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Go to Arkansas: the sandstone is steep, bullet, uncrowded, and kaleidoscopic, ridge after ridge fading into the Ozark horizon. The Arkansas native Cole Fennel brings us his 400-page Rock Climbing Arkansas ($37.95,, cataloging 14 zones, including sport/bloc staples like Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, the trad mecca Sam’s Throne, and venerable Mount Magazine. An 18- month project during which Fennel parked cars to make money, the full-color, photo-topo tome is sublimely crafted. Features: solid racking info; Fixed Pin’s helpful page-top crag-overview illos; intuitive route-type color coding; and a mega-dose of action shots.

—Matt Samet