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Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills

rated 5 of 5 stars This is an excellent resource for information related to general mountaineering, but also for a broad range of topics from basic backcountry equipment and navigation, to rock and ice climbing, and a number of other associated topics. The most significant aspect of this book that sets it apart from other mountaineering/climbing references is not necessarily the specific material within the book, but how that content comes into being. This book is a great resource for any experienced back country… Full review

Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills

rated 5 of 5 stars The textbook for mountain climbing. 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… Full review

Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills

rated 5 of 5 stars 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. Full review

Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills

rated 5 of 5 stars 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. Full review

Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills

rated 5 of 5 stars 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. Full review

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Essential Gear for our 2017 Reviewers of the Month
Our members are essential to the Trailspace community. To thank them we're once again giving every Reviewer of the Month a prize pack of 10 Essentials gear ($350+ value) . Read more
March 10, 2017

The Year of Essential Outdoor Gear
We're going back to basics to celebrate the 10 Essentials, the classic list of what outdoor gear to bring into the backcountry. We're giving every 2016 Reviewer of the Month an incredible prize pack of 10 Essentials. Read more
January 22, 2016

Tÿcho Wins "Freedom of the Hills" from Mountaineers Books
Congratulations, Tÿcho! You've won a "Freedom of the Hills" prize pack from The Mountaineers Books, including the essential outdoor book and fun playing cards. Read more
October 24, 2012

Win "Freedom of the Hills" Prize from The Mountaineers
Review your gear now through Tuesday, October 23, and you could win a copy of the essential "Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills," plus a backcountry-friendly deck of Freedom of the Hills cards from Mountaineers Books. Read more
October 10, 2012

Books for Backcountry Bibliophiles
There are a host of new, award-winning outdoor books for backcountry bibliophiles, as well as a new edition of a 50-year-old classic. Read more
December 14, 2010

Outdoor Retailer: Highlights from the show
Outdoor Retailer ended yesterday, and after five days of looking at gear, booths, and trade show hallways, things can get a bit blurry. But, here are a few more pieces of outdoor gear that stood out. Read more
August 7, 2010


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