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The San Juan Mountaineers' Climber's Guide to Southwestern Colorado

By Dwight Lavender, Carleton Long, and Mel Griffiths


A limited-edition reproduction of the first Colorado climbing guidebook.


In 1933 the first climber's guide to southwestern Colorado was produced on a typewriter. The authors assembled the typed pages, added carefully annotated topos with inked-in routes plus 21 pages of photos. Once the three books were collated, the authors had the books hand bound for use by climbers. As climber's used the books, the authors made corrections and additions in both ink and pencil. The Colorado Mountain Club Press limited edition of this mountaineering classic faithfully reproduces the typescript pages with annotations, the color topos with inked-in routes, and photographs.

Dwight Lavender, brother of well-known Colorado author David Lavender, was the driving force and inspiration for this book. Dwight, along with Carleton Long and Mel Griffiths, composed a volumn that has served as a reference source for climbers and many subsequent guidebooks including Robert Ormes' many editions of Guide to the Colorado Mountains.

The authors were central figures in a group of climbers loosely associated under the name of the San Juan Mountaineers. These climbers explored, named, and even resurveyed most of the mountains in southwestern Colorado.

We have published only 200 copies of The San Juan Mountaineers' Climber's Guide to Southwestern Colorado.

Contact CMC Press sales manager, Robin Commons, to purchase the book. 303-996-2743. The price is $185.00, plus shipping. There is no discount.

Book specs:
320 pages, 6X9, 25 pages of B&W photos, 21 maps, hardback with slipcase, numbered 1 through 200.

USD $185.00