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HIGH OVER BOULDER: A CLIMBER'S AND HIKER'S GUIDE TO BOULDER COLORADO Pat Ament & Cleve McCarty 1967 1st ed Hardcover Fine [Not Signed]
By Ament, Pat and Cleve McCarty
Price: $175.00


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Colorado, 1967, 1st edition. 198 pp, b/w photos and illustrations. Pictorial hardcover - no dust jacket was issued. (Only the Sierra Club was still putting DJs on guidebooks.) Covers area little scuffed, inside is like new, it does not look like it was ever used on a climb. The page edges are not dirty from flipping through it while on a belay stance. It's not filled with pen or penciled beta from some long ago climber's best seasons. Fine condition.

I was living back east in 1967 when this landmark guidebook came out. When I heard the title I thought, "How could they get away with that?" Well, of course 1967 was the summer of love in SF, and we knew that a lot of dicey stuff was going on in Boulder too. After all, if we could read the future we would have known that Redford was a waiter at the Sink, a Boulder diner. [While there, he worked at the restaurant/bar The Sink; a painting of his likeness is prominent in the bar's murals. Wikipedia]

This was one of the great rock climbing guidebooks of the 1960s, along with Steve Roper's "Red Book" in 1964, which was the first dedicated guidebook to Yosemite Valley; the 3rd edition of Beckey's Guide to the North Cascades in 1961 which opened up America's premier glaciated wilderness; and the greatest of all, Art Gran's Gunks Guide in 1964. A serious rock climbing guidebook collection must have all these editions.

Cleve McCarty helped to literally write the book on climbing in the area when he teamed up with Pat Ament to pen High Over Boulder. The inspiration came when McCarty found himself dangling off of a cliff while climbing in Boulder in the 50s.

"We thought we were on the Maiden," McCarty told the Boulder Daily Camera in 2006, referring to a formation among the Flatirons. "We got to the summit of this rock pinnacle that was similar to the Maiden, and started to rappel off the west side. But our ropes weren't long enough. The Maiden was 110 feet, but we were on the Matron. We had to come all the way back up."

Pat Ament at the time was still in junior high  (today's best rock climbers are still
in grade school), but already an experienced climber with ideas of writing a climbing guide himself. When McCarty heard about the youngster, he sought him out. "He just showed up at my parents' house," Ament said. "And he was such a nice guy and was energetic and had all this good stuff and photos. And we thought it would be a better book if we agreed to team up."

As the more experienced climber, Ament handled much of the details about technical climbing, but McCarty used his knowledge of the local trails and his own sketches to complete the guide. "We wanted it to have a sense of humor, and not just be a boring technical read," Ament said. "Much of that was Cleve's creativity."

As the two got to know each other better, Ament said he found out McCarty's energy and enthusiasm carried over to every aspect of his life. "Cleve had an energy about him that was just infectious," Ament said. "He was excited about everything you were doing, and he always had a big smile on his face."

Ament recalled an instance in which he, McCarty and some other climbers got caught on a peak during a lightning storm. "I was sitting there thinking we were going to get hit by lightning," Ament said. "And Cleve just had this big smile on his face and said, "As long as you can see it (the lightning), you're still alive!" That was Cleve, for sure.



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