California 14er guidebook

Cover (front and back)

Please see the book page for ordering information.

[This project has been kicking around my hard drive for long enough; it’s time to do something with it. — ed.]

A couple of years ago, I began thinking about writing a guidebook to California’s 14ers in the spirit of Gerry Roach’s Colorado’s Fourteeners. Rather than covering a comprehensive list of routes with cursory detail, my book would cover a few popular routes on each peak more thoroughly, with color topos and labeled photos of crux sections. With only 15 peaks and a handful of routes on each, I could climb them all myself and gather consistent measures of difficulty and time required.

So here it is. With some proof-reading help (thanks Ted, Mike, and mom and dad!), I have finished the photography, writing, map-drawing (thanks, Matt and CalTopo!), and typesetting, and figured out the mechanics and cost to get it printed. The final step, by far the hardest for me, is marketing. To make money, I need to print books at least 100 at a time (1000 would be better), and that’s where you, dear reader, come in. Take a look at the sample chapters (PDF), and let me know in the comments or by email if the book is worth $19.95 to you. If at least 100 people get back to me, I’ll ask for the actual money (cash, check, or PayPal), then print and ship the books (6″x9″, 93 pages).

60 responses to “California 14er guidebook

  1. Count me in!

  2. +1!

  3. I’m in!

  4. I’ll buy a hard copy

  5. Yes, please, count me in for one!

  6. I will buy it for the price!

  7. I will purchase one.

  8. I will buy one.

  9. Looks great! I’m in!

  10. I would take a copy

  11. In. I’ll post this in the SoCa Hikers group too.

  12. I would love to buy it at that price.

  13. This looks great! I’m definitely interested in a copy.

  14. I’m in

  15. I’m interested as well.

  16. Looks awesome! Count me in!

  17. I would like one.

  18. Wow, thanks for all the support! It looks like this thing will actually happen…

  19. Looks great! I’m in

  20. Brendan Mathews


  21. I’m in.

  22. I would love this book!

  23. Count me in I need a copy!!

  24. Claudia Meneses

    I’ll take one!

  25. +1, Print It!

  26. I’d gladly pay for a copy!

  27. Count me in.

  28. I’m in.

  29. Michael Nicklasson


  30. Definitely in!

  31. Looks great! I would like one!

  32. Definitely put me down for one.

  33. Nicole Leonhard

    I’m interested.

  34. I’m in!

  35. Nicklaus R Combs

    would love to purchase!

  36. Yes! I wish to get in a few trips to CA over the next few years.

  37. I’m in! How can I get one of these books????

  38. Put me down for 1

  39. I’m certainly interested!

  40. Sign me up for two copies. Thank you sir.

  41. I would like one.

  42. We are very interested. We will take 4…one for each of us since we are pretty spread out across the world.

  43. Please sign me up for two!

  44. Count me in for 5 copies.

  45. I’d like one, please. Those green summit triangles look oddly familiar…

    • I forgot I had even used those. IIRC CalTopo didn’t have any suitable markers, and I just grabbed something quick. What do I owe you in geometric royalties?

  46. I’d buy one.

  47. Phillip Erickson

    I would also like to order 1 copy please. Thank you!

  48. I’d like one copy!

  49. I would like one also!! Would also like info in regards to sending personal check, for some reason having difficulty with email link above.. Thanks!!

  50. Count me in for one copy

  51. Bryan Daugherty

    I would purchase a copy.

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