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. Nic says:

    Count me in!

    1. drdirtbag says:

      Thanks! You’re on the list. I’ll post an update and try to email everyone if/when this actually works out.

  2. Kate Cannell says:


    1. drdirtbag says:

      Thanks! But I owe you a couple Christmas presents, so this is on me.

  3. tim richards says:

    I’m in!

  4. mtnnut says:

    I’ll buy a hard copy

    1. drdirtbag says:

      Thanks! I should probably just give you one for helping proofread and such.

  5. Amy Johns says:

    Yes, please, count me in for one!

  6. Philip A Bates says:

    I will buy it for the price!

  7. Scott Bailey says:

    I will purchase one.

  8. OB says:

    I will buy one.

  9. Quin says:

    Looks great! I’m in!

  10. Fred radtke says:

    I would take a copy

  11. Jen says:

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

  12. Greg Glass says:

    I would love to buy it at that price.

  13. Manny Herrera says:

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

  14. Andrew F says:

    I’m in

  15. Kerry Breen says:

    I’m interested as well.

  16. Jeff Hester says:

    Looks awesome! Count me in!

  17. David Hess says:

    I would like one.

  18. drdirtbag says:

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

  19. Isabelle says:

    Looks great! I’m in

  20. Brendan Mathews says:


  21. Kathleen says:

    I’m in.

  22. Georgie Abel says:

    I would love this book!

  23. Mark aguilar says:

    Count me in I need a copy!!

  24. Claudia Meneses says:

    I’ll take one!

  25. ECW says:

    +1, Print It!

  26. Kevin says:

    I’d gladly pay for a copy!

  27. Elena Sherman says:

    Count me in.

  28. Brice says:

    I’m in.

  29. Michael Nicklasson says:


  30. Eddy says:

    Definitely in!

  31. John McKean says:

    Looks great! I would like one!

  32. Marion Siuta says:

    Definitely put me down for one.

  33. Nicole Leonhard says:

    I’m interested.

  34. Curt Theriault says:

    I’m in!

  35. Nicklaus R Combs says:

    would love to purchase!

  36. Steve says:

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

  37. Randy says:

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

  38. Skeptic says:

    Put me down for 1

  39. Nathan Thomas says:

    I’m certainly interested!

  40. Scott Hanson says:

    Sign me up for two copies. Thank you sir.

  41. Egret says:

    I would like one.

  42. Louise Hones says:

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

  43. Scott Fife says:

    Please sign me up for two!

  44. Sarah Jacobson says:

    Count me in for 5 copies.

  45. Bob Burd says:

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

    1. drdirtbag says:

      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. David Vaughn says:

    I’d buy one.

  47. Phillip Erickson says:

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

  48. lilmtnwolf says:

    I’d like one copy!

  49. Brad Stevens says:

    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. Ronaldo Vecchi says:

    Count me in for one copy

    1. drdirtbag says:

      Thanks! Please see the book page for details. I’m currently working on additions/corrections for a second printing.

  51. Bryan Daugherty says:

    I would purchase a copy.

    1. drdirtbag says:

      Thanks! Please see the book page for details. I’ll print some more soon.

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