There are some books that I think are great additions to any climber’s library and worth the money one would shell out for them. First and foremost, I know everyone has different areas they would like to climb in (or do climb in already), and I would always recommend the area guidebooks. I don’t mean the general region type guidebooks. I mean the specific area guidebooks, most likely found in that area at a local sporting goods shop, climbing gym, or bar (climbers like bars and bars like climbers). The internet is a great tool to narrow down your search and find where these types of books and guides are available. You may even find the price and/or be able to purchase them online! For example, you can find a regional book about climbing areas in Wyoming, and that’s great. Even better, more useful, and entirely essential would be the local area guide to Ten Sleep Canyon, if you’re going there. Fortunately, that guide can be purchased online from the Big Horn Climber’s Coalition website for $25, or in several locations in the town of Ten Sleep, including the brewery, which charges $5 per person per night to camp in their nice grassy area just outside town on the brewery grounds! Interestingly enough, some “guidebooks” are only found online. An example would be the Cody, WY climbing area in the Shoshone Canyon, the guidebook to which is found on Rakkup, an online site. I’m not sure if these are downloadable or not, but make sure you have some way to charge your tablet or phone and a full battery at the very least before you set out when using these! If it depends on internet or cellular signal availability, well…I guess you’ll have to take your chances??? I like paper guides myself. They can be read with a headlamp on and you should always, even if it’s light outside when you start out on your adventure, ALWAYS HAVE A HEADLAMP AND EXTRA BATTERIES WITH YOU!!! That’s for another post, but I figured I would hint at it in this one just for good measure. Headlamps go along with compasses and a general idea of where you’re going, which relates directly to guidebooks and maps… That’s how I justify throwing that in.
Titles that don’t relate to guidebooks that I would recommend include the following:
Maximum Climbing by Eric J. Hörst
Training for Climbing by Eric J. Hörst
Mastermind by Jerry Moffatt
The Boulder: A Philosophy for Bouldering by Francis Sanzaro
Why We Climb by Chris Noble
Alone on the Wall by Alex Honnold
Any and probably all of the Falcon Guides “How To Climb” Series titles
“Rock and Ice”, the monthly magazine subscription (has fantastic photos!)
“Climbing”, I forget how often this magazine comes out…
That is, by no means, a comprehensive or exhaustive list. You wouldn’t believe the collection of climbing books, guidebooks, and other printed climbing paraphernalia I have, but that list is a good start. It’ll take you a few days to get through those titles, at least. Happy reading!!!