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Fred Beckey's 100 Favorite North American Climbs Hardcover – January 1, 2012
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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.”
Top Customer Reviews
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.
He was very pleased to receive it and I know will enjoy "dreaming" his way through it.
Not limited to boring route info. You can read about the first ascents(no,not all done by Fred), geology, natural history etc..
The best part for me are the very personal stories by the author and his partners about their adventures on these historic climbs. You also get just enough info to get you to your own adventure, but not too much. The best kind of guide book!
Nice one Fred!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved the book, more detail and knowledge of both the mountain and the soul on those who undertake the awesome challenges of " topping"Published 2 months ago by Treve
A classic! Great narrative, first class and important routes and wonderful photos. A must for a climbers library.Published 4 months ago by Bruce Haines
Loved the route descriptions and photos. I've climbed many of the routes in the good. Lots of nostalgia. A great read.Published 20 months ago by Evan Phillips
Amazing history of Seattle world famous mountaineer. A pioneer in climbing unclimbed peaks starting back in the 1940's. And still alive and climbing in his 90's.Published on June 11, 2014 by daviddixon
Some route information. Great tick list.
If you climb, buy it, now!
Some mountain porn but more useful as a guide for aspiring mountaineers.
this is Beckeys magnum opus and has added many new climbs to my tick list. The history adds much to the climbs write up and the photos are stunning.Published on June 3, 2013 by John Medosch