The island of Cuba is a tropical climbing paradise, and Cuba Climbing is the definitive guide. This guidebook puts the incredible limestone of Viñales at your fingertips. And it is available as either a full color souvenir or a digital pdf.
If considering an excursion to Cuba, the first step, is to buy the guidebook. It can be be ordered online, as a book or a pdf, from the publisher, Quickdraw Publications. Quickdraw will ship within North America and to Europe.
Do not expect on buying the guidebook in Cuba. It is not for sale in Cuba! The Cuban government does not import the guidebook for sale. Climbers in Viñales have even been told that the guidebook is prohibited. Don’t worry, no one has had their guidebook confiscated. The only banned guidebook, however, is a worthy addition to your collection. A final fallback for a guidebook, Armando Menocal has a few guides in Viñales in a pinch. Ask to find his house.
For a decade, the first American climbers to explore Cuba returned again and again, despite U.S. law threatening fines and imprisonment. As one would expect following the initial decade of climbing in Cuba, the guide is much more than merely descriptions of routes and approaches. It reflects this history of commitment and devotion. Its authors, Aníbal Fernández and Armando Menocal, are the first Cuban climber and the first foreigner, albeit a Cuban-American, to “discover” Cuba’s climbing potential. Passionate about Cuba, their commitment to Cuban climbing has forced one author leave his country and the other to be excluded and declared inadmissible to Cuba.
Few if any guidebooks have so many contributors, and every one of them donated their images and labors. Images have been contributed by the best professional photographers, like Andy Burr, Jimmy Chin, Mickey Robertson, Fernando Nuñez and Beth Wald. Every photo, map, and topo is full color.
And unlike other guides, the book includes personal essays with intimate perspectives on their Cuban experiences by some of climbing’s best writers, Dan Duane, Neil Gresham, Craig Luebben, and Timmy O’Neil.
On-line purchasing is available through the websites listed below. Feel free to contact us if you need further assistance.
United States, Canada and Most International:
Quickdraw Publications for either the hard copy book or the digital pdf edition.
Europe and Great Britain:
Cuba Climbing, Released: September, 2009
Authors: Anibal Fernandez & Armando Menocal
Dimensions: 5.875″ wide by 8.25″ tall
Suggested Retail Price: $29.95 USD/CDN