This is the first episode of “Classic Climbing Book Review”, a new series where we’ll be taking deep dives into old rock climbing guidebooks and literature. Like most climbers I have a love for guidebooks that started when I got my very first one. Reading the stories, learning the history and getting psyched on rad photos before weekends and trips is a ritual. Similar to many things in life, the anticipation can be half of the fun.
From a historical perspective, rock climbing guidebooks are time capsules from eras gone by that provide deep insights into the culture of their time, and I find that fascinating. I reached out to Todd Gordon, who has the biggest guidebook collection of anyone I know, and he graciously offered to let me borrow some of his books for the series. When I went over to his house we ended up shooting a little footage of him sharing his collection and that has become this first episode.
Todd has got to be one of the nicest legends to ever do the damn thing and I can’t thank him enough for his hospitality and for sharing his collection.
Here is a link where you can purchase Todd’s awesome new guidebook “Joshua Tree Sport Climbs and Top Rope Sites” with info on over 1,000 routes!