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Re: Best Guide books for Colorado

Postby Dave B » Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:00 am

Matt Lemke wrote:Mountainproject actually does a poor job describing alpine routes...no matter how technical they may be.


Really? I don't think I could possibly disagree with this statement anymore than I already do.

Granted, sometimes the best beta is to be had in the comments, bu saying MP does NOT have good alpine beta is ridiculous.

As far as guide books go, Richard Rossiter is releasing a new RMNP alpine guide that will supposedly be a comprehensive guide to ice, mixed and alpine for the whole park (except Lumpy). This book will be released by Sharp End some time this late spring or early summer. The Levin guide to Eldo that Sharp End published is top notch, so I can only hope the new Rossiter guide will be as quality.
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Re: Best Guide books for Colorado

Postby hotoven » Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:15 am

Thanks for all the great information.

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Re: Best Guide books for Colorado

Postby nyker » Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:54 am

hotoven wrote:...
Edit:

... I like to scramble up gully's, ....



You'll love Lindsey then!

For other guide books, stop in at te REI in Denver - there is a whole section on this.

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Re: Best Guide books for Colorado

Postby ElFuegoDelaMuerte » Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:20 pm

I can't believe more people don't suggest Dawson's Guide to the Colorado Fourteeners. I like Roach's books (I own pretty much all of them), but for scrambling/technical/snow climbing I use Dawson's. I love those guides.

I still like summitpost, especially for scrambling routes. MP doesn't have a lot of scramblers, but typically if I'm looking to rope up I'll go to MP.

If you're looking to climb mountains other than just the 14ers (which I would highly recommend - many many more and a lot of character), you're not really going to find a book that covers the entire state, more likely you'll have to buy a guide specific to a region/wilderness.

There are the Cooper guide books (Colorado Scrambles and Colorado Snow Climbs), which others have suggested, but you're gonna burn through the routes he covers in no time. Then what? Each time I pick up one of those books I keep hoping that I missed some sweet route every one of the three hundred or so times I've read through them... But alas, I didn't. Maybe next time though... Now I have to check.

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Re: Best Guide books for Colorado

Postby Matt Lemke » Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:51 pm

Dave B wrote:saying MP does have good alpine beta is ridiculous.


I know right??? Makes perfect sense! Glad to hear you agree
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Re: Best Guide books for Colorado

Postby climbinfool » Wed Mar 06, 2013 2:25 pm

Re: your edit, these mtns continue to get heavier and heavier use. There are always plenty of high places for scrambling - but any efforts to avoid increased 'braiding' are definitely appreciated. Use of trails when possible helps to keep from damaging these areas that we all enjoy.

Re: Best Guide books for Colorado

Postby metalmountain » Wed Mar 06, 2013 3:47 pm

Matt Lemke wrote:Mountainproject actually does a poor job describing alpine routes...no matter how technical they may be. It is mainly a cragging site at which it is a fantastic resource. Summitpost isn't that great for alpine technical climbing either but it is slightly better in the sense that it has WAY more photos to look at for beta.


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MP is a GREAT resource for all types of technical climbing. I spend so much time researching things there I'm surprised my company hasn't blocked the website yet. And if you can't find the info you need in the route description or the comments, the forums on MP are very helpful as well.
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Re: Best Guide books for Colorado

Postby hotoven » Fri Mar 08, 2013 8:42 am

Thanks again for all your help. I just received the 14ers book by Roach. Its really informative. I will be using a multitude of the resources that have been suggested along with many online pages with photos, trip reports, and other material. I already have a small check list of climbs I would like to do. Climbs like Wham Ridge, South Face on Petit Grepon, and the Sharkstooth.

Thanks again for pointing me in the right direction and I hope to see some of you in the hills!

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