Photo by Bob Kandiko.

Joe Catellani, a Seattle-based climber and friend, sent the following email with the subject line ‘North Cascades Traverse Book’. The email read, “My Bellingham buddy, Bob, self-published this book. Incredible photos. Could be a great inspiration for you to do some of these. You can see the whole thing via the preview.”Given the topic, endorsement from Joe (a good photographer himself), and the promise of free previewing, it was hard not to look at the book.

The Internet interface that lets you thumb through this coffee-table book is cool. Even better is the book itself. I echo Joe’s comments: The book is both beautiful and inspirational. It’s hard not to thumb through it without the spirit of exploration egging you to get out after a few of these traverses.

On top of that, some of the traverses (Thunder Arm to Cascade Pass, Cascade Pass to Rainy Pass, Ragged Ridge) intersect portions of the Cascades that we here in Central Washington like to claim as our own. I also found these pages fueling my imagination to pursue local off-trail traverses that aren’t listed but are on my own hit list. These include traverses through the Chiwaukums, between Stevens Pass and Snoqualmie Pass, in the Glacier Peak Wilderness, and through the Stuart Range.

A book that kindles such stirrings is definitely worth looking at. It might even be worth owning.


North Cascades Traverses by Bob Kandiko, $49.95, 160 pages, landscape format.

This post was originally published on 02/05/2011.

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