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Desert Towers       

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 titanLeft: 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

Who is publishing the book? Sharp End Publishing website

Where can I buy the book? In the US Buy Desert Towers here

In the UK, Cordee import and distribute Buy Desert Towers here

Some Writings:

Danger! Look Out! A Plea for restraint in the Fisher Towers


A tribute to Layton Kor, who died in spring 2013, age 74, here