Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Maple Canyon Rock Climbing Guide

UPDATE: 3.18.12

Darren Knezeks Maple Canyon Rock Climbing guidebook will be available May 1, 2012. This FANTASTIC guidebook has over 600 routes and is the MOST insightful, MOST detailed and MOST comprehensive Maple Canyon guidebook available. Darren is a local climber and new route developer who has developed thousands of routes in Utah and the west. He has climbed over 550 of the routes in this new guidebook!!

You can purchase the Maple Canyon Rock Climbing Guidebook at:

The information below is for historical purposes only

Maple Canyon Rock Climbing editions 1, 2, and 3
by Jason Stevens

The first three editions of Maple Canyon Rock Climbing guidebook are now available in electronic format. There are +/- 130 Maple Canyon routes covered in the enclosed third edition. I have added maps, photos and beta for fifteen multi-pitch routes in totalling over 45 pitches. There are also brief notes on route development as select walls and other climbing areas in the valley.

DO buy the book if you are a first time Maple Canyon climber, you need basic canyon information and a "starting place". There is route beta for 200+ climbs in the first three editions – information that has not been available for 10 years. Only seasoned Maple Canyon locals know this information by heart. For the rest of you this will be brand new stuff.

DO NOT purchase this guide thinking you will have the inside track on new routes, hot spots or secret areas. The information is accurate but the books were outdated in 2001. The exception is the included new route beta for multi-pitch climbs. This is not a "new" guidebook.

Darren Knezek of Provo is working on the latest version of the complete guide and it is rumored to be out soon. For locals and regulars the information in the file is self evident and bla bla bla. To everyone else it is brand new and will fill the guidebook void until the new edition comes out. For first time Maple climbers I hope this reproduction will serve as an introduction to all it (and Sanpete Valley) has to offer. In my best estimation the current number of routes in Maple Canyon exceeds 350. When combined with the other climbing areas in Sanpete Valley that number is well over 450.

I have laid the electronic file out in chronological order. You can set your printer to print only the sections you want to take to the crag. I have added a few topos to some of my “new” areas and my multi-pitch climbs. I few photographs at the end of the file add a little eye candy.

When you complete the PayPal transaction you will be redirected to the download page. The download is a 38 MB .pdf file. Purchase price is $12.00 US

Maple Canyon Rock Climbing
Editions 1, 2 & 3

Monday, March 15, 2010


A few of my favs from a recent mind-blowing, life changing vacation.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Party at the Triangle Bar SKM Style

Brian and Heather Schenck, USA distributors of Ozone Kites, hosts of the US Snowkite Masters and owners of the Triangle Bar invited me to shoot the Snowkite Masters event on Skyline Drive recently. It was two days of fantastic photography.

The event was followed by a rockin awards ceremony and party at the Triangle Bar.

Check it out...

The Barn

A new climbing hotspot with a colorful flare:

And the walls came crumbling down

Winter Camping

Ice ribbons forming in the nalgene bottle

Unpacking travel Scrabble while the viddles warm.

Yes, those are stars and that those are moonbeam streaks from the January Wolf moon.

Happiness is...

...fruit snacks, while you wait your turn to lick the spatula...

...being reminded that you you ARE in fact a princess...

...a celebration just for you...