Mountain Directory is an attempt to make mountain driving a little safer for truckers and RV’ers. R&R Publishing Inc. has been collecting and publishing information about mountain passes and steep grades since 1993. The Mountain Directory E-books give the locations and descriptions of over 700 mountain passes and steep grades in 22 states.
E-books tell you where the steep grades are, how long they are, how steep (%) they are. With this information, one can know ahead of time what a pass is like and make an informed decision about whether to go over or around. If you decide to go over, perhaps the cool morning hours would ease the strain on the engine and transmission during the climb. Unhooking the towed vehicle would make the climb and the descent easier. Knowing what lies ahead is half the battle.
There is an old saying among over-the-road truckers. “There are two kinds of drivers — those who’ve been in trouble on a mountain grade, and those who will be.” Unfortunately, this also applies to many RV’ers. Trucks and RVs have similar problems regarding weight, engine power, and braking in mountainous terrain. “Many truckers have had the frightening experience of cresting a mountain grade too fast and wondering if they’ll be able to stop at the bottom.
Richard Miller is one of them. After a thrilling descent into Camp Verde Valley, AZ in 1993, he decided to do something about the lack of information on many mountain grades. The results of his efforts are two excellent resources: Mountain Directory West and Mountain Directory East. Each contains maps showing the location of grades and detailed information about them. Including the height of the summit, length and steepness of grades, severity of curves, location of escape ramps, and signage.”
Travel with safety – safety from knowledge and information about navigating through the Mountain Grades and Terrain.