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Colorado’s Fourteeners: From Hikes to Climbs – Book Review

Colorado’s Fourteeners by Gerry Roach is a must have guidebook for anyone seeking to climb Colorado’s highest peaks. I recently received a copy of the Third Edition: From Hikes to Climbs, from Fulcrum Publishing and have been thoroughly impressed with the attention to detail. As the subtitle suggests, the book describes everything from summit hikes to technical climbs for more then 31 of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks. Each peak is described from multiple routes ranging from the most popular to the most challenging. Each route is mapped on a color, GPS compatible, map. At a glace you can see the standard route, a alternate route, a variation, and “extra credit.” Each route is color coded according to class. Each peak has one or more color photos. Many of the photos show available routes from the climbers point of view. This summer I have plans to summit a Colorado fourteener. Though I haven’t decided which one… I expect Colorado’s Fourteeners to be my go to source before and during the hike. The quality, detail, and information in Roach’s Colorado’s Fourteeners is beyond compare. Check out the photos below to see the quality of detail given in the book:

Map of Castle Peak. Notice the different routes with color coded class ratings
Castle Peak with routes 2 and 6 shown
Capitol Peak’s Knife Edge. Colorado’s fourteenths gives a lot of attention to detail

If you have spent any time in the mountains it is likely you have heard the call of our nations 14,000 foot peaks. If you would like to own your very own copy of Colorado’s Fourteeners now is your opportunity. Fulcrum Publishing is currently holding a contest where one lucky winner will receive a free copy of the Third Edition. To enter the contest, come up with your best Colorado Fourteener story—whether it’s a tidbit about your favorite fourteener, your scariest incident on a fourteener, a funny fourteener story, or any memory you may have. Fulcrum Publishing will pick their favorite story from the bunch and send them a free copy of Colorado’s Fourteeners. Go comment on their blog or email [email protected] by March 3rd!

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  • The Smoky Mountain Hiker

    March 1, 2011

    Steven – I've used the Roach book before and can attest that it is an excellent resource. Another great resource, if you haven't seen it, is: http://www.14ers.com/

    Good luck on your climb later this summer!

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