I’m a guidebook freak. While I greatly appreciate the fun of exploring an area with little or no foreknowledge, I also appreciate that others have been there before me and identified some of the best things to see and do. I hate to miss out just because I don’t know about them, especially after I’ve driven for 8 hours to get somewhere.
Here’s a list of guide books I own and highly recommend. Please buy guidebooks. I’ve done a lot of writing, and it’s obvious what a labor of love these books are – the authors deserve our support. In general, they’re full of useful data about the general area, climbing history of the area, and can lead to so many awesome adventures. You can , but most of these books I’ve picked up while in the general area at local visitor’s centers or bookstores. You may be better than I am at planning ahead.
Having said all this, I’m also a fan of the free Mountain Project app (iOS and Android). Black Diamond has taken over and the apps are now free. Click through and get a feeling for all you can do with MP.
I’m finding that no one reference is exhaustive. Mountain Project has many climbs that aren’t in the guidebooks (esp. new climbs established after the guidebook was printed) and guidebooks have many climbs that aren’t on MP.
Rock Climbing / Bouldering
Yosemite / Tuolumne
- SuperTopo High Sierra Climbing
- The Good, The Great and The Awesome
- Rock Climbs of Southwestern Utah
- Zion Climbing Free and Clean
Hiking / Mountaineering
Exploring Eastern Sierra Canyons, Sonora Pass to Pine Creek
Exploring Eastern Sierra Canyons, Bishop to Lone Pine
Tioga Tramps – explore the Tioga Pass area
Climbing California’s Fourteeners
Hiking Death Valley
Dave MacLeod’s blog – author of “9 out of 10…”
Training for Climbing
Climb Strong – sensible articles on how to get stronger
Outdoor Habit – also has articles on getting stronger
Climbing Injuries – you’ll be here sooner or later
Climber’s Elbow – ditto, if you climb enough