|Rock Climbing Utah
By: Stewart M. Green
Published by: Falcon Publishing Company
Paper, pages 336
Publication date: March 1998
I have to admit that when I first picked up Rock Climbing Utah I was
skeptical. I have lived in Utah my entire adult life and climbed since
1988. I didn't think that there was anything that I could glean from this
book that I didn't already know or that wasn't found in one of the numerous
guide books that I already have. What I found, however, was a wealth of
This guide was written with the road-tripping climber in mind. It covers
all of Utah including classic areas such as Fisher Towers, Castle Valley,
Indian Creek, Zion National Park, St. George, American Fork and Maple
Canyons to name a few. The book gives detailed description and topos of
many selected climbs in the areas, as well as local and climbing history,
geography, access information, shops and services nearby, and references to
local guide books. Finding the crags with this book will be easy, but be
warned, the areas detailed in this book are some of the best areas to climb
in Utah so you probably won't find a great deal of solitude.
Rock Climbing Utah contains a few secret gems that you would be hard pressed
to find detailed elsewhere. There are many short trad and sport routes in
Zion National Park that are not listed in Eric Bjornstad's Desert Rock that
are listed here. Also, who hasn't seen the pictures of the long, overhung,
huecoed rock of Kolob Canyon and wondered how to get to those climbs.
Wonder no longer.
There is room for improvement. For starters it would be nice if the
binding method was sewn instead of a regular glued method. This book will
get a lot of use and if you're going to shell out $27 for a guide book it
should last forever. Also, the picture on the front cover is the author's
son climbing Scarface, a Indian Creek classic, and the picture is used
throughout the book as the theme. But Scarface isn't covered in the book;
it gives reference to another guide.
If you are planning to trip through Utah, consider this book an essential.
It is a no-nonsense guide to a great deal of the state's best climbing.
It'll keep you tripping to Utah for years.
Reviewed by John Walter.