Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Finally stopping that crazy suffering that is ice, climbing to concentrate on great ski tours!, .
Interest: Anything that can drag me to the mountains. Backpacking is #1, followed by climbing, dayhiking and camping with family.
Yeah, Selected Alpine Climbs (aka Lies) is really old but still the best guide book for coverage of a large area of the Rockies. The "Lies" part comes in that Sean tends to sandbag and so if he uses the word "exciting" you know mere mortals will be terrified.
As Dru noted, most lower 5th grades seem quite accurate, with the old 5.4 routes feeling good, but if you're looking at 5.9 alpine rock, it was a very serious grad when the routes were FA, and still hard back when the book was penned. Those "5.9 A2" routes with names like Blanchard, Cheesmond, etc on the FA are test pieces today.
The Grade II alpine routes might have changed since the writing of the book too. Some are much more serious, some are much easier.
If you really want the "Classic Rockies" general mountaineering summit, go for Mt. Athabasca. The North Glacier route is pretty much steep hiking with glacier travel, but the summit views are AMAZING. It's where Woolley and Collie looked out onto the Columbia Icefields for the first time in 1898, so the summit is steeped in history. It's also a beautiful peak as seen from the north.