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This book is exactly what I was hoping for, and excellent in every respect.
Thanks Gerald! I am glad you like it.
Best climbing guidebook I've laid my hands on. The pics and topos are great. The first hand descriptions are superb. You can tell the author's passion for climbing and for this incredible area.
Thanks John for the review! I hope you continue to enjoy the area as much as I do.
Geir's topos have been an essential part of my Stronghold experience since I moved to Tucson in 2012. I own dozens of guidebooks and none have the attention to detail that Geir's has - you will be treated to flawless pitch-by-pitch route descriptions and topos with accurate gear beta, honest assessment of danger, and experience-based recommendations for avoiding epics.
Note that TT2 is unique in that it doesn't try to be an exhaustive compendium of all existing routes in Cochise - such a guide will likely never exist due to the sometimes-secretive nature of the area - but rather it is a first-hand account of a large collection of some of the best multipitch traditional climbs in the Dragoons (if not in the entire Southwest). The other main guidebook (set) has more breadth but far less depth - I own and use both frequently and find that they complement each other well.
The extensive historical discussions and commentary on route development ethics - which are frequently woven into the route beta - are certainly opinionated and very thought-provoking. Whether this adds to the utility of the guide as a source of on-route information is perhaps debatable, but this is part of why this book is so unique: climbing routes are inseparable from their creation by a developer, for better or worse, and this fact is bore out in the discussions offered by Geir. Cochise Stronghold, a land stolen from the namesake’s people, should indeed be a place of reflection for everyone who has the privilege to visit and explore.
Thanks Nick for the thoughtful review and your great insights! 🙂
This is a great guide book! I have a lot of guide books and this is by far one of the best. Lots of interesting history, background and info on the Cochise Stronghold area including background for the book. The best part is the route descriptions, topos, pictures and detail on the approaches and descents. Cochise is an area with long approaches and the book makes it much easier to find the climbs. Another great feature is the section with a crossover table for Black Diamond, Metolius, Aliens and Totems cams. Another great part of the book is the climb ratings are done using paw prints rather than stars which I love. Geir Hundal did a great job and I give this guide book the highest 5 star rating!
Thanks Tony! -Geir