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Mountaincraft and Leadership [Paperback]

Eric Langmuir
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16 Oct 1995
Mountaincraft and Leadership was first published in 1969 and went through three editions, with numerous reprints, before this fourth edition. It has become established as one of the authoritative texts in the field of UK mountaineering and hillwalking, both for the recreational participant and those leading others in the hills. It is now published by The Mountain Training Boards of England and Scotland. With the death of Eric Langmuir this new edition has been thoroughly rewritten by a team of experts and specialists to bring it up to date and incorporate latest thinking and developments in equipment and access legislation. Chapters include: Navigation, Hillwalking Technique, Campcraft and Expeditions, Food and Nutrition, Access and Conservation, Security on Steep Ground, River Crossing, Mountain Weather, Mountain Hypothermia, Effects of Heat, First Aid, Incident Management and Mountain Rescue, Party Leadership, Technique on Snow and Ