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 (20 March 1960 – 9 August 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 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, ISBN 0-7627-1218-X
  • 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 0-7566-1943-2
  • 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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