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by Craig Luebben, Ben Scott, & Cameron Cross
Craig Luebben started this project almost 20 years ago when he published a Greyrock climbing guidebook (1991). During his time in Fort Collins, Craig contributed many first ascents to the canyon. With Craig’s support, Ben Scott and Cameron Cross of the NC3 spearheaded the effort to release this book online and free of charge to the climbing community. Tragically, on August 9th, 2009, Craig died in the North Cascades while training for an AMGA guide’s exam. While Craig could not be a part of the final stages of the process, the NC3 released Poudre Canyon Routes Select as a free download last fall.
Why this Book Is Special
After Craig’s death, his contributions to the climbing community are helping fulfill a dream he himself never realized - seeing his daughter Giulia attend college. 100% of the profits from the sale of this book will be donated to the Craig Luebben Memorial Fund, and will specifically be invested in a CollegeInvest 529 Plan for his daughter. Thanks to a generous donation for the printing costs, every penny you spend on this book will go into that fund.
Opportunity & Gratitude
This project began over 10 years ago. Craig Luebben, who had previously published a Greyrock climbing guidebook (1991), had also compiled a vast amount of information for other areas in the canyon (many of which he developed). His vision was to write a guide for the entire Northern Colorado area. I signed up to help him on the project, but soon realized it was a lot more fun to climb routes rather than document them. I dropped the ball. Hard. The Northern Colorado guide never became a reality.
Almost a decade later, with still no guide available to the public, the Northern Colorado Climbers Coalition (NC3) recognized a need to publish information on the Poudre Canyon, which remained largely undocumented. Building on the Poudre Canyon guidebook by Rodney Ley & Steve Allen (1972), the Greyrock guides of Pat McGrane (1985) and Craig Luebben (1991), and the Palace guide by Sam Shannon and Tim Wilhelmi (2004), we began conducting interviews with first ascensionists and local climbers in order to try to capture the elusive and complex history of the canyon. While we had spent countless hours researching the Poudre, we encountered a devastating blow shortly before releasing the first edition.
On August 9th, 2009, while training for an AMGA guide’s exam in the North Cascades, Craig Luebben was killed in a climbing accident. Without a doubt, this event was crushing. Beyond being a well-known member of the community, close personal friend and climbing partner, Craig was an enormous resource for the Poudre. He developed hundreds of routes, climbed far more, and was a living reminder of thousands of stories that helped shape the character of the canyon.
Although many of Craig’s experiences were lost with his death, we felt fortunate to have a vast resource base of interviews with the most active first ascensionists in the canyon, from the earliest recorded days of climbing at Greyrock, to routes where the dust is still settling from the drill. Synthesizing the massive amount of info we compiled, we released the first edition of “Poudre Canyon Routes – Select” as a free online download.
We were never concerned with making money from our guidebook. Our sole motivation is to provide accurate and well-researched information that is accessible to the public. As Craig would say, “It should be free, so that everyone can benefit from it”. Continuing with our vision, we also offer this guide and several others as a free download on the NC3 website.
However, there is something truly unique about the book you are holding in your hands right now. Craig touched the lives of people around the world. Everyone has an anecdote about Craig; mine is about opportunity. Without a doubt, he enabled me to achieve things that I never thought possible (including finishing this guide). While other people may recall other things, one thing that seems to be universal is a feeling of gratitude.
In an unprecedented display of solidarity, the climbing community has come together after Craig’s death to allow him to realize one of his greatest dreams—seeing his daughter Giulia attend college. As a result, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the Craig Luebben Memorial Fund. Tragically he will never see her receive her diploma, but all the people who have donated, the companies like Fixed Pin, Neptune Mountaineering, Bent Gate Mountaineering and The Wilderness Exchange who have given up profits from the book, and community members like yourself who purchase this guide will make it a reality. Thank you.
by Matt Clark, Jason Haas, Dave Montgomery, Mike Morin, Amanda Peterson, Eric Schmeer & Kevin Stricker
Staunton is the newest state park in Colorado. This downloadable rock climbing guidebook is your ticket to one of Colorado's newest rock climbing areas! While the area had been climbed before, development was virtually nonexistent until the summer of 2012. During that time, over 60 climbing routes were established, from 5.3 to 5.12+. Most climbs are trad or mixed, but there are also about a dozen sport routes here. Virtually all of those routes were at Staunton Rocks, while the Elk Creek Spires and Lion's Head were left untouched. Download this guidebook to see what's been done and what hasn't so you can nab your own first ascent!
*Fixed Pin recently decided to charge a nominal fee for this product to help us cover the expense of offering this download.
by Kent Pease
Whether your goal is to be the rope gun at Indian Creek, swing leads on Astroman, or improve and expand your current climbing skills, this comprehensive work goes well beyond other instructional resources, both in scope and detail. Written by a true master of crack climbing, this book takes an engineer’s approach to the mechanics of jamming and combines it with detailed, realistic illustrations. The result will have you climbing cracks with the finesse and efficiency that takes most years to master. The author, fondly known among his friends as “The Sender,” has hundreds of first ascents of difficult desert cracks to his credit. Take advantage of his tremendous experience and the secrets he reveals, and you will soon be enjoying those cracks you now avoid. In short, this manual is the perfect guide and tutorial on how to crack climb.
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by Richard Rossiter
Rocky Mountain National Park offers an unparalleled rock climbing experience: rugged and untamed beauty, sweeping vistas, towering alpine walls split by perfect crack systems, and quiet isolation - all close enough to the Front Range for the serious daytripper to make it back home in time for dinner. In the making for nearly 30 years, Rocky Mountain National Park: A Comprehensive Guide to Scrambles, Rock Routes, and Ice/Mixed Climbs on the High Peaks provides an all-inclusive compendium of the author's intimate knowledge of the Park. A unique combination of color photography and in-depth, hand-drawn route topos provide a unique blend of artistic vision and analytically crafted information to safely and precisely get you to the top of your climbing objective.
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