Idaho: A Climbing Guide (Climbing Guides)
by: Tom Lopez
Paperback – Illustrated
The opportunities for those who enjoy climbing mountains are unlimited in Idaho. This guidebook is an idea book and a starting point for mountaineers, hikers and explorers. In the 10 years since Exploring Idaho’s Mountains was published, Idaho’s population has skyrocketed, Boise has become a city and Coeur d’Alene is now a major resort destination. Surprisingly, this growth has had a positive effect and has not seriously degraded Idaho’s environment. The increased recreation use has lead to major improvements in access roads and trails. While there are many different political battles still to be fought, outdoors-lovers are now an irresistible force demanding the wise use of the mountains.
The climbs listed in this guidebook represent a multitude of climbing opportunities throughout the state, ranging from extremely difficult technical ascents far from roads and trails to short trail walks. This book includes over 100 new peaks and hundreds of new routes. Nevertheless, a lot of Idaho is still terra incognita. The adventurous will find that Idaho is far from “climbed out.” There is still room to explore, still time to create your own climbing history.
Mountaineers will find no shortage of challenging routes on granite, basalt and limestone. The Bighorn Crags, Lost River Range, Sawtooths, Selkirks, Seven Devils and a host of individual peaks scattered throughout Idaho’s remaining mountain ranges provide high-quality Class 5 and Class 6 climbing opportunities. Many other peaks not suitable for technical climbing (because of rotten rock) offer exceptionally good Class 3 and Class 4 climbing on exposed ridges and incredible broken walls.
Anyone interested in climbing, scrambling, or hiking on and around Idaho's high points will find this book invaluable. The book should also become a fine resource for schools and libraries across the state whenever a student asks 'How high is that mountains over there?' (Idaho Falls Post Register)
Wonderfully comprehensive. Opens a lot of enticing territory. With Lopez's guide, it took no time at all to find many beckoning high places that can be enjoyed with or without ropes, harnesses, helmets, crampons, and ice axes. (Seattle Times)
- Publisher : Mountaineers Books; 2nd edition (September 30, 2000)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0898866081
- ISBN-13 : 978-0898866087
- Item Weight : 1.56 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.94 x 1 x 8.5 inches
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