This page is a list of links to the 35 "Great Peaks of the Continent" according to Fred Beckey. Beckey's book, originally published in 1984, was copy written in 1982 and was published by Bonanza Books. It is no longer in print, but can be found for purchase here. Of note is the striking photographs and the excellent narrative regarding the history, geology, and climbing interests among the great Ranges of North America. The list is a smattering of what Fred would suggest to be a good 'representation' of the variety and uniqueness of mountains that North America has to offer.
In Fred's own words, "This book is a descriptive, historic, and scenic odyssey among some of the most magnificent mountains on earth - the mountains of North America. It would be impossible to portray the mountains as a geographic entity because they occur in many separate ranges, spanning the continent from the West Coast to the Appalachians, from the volcanoes of Mexico to the gigantic peaks of Alaska. Nor have I depicted the ranges and mountain systems in great detail. Rather, I have chosen to profile important individual peaks on a regional basis. By a clearly defined and limited focus on specific mountains, I hope to evoke the essence of the vast subject."
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