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New Squamish Rock Guidebook Wins Banff Fest Award

Kevin McLane and Andrew Boyd’s newest edition of Squamish Rockclimbs, published by High Col Press (Canada, 2018), has won an award in the guidebook category at 2018 Banff Mountain Book Competition Awards.

“As Canada’s preeminent world-class climbing locale Squamish deserves the exact, loving treatment that Kevin McLane and Andrew Boyd gives it in their guidebook, Squamish Rockclimbs,” said jury member Ian Weslted.

“Eschewing commercial pressures for brevity and select guidebooks, we are fortunate that McLane and Boyd continue to produce this comprehensive guide to all the known climbs. Enhanced by essays chronicling the local climbing history and ethic, the volume is the reference of record and an essential tool alike.”

The book is described on the High Col website as:

This extensive guidebook is the complete reference to Squamish climbing, portraying over 2,000 routes across 576 pages with more than 700 photos, maps, and topo drawings. Squamish Rockclimbs extends from Murrin to the Chief to the Smoke Bluffs, and includes the alpine peaks of Sky Pilot and the sea cliffs of Howe Sound.

A 76-page history includes guest stories, photo galleries, and a 14,000 word story about the 100-year evolution of climbing at Squamish. This beautiful guidebook is commercial-free, contains no advertising, and was developed and manufactured entirely in Canada.

In the guidebook, a number of classic routes have been regraded, including Pleasant Pheasant at Murrin Park, which officially gets the downgrade from 5.11a to 5.10d.

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