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rob_gendreau

Mountain climber
Oakland CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 25, 2014 - 03:35pm PT
I've got books to donate. Some are old guidebooks, useful either because they're historical, out of print, or for obscure locations. Some are histories, especially a bunch of polar expedition type stuff. And there's also a bunch of American Alpine and Canadian Alpine Club journals.

I'm selling the rarer stuff, probably to Chessler, but I'm wondering about where to donate the other stuff. I don't wanna just dump it in a general bookstore because odds are those who are interested won't find any of this stuff.

I'm in the SF East Bay, so local outfits would be nice. My library may be interested in some of the hard covers, but I'd like to donate as much as possible in one big batch.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Aug 25, 2014 - 04:06pm PT
My mom's garage in Walnut Creek? I will help them move from there to Moab....
caughtinside

Social climber
Oakland, CA
Aug 25, 2014 - 04:06pm PT
If you're just giving it away the gyms have 'free' boxes. I'd put them in there if you want someone to get them who would enjoy them.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Aug 25, 2014 - 04:20pm PT
Also I'm sure Swan books in Walnut creek, a purveyor of vintage, rare and classic books, with a special place in its heart for climbing / Mountaineering Literature, ( they have a signed Whymper!!) would love to help you with that!
looks easy from here

climber
Ben Lomond, CA
Aug 25, 2014 - 04:26pm PT
Do you have a list of what you're giving away and what you're selling (and how much you hope to get), and are you willing to give or sell to a private individual who could come to you?
Modesto Mutant

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Aug 25, 2014 - 04:32pm PT
Logos Used Books here in Santa Cruz has a very good outdoor section:

http://www.logosbooksrecords.com
rob_gendreau

Mountain climber
Oakland CA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 26, 2014 - 09:06am PT
Chessler didn't really have much interest; they are currently selling stuff I had and didn't need more copies. I'll try to get a more detailed list together, but here's a general rundown:

A 1st ed Norman Clyde of the High Sierra, paperback

Bunches of La Siesta Press and Wilderness Press guidebooks ca. 1970 or so, Tahquitz guides, J-Tree, etc. Sierra climbing guides back to say 1968.

A lot of Sierra Club books from when they promotoed climbing, like 1960 Belaying the Leader. Club "Totebook" series guides, mostly for trails and such in the Sierra.

Some old skiing guides, Mt Rainier climbing guide.

A mess of Sierra Club Ascents back to 1968.

And a lot of more recent, like 80's guidebooks, some for the Canadian Rockies. Picture books and history books of more recent vintage for Selkirks, published by Rocky Mountain Books or Alpine Club of Canada, and some harder to find in the US books about mountain history up there.

Old American Alpine Club journals to 1969.

A bunch of it wouldn't be considered rare or collectible or anything, but might be of interest just to someone interested in the history of the area. Or just needs some old climbing lit to look cool on their shelf (along with some old gear I could sell...Goldline rope, anyone?).

Maybe I should just have a climberish garage sale. My attic looks like REI in 1970.

Rob
looks easy from here

climber
Ben Lomond, CA
Aug 26, 2014 - 09:44am PT
Maybe I should just have a climberish garage sale. My attic looks like REI in 1970.

Sounds like fun! As long as I'm not working I'd make the hour drive to poke through your stuff. :D
rob_gendreau

Mountain climber
Oakland CA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 26, 2014 - 10:31am PT
Lemme work on that. I'd have to get a bit more organized but leaving town for a while soon.

Do people get enough traffic to warrant dragging out all the equipment for a half day or so? I really don't wanna open up to the usual garage sale crowd, but to people here.

Rob
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Aug 26, 2014 - 12:11pm PT
You could take a few gear photos and post them here, to gauge interest.
The list of books seemed pretty clear, though.
Stevee B

Trad climber
Oakland, CA
Aug 26, 2014 - 02:07pm PT
I collect some of that stuff, would love to get together in the vicinity. I'm in Oakland.
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Aug 26, 2014 - 03:49pm PT
Have you contacted the library at Cal Berkeley? They may also have an outdoor program on campus that would be happy to take some of those off your hands.
Bargainhunter

climber
Aug 26, 2014 - 09:50pm PT
Moe's books in Berkeley? Or PM me with a list and I'll take them off your hands.
The user formerly known as stzzo

climber
Sneaking up behind you
Aug 26, 2014 - 10:24pm PT
Have you contacted the library at Cal Berkeley? They may also have an outdoor program on campus that would be happy to take some of those off your hands.

Yep: CHAOS -- Cal Hiking and Outdoor Society, established in the 1800s or something. The club has a library...

The Stanford Alpine Club or some of its members might also have interest.

I'm in Oakland and would be psyched to have the Norman Clyde book.
David Knopp

Trad climber
CA
Aug 27, 2014 - 06:34am PT
Garage Sale! I want in!
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