Book: New Butte Climbing Guide

Butte's Climbing Guide
by Dwight Bishop
First Ascent Press
Bozeman, MT
192 pages

From the dramatic Dragon’s Back in Homestake Pass to the colossal Humbug Spires, rock climbing around Butte is both spectacular and manifold. Those looking to explore the geologic splendor of the “Boulder Batholith,” should pick up a copy of Butte's Climbing Guide, a third-edition release by Bozeman’s own First Ascent Press. The comprehensive guidebook will feature over 200 photos with route lines drawn; crag topos and original drawings by late author and local climbing/mountaineering legend Dwight Bishop; and a special section on Whiskey Gulch bouldering. Hundreds of climbs along the Continental Divide between Whitehall and Butte—from pure sport climbs to classic traditional routes—will be profiled in detail. Areas covered include Spire Rock, Gillespie Basin, and the climbs off Montana Highway 2, as well as more popular sites like Homestake Pass and Humbug Spires. Look for Butte’s Climbing Guide at local climbing shops and bookstores throughout Montana or contact First Ascent Press at 582-7908;