Select Peaks of Greater Yellowstone

 

Select Peaks of Greater Yellowstone
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Select Peaks of Greater Yellowstone
Manufacturer by Thomas Turiano
Page By Bob Sihler
Page Type Mar 11, 2007 / Jun 17, 2009
Object ID 2803
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Turiano’s book is to the Yellowstone Ecosystem what the Edwards guide is to Glacier National Park and the Roach guides are to Colorado’s fourteeners and centennial thirteeners-- it is not only about as comprehensive as a book covering such a vast area reasonably could be but also written from a vantage of great experience with and knowledge of the subject.

Turiano divides the book according to the great ranges of the Yellowstone area: Gallatin, Madison, Teton, Snake River, Wyoming, Salt River, Wind River, Gros Ventre, Beartooth, and Absaroka. The Absaroka Range itself is divided into three sections of its own due to its vastness and changing character. Signature peaks such as the Grand Teton, Gannett Peak, and Granite Peak are covered, of course, but there are many lesser-known peaks, too. Route types range from walk-ups to technical climbs, so mountaineers of all skill levels can find something, actually plenty somethings, in this book.

Useful diagrams abound, and there are often helpful photos illustrating crux sections or other important aspects on climbs. Scenic photos will have the viewer compiling a list of climbs that will take years to complete. Every mountain has at least one good route description, including details on how to get to the starting point.

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Bob Sihler - Aug 27, 2007 8:53 pm - Voted 5/5

Overall great value
In addition to the excellent hiking and climbing beta, there is also extensive history on first ascents, early explorers, and place names. And for ski enthusiasts, the book might devote more time to skiing experiences than it does to climbing routes, my only real complaint about this guide. But this book is indispensable for anyone seeking clear, accurate information about the Yellowstone Ecosystem’s mountains all in one tome.

Curt - Feb 8, 2008 5:22 pm - Voted 5/5

Wonderful Resource
The mountaineering history given for each peak comprises much of the value of this book. Turiano also dedicates significant ink to the geology, natural history, and human history of the region. People wanting lots of detailed beta will need more dedicated guidebooks for their specific ranges or areas of interest, as Turiano tends to stick to giving a description of only the safest, most straightforward route to each peak.

If you're looking for a dedicated climbing guidebook, this is probably not what you're after. If you're looking for a volume that will enrich your overall enjoyment of mountaineering in the Greater Yellowstone, this is it.

musicman82 - Oct 9, 2009 4:46 pm - Voted 5/5

Great Book
This book is a must for anyone who is interested in the mountains of Wyoming and Montana. I ordered my own copy of the book after checking it out from the library, renewing it four times, and incurring a fine for returning it quite late!

One thing that hasn't been mentioned on this page is that Turiano keeps an up-to-date web forum with additional information about peaks in this book, other peaks from these ranges that aren't included in the book, and news about the ever-changing access issues to some of these mountains. He is very quick to reply to emails and is very helpful and willing to share his personal experiences and vast wealth of knowledge about this area. Follow this link to visit his website.

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