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By Chris Freye
From Seattle
Feb 24, 2013
So, I have scoured the internet in search of a good guide book for Washington but there seem to be so many out there. Does anyone have a good suggestion for a guidebook for Rainier, the Cascades and Leavenworth. If I need to get multiple guide books than I will...

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By Ben Beckerich
From saint helens, oregon
Feb 24, 2013
About half way up the East Arete on Illumination R...
Cascade Alpine Guide - pick your volume

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By Cale Hoopes
From Sammamish, WA
Feb 24, 2013
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Ok, so you ended up asking about multiple areas with multiple complexities.

So, let me say that you should probably get multiple books. While the CAG is good, it's a bit old and some areas could be better with more recent books.

For rock in Leavenworth:
leavenworthrockclimbing.com/

For Rainier:
amazon.com/Climbing-Mount-Rain...


For Other Routes:
CAG is excellent for lower routes.

Also try:
amazon.com/Classic-Climbs-Nort...

Summit Routes (top 100)
amazon.com/Summit-Routes-Washi...

Good:
amazon.com/Climbing-Cascade-Vo...

Yes. You should get multiples. If you're gonna be living in WA, there are guidebooks available for Washington Pass, Index, Exit 38, Frenchman Coulee, Royal Columns/Tieton, etc. If you want real rock guides, look for one of these books before heading to the area. Will benefit you greatly!

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By Aaron Pulda
From Seattle, WA
Mar 12, 2013
leavenworth rock climbing by kramar
beckey alpine guides 1-3
not sure for rainier.
Sky Valley Rock for index
Free pdf for Mt. Erie, PM me if you want.

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By cnadel
From Seattle, WA
Mar 12, 2013
This website features a good amount of free beta and a full length guide for Frenchman Coulee.

justgetout.net/Wenatchee/pages...

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By Eric Fjellanger
Mar 12, 2013
Me on top of Chianti Spire
I agree that it really depends on what your focus is- "Rainier, Cascades, Leavenworth" describes a huge variety of locations and types of climbing.

Here are two general-purpose recommendations:

Selected Climbs in the Cascades (vol 1) is a really good guide for alpine climbs and some rock routes. It has enough classics to keep you busy for a while.

Weekend Rock is a really good book for moderate single- and multi-pitch rock climbing all over the state. It's mostly about cragging/short approaches.

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By wufpak18
From Raleigh, NC
Mar 12, 2013
Great Arch behind
Frenchman coulee was the junk! Never saw another soul the for 5 months out there and some great swimming/cliff jumping. Just look out for gang activity around there. I was warned of it a couple times when I was out there 2 years ago.

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