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The Climbers Guide to Squamish

The Climbers Guide to Squamish

Kevin McLane / Elaho Press (2005)

This book is a comprehensive guide to all the rock climbs of Squamish, British Columbia.

  • Softcover, 552 pages, black-and-white photos
  • Presents scores of climbs in such areas as the sea cliffs South of Murrin, the crags of Murrin Park and the Shannon Falls-Papoose cliffs
  • Also includes the Malamute granite dome, the Smoke Bluffs crags and, the centerpiece of the guide, The Chief
  • Provides maps, routes, ratings and a wealth of other valuable information
Squamish Select

Squamish Select

Marc Bourdon / Quickdraw Publications (2004)

Climbing guide to bouldering, sport and traditional climbing of the Squamish area of British Columbia.

  • Softcover; 260 pages; maps, black-and-white photos with route overlays
  • Guide covers bouldering, sport climbing, select traditional climbs and select multi-pitch climbs in the area
  • Covers the area from Murrin Park to Squamish and all the way north past Whistler to Pemberton
Squamish Bouldering

Squamish Bouldering

Marc Bourdon & Scott Tasaka / Quickdraw Publications (2003)

Always known as a world-class granite climbing area, Squamish is now rightfully considered Canada's premier bouldering destination.

  • Softcover; 284 pages; black-and-white photographs, maps and route overlays
  • Squamish is not a one-dimensional destination, and no traveling boulderer should leave disappointed
  • Whether you like moderates, desperates, roofs, slabs, highball or lowballs, no climber should be lacking
The Whole Enchilada, A Climber's Guide to Potrero ...

The Whole Enchilada -- A Climber's Guide to Potrero Chico, Mexico

Dane Bass, Puma Press, February 2007, 248 pages.

This is the latest and greatest comprehensive guide to Potrero Chico, hot off the press on February 20, 2007. Lots of useful introductory information about the area, driving in Mexico, bringing your pets, where to stay, where to eat, where to get help, etc. Includes information on more than 500 routes.

Lots of maps and photos with route lines drawn in to help you find your way around and get on the right route. A zero-to-three-star quality rating system will help you identify the classic climbs.

Unfortunately, the guide wasn't proofread very well and there are lots of typos and spelling errors, but that's not a serious problem.

If you only buy one Potrero Chico guide, this is the one to have.

Available for $26.95 at Posada's Restaurant: elpotrerochico.com.mx. Available on-line at potrerokrew.com.
Central BC Rock

Central BC Rock

Lyle Knight, Elaho Publishing

Now a little out-of-date, but still the essential reference for the BC interior areas such as Yak Peak, Kelowna, and all the smaller crags that deserve attention but don't quite have the same draw as Skaha.
Scrambles in Southwest British Columbia

Scrambles in Southwest British Columbia

Matt Gunn

A well put together guide to scrambling routes on many BC peaks.
Cover shot of Alpine Select: Climbs in Southwest B...

Alpine Select: Climbs in Southwest British Columbia & Northern Washington

Kevin McLane, Elaho Publishing

As the title lays out, this is a book of select alpine climbs mainly in BC, but also a few in Washington. The book is interesting for being divided into a section covering all of the approaches and another covering all of the climbs. McLane writes to a high standard and this book is no exception.

There are some fairly accessible day climbs in here as well as some monsters. Would you believe that there's a 37 pitch rock route only a few hours from Vancouver?
Whistler Rock Climbs cover shot.

Whistler Rock Climbs


Covers the crags from just north of Squamish to north of Whistler with McLane's usual excellent quality.
Skaha guidebook cover shot.

Skaha Rockclimbs

Howie Richardson, Elaho Publishing

Your essential reference for Skaha. Don't forget, however, that access has changed significantly as of 2007, so check with up-to-date sources rather than going by what this book has to say.
Bugaboos Rock guide book cover shot.

Bugaboo Rock: A Climbing Guide, 2nd Edition

Randall Green and Joe Bensen, The Mountaineers Books

One of two Bugaboos guide books published in 2003.
Cover shot for The Bugaboos guide book.

The Bugaboos - One of the World's Great Alpine Rockclimbing Centres

Chris Atkinson and Marc Piché, Eleho Publishing

One of two Bugaboos guide books published in 2003.
Rock N Road by Tim Toula.

Rock N Road

Tim Toula, Falcon Publishing

Rock N Road: An Atlas of North American Climbing Areas, is a comprehensive listing of every chunk of protruding stone on the continent. This is not a typical guidebook: there are no topos or route descriptions and only a few photos. Instead, the atlas provides a paragraph or two on each destination, with quality ratings, stats on number of climbs, and a list of the best routes. This is an essential reference item for those in search of new or less-documented crags.

Newfoundland Climbing Guide

Leo van Ulden

Newfoundland climbing guide for rock and ice.

Guide d'escalade du Grand-Morne

Nico & Cie Les éditions La Randonnée

95 pages
Available at MEC, La Cordée and through the FQME

Guide d'escalade en Estrie

Bernard Mailhot Les éditions La Randonnée

Mont Pinacle
Lac Larouche (Closed)
Grand Morne
Bistro des Trois Lacs (Closed)
Mont Carré (Closed)
Mont St-Grégoire (Closed)

82 pages

Available at MEC, La Cordée, through the FQME and other climbing stores.

Escalade au Mont-Orford

JIDÉ et Cie Les éditions La Randonnée

Parc du Mont Orford
96 pages

Available at MEC, La Cordée, through the FQME and other climbing stores.

North of Superior - Orient Bay Ice Climber's Guide

Shaun Parent - Granite Publishing - 1993
If you can get your hands on a copy of this book you'll be happy!

Parois d'escalade du Saguenay

By: Pierre-Yves Plourde & François-Xavier Garneau Published by: Les Éditions JCL

ISBN: 978-2-89431-364-0
140 X 216 mm (5,5 X 8,5 po)
434 pages
November 2006

Guide des cascades de glace et voies mixtes au Québec

Stéphane Lapierre et Bernard Gagnon Les éditions La Randonnée

Covers all of Quebec, updates are normally available online on the FQME website, but it seems misplaced for now.
528 pages

Available at MEC, La Cordée, through the FQME and other climbing stores.

Guide d'Escalade de Lanaudière (Roche et Glace)

Jean Claude Néolet (2009)+updates
Available at La Cordée, Montain Equipment Coop or directly from L'Escalade dans Lanaudiere club

Escalade de Rocher Weir

Pierre Cornellier 1998
out of print, a few people have photocopies


1994, Paul Laperrière et Bernard Poisson Les Editions La Cordée

old but useful

A Rock Climber's Guide to New Brunswick

Dominic Caron

The indispensable guidebook to New Brunswick.
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