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Alaska Climbing
Author: Joseph Puryear
Routes: 30 (click to see the complete route list)
Difficulty:  Easy snow, 5.8, A1 to steep ice, 5.11, A3
Pages: 240 pages
Format: Your choice of Printed Guidebook, or
Downloadable eBook (PDF)
Edition: 1st Edition, April 2006 


Whether looking to climb Denali’s West Buttress or scale a wall in the Ruth Gorge, Alaska Climbing is the book to take you there. Author Joseph Puryear’s result of 15 years of Alaska Range climbing and research is the most detailed information ever for the region’s best climbs. Included are routes of all abilities from moderate snow climbs to the difficult test-pieces of the range. Each climb gets detailed photo-diagrams, in-depth strategy, camping info, retreat beta, and first ascent history. Detailed color topos and maps bring these climbs to life.

Features available in both Print Books and eBooks:  
Most accurate & detailed topos ever!!
 First ascent history
USGS maps for each climb
Over 150 recent color photos, from the area’s top mountaineering photographers

Critical information on how to stay alive in the Alaska Range
Detailed approach and descent beta
Suggestions for other area climbs and proposals for new climbs
Inside knowledge on how to travel in Alaska, where to stay, and what to bring


    View the Front and Back Cover (260k)
      View the Table of Contents and Introduction (2.9MB)

Read Our Reviews...
"In its careful selection of routes, in depth detail and clear and precise advice Joe Puryear’s effort sets a new bar for Mountaineering guidebooks." Read the full review Ian Parnell, Planet Fear
  "This guide is the first book to give really good details on the classic routes and just became essential reading for anyone planning a trip to the US’s most Northerly Statee." Read the full review - Andy Saxby, UKClimbing.com
  "The SuperTopo guidebook you are holding will motivate you and help select a climb.  Use it as a tool to inspire and plan.  May the following pages allow you to unleash your inner quest for adventure." - Conrad Anker
  "If the Alaska Range is on your list, this is your guide!  Puryear's vast experience backed with SuperTopo lead the way." - Mike Gauthier, Author, "Mount Rainier, a climbing guide"
"Don't leave home without it! Joe pulled together the legendary classic routes and put them all in one easy to read book. It's my new tick list for the Alaska Range." - Jared Ogden, Top Alpinist
  "Rarely do guidebooks offer such extensive first-hand knowledge.  Joe’s expertise clearly shows in the detailed route descriptions, photos and topos as well as the general information and strategies for climbing in North America’s alpine mecca." - Kelly Cordes, Senior Editor, American Alpine Journal
Read a review in Italian by clicking here

Read a story about author Joseph Puryear...
"The guy who slogged up Mount Adams on his 15th birthday in blue jeans and tennis shoes, only because his parents practically dragged him up, becoming a first-hand climbing-route authority on precipitous peaks like Mount McKinley?" Read the full story Yakima Herald-Republic

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Try before you buy!
We've put one of the Alaska Climbing climbs, Denali's Cassin Ridge, on this web site—free for you to download. Check it out—it may be the best climbing topo you've ever seen!

Complete List of Included Climbs
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Route Name Formation Review
Mount Brooks - North Ridge III, 65-degree snow or ice - Alaska, USA. Click for details.
North Ridge
III, 65-degree snow or ice, Mount Brooks

An overview of the line.
Photo:Joe Puryear
Mount Brooks
III, 65-degree snow or ice
5 Star Rating

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