Craig Luebben

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Craig Luebben
Died August 9, 2009
Occupation Rock Climber, Novelist
Genre essays, journals, histories, scientific papers, biographies, textbooks
Spouse Silvia Luebben

Craig Luebben (died August 9, 2009) was an American rock climber and author. A climber since the early 80s, Luebben wrote a number of climbing-oriented books, designed the "Big Bro" wide-crack climbing protection device, and was a senior contributing editor for Climbing Magazine.

Craig was a 5.12 climber in that he could likely onsight any 5.12 on the planet."[1]


Craig Luebben was killed on August 9, 2009 in an accident while climbing on Mount Torment in the Cascade Range of Washington. A car-size block of ice calved off, taking Craig with it and resulting in a 30 foot fall. While not struck by the initial block, Craig was pelted by debris as he hung from his rope.[2]

Luebben's 2004 book, Rock Climbing: Mastering the Basic Skills, won that year's National Outdoor Book Award (Instructional).

The books[edit]

  • A Rock Climbers Guide to Greyrock, Horsetooth Press, 1991, ASIN B000RJ3RFY
  • Knots for Climbers (1st & 2nd editions), The Globe Pequot Press, 1995 and 2001, ASIN 076271218X
  • Advanced Rock Climbing, co-authored with John Long, The Globe Pequot Press, 1997, ISBN 1-57540-075-8
  • How to Climb: How to Ice Climb!, The Globe Pequot Press, 1999, ISBN 1-56044-760-5
  • How to Rappel!, The Globe Pequot Press, 2000, ISBN 1-56044-759-1
  • Go Climb!, North South Publications, 2001, ISBN 756619432
  • Betty And The Silver Spider: Welcome To Gym Climbing, Sharp End Publishing, 2002, ISBN 1-892540-22-3
  • Rock Climbing: Mastering Basic Skills, The Mountaineers Books 2004, ISBN 0-89886-743-6
  • Rock Climbing Anchors: A Comprehensive Guide, The Mountaineers Books, 2006, ISBN 1-59485-006-2


  1. ^ Shanti Pack, Pamela. "Craig's List". 
  2. ^ MacDonald, Dougald. "Craig Luebben Killed in North Cascades". Retrieved 9 July 2012. 

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