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YOSEMITE CLIMBS [First major guidebook to use Topos] George Meyers 1982 1st ed Hardcover Near Fine (Not signed)
By Meyers, George. Introduction by Jim Bridwell
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Denver, 1982, 1st edition. 260 pp, topos plus 22 full page b/w photos with routes marked. Original yellow hardcover is in Fine condition. This copy appears to have NOT been used on climbs so it is not dirty, stained, damaged or scribbled in by previous owners.

Yosemite Climbs was not issued with a dust jacket. It was designed to be used on climbs, so the covers have a waterproof plastic surface, and are flexible to avoid damage. They are sewn with durable nylon thread, through the folded book signatures, so all the pages are firmly attached and may never fall out. This is called Smyth Sewn, and has nothing to do with Frank Smythe.

This is the first edition of Meyer's Yosemite guide, although he did have Royal Robbins publish a green covered ring bound topo Yosemite guide in 1976. That book is rarely found complete or in nice condition. The ring binding allowed climbers to remove just the page they needed for the day's climb. You know what that leads to; lost or damaged and possibly scribbled on pages. This edition was commonly called the Yellow Guide, as it followed the original Steve Roper guide in 1964 that was called the Red Guide.

This was the first professionally made Yosemite guidebook utilizing modern topos to describe routes rather than wordy paragraphs that could often lead climbers astray. George Meyers spent several years climbing full time in Yosemite, and also worked for Royal Robbins as a climbing guide in Robbins' school, Rockcraft.

Robbins was also the publisher of George Meyer's first book, the  8 1/2'' x 11'' pictorial Yosemite Climber in 1983. Jim Bridwell made some of the original topos that were the basis for many of the topos in this guidebook. As this guide to Yosemite was one of the important and prominent American rock climbing guidebooks, within a decade almost all new rock climbing guidebooks started using topos. 

George Meyers met his wife Merrill Wilson in Yosemite.  She was a historical architect working to preserve some of the old structures in Yosemite National Park. She helped with the production of this book. This was the first guidebook published by Chockstone Press, which for over twenty years was the leading American climbing guidebook publisher until it was sold to Falcon Guides.


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