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Rock Climbing Utah (Regional Rock Climbing Series) Paperback – April 1, 1998

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Product Details

  • Series: Regional Rock Climbing Series
  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: FalconGuides; 1st edition (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560445947
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560445944
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #585,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Often considered the mecca of American rock climbing, Utah has almost as many routes as it has inhabitants. This is best reflected in Stewart Green's hefty guide, which weighs in at a whopping 537 pages. Green has indeed taken an admirable stab at rounding up descriptions, photos, and beta for every route worth mentioning. He takes the reader from the remote corners of Castle Valley and the Island in the sky to the oft-traveled crags of Salt Lake's Little and Big Cottonwood canyons. Route descriptions are thorough and easily understood. More importantly, most of the route maps are superimposed over actual photographs to insure that readers actually find the walls they are after. Green emphasizes the use of clean aid techniques and doesn't include routes that don't take clean aid. This is admirable and is aimed at protecting the soft rock of some of the desert climbs.

From the Back Cover

Fragile sandstone towers pierce the sky amid endless miles of vertical cliffs sometimes more than a half mile high; wondrous canyon walls of cobblestone and limestone overhang at dizzying angles; and granite domes and slabs recline on sunny mountain slopes. <i>Rock Climbing Utah</i> is the only guide available that covers all the major climbing areas in the state. Traditional and sport climbers from the beginner to expert will find a superb sampling of hundreds of routes in the 24 areas covered. This guide offers first-hand information including area overviews and climbing histories, route betas and topos, detailed locations maps and photos, equipment recommendations, approach and descent information, and listings for shops, gyms, and guide services.

More About the Author

I've been a freelance photographer and writer since 1977, based in Colorado Springs and traveling all over the great American West as well as the rest of the United States and the world in search of memorable images and experiences to write about and to lead people toward. Since the mid-1980s I've worked as a contract photographer and writer for FalconGuides/Globe Pequot Press, writing 25 books and photographing a few more.

My books include Rock Climbing Colorado, Rock Climbing Europe, Rock Climbing Utah, Rock Climbing Arizona, Rock Climbing New England, Best Hikes Near Colorado Springs, Scenic Routes & Byways Colorado, Scenic Routes & Byways New England, Scenic Routes & Byways California's Pacific Coast, Scenic Driving California, Scenic Driving Arizona, KNACK Rock Climbing, Best Climbs Moab, Best Climbs Denver and Boulder, Rocky Mountain National Park Pocket Guide, and Back Country Byways.

My work has also been published in lots of other national and international publications. I'm also the Climbing Expert at About.com. Check out this comprehensive website for lots of information, articles, and photographs about climbing and mountaineering at http://climbing.about.com/.

Along the way I fathered a couple of amazing kids--Ian and Brett Spencer-Green, climbed and adventured in a lot of places around the world that I never could have imagined, and had loads of fun. I've kept my hands busy and my heart full. I'm grateful for that.

I write and photograph because of what is in front of me, to honor everything beyond in the world which is great, interesting, mysterious, and always changing. To be a writer and photographer is to see newly every day, as if for the first time, the essence that illuminates and lives within the earth. Every subject redefines me and allows me to discover harmony, reconcile disparities and inequities, and to find shape, symmetry, and truth in the chaos of life.

As a writer and photographer I seek to record my life and times, my vision of the world and its natural beauty, its other creatures, and my fellow human beings, and to find affirmation in life through belonging, wholeness, and living. I always think of the reader and the viewer over my shoulder, the person who sees my vision and reinterprets it in his own experience.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
Rock Climbing Utah offers the most comprehensive guide to climbing the best rock Utah has to offer. Utah boasts some of the most diverse, beautiful, and bizarre rock formations imaginable. From the granite canyons of the Wasatch, to the lunar-like sandstone of Canyonlands Rock Climbing Utah will introduce you to the most unbelievable experiences in your climbing career. It is difficult to cover such a wide spectrum of climbing routes, ecosystem changes, and skill levels but this guide does a wonderful job. For a broad overview of underrated climbing that often rivals Yosemite, this guide is difficult to match.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John D. Mattson on July 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
The state of Utah offers an incredible amount of fabulous rock climbing routes on a diverse spectrum of rocks, and Stewart Greene has carefully documented a major portion of them. The descriptions, photos, and maps are excellent, and he also includes equipment recommendations and climbing history. Some of the very popular areas may have superior documentation, but this is a great general guide to the state, and will give the purchaser a long list of incredible projects. Dancing on the Edge of an Endangered Planet
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lauren G. Berrett on January 5, 2011
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I got this book because my family is planning a climbing trip in Moab, Utah this Spring. Although I haven't really used it, I know it will be a great resource for us as we find good spots to climb when we vacation down there.
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