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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: sportscotland; 3rd Revised edition edition (16 Oct. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1850602956
  • ISBN-13: 978-1850602958
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 20.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Aug. 1999
Format: Paperback
Although the book does contain quite a bit of information useful to beginners, it is most useful for those who already have basic skills and want to learn a leader's perspective on backcountry activities. The beginner's perspective is certainly there, and respected, but mostly for the purpose of encouraging empathy and foresightedness in expedition leaders. Those who already have leadership experience in other areas will find the book vital to learning how to apply their skills to specific backcountry situations. Complete beginners should start with another book.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Jan. 2004
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I say "almost" because it can't possibly contain everything you would ever need to know!
This book sets forth, in an easy to understand manner, the basics you will need to know to go out in the hills, either on your own, or leading a group. It is however, NOT a substitute for experience.
It also includes very little on ropework, which some may consider to be part of mountaineering.
I also own the earlier edition of this book, the new one, as well as its funky pink cover has a couple of new chapters, other than that it is virtually identical to the older one, down to the illustrations.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Aug. 1999
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This book is the one to read if you are thinking of taking Scouts onto the hills. All of the information needed for D of E is in this book, as well as Chief Scout and Queen Scout challenges. A "must have" for any expedition leader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Hendrie on 5 Jan. 2011
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Make no mistake, this is THE book to go for if you are undertaking the Mountain Leader Training award.

As other reviewers have commented, it is no substitute for experience, however this will enable you to gain that necessary experience with far more confidence before you attempt the assesment or indeed lead groups of novices. I can't agree with the review which states that there is no mention of ropework; an entire chapter is dedicate to 'Security on steep ground' and covers all the ropework a Summer ML will need to know. In addition, it covers a whole lot more, including river crossings, nutrition, first aid including heat and cold injuries, mountain rescue, some excellent stuff on mountain weather as well as all the usual navigation, party leadership, campcraft etc. As a bonus, 'the Langmuir' also contains several chapters regarding some of the more essential winter skills, however I'd recommend the WINTER SKILLS - ESSENTIAL WALKING AND CLIMBING TECHNIQUES but Andy Cunningham and Allen Fyffe in addition if the Winter ML is your thing (but if it is, you're obviously already a Summer ML and have thus probably read the Langmuir already!).
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By John Dexter on 29 Oct. 2012
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Eric Langmuir's masterpiece is justly acknowledged as a seminal work on mountaincraft and, even if you don't intend to lead groups in the hills, you will doubtless find something of value in this fine work.

That said, there are a couple of (minor) caveats!

Firstly, whilst the subject matter covered is commendably broad, it is not always explored in depth and, if you're not receiving ML instruction, you may have to look elsewhere for basic first aid skills (p.253) and detailed guidance on how to setup a belay.

Secondly, the text is starting to betray its age and would benefit from some minor updates (if anyone is brave enough to take on the challenge): but I guess that we all know that the Internet is now the best place for weather forecasts and that CROW is pretty much completed (p.114), so it's a petty complaint on my part!

Notwithstanding these two observations, this is a wonderful reference for those of us who love the hills and it is an essential part of any library devoted to walking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Wainwright on 7 Oct. 2009
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a must for anyone who has ambitions above simple hiil walking. very comprehensive
the section on mountain weather had invaluable information i have not seen anywhere else.
this book as much as or more than any other has satisfied my thist for knowledge on mountaineering
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still the best mountain book

is great to dip into even if like me its unlikely you will be in the mountains again

but on the sofa re reading its like re living my younger days

a great book at an amazing price
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Excellent book in an easy to understand layout - step by step guide to the mountains.Highly recommended book for anyone working in the hills.
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