Climbing Books

Morgan Brown

Canadian Rockies
Sequoia/Kings Canyon

Climber's Guide to Pinnacles National Monument    My Rating: 9 out of 10
By David Rubine.

Truly a top-notch guidebook. Of the technical climbing guidebooks I own, I consider Rubine's the best, and also my personal favorite. First, it is well-written. Rubine recruited some experts in various fields, from botany, to geology, to climbing history, and added a few pages from each in the front matter of the book. Fun reading as you get psyched to visit Pinnacles for the first time.

The guide is well-stocked with maps of the various climbing "areas" within the monument. It is fairly easy to plan a day's worth of climbing because of the sensible organization. Maps are good, but not great. The things that make the guidebook great are the excellent topos and clear annotated photos that often accompany them, as well as the very clear, very descriptive route descriptions. Often the route descriptions are enjoyable reads, as they mention the interesting history of the routes. Names like Salathe and Bridwell pop up quite often.

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