The Latest Edition Of The Classic Guide To Mountaineering Describes Fundamental Climbing Skills Discusses Rock, Snow, And Ice Climbing Techniques Recommends Clothing And Equipment Gives Advice On Safety And First Aid And Includes A New Section On Waterfall Ice And Mixed Climbing Simultaneous When they say that this book is the bible of mountaineering, they sure aren t kidding This book is filled above the brim with all kinds of information concerning numerous aspects of the sport The detail is awesome, the illustrations are superb, and the whole thing is seriously well put together I think the best things about this book is the breadth of the topics it covers When I bought the book, I thought I was going to learn about mountaineering in great detail, and perhaps a little about camping and rock climbing In reality, this book tells you about pretty much everything It teaches navigation, ice climbing, how to dress, wilderness medicine, and avalanche safety, to name a few Granted that no one book can tell you all there is to know about every aspect of climbing, this one provides a solid base knowledge and the foundations for taking the next steps I am a pretty experienced hiker, and I was still surprised by all the new info that I got from reading this book The book is over 700 pages long, and the writers make excellent use of every one of them Reading this book will give you great advice on what gear to buy, how to stay safe out there, and, as cliche as it may sound, could realistically save your life.My advice is to read this book like a textbook Mark up the pages, add notes, write down your own ideas, and read it multiple times And of course, go with experienced people before you tackle dangerous climbs.No one I know has ever gone mountaineering, There are only two things that are helping me reach my goal of being able to climb mountains year round my own motivation and Freedom of the Hills I m a first generation climber just trying to figure things out, and I m beyond grateful for others who have gone to the time and effort to put something like this together Skip the frustration of turning to disreputable sources Videos and forums on the internet won t get you anywhere Invest in this book if you re serious about getting on top of the world s high places I m stoked to see where it can take me Hopefully, reading this book will be my first step a lifetime of adventure Also, if anyone needs a mountaineering partner in Utah or Salt Lake County, hit me up haha I learned so much from this book that I hesitate in taking off a star I do admit to skipping the sections on belaying, et cetera, since I ve no intention of advanced climbing The only issue I had with reading the book relates to the textbookish language that made for some tedious reading I m not sure how one could make it exciting, but there you have it.The material on hiking and or backpacking in harsh conditions was excellent, especially the chapter on traveling through snow and in avalanche territory watch National Geographic sThe White Death. This reference book is to mountaineering or just camping and hiking as Joy of Cooking is to the cooking world A must have for any outdoorsman or woman. The latest edition of the classic guide to mountaineering describes fundamental climbing skills discusses rock, snow, and ice climbing techniques recommends clothing and equipment gives advice on safety and first aid and includes a new section on waterfall ice and mixed climbing Simultaneous. Freedom of the hills is packed with knowledge and skills that are helpful in order to survive in the mountains As a mountaineer I am always pushing to increase my skills and knowledge in order to climb difficult mountains I initially started out with an older edition of this book and purchased the new one as soon as I saw it The book covers anything from basic knowledge of gear to advanced skills and techniques I found that this book is very thorough and is very fair in what it teaches After reading Freedom of the Hills I successfully climbed Mt Aconcagua, Mt Hood, Grand Teton, Gannett Peak, and an attempt up Mt Rainier s Tahoma Cleaver This book gained the title of The Mountaineers Bible for a reason The most helpful portion of the book for me was glacier travel and anchors Knowing how to safely rope up as a team and travel on a mountain is a art that takes a lot of practice and reading Without the knowledge that I gained in this book I would certainly not be here to write today This book also makes a perfect gift for anyone who is into hiking mountaineering or wants to get into it. What can you say about a book that is six decades in the making, evolving and written by a whole group of experts from various parts of the sport It is simply the best text book for mountaineers It includes quite a bit of alpine climbing and very good basic rock climbing advice Lots of excellent illustrations I see the changes in the last 3 or so editions, but they are only modest improvements I happen to have editions dating back to the original Mountaineers Handbook Superior 1948 This is an excellent gift for any mountaineer that doesn t have the latest copy. Saying that this is the Bible of Mountaineering is an understatement A accurate comparison would be to say that this is the Bible plus everything that has ever been written on religion since that time, neatly summarized into less than 600 pages.Anyone willing to put in the time will benefit from reading this book.If only textbooks were this insightful when I was in school 5 stars. The one and only bible of mountaineering Reading this monster requires a huge investment of time, energy, and patience It is not only long, but too fucking verbose and the intonation is boring.Having said that, I am extremely happy that I went though it I now have the theoretical basics to do about anything on the mountains on this planet In practice, however, it s a different story The book will open your eyes and make you aware of the many skills you need to not die out there It takes several months to read about, but a lifetime to practice them.If you read something like this, it will motivate you to go further and work to become a mountaineer Because it would be a pity to spend all this effort and acquire all this knowledge for nothing. I am seriously reading this book for my WTC course with the Sierra Club Just started reading about navigation how to use a compass Besides supporting the Sierra Club I suggest supporting the Mountaineer s Books My sister works there they publish great hiking, mountaineering, camping guides.
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- Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills
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- 11 May 2017 The Mountaineers Club