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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (8 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762770317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762770311
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 20.3 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for the previous edition: "The most sophisticated 'how-to' book I've seen on any climbing subject." -Climbing Magazine

About the Author

John "Verm" Sherman is arguably the most prolific and experienced American boulderer, in the last 36 years having visited over 600 areas and climbing an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 boulder problems, thousands of them first ascents. During the mid-80s to early-90s, Sherman was the foremost developer of bouldering at Hueco Tanks, Texas, one of the world's premier bouldering areas. He established over 400 first ascents there. While writing the first Hueco Tanks bouldering guide, he climbed all but one of the 900+ problems in the book. In the process he introduced the V-system of grading boulder problems which became the widely accepted standard throughout North America. Sherman also designed the Kinnaloa Sketchpad, the first commercially available bouldering pad, upon which the majority of subsequent designs are based. He is particularly fond of ground-up highball first ascents--high risk propositions requiring outstanding skill and judgment-- passion that started in the pre-pad era and continues today.Sherman is the author of several books on bouldering, including Better Bouldering (Falcon), Sherman Exposed: Slightly Censored Climbing Stories, and Stone Crusade: A Historical Guide to Bouldering in America.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robin Carling on 25 Jun 2013
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This book was amazing, with the exception of some complicated bits of science which I couldn't get my head round, it was really easy to read.
It was motivational and easy to apply to your own climbing, as well as containing the only decent explinations of how to spot I've been able to find anywhere! Definitely recommend it to anyone who loves bouldering!
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By Markus Blomvall on 27 Sep 2014
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One of the best 10 Aug 2013
By hawkempire - Published on
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After reading the author's autobiography, I became a bit more interested in bouldering, so besides trying to boulder more, I've deccided to go to the source for advice. Still, I was skeptic - an avid reader of climbing books, I know how much fluff even the good authors cram in, an digging out useful stuff in between parts dedicated to the absolute newbie and parts where you just can't see the point the author's trying to make, can be quite the chore.

I'm glad to report this book is pretty free of these maladies, and is made of a great combination of stories, tips, strategies and approaches to all things boulder, with something for the newbies that you can still enjoy reading as an intermediate or advanced climber, and things for the advanced climber looking for that extra edge.

Put all of this together in Verms' obvious style, and you get an enjoyable, useful, fun book, that I feel can help you get better at bouldering, and more importantly - psyched to go bouldering.
great book 16 Oct 2013
By ian - Published on
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This book is one of the best I have read on technique, it breaks it down very well. It has tons of color pictures and is a bigger book then I thought it would be for just the subject of bouldering. I bought this book because I was about to start bouldering more (winter) but this book has helped me with my trad and sport climbing as well. I would recommend this to any climber even if you don’t boulder much.
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Newbie Recommended 18 Jan 2014
By amir - Published on
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this is absolutely a book for newbie and rookie climber that just wants to start bouldering! not ideal for anyone with more than a year experience in bouldering , nothing useful for me , but it should be very nice book for those who wants to know about bouldering and how to do it ,
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Best reference ever! 26 Sep 2012
By Ramon Loback - Published on
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Besides being informative, the author is funny and his tips are invaluable. Great pictures! It emphasizes the so forgotten footwork as well.
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The Best Bouldering Book EVER 20 Feb 2012
By ontheroad - Published on
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This is the best bouldering climbing book I have ever read. John Sherman has amazing photos and detailed knowledge that is highly entertaining. This guy can make you laugh and make you stronger. Worth every cent.
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