Flakes, Jugs, and Splitters: The Geology of Rock Climbing

Flakes-Jugs-Splitters-coverWinner of a 2009 Banff Mountain Book Award! | Buy the book on Amazon.com.

Rock climbers have an inherent interest in geology. For some, it’s about knowing what gear to use or how to avoid rotten bands of rock. Sarah Garlick takes it a step further. An accomplished climber with a master’s degree in structural geology and tectonics from the University of Wyoming, Garlick has just published the first basic geology book specifically written for climbers. Called Flakes, Jugs, and Splitters: A Rock Climber’s Guide to Geology, it explores the why and where.of geological formations and the nature of rock.

Why is there no rock climbing in Florida? Could the volcanic Mount Kilimanjaro blow? Why does Europe have so much limestone? Garlick delves into the origins of mountains and crags, explaining why certain rock formations built up where they did, and how it affects the climbing in the area. It includes information on using a geological map, and tips on finding new routes, and even goes into the history of naming on popular crags. User-friendly and filled with sleek photographs from climbing destinations around the world, this handbook answers all the most common questions a climber could have about the source of the sport.

“Informative, fascinating, and useful, Flakes, Jugs & Splitters brings the rock alive, giving us a new perspective on the dramatic mountain landscape around us.” —Jon Popowich, The Banff Centre

“High on the “Cool, I didn’t know that!” factor, the guide will give you a new eye for and a lasting appreciation of all stones, big and small.” —Climbing magazine

“Offering an irresistible combination of plucky adventure stories and well-informed, clearly explained science, Sarah Garlick’s presentation of the award winning Flakes, Jugs and Splitters was the surprise hit of the 2009 Banff Book Festival. . . Buy this book, and don’t pass up an opportunity to hear Sarah speak!” —Freddie Wilkinson

“We have some of the world’s best climbers coming through our shop with their slides hows, but Sarah’s was special. It was an interesting and refreshing perspective on the sport we all know and love — definitely one of the most original presentations we’ve had at Feathered Friends.” —Eddie Espinosa, Feathered Friends, Seattle