Author: Cedron Jones
A Guide to Montana's Major Peaks
by Cedron Jones
This book is for hikers who want to know more about mountain climbing or peakbagging. Perhaps you've had occasion to climb a mountain and would like to recapture that exhilaration. Perhaps you've hiked to the end of a trail at a pretty lake and wondered, now what? Perhaps you are looking for a new pursuit to give meaning and direction to your life. Regardless of the source of your interest, if you want to learn more about peakbagging in Montana, this book is for you! Here you will find basic information about the sport plus maps and tables of popular peakbagging categories, such as the state's highest point, mountains with the most prominence, mountain range highpoints, and even county highpoints. Also included are detailed directions to bagging more than 50 of Montana's major peaks with routes ranging from easy trails to bushwhacking and scrambling.
About the Author
Cedron Jones loves lists, data and climbing mountains. He is an obsessive-compulsive peakbagger. He has climbed just over 1200 peaks in Montana, including the 340 peaks over 10,000 feet, but he’s still working on the peaks with 3,000 feet of prominence (three more to go) and the mountain range highpoints (four more to go). Jones published a hiking guide to the area around Helena, Montana, in 2008. In addition to hiking and peakbagging he loves working with kids, bird-watching and dancing. He lives in Helena with his wife, Sara Toubman.
Looking for a new way to get outdoors? Bag a peak.
New book details how to reach the summits of Montana’s major peaks
“Peakbagging Montana” is a new guidebook to hiking and scrambling to the top of more than 50 major peaks in the state.
Written by Helena hiker Cedron Jones, this unique book describes how to reach the summits of significant mountains throughout Montana, from remote peaks in the far northwest to isolated buttes in eastern Montana. It includes Granite Peak, the state’s highest point. The book features numerous photos, maps, and easy-to-follow route descriptions. The routes range from easy trails to bushwhacking and scrambling.
“This book is primarily for hikers,” Jones said. “Dedicated ‘peakbaggers’ will likely be interested in it too, but technical climbers will not be.”
Jones said “peakbaggers” are outdoor enthusiasts who like to tackle different categories of peaks. His book includes lists of the state’s highest points, the mountains with the most prominence (the distance above the surrounding terrain), the highpoints of every mountain range, and even county highpoints. Jones compiled the hard-to-find information through many years of research and on-the-ground fact checking.
Jones, 70, started “bagging” Montana’s highest peaks in 1973. Since then he has climbed more than 1,200 Montana summits, including all 340 peaks above 10,000 feet. He’s climbed Granite Peak three times. A long-time volunteer for local conservation groups, he is donating all of his author royalties to the Montana Wilderness Association, Wilderness Watch, and The Cinnabar Foundation.
The book sells for $14.95 and is available at bookstores or from Riverbend Publishing, 1-866-787-2363.