A Climbing & Hiking Guide to California & Southern Nevada
By Andy Zdon
416 information-packed pages on more than 300 peaks and the best desert mountaineering in California and Southern Nevada. Ascents vary in difficulty from easy walks to cross-country scrambles and technical climbs. Desert Summits covers: Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks, Mojave National Preserve, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Red Rock National Conservation Area, Lake Mead and Spring Mountains National Recreation Areas, Desert National Wildlife Refuge, the White-Inyo Range, and the peaks surrounding Las Vegas including:
Excelsior Mountains in Nevada, Gold Butte area, Sweetwater Mountains, Bodie Hills, Mormon Mountains, Eldorado Mountains, Sliver Peak Range, Cady Mountains, and Providence Mountains. Obscure mountains include: Sleeping Beauty Mountain, Coffin Peak, Scattered Bone Peak, Saline Peak, Last Chance Mountain, Devil Peak, Corkscrew, Gold Butte, Muddy Mountains, Hamblin Mountain, Frenchman Mountain, Van Winkle Mountain (Providence), Tortoise Shell Mountain (Woods Mountains), and Old Woman Mountain.
About the author:
Andy Zdon, author of the American Institute of Professional Geologists publication Geology of the Las Vegas Region and Desert Summits: A Climbing & Hiking Guide to Southern California & Nevada, climbed his first desert peak, Telescope, in the winter of 1981, and has been climbing desert peaks ever since. His work as a hydrogeologist has taken him to many of the desert locations described in this book, including the Inyo Mountains, Providence Mountains, New York Mountains, Lanfair Valley, and the Lower Virgin River Valley.
A graduate in geology of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, Andy is a passionate collector of books on mountaineering and the history of the desert southwest.
It is a fantastic guide!
I enjoy Desert Summits and use it frequently.
John P. Davis (author scrambles in the Great basin)
Desert Summits is an excellent guide!
Barbara Lilley, recipient, Sierra Club Francis Farquhar Mountaineering Award