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Cascade Rock by Blake Herrington

If you haven’t gotten your hands on “Cascades Rock,” the new guidebook by Blake Herrington, you’ll be very excited when you do. Blake does a great job of covering a lot of ground, not only himself with repeats and ascents all over the Cascades, but in his coverage of climbs of varying grades at both “roadside” areas like Index and Washington Pass, to the Gunsight Range, “two days away from the nearest road.” Color pictures, short bios, and back history make the book a pleasure to read, while simple topos, and hiking route images make it easy to make sure you’re going the right way. This book holds its own right next to the Beckey Guides.

We recommend this book to any rock climber who is not afraid of hiking for their climbs. There are a few 4th class and easy 5thclass climbs, but in general the book starts at 5.6, and requires knowledge of anchor placement and building. Climb with care, and always check your knot.