbs breakdown like this: Pacific NW - 16 featured climbs and 2 additional short descriptions, Alaska - 4 featured, BC Coast Range - 7 featured and 6 short, Canadian Rockies - 18 featured and 7 short, Wind River, Tetons and Wasatch Ranges: 1 featured and 4 short, CO Front Range: 8 featured and 3 short, Sierra Nevada South: 7 featured and 3 short, Sierra Nevada North: 10 featured and 8 short, Southwest: 13 featured and 6 short, Appalachians and Mexico: 4 featured.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Martin le Roux on December 31, 2011
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This book is very much in the spirit of Steck & Roper's 50 Classic Climbs - a blend of climbing history, geography, photography, route descriptions and practical advice. (About a dozen of the same routes appear in both books.) The big difference, of course, is that Fred Beckey has done all of these climbs himself. It's clearly not intended as an actual guidebook - it's a big, heavy hardcover; most of the descriptions are quite terse; and many routes lack topos - but there's more than enough information here to whet the appetite of climbing enthusiasts, and for many of us there's inspiration for several lifetimes of adventures (few people can hope to emulate Fred Beckey and climb all these routes in a single lifetime). In terms of technical difficulty, almost all of these routes are accessible to average climbers (very few of them are harder than 5.10), but technical difficulty is not the only challenge, since many of them are on big, remote mountains. However, roadside crags like Boulder's Third Flatiron and Eldorado Canyon make their appearance as well. One disappointment is that there aren't as many photos as one could hope for, and many of them are very small, which is surprising for a large coffee-table book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert M. Branch on February 15, 2012
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This is an excellent book if you want an overview of mountaineering history in North America, a climbing 'to do' list that will keep you busy for a couple of decades, and an idea of Becky's impressions of his climbs and time. The photographs are eye-popping (and alone worth the price) and the history and route descriptions are very well done. This is the flip side of Becky's 'little black book' and is a worthy addition to any mountaineer's library.
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Some route information. Great tick list.

If you climb, buy it, now!

Some mountain porn but more useful as a guide for aspiring mountaineers.
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This book was a christmas gift for my son who is an avid climber; he requested it.. When if arrived I was impressed with its attractiveness, easily a "coffee table" variety.
He was very pleased to receive it and I know will enjoy "dreaming" his way through it.
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