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Fifty Favorite Climbs


by Mark Kroese

This book details the favorite climbs of fifty highly accomplished climbers. All the routes I've climbed have been stellar, but be wary of the beta: it is not necessarily reliable. Approach, gear and topo information should be obtained elsewhere.


  1. Conrad Anker — Stump Spire, Sam Ford Fjord, Baffin Island, Nunavut Territory
  2. John Bachar — the Nabisco Wall, the Cookie Cliff, Yosemite National Park, California
  3. Bobbi Bensman — Original Route, the Rainbow Wall, Red Rocks National Conservation Area, Nevada
  4. Barry Blanchard — Nemesis, Mount Stanley, Kootenay National Park, British Columbia
  5. Jim Bridwell — Pacific Ocean Wall, El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, California
  6. Roxanna Brock — Epinephrine, Red Rocks National Conservation Area, Nevada
  7. Carlos Buhler — East Face of University Peak, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska
  8. Tommy Caldwell — Wunsch's Dihedral, Cynical Pinnacle, Cathedral Spires Area, South Platte, Colorado
  9. Greg Child — Belligerence, South Buttress of Mount Combatant, Waddington Range, British Columbia
  10. Russ Clune — the Grand Wall, Squamish Chief, Squamish, British Columbia
  11. Peter Croft — the Evolution Traverse, Central Sierra Nevada, California
  12. Kim Csizmazia — Prodigal Son, Angel's Landing, Zion National Park, Utah
  13. Steph Davis — the Obelisk, Longs Peak Diamond, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  14. Jim Donini — the Cobra Pillar, Mount Barrille, Alaska Range, Alaska
  15. Nancy Feagin — Original Route, Southeast Face of Mount Proboscis, Cirque of the Unclimbables, Northwest Territories
  16. Hans Florine — Beggar's Buttress, Lower Cathedral Rock, Yosemite National Park, California
  17. Charlie Fowler — Sunlight Buttress, Paria Point, Kolob Canyons, Zion National Park, Utah
  18. Will Gadd — Deep Throat, Glenwood Canyon, Colorado
  19. Kennan Harvey — All Along the Watchtower, North Howser Tower, Bugaboo Glacier Provincial Park, British Columbia
  20. Lynn Hill — Levitation 29, Red Rocks National Conservation Area, Nevada
  21. Steve House — Southwest Ridge of Peak 11,300, Alaska Range, Alaska
  22. Joe Josephson — the Wild Thing, East Face of Mount Chephren, Banff National Park, Alberta
  23. Ron Kauk — Middle Rock Traverse, Middle Cathedral Rock, Yosemite National Park, California
  24. Michael Kennedy — the Infinite Spur, Mount Foraker, Alaska Range, Alaska
  25. Guy Lacelle — la Pomme d'Or, High Gorge of Malbaie River Regional Park, Quebec
  26. Randy Leavitt — Romantic Warrior, Warlock Needle, the Needles, California
  27. Alex Lowe — the Grand Traverse, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
  28. George Lowe — Black Ice Couloir-West Face Linkup, the Grand Teton, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
  29. Jeff Lowe — Gorillas in the Mist, Pokomoonshine, Adirondack Mountani Park, New York
  30. Sue McDevitt — Astroman, Washington Column, Yosemite National Park, California
  31. John Middendorf — Tricks of the Trade, Isaac, Zion National Park, Utah
  32. Jim Nelson — the Torment-Forbidden Traverse, North Cascades National Park, Washington
  33. Jared Ogden — Birdbrain Boulevard, Ouray, Colorado
  34. Alison Osius — Primrose Dihedrals, Moses, Canyonlands National Park, Utah
  35. Steve Schneider — Lurking Fear, El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, California
  36. Don Serl — the Waddington Traverse, Coast Range, British Columbia
  37. Chris Sharma — North Face of the Rostrum, Yosemite National Park, California
  38. Seth Shaw — Honky Tonquin, North Face of Mount Geikie, Canadian Rockies, British Columbia
  39. Todd Skinner — the Great Canadian Knife, Southwest Face of Mount Proboscis, Cirque of the Unclimbables, Northwest Territories
  40. Jay Smith — the Phantom Wall, Mount Huntington, Alaska Range, Alaska
  41. Kurt Smith — Time for Livin', the Outrage Wall, el Portrero Chico, Nuevo Leon (Mexico)
  42. Steve Swenson — North Face of Mount Alberta, Jasper National Park, Alberta
  43. Mark Synnott — VMC Direct Direct, Cannon Cliff, White Mountains, New Hampshire
  44. Jack Tackle — a Pair of Jacks, Northwest Face of Mount Kennedy, Kluan National Park, Yukon Territory
  45. Joe Terravecchia — Leviathan, Blow-Me-Down Cliff, Devil Bay, Newfoundland
  46. Kevin Thaw — the Vampire, Tahquitz Rock, San Jacinto Mountains, California
  47. Mark Twight — East Face of Mount Babel, Banff National Park, Alberta
  48. Mark Wilford — the Pugilist at Rest and Wilford Couloir, "Point Blanchard," Kluane National Park, Yukon Territory
  49. Jonny Woodward — Hall of Mirrors, Glacier Point Apron, Yosemite National Park, California
  50. Tony Yaniro — Scirocco, East Face of the Sorcerer, the Needles, California
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