Climbing California's Fourteeners: A Route Guide to the Fifteen Highest Peaks

Climbing California's Fourteeners: A Route Guide to the Fifteen Highest Peaks


From the stark white face of Mount Whitney to the dramatic twin summits of Split Mountain, from the brooding hulk of the North Palisade to the glaciated volcanic mass of Mount Shasta, each of California's 14,000-foot peaks has a character and an allure of its own. Climbing California's Fourteens is the only guide that offers multiple routes--from walk-ups to long, difficult technical routes--on all fifteen of these mountains. It's also the only guide to include a general history of the mountains and historical anecdotes about the routes, including commentary from John Muir, Norman Clyde, and Clarence King, as well as never-before published material from renowned climbers like Warren Harding, Doug Robinson, Alan Bartlett, and others. Authors Stephen Porcella and Cameron Burns have spent years climbing many of the listed routes and have extensively researched all the others.

- Provides multiple route options for each fourteener

- Route access, difficulty ratings, gear recommendations, and more

- Illustrated with 82 spectacular photos (35 with route overlays)

- Personal accounts of many first ascents and mountaineering advances

Stephen Porcella, a resident of Hamilton, Montana, is a research scientist at Rocky Mountain Labs. In 1991, he coauthored, with Burns, a brief route guide to the easiest routes on California's fourteeners. Cameron Burns is a climber, journalist, and the author of Kilimanjaro & Mount Kenya: A Climbing and Trekking Guide. He lives in Basalt, Colorado.

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