"Think about how wonderful a book would be that combines all three merits-well-written, visually stunning, and bringing to life the climbing history of a uniquely important region. Crusher Bartlett's Desert Towers comes as close to that ideal as any climbing book I can think of.... That it is interesting and entertaining from the first word to the last is a tribute both to Bartlett's own writing ability and to his skill at weaving together the tales of others.... It is entertaining, informative, and beautiful. It contributes meaningfully to the historical record.... This is a truly magical book."-- David Harris, 2011 American Alpine Journal
"Boulder climbing legend and desert tower connoisseur Steve "Crusher" Bartlett has put together a masterpiece: The history of tower climbing on the Colorado Plateau, with archival photos and essays collected in one 352-page volume." -- Brendan Leonard, Mountain Gazette
"Thoroughly researched, spilling over with gorgeous and gritty images..." --Rob Dillon, Rock and Ice Magazine
"It's wonderful: by far the best climbing book ever published on the desert/Colorado Plateau." -- Eric Bjornstad, author of five desert climbing guidebooks
"I believe it will be the single best book on desert climbing ever published." --Christian Beckwith, climber, writer, founding editor of Alpinist magazine
"Super writing throughout. A true history for the ages." -- Steve Roper, writer, climber, historian, founding editor of Ascent
Desert Towers documents the history of climbers and their ascents of the wild and historic sandstone towers of the Colorado Plateau. The 350 pages of this book are lavishly illustrated with first-ascent photographs--many never seen in print before--and over two dozen contributed essays by the pioneering desert climbers of the last fifty years, many never previously seen in print. A must for any climber's coffee table.