Chessler Books
Rock Climbing - Mountaineering - Exploration
New - Used - Collectible - Signed
Chessler Books Accepts PAYPAL Chessler Books Accepts VISA Chessler Books Accepts MASTERCARD Chessler Books Accepts DISCOVER CARD Chessler Books Accepts AMERICAN EXPRESS
All Orders Shipped via United States Postal Service   Chessler Books Ships Via USPS
Author:
Title:
Keyword:
Item #:
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M Mc N O P Q
R S T U V W X Y Z
Item #: GB2412H-213
CLIMBER'S GUIDE TO TAHQUITZ AND SUICIDE ROCKS Chuck Wilts 1974 5th ed Very Good
By Wilts, Chuck
Price: $10.00

List Price: $30.00
You Save $20.00 (67%)



Add to wish list


Detailed Product Description
New York, AAC, 1974, 5th edition. 156 pp + 22 supplement bound in, b/w route photos. Used plastic-covered, rivet-bound guide with text worn off front, else fine and tight. Very Good.

The classic AAC guidebook for these 2 popular California rock climbing meccas. 
 
Tahquitz Climbing History: In the 1930s, the Rock Climbing Section (RCS) of the Sierra Club Members in California started a campaign to identify potential rock climbing locations in southern California. RCS member Jim Smith 'discovered' Tahquitz in June of 1935. The first fifth-class ascent ofTahquitz, The Trough (5.0), occurred in August of 1936 by Jim Smith, Bob Brinton, and Z. Jasaitis. A month later, Smith and Bill Rice quickly put up the now-classic route, Angel's Fright (5.4). In 1937, Dick Jones and Glen Dawson led a first ascent of The Mechanic's Route, one of the first 5.8s in the country. During the late 1930s, the movie Three On A Rope featured climbing at Tahquitz.

By 1940, about a dozen routes had been established. World War II slowed down development, but activity soon picked back up and fresh faces were seen at Tahquitz. Royal Robbins, a prominent member of the RCS, led the new surge in Tahquitz development in the 1950s. This new group of climbers eschewed some of the time-honored safety techniques of the past, which led to harder and harder climbs being developed, culminating with The Vampire in 1959. Though Robbins and Dave Rearick climbed it via aid technique (5.9 A3/4), it was free climbed in1973 (5.11a) by John Long et al. and is now considered one of the best free climbs in southern California.

With the help of new climbing shoe designs, route development in the1960s jumped well into 5.10 territory. Nearby Suicide Rock also started to be developed, resulting in another southern California classic, Valhalla (5.11a) in November of 1970.

The Yosemite Decimal System (YDS) of grading routes was developed at Tahquitz by members of the RCS of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club in the 1950s. Royal Robbins in 1952 established what was then one of the hardest free climbs in the United States, Open Book. As new routes were constantly being discovered and climbed, the old method of rating climbs as either easy, moderate, or hard was quickly becoming useless. With the help of fellow RCS members Don Wilson and Chuck Wilts, the modern system of rating fifth-class climbing was developed, with the scale running from 5.0 to 5.9. Mark Powell, a local who frequented Yosemite, passed this system on to the climbers in Yosemite. By the early 1960s, the Yosemite Decimal System was the standard.

