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Cascade Alpine Guide: Climbing and High Routes: Vol 1- Columbia River to Stevens Pass (3rd Ed.) Paperback – September 1, 2000
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Each peak is listed with the exact height and the first ascent history. Since most every peak have more than one way to the summit, this guide explains each alternate route. While most of the routes are classic mountaineering, there are many technical climbing routes detailed. Almost every peak is photographed and accompanied with some other type of drawing to give the reader more detailed instruction. With over 300 pages, this one of the most comprehensive guide books for this particular region.
For example, on popular peaks such as Mt. Rainier, a 9 page history and geological study is given along with backpacking and climbing regulations. 15 pages of route description along with 16 b/w photographs of the Mt. Rainier gives the reader excellent beta that will necessary on summit day.
After reading through the guide, the reader gets an idea how enduring Fred Becky has been over the years.Read more ›
But buyer beware: This is not really the book for new or novice climbers. Fred Beckey is notorious for rating climbs easier than they are. He also has grand details on some things (check out his route for Mt. Garfield) yet will have comments like "just go up the spur to obvious ledge" on a mountain covered with spurs, ledges, and loose rock. I use Beckey extensively but it is my reference for climb information, not my guidebook.
This book belongs in every climber's library but it should not be the first guidebook you buy for Washington (which I would recommend as Jeff Smoots Climbing Washington's Mountains).
The Kindle version leaves a lot to be desired. This kind of book doesn't lend itself well to this format since I'd like to print pages out (the Kindle app for Windows doesn't allow this), and the screenshots I capture aren't very clear.
If you're a hard-core hiker looking for a challenge, this book is for you. If you plan on getting this book to JUST climb the direct route of Mt Baker or the Disappointment Cleaver route of Rainier, the Becky series would be overkill. His series really lets you explore every peak there is, not just the big 'classics'
This book is not for the beginner. If you're not interested in mountaineering, alpine, or rock climbing, but still want to get outdoors, I HIGHLY Recommend the Foghorn Outdoors Wahington Hiking book instead of the "Beckey Bible". That is the best book, in my eyes, for Washington Dayhikes (plus many longer hikes too).
Basically, if you call yourself a mountaineer in Washington, this book needs to be on your shelf.
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I haven't read through it much yet. Only one of the climbs I'm planning for this summer. So far, I love this book. It will surely be used much.Published 12 months ago by Jesse R. Macabeo