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Rock Climbing Washington (Regional Rock Climbing Series) Paperback – July 1, 1999
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With Regrets for Ever Being Involved Bill Robins
Smoot acknowledges that fact in the introduction with no more justification than a need for an updated state-wide guidebook. He also points out that this guide omits easier routes (mostly below 5.10) in favor of "better" climbs. As such, the guide is useful mainly for accomplished climbers who somehow are not already familiar with WA climbs and how to find local guidebooks (which in most cases have better coverage, if less thorough text editing).
There's no coverage of remote or undeveloped areas (particularly in the Olympics). Smoot seems to ignore the conventions other authors are using to describe descent routes and ethical trends at particular areas. As such, it sometimes comes across as dismissive and muddled.
This is a broad, professional guidebook, and it will be very helpful for experienced climbers that are new to Washington. But most of the information is available elsewhere, provided by climbing organizations that are directly involved in conserving local areas. Smoot's guide concentrates income from the book at his publisher (Falcon Books, in Montana). It may also contribute to long waits at popular lines and degradation from overuse. Climbers may want to flip through the book first (it's easily found on special Falcon-only racks at most outdoor shops) before buying it here.
I recommend "Weekend Climbs" by David Whitelaw (Mountaineers Press) as an alternative. Although it omits most climbs over 5.10, it has accurate beta, excellent pictures and topos, and covers pretty much all of the rock climbing areas in the state.
BTW, I do not get any money from the sales of Weekend Climbs, I just think it's a better book and D.W. is a cooler guy than J.S.