Cascade Alpine Guide Vol. 3 Edition 3 by Fred Beckey
We know this isn’t exactly fresh meat here but we were asked to do a review of the new edition of Fred Beckey’s Cascade Alpine Guide Vol. 3 more commonly referenced to as the “Red Beckey Guide”. Released in the Fall of 2008 this edition was rumors to be the last update of CAGs by Fred. It goes without saying that the Beckey Guides are the Bible to the Cascades, and while there is the occasional nebulous approach information there isn’t anything that comes close to the pure volume of information on climbing routes in the Cascades. In page count alone, this update is much smaller then the previous update, with only about 15 new pages. That said, most of the new content is updated and/or corrected routes and Fred went to considerable effort to solicit info for revisions. This guide, along with its two companions, remain the staple for the climbers bookshelf and for anyone new to the Pacific Northwest or new to climbing it should be on at the top of the list for guidebook purchases. For various reasons some recent new routes weren’t included, many done right after the submission deadline, and there is a thread here on cc.com that tracks these and in most cases with the accompanying trip report.
The new CAG can be purchased from any of your local retailers that support cc.com, as well as Amazon.com.