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Roof of the Rockies: A History of Colorado Mountaineering Paperback – October 15, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Colorado Mountain Club Press; 3 edition (October 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967146615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967146614
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,473,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robbie Crouse on January 11, 2001
This is a great book if your really into the history of mountaineering. It gives detailed information on the trails of all the Colorado fourteeners and how they have been climbed in the past. The description of the climbs are interesting when reading it from the view of the first climbers of the mountains. A Good Buy For All Peak-Baggers!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 2001
Some truly fascinating stories here of climbing in the Colorado Rockies with a lot of historical photos. You'll come away with appreciation of the achievements of the old timers. With footnotes, sometimes it seems a little too dry but overall I enjoyed the tales of first ascents, tragedies, legendary figures, and what must of been, great fun. This new edition carries the story right up to this year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Morine VINE VOICE on August 6, 2012
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This book is not a national bestseller. It is not a flowing narrative. But the book is excellent for those who love the mountains of Colorado. The book details the first accents of all the major peaks in the State. It is about many early pioneers of climbing. The book is broken up into various sections that align with the different mountains ranges in Colorado. It deals with the elks, gore, sawatch, and all of the other ranges. It tells the stories of the major figures of these climbs. Some of the names are familiar because of reading other books on the topic of the 14ers, but mostly the information is new to me. It is the background story of the peaks. You see the naming of the mountains as well in the text. Often the names of the major peaks went through some transition through the years. At the end of the book, there is a section that goes beyond just mountaineering, and into some of the harder routes. These are the more technical routes in which you need rock climbing skills. One of the best features of the book is the classic pictures. There are tons of them. They give a picture of the early people and what it looked like to climb these peaks. Today, there are nice trails, and existed routes, years ago, it was just a group of people seeking the best path. Climbing today is hard enough, it is hard to imagine the level of difficulty that these individuals had. Mostly we know the general path, but these people brazed the trails. If you love mountains in Colorado, you will love this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike on May 16, 2003
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A thorough survey of the exploration and first ascents of Colorado's diverse mountainscape. If you want a history of how Colorado's key ranges and the mountains within them were "conquered" by miners, Indians, surveyers, hikers, and gutty climbers then this is the book for you. It gives a great feel for the challenges faced by early climbers and the wonder of adventure in the Colorado high country. Highly recommended for climbing buffs. Not a technical or "beta" book -- this is a very readable survey of a wonderful state.
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