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Denali's West Buttress
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Denali's West Buttress

Denali's West Buttress

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Denali's West Buttress

Manufacturer: Colby Coombs (The Mountaineers Books)

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Page By: Alpinist

Created/Edited: Mar 31, 2007 / Apr 1, 2007

Object ID: 2940

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Product Description

Denali's massive West Buttress Route is one of the world's most popular and treacherous climbs. Seasoned guide Colby Coombs and legendary mountaineering photographer Bradford Washburn team up to provide climbers with all the information they need in the only book available devoted solely to this challenging route. Denali's West Buttress: A Climber's Guide gives the aspiring Denali climber the details required to efficiently plan and safely launch an expedition on the West Buttress.

The guide covers every aspect of climbing the routeñfrom preparation to climbing strategy to step-by-step route instruction.

Washburn's magnificent photosñwith route and milestones clearly delineatedñpaired with Coombs' explicit text guide the climber from camp to camp to the summit and down again, outlining specific hazards and obstacles and offering techniques and instruction on how best to surmount them. The book pays special attention to environmental considerations and presents low-impact methods for minimizing human and garbage waste on the route.

This guide provides complete, detailed, first-hand, safety-conscious information on the West Buttress Route, serving as a much-needed resource and a grand tribute to this historic route.

  • The only available guide devoted solely to the route used by 90 percent of all climbers who summit Denali
  • Historic aerial photos and introduction by one of the route's pioneers, Bradford Washburn
  • Author Colby Coombs is a Denali climbing guide and a 12-year veteran of the route

Product Details

Price $16.95 (US)
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Mountaineers Books (November 1997)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0898865166
ISBN-13: 978-0898865165
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 7 ounces



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AlpinistExcellent guide book

Voted 5/5

This is an excellent planning and field guide for climbing the West Buttress. It provides a detailed description of the route and campsites, with incredible aerial photos of the entire route by Washburn. It also includes advice on gear selection, weather, climbing strategies and other useful information for climbing Denali.
Posted Mar 31, 2007 3:06 pm

UncleBobA lot of filler

Voted 3/5

once you take out all the fluff, like historical anectodes and whatnot you're not left with much. this book seems to be targeted at non-technical clmbers looking to get into expedition climbing and doesn't quite manage to provide the kind of advice suitable to novices and is unsuitable for anything other that the west butt.

The info inside is good, but you'd be much better off spending your money on the supertopo alaska guide, which is superior in every way.
Posted Apr 10, 2007 12:07 pm

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