"Belaying the Leader", Sierra Club 1947 Copy Avalible

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Chris Cunningham

Trad climber
San Francisco
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 26, 2014 - 10:54pm PT
Probably still available at Dogtown Book Shop in Massachusetts.
Probably still available at Dogtown Book Shop in Massachusetts.
Credit: Chris Cunningham
Saw this perfect condition copy at Dogtown Book Shop in Gloucester Mass last week.

Bob, the owner, says $15 with free shipping.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Aug 26, 2014 - 11:35pm PT
It looks nice, although the book is fairly common and can be had for $10 if you don't care which printing it is.
http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?sts=t&tn=belaying+the+leader
Roots

Mountain climber
Tustin, CA
Aug 27, 2014 - 08:02am PT
Thanks - I left a message with the shop. Would like to have that in my collection.

David Plotnikoff

Mountain climber
Emerald Hills, CA
Aug 29, 2014 - 07:41pm PT
I just got one of those from Powell's City of Books in Portland for $13.50 in great condition. The $15/with shipping offer is a steal. Anyone who appreciates climbing history and culture should have one of these.

Others in my collection that I'd put in the same cherished category: Clarence King's "Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada" and a very special slim volume "An Ascent of Half Dome in 1884" by Alexander Phimister Proctor (Hermes, 1979 collectors reproduction).

For modern books that are "instant classics" (an oxymoron), I cast my vote for "Exploring the Highest Sierra" by James G. Moore. The definitive story of the California Geological Survey and its exploits.

Roper's "Climber's Guide to Yosemite Valley" and the Sierra Club totebook "Starr's Guide" would also be early-edition collectibles, no? (The ethics references on where and when to apply a hammer and pins to an intractible problem are very rich. Suitable for dramatic reading at a climber's dinner party. When was the last time you were given beta that included: "Bring at least 25 iron pitons of various sizes ...")
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