We are proud to announce that this critically acclaimed book (see reviews here) won the 2011 James Monroe Thorington Award: Best Book--Mountaineering History!Desrt Towers brings to life the history of climbing on the sandstone towers of the Great American West.
For a hundred years, the colorful pinnacles of the Southwest have
challenged and inspired an equally colorful cast of characters to try
their luck at climbing these accidents of erosion.
The year 2011 marked the hundredth anniversary of the first ascent of
400-foot-tall Independence Monument in Colorado National Monument, by
John Otto. And the fiftieth anniversary of the first ascent of Castleton
Tower by Layton Kor and Huntley Ingalls--a landmark ascent of an
iconic, world-famous formation.
What better time for a book about desert towers.
This critically acclaimed book was one of just five books shortlisted for the 2011 Boardman-Tasker Award for Mountain Literature at Kendal Mountain Festival, UK.
And shortlisted for the 2011 Banff Mountain Festival where it won the James Monroe Thorington Best Mountaineering History Book Award
The Hindu. Steveie Haston in red. The year 2014 marked the 50 year
anniversary of Harvey Carter and Steve Miller climbing the first ascent
of thr Hindu. Thirty-two years later Stevie Haston and Laurence Gouault
climbed this free at 5.13a. Freeing this climb, on rock Haston likened
to "soft gritstone" led directly to Haston and Gouault directing their
efforts to the much bigger Fisher Towers.
What is Desert Towers about? find out here
Who is the author, Steve "Crusher" Bartlett? find out here
What are people saying? Reviews... Click Here
Danger! Look Out! A Plea for restraint in the Fisher Towers
A tribute to Layton Kor, who died in spring 2013, age 74, here