Selected Alpine Climbs of the Canadian Rockies


Selected Alpine Climbs of the Canadian Rockies
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Selected Alpine Climbs of the Canadian Rockies
Manufacturer Sean Dougherty
Page By Dow Williams
Page Type Mar 5, 2007 / Mar 5, 2007
Object ID 2770
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Product Description

With the aid of route-marked photos, the author describes the normal, classic, extreme and descent routes for each peak. Introductory pages are written with the visitor in mind, giving concise direction on how to get from points of entry to the climbing areas, where to pick up supplies, what to expect of the weather, information on Park regulations, huts, equipment, safety and much more.


ISBN: 0-921102-14-3
Price: 24.95
Pages: 320 - 5 x 7 - paperback
Illustrations: 211 route-marked b&w photos, maps



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Dow Williams - Mar 5, 2007 4:37 pm - Voted 3/5

"Book of Lies"...
a harsh, but common nickname associated with Sean's guide book locally. Two things, obviously the nickname is way to harsh. It is impossible to write a very accurate alpine or ice climbing book when weather and glacier conditions year in and year out are so variable. On the other hand, it does not appear Sean has climbed all the routes or even most of them. As much as I would like to make it mandatory that any author have the prerequisite of actually climbing anything he publishes, I suppose we would not have many guide books out there would we?

Dow Williams - Mar 12, 2007 10:14 pm - Voted 3/5

Re: OK
Dug, Sean could have done better. I was actually laying off compared to what most who live and climb here full time think of some of the beta. Ferenc Jacso and I overnighted on Mount Brock and Dr. John Nell's son died up there because we both read in the guide book that it is a walk off. If you do a route solo, thus no ropes, and it is not a walk off, your kind of screwed. Nell died on the descent, not the ascent. Better no beta than wrong beta. If your a local like me and have the experience, no worries. Nell was from Australia using the guide book info.

UncleBob - Apr 10, 2007 11:59 am - Voted 3/5

Warning - Badly needs update
The most comprehensive guide available, but tragically out of date with our rapidly melting rockies.

Kane's "scrambles in the candian rockies" is aging much better. The book of lies should be thought of as a look into the night sky. A picture of things as they once were. Woe unto you if you use this guide as your primary source of beta, your "easy snow climb" could turn into a desperate kitty liter top out, or worse.

Dow Williams - Apr 10, 2007 1:25 pm - Voted 3/5

Re: Warning - Badly needs update
Excellent point, many examples I am sure, but Fryatt Valley's snow/ice climbs are dramatically changing.

sillyak - Dec 15, 2010 2:33 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Warning - Badly needs update
Any idea on if a update is even in the works. We all hear rumors but the newest edition is 20 years old. Pretty ridiculous for such a popular climbing area.

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