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published: Apr 2021
publisher: RMB | Rocky Mountain Books

Northern Stone

50 of Canada’s Best Rock Climbs

by Brandon Pullan & David Smart

tagged: mountaineering, adventure

With over 50 years of combined climbing experience between them, authors Brandon Pullan and David Smart have spent countless hours debating and reviewing Canadian climbs to settle on the routes chosen for this book. In order to make the list, a given route had to:

be popular enough to be well-travelled and have fixed protection and established descentsbe climbable by the average weekend warrior (no harder than 5.11a)be climbable in a day from campsite or carnot require crampons or ice axeshave played a role in the history of Canadian climbing

Divided into two sections — Western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta and Yukon) and Eastern Canada (Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland–Labrador) — Northern Stone profiles an equal number of routes in each half of the country (something no climbing guide has ever done).

Along with maps and a healthy selection of photos showing the route, each climb includes:

information on local accommodation, food, climbing gyms and alternative climbsaccess notes, approach info, grade, length and pitch-by-pitch descriptions

About the Authors
Brandon Pullan was born and raised in Ontario and is a graduate of Lakehead University. He started writing for publications in the late ’90s and is now editor-in-chief of Gripped, Canada’s Climbing Magazine. He has over 100 published articles in print, and countless contributions by him can also be found online. His alpine pursuits have introduced him to dozens of legendary climbers and mentors, motivating him to compile and archive collections of stories from this older generation of mountaineering greats. Brandon is the author of The Bold and Cold: A History of 25 Classic Climbs in the Canadian Rockies and To Be a Warrior: The Adventurous Life and Mysterious Death of Billy Davidson, as well as the co-author of Northern Stone: 50 of Canada’s Best Rock Climbs. He lives in Canmore, Alberta.

David Smart is the founding editor of four magazines, including Gripped, Canada’s climbing magazine. He is also the author of five climbing guidebooks and numerous articles in the Canadian Alpine Journal and Climbing magazine. He started climbing in 1975 and has made numerous ascents in Europe as well as North America. He has called Toronto and Calgary home and is now the editorial director for Gripped Publishing. David is the author of A Youth Wasted Climbing (RMB, 2015) and co-author of Northern Stone: Canada’s Best Rock Climbs (RMB, 2018). He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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