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A dream list of the most celebrated climbing destinations in North America, each explored in depth.
Climbing Rock features some of the most classic and cutting-edge climbing areas across the magnificent and the most diverse landscapes of North America. The author recommends twenty-two of the best climbing areas to be found, spanning the year's seasons: ranging from Rifle, CO, in spring, to Canada's Bugaboos in the summer, to New York's Shawangunks in the fall, to Mexico's Potrero Chico in winter. These legendary locations cover the full spectrum of climbing experiences, including masterful big-wall free-climbing on Yosemite's El Capitan; desert trad climbing at Red Rock, NV, and Indian Creek, UT; classic sport climbing in Rumney, NH, and Red River Gorge, KY; oceanside cragging in California; and bouldering in Bishop, CA, and Chattanooga, TN. François Lebeau's artful photographs uniquely capture both the stark beauty of the rock walls and the adventurous spirit of those who journey upward.
Climbing Rock is the perfect book for anyone interested in climbing, from athletes of all abilities to readers who appreciate breathtaking photography of improbable physical feats across stunning North American landscapes.
Jesse Lynch discovered his love for climbing in 2006, while employed as a pianist at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park. Over the past twelve years, Lynch has climbed in most major areas in North America, with a particular zeal for big-wall and multi-pitch trad climbing.
Photographer François Lebeau has spent the past decade capturing rock climbers in action across the globe. Lebeau's images have been featured in publications such as Rock and Ice, Sidetracked, BESIDE, and Outside magazines, and his advertising clients include Mountain Hardwear, The North Face, Black Diamond, Adidas, and Red Bull.
Peter Croft is a legendary Canadian rock climber and mountaineer. He has authored three guidebooks on the Sierras region.