in the 3rd Edition
routes have updated beta and corrections
routes have new first ascent
historymuch of which is previously unpublished
New Routes - there are now 64 of the most classic wall
gear info for each pitch and linking beta
approach beta with GPS coordinates
strategy and retreat recommendations
Big Walls: 3rd Edition is the most current, detailed, and
accurate guide to Yosemite's most classic walls such as El Cap
and Half Dome. This 208 page full-color printed guidebook includes
unprecedented route detail such as climbing strategy, retreat
information, descent topos, pitch lengths, and gear recommendations
for each pitch. In addition, Yosemite Big Walls include
historical information garnered from interviews with first ascentionists
that bring these spectacular big wall climbs to life. Yosemite
Big Walls covers the 64 best big wall routes on El Capitan, Half
Dome, and Washington Column most of which were personally climbed
and documented by authors Chris McNamara and Chris Van Leuven.
Our Reviews... an
indispensable, photo-rich, text-and-topo reference to 77 of the
Valley’s big-wall classics.
climbed El Cap over 50 times (including a 75 pitch girdle traverse!)
Chris has obviously had time to gather a great deal of valuable
knowledge about these walls along the way, as well as a deep understanding
of the nature of big walling itself.
book is the definitive source for Valley wall climbing and I loved
reading the first ascent stories - some of which had never been
told in writing before.
Amazon customer review