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Colorado's Fourteeners, 3rd Ed.: From Hikes to Climbs Paperback – January 1, 2011
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The only criticism I have of the book is that the mileages listed (in the edition I have) tend to run shorter than the actual mileages of the routes. My brother and I jokingly refer to "Roach miles" and then make the necessary 10-15% addition to the miles listed for each route when planning our trips. My suspicion regarding the origin of this "discrepancy" is that the mileages given in the book may be based solely on horizontal distance and might not take the vertical dimension into account.
- its current
- concise and to the point
- tell you what you really need to know to make the climb
- helpful charts
Author Roach prefaces the descriptions with quite a lot of general advice, all of it well-conceived and well-written. Having this sort of thing is crucial, especially for the solo walkers like myself. Fourteeners generate their own weather, at least in the snow/ice-free months when non-alpinists can attempt them, and you have little margin for time. Get off that thing before noon! So you have to know the route; no blunder-up. Only a few have clear trails or marked routes (like Long's Peak); knowledge is survival.
There are several appendices sorting the data in various ways.
Any habitual Colorado hiker should have this; Colorado is the world's easiest and most varied access point to the world above timberline.
- Introduction: This is one of the few books where I would say, "Thou must read the Introduction." And not just read it, but embrace it. Gerry gives you some details that are practical, essential, heck, even could save your life. READ THE INTRODUCTION!
- Routes: Gerry gives better details on every route you can think of and others you may have never known about. In each book I have seen, no other gives you the number of routes and options like this book.
- Experience: When you read this, you feel like it was written by someone who has actually been there rather than collected a bunch of data and info from others. Read Gerry's bio on the back of the book if you are skeptical. He has earned the right to write this book.
- Extras: Details on the roads that get you to the trailheads like no other. He lets you know if special permission will be needed.
My one disappointment is there isn't a fourth edition. This edition was from 2011 and stuff changes every year. A route that was a Class 2 in 2010 could become a Class 3 in 2020. Areas that allow hikers in one year could have restrictions the next. The good thing is Gerry provides as many caveats as possible. Since he's been there and has the contacts, he would know. My suggestion is take his word, but verify weather, conditions, restrictions, etc. before you go. (By the way, Gerry tells you the same.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is an amazing book! I would highly recommend. I have currently only climbed Pikes Peak, and now I sit around and read this and dream of my next trip instead of doing homework.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
It is amazing how much information the author packed into this book. It has become an absolutely indispensable resource for me as I plan my 14er treks. Read morePublished 5 months ago by AcornMan
Like a bible of 14ers. Great descriptions of all the peaks and the different access routes. I've done 15 of the mountains and have yet to find any shortcomings in the book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nicholas Driscoll
I love using this book to find 14ers to hike. It has all sorts of information and is very usefulPublished 7 months ago by Mike
The books were as I had hoped. Perfect purchase and great gifts.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
well written book covering all the 14ers. however, you would still need the detailed topo for serious climbing.Published 10 months ago by Narasimha Kumar