User Review: The Mountaineers Books Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills
Source: received it as a sample, freebie, or prize (Trailspace and The Mountaineers)
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.