The Mountaineers Books Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills
The textbook for mountain climbing. This is the textbook…
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The textbook for mountain climbing.
- Everything you ever wanted to know
This is the textbook for mountaineering. It not only covers the what or the how of a subject but the why giving you a more in-depth understanding.
For example, you shouldn't wear cotton in cold weather because the shape of the fiber holds water and fills the air spaces greatly reducing insulation. This goes on for such diverse topics as digging a cat hole to go poo to using an ice ax to cross a glacier. If you can master the techniques in this book you can climb the biggest peaks in the wildest places.
The downside of a book is you are not going to master complex techniques just by reading the instructions. For the easier activities like navigation or tying knots you need to practice. For more complex activities like climbing or crossing a glacier you need to find an instructor to start to ask questions and help with misunderstandings.
This is the best ref book yet for the outdoors. It…
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This is the best ref book yet for the outdoors. It covers a broad range of skills - orienteering, rock climbing, gear, snow travel, etc. and one can learn a lot by reading it.
I highly recommend this book if you want to spend time off the beaten path.
This is one of the best all around guide books for…
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This is one of the best all around guide books for anything you wish to know about mountains. Rock, ice, climb. It's easy to read, simple illustrations and really it's just cover everything and make a great book to start with if looking for any mountain activity. Been looking around for a book that will give me some good all around introduction and this book fit the bill.
I recommend this book for all novice or expert climbers…
I recommend this book for all novice or expert climbers and backpackers. Good solid information that will get you started the right way. Great for review also.
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Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, Freedom of the Hills is the essential mountaineering reference. The 8th edition is packed with proven instruction for climbing on rock, snow, mixed, ice, and big walls.
Celebrating 50 years since its first publication, the anniversary edition of. Authors: contributors from The Mountaineers. Softcover; 592 pages. The Mountaineers Books; copyright 2010. This fully updated 8th edition maintains the same high standard for complete, authoritative instruction in an easy-to-use format. Each chapter from the previous edition has been revised, rewritten, and, where necessary, expanded. Major updates include a new chapter on conditioning, detailed and extensive revisions to rescue and first response, aid climbing, waterfall climbing and ice climbing. Novice climbers use it as a primer; veterans use it to review their skills.
Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills is the classic mountaineering text since its first edition in 1960. This instructional guide allows novice climbers to use it as a primer, and veterans still use it to review their skills. From choosing equipment to tying climbing knots, from basic rope work techniques to planning an all out expedition, this book is the essential mountaineering reference. PRODUCT FEATURES: A team of more than forty experts, all active climbers and climbing educators, reviewed, revised, and updated this manual to reflect the latest evolutions in mountaineering equipment and techniques Major updates include a significant new chapter on conditioning, plus detailed and extensive revisions to rescue and first-response, aid climbing, and waterfall and ice climbing Author: Mountaineers Books
- Appalachian Outdoors
I purchased my copy of Freedom of The Hills in 1976 and consumed it several times well before I ever set foot in the mountains.