You could say author Jeremy Collins began researching MO’ Beta: Rock Climbs of Missouri nearly 25 years ago. That’s when he picked up an early version of Missouri Limestone and started an obsession with climbing guidebooks. “It was like gold to me, a secret invitation to a world I could barely believe existed,” he said. Since then, Collins has climbed all over the world. “But somehow, I still return to the same crags from those early days of that guidebook and find satisfaction while continuing to look for new ones.” His 270-page paperback collects 1,100+ routes and problems (over 500 of them new) in six Show-Me State climbing areas: Kansas City, Truman Lake, Boone County, SoMo, Elephant Rocks and Capital Crags. Thorough and beautifully designed and photographed, it’s a “must” for any local climber’s library. $30;