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Why We Climb by John Burgman $15

Why We Climb by John Burgman $15

Why We Climb: A Dirtbag’s Quest for Vertical Reason by John Burgman, foreword by Arno Ilgner

An enlightening and entertaining book about a season spent rock climbing, Why We Climb is “The Endless Summer meets the mountains.” Author John Burgman explores the physical, mental and spiritual underpinnings of climbing while interspersing the narrative with illuminating bits of mountaineering history and insight from experts all over the world. From conversations with Craig DeMartino and John Gill to interviews with a climbing psychologist and a renowned bouldering coach, from analysis of the climbing behavior of wild apes and the biological engineering of mankind’s skeletal system to an examination of some of the greatest climbing feats of all time, Burgman looks at rock climbing from many angles and discovers that, like our primate ancestors, we were all designed to climb.

Praise for Why We Climb: A Dirtbag’s Quest for Vertical Reason

“Life, engagement, meaning, purpose…all occur in the present moment…What motivation helps us be present? Is it the desire to achieve goals, or is it the passion of casting away those goals? Or is it a mix of both?…John Burgman helps us dig into these issues.”
Arno Ilgner, author of The Rock Warrior’s Way

“Excellently crafted, researched and perfect for rest days, Why We Climb is a must-read!”
Francis Sanzaro, author of The Boulder: A Philosophy for Bouldering

About the author
John Burgman is a former editor at Outdoor Life magazine. He is also the former recipient for a Fulbright journalism grant. His writing has appeared previously on Patagonia’s Cleanest Line blog, Esquire.com, The Rumpus, Portland Review, Boundary Waters Journal and other outlets. He writes occasionally for the popular rock climbing website, CruxCrush.com. Learn more about John at www.johnburgman.net

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Rumbling Bald Rock Climbs by Mike Reardon and Sean Cobourn

  • 268 pages, full color, glossy
  • 360 routes described on the south face of Rumbling Bald Mountain, the closed Dark Side of Rumbling Bald routes described for historic reference and advocacy, we are also including super secret guides to Slate Rock Areas and Bradley Falls
  • 26 detailed topos (see sample page)
  • Hundreds of photos: action shots, sweeping landscapes, aerial photos, first ascent and historic photos, descriptive route shots with lines drawn
  • 22 areas described
  • Extensive history into NC climbing, focused around climbing on the South Face of Rumbling Bald Mountain within Hickory Nut Gorge
  • 3,000 plus hours and 4 years of beta compiling
  • Main Authors: Mike Reardon, Sean Cobourn
  • Contributing Authors: Bruce Burgess, Anthony Love, Clint Calhoun, Matt Gentling, Grover Cable, and Ron Funderburke
  • Bios: Rodney Lanier, Jeep Gaskin, Thomas Kelley, Nathan Brown, Doug Reed, Bruce Burgess
  • Photographers: Shannon Millsaps, Ben Butler, Michael Turner, and many many others

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Cedar Rock cover (smaller size)Cedar Rock and Satellite Crags by Mike Reardon and Brad Woolf

Cedar Rock and Satellite Crags leads you through several previously unpublished climbing destinations throughout the granite enriched Pisgah National Forest, NC. The book contains a comprehensive guide to the many exposed faces of Cedar Rock, and satellite sections on the remote Fish Bowl Crag, the obscure Victory Wall, the enduro pumping Cathey’s Creek, the romping Pilot Rock, and a little mention of the famed John Rock. Written in the tradition of other climbing guidebooks in NC, a goal of this book was to navigate the color of NC climbing while helping you navigate its vertical terrain.

      • Covers climbs from 5.2-5.13
      •  200 + climbs outlined, single pitch, multi-pitch, and ice included
      •  Illustrated, detailed topos
      •  Climbing history of each area
      •  Many color photos, many of first ascents, 140 pages
      •  Information on hiking trails and waterfalls



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