- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing; Third Edition, Third edition edition (January 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1555917461
- ISBN-13: 978-1555917463
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 129 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Colorado's Fourteeners, 3rd Ed.: From Hikes to Climbs Paperback – January 1, 2011
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One complaint/comment for the publisher - what's up with the TOC? It has the regions and other chapters listed, but we all focus quite a bit on a particular peak while we are researching, shouldn't there be a page with the list of the peaks so we can leap that that section of the book quickly? Going to the index to find Bierstadt then discovering that it's not under 'B', but rather "Mt B..." is a big waste of time. Also, make x-ref the names in the index - list "Bierstadt", see Mt Bierstadt, p47 (e.g. what part of the index to go to, and the title page for Bierstadt in the book).
This book is particularly affordable for the quality of content and print quality, very impressed. Climbing guidebooks are easily 2-3x this price.
He also describes the trail conditions, whether it's rocky, has scree, is exposed and has a ranking system for how difficult the hike is. If there is scrambling involved or permanent snow fields, he lets you know. If it's a class 3 hike but listed in other guides as class 4, Roach makes the correction and explains why he feels this way.
There are separate chapters on the unique and often volatile weather in the Colorado peaks. This is imperative for out-of-state hikers who aren't familiar with the frequent, violent afternoon thunderstorms in the Rockies. When I did Pike's Peak for the first time, I photocopied Roach's chapter on this mountain and took it with me in my pack, and was glad I did. When the thunderstorms began, I descended ASAP, following his advice. This is an outstanding hiking guide. I wouldn't hike in the 14-ers in Colorado without it and neither should you. Enjoy!
I don't know about you, but for me the hardset part of doing a fourteener is parking my car. I probably only need a couple of sentences on weather conditions and/or type of terrain, but I'd appreciate more about the logistics of getting to the trailhead, getting appropriate permits if any, etc.