Other Items You Might Like

  • Similar Items Available
  • Items From This Author
  • Items From This Category
CLIMBER'S GUIDE TO TAHQUITZ AND SUICIDE ROCKS Chuck Wilts 1979 6th and last ed New Paperback Multiple Copies Available
By: Wilts, Chuck
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $25.00, You Save $20.01 (80%)
- Item # GB2412-5368
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
SUPPLEMENT TO A CLIMBER'S GUIDE TO TAHQUITZ ROCK Chuck Wilts 1965 Pamphlet Fine
By: Wilts, Chuck
Price $25.00 ~ Regular $40.00, You Save $15.00 (38%)
- Item # GB2412B-213
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
PINNACLES CLIMBER'S GUIDE: PINNACLES ANTIONAL MONUMENT CALIFORNIA 1974 1st ed Softcover Fine SIGNED by Chuck Richards
By: Richards, Chuck
Price $25.00 ~ Regular $50.00, You Save $25.00 (50%)
- Item # GB1618B-399
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
TOPO GUIDE TO TAHQUITZ AND SUICIDE Randy Vogel 1980 CALIFORNIA Ring-bound Booklet Near Fine Multiple Copies Available
By: Vogel, Randy
Price $10.00 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $10.00 (50%)
- Item # GB229-2135
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
TOPO GUIDE TO TAHQUITZ AND SUICIDE 1980 CALIFORNIA Ring-bound Booklet Near Fine SIGNED by Randy Vogel
By: Vogel, Randy
Price $20.00 ~ Regular $40.00, You Save $20.00 (50%)
- Item # GB229A-213
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
PINNACLES CLIMBER'S GUIDE: PINNACLES ANTIONAL MONUMENT CALIFORNIA Chuck Richards 1974 1st ed Softcover Fine
By: Richards, Chuck
Price $9.99 ~ Regular $50.00, You Save $40.01 (80%)
- Item # GB1618A-399
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
GOING UP: TALES TOLD ALONG THE ROAD TO EL CAPITAN 2012 1st ed New Hardcover DJ Multiple Copies Available SIGNED by Joe Fitschen
By: Fitschen, Joe
Price $20.00
- Item # BK7609-86614
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
RAGGED MOUNTAIN 1974 SUPPLEMENT Ken Nichols 1974 1st ed Paperback Near Fine
By: Nichols, Ken
Price $19.99
- Item # GB103-867
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
WINTER CLIMBS IN NORTH WALES Rick Newcombe 1974 1st ed Paperback Fine
By: Newcombe, Rick (Editor)
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $15.01 (75%)
- Item # GB5794-354
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
KERN PEAK-OLANCHA SOUTHERN SIERRA (HIGH SIERRA HIKING GUIDE NO. 13) 1974 1st ed Paperback Fine
By: Wilderness Press Editors
Price $3.99 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $16.01 (80%)
- Item # GB5515-213
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
CLIMBER'S GUIDE TO TAHQUITZ AND SUICIDE ROCKS Chuck Wilts 1979 6th and last ed New Paperback Multiple Copies Available
By: Wilts, Chuck
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $25.00, You Save $20.01 (80%)
- Item # GB2412-5368
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
SUPPLEMENT TO A CLIMBER'S GUIDE TO TAHQUITZ ROCK Chuck Wilts 1965 Pamphlet Fine
By: Wilts, Chuck
Price $25.00 ~ Regular $40.00, You Save $15.00 (38%)
- Item # GB2412B-213
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
A GUIDE TO BLACK ROCKS AND CRATCLIFFE TOR P. R. J. Harding and A. J. J. Moulam 1949 1st ed Paperback Fine
By: Harding, P. R. J. and A. J. J. Moulam
Price $29.99 ~ Regular $40.00, You Save $10.01 (25%)
- Item # GB5786-399
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
KANGCHENJUNGA HIMAL AND KUMBHAKARNA HIMAL: NOTEBOOK 3 MOUNTAINEERING GUIDE 1988 Paperback Fine SIGNED by Jan Kielkowski
By: Kielkowski, Jan
Price $9.99 ~ Regular $49.95, You Save $39.96 (80%)
- Item # GB298A-480
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
MT. GODDARD, EVOLUTION BASIN, LE CONTE CANYON, PALISADE CREST (HIGH SIERRA HIKING GUIDE No. 10) 1980 or 1988 Paperback Very Good-Fine
By: Wilderness Press Editors
Price $3.99 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $16.01 (80%)
- Item # GB5512-213
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
GUIDE TO THE NEW MEXICO MOUNTAINS Herbert Ungnade 1965 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Ungnade, Herbert
Price $20.00 ~ Regular $35.00, You Save $15.00 (43%)
- Item # GB145-399
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
FOOT-LOOSE IN THE SWISS ALPS William Reifsnyder 1974 1st ed Softcover Fine
By: Reifsnyder, William
Price $9.99 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $10.01 (50%)
- Item # GB5714-399
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
A CLIMBER'S GUIDE TO THE SQUAMISH CHIEF [Canada] Anders Ourom 1980 1st ed Paperback Near Fine 2 Copies Available
By: Ourom, Anders
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $45.00, You Save $40.01 (89%)
- Item # GB191-7032
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
LONGS PEAK: ITS STORY AND A CLIMBING GUIDE Paul W. Nesbit 1969 7th ed Paperback Very Good
By: Nesbit, Paul W.
Price $5.00
- Item # GB2222F-796
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
GUIDE TO THE COLORADO MOUNTAINS [ORMES GUIDE] Robert Ormes 1986 8th ed Paperback Near Fine
By: Ormes, Robert
Price $4.95 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $15.05 (75%)
- Item # GB673C-796
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
A CLIMBER'S GUIDE TO DEVILS TOWER NATIONAL MONUMENT [WYOMING] Terry Rypkema, Curt Haire 1977 1st edition Fine
By: Rypkema, Terry and Curt Haire
Price $30.00 ~ Regular $50.00, You Save $20.00 (40%)
- Item # GB125-654
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
COLORADO FRONT RANGE SKI TOURS Tom and Sanse Sudduth 1975 1st ed Paperback Fine 2 Copies Available
By: Sudduth, Tom and Sanse
Price $9.00 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $11.00 (55%)
- Item # GB7837-2132
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart