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Guide books for SPS peaks

Postby ScottHanson » Thu Sep 12, 2013 5:05 pm

Secor's "The High Sierra" does a great job covering routes up many SPS peaks. I picked up a copy of "Afoot & Afield (Reno-Tahoe) yesterday that provides helpful information on some Tahoe and northern Sierra peaks. Bob Burd's trip reports are very helpful. Any guide books on the southern sierra that you recommend for SPS route information? What are your favorite guide books for SPS peaks not mentioned here?
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Re: Guide books for SPS peaks

Postby bobpickering » Thu Sep 12, 2013 5:21 pm

I’ve been working on the SPS list the last few years, and Bob Burd’s trip reports are my main source of information. They are better than any guidebook.
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Re: Guide books for SPS peaks

Postby mrchad9 » Thu Sep 12, 2013 5:29 pm

Secor and SP is usually where I look, and often I will check out Bob Burd's map for the peak in question. For those southern peaks I have found his website to cover things plenty well. There are a couple of the most southern that are HPS peaks or something and have online resources as a result of that.
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Re: Guide books for SPS peaks

Postby ScottHanson » Sat Sep 14, 2013 2:08 am

The last two northern sections (#23 has 11 peaks and #24 has 9 peaks) of SPS peaks I don't believe are not covered in Secor. Looks like "Afoot & Afield" Reno-Tahoe by Mike White fills in some gaps here. SPS peaks in the far south (section #1, section #2, and part of Section #3) likewise are out of Secor's defined "High Sierra" range. Maybe there is another "Afoot and Afield area publication that fills in some gaps here.
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Re: Guide books for SPS peaks

Postby Bob Burd » Sat Sep 14, 2013 4:16 am

Scott,

All the northern peaks and more are covered in Pete Yamagata's online guide. A good resource for Tahoe and surrounding areas.
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Re: Guide books for SPS peaks

Postby Jesus Malverde » Sat Sep 14, 2013 3:59 pm

FWIW (and anecdotal):
Years ago, (before web 2.0) I asked Pete Y. if he would ever consider publishing his North Sierra Guide as a real, formal guidebook (pictures, maps, diagrams, etc). His response was some kinda strange rant (I forget exactly what he said).
In Pete's defense, he did self-publish a North Sierra Peaks Guide (standard 8.5 X 11 printer format-no picts/maps) in 1994 that the Toiyabe chapter of The Sierra Club offered via mail order. I got mine for $11.
It might be a good idea to pdf what he's got out there right now as what Pete puts out on the web has a tendency to disappear (depending on the state of his mood I guess). :)

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Re: Guide books for SPS peaks

Postby ScottHanson » Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:12 am

Bob and Jesus,
Thanks for the tip on Pete Yamagata's online guide!

I just returned from a honeymoon trip to Kauai. The weather was hot, humid and unsettled with occasional cloud bursts. I explained to my wife that Waialeale is the wettest place on earth (460 inches a year). She didn't sound too interested, Bob. I can't believe you climbed this thing, Bob! I guess it is hot enough that you won't get hypothermia! Just follow the ribbons through the mist!
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Re: Guide books for SPS peaks

Postby Bob Burd » Sat Sep 28, 2013 3:16 pm

No, actually it's easy to get hypothermia on Waialeale - Once you get to 4,000ft, the temperature is often in the 50s up there and almost always wet/rainy. They say it's much easier to visit the summit now that the Conservancy finished the fence running all the way to the top from the west side.

Oh, and congratulations!
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Re: Guide books for SPS peaks

Postby TheGeneral » Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:18 pm

ScottHanson wrote: Any guide books on the southern sierra that you recommend for SPS route information? What are your favorite guide books for SPS peaks not mentioned here?


Jim C Jenkin's two books Self-propelled in the Southern Sierra are terrific guide books, which covers many activities, peak-bagging being one of them. They are hard to find now. After his accidental death his mother, Ruby Jenkins, updated them in a series called Exploring the Southern Sierra.

They cover the area from approximately Jawbone Canyon to Kennedy Meadows, IIRC.

I've found them to be very accurate.
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Re: Guide books for SPS peaks

Postby ScottHanson » Sat Oct 05, 2013 4:53 am

Good call Jesus,
I checked out P Y's online guide a couple of times, but now the website has disappeared. Hm. I guess I was not fast enough accessing his trail info. Oh well, back to Afoot & Afield (Reno-Tahoe) by Mike White.
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Re: Guide books for SPS peaks

Postby Bob Burd » Sat Oct 05, 2013 3:56 pm

Pete's site is back up. You can read all about his latest adventures once again. He's now carrying a pee bottle to "prevent further pollution" in the Wilderness. Go Pete!

Also, second to The General's recommendation of the Jenkin books for the Southern Sierra. The two that Ruby Jenkins co-authored are still in print, while the older ones are not. But you can still find them on amazon for cheap.
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Re: Guide books for SPS peaks

Postby ScottHanson » Sat Oct 05, 2013 4:33 pm

Thanks Bob. Looks like I am back on track if I shorten website name to http://www.petesthousandpeaks.com
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Re: Guide books for SPS peaks

Postby Bob Burd » Sat Oct 05, 2013 6:13 pm

Ah - I see the problem. The original link I provided is no longer valid. I was trying to make it less painful to go through Pete's disclaimer section, but he doesn't approve of that and changed the name of the file (nspgdrct1.html->nspgdrct2.html) when he discovered it. Sorry Pete! :oops:
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Re: Guide books for SPS peaks

Postby Bob Burd » Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:12 am

Good to hear from you Pete! Who were the "they" that refused any comment?
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