Northern Stone

Canada’s Best Rock Climbs

By (author): Brandon Pullan, David Smart
ISBN 9781771602600
Softcover | Publication Date: January 31, 2020
Book Dimensions: 7.5 in x 10 in
304 Pages

About the Book

A stunning, full-colour climbing guide that focuses on 65 of Canada’s best rock climbs.

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 descents
  • be climbable by the average weekend warrior (no harder than 5.11a)
  • be climbable in a day from campsite or car
  • not require crampons or ice axes
  • have 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 climbs
  • access notes, approach info, grade, length and pitch-by-pitch descriptions
  • About the Author(s)

    David Smart has been climbing since 1975 throughout North America and Europe. He has completed hundreds of new routes in eastern Canada and is the founder of Gripped, Canada’s Climbing Magazine, Canadian Running Magazine, Canadian Cycling Magazine and Triathlon Magazine Canada. He is also the author of five climbing guidebooks; a memoir entitled A Youth Wasted Climbing, short-listed by the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival in 2015; and the climbing novel Above the Reich, published by Imaginary Mountain Surveyors. He lives in Toronto, where he is the editorial director of Gripped Publishing and is still an active new-router in northern Ontario.

    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 co-author of Northern Stone: Canada’s Best Rock Climbs. He lives in Canmore, Alberta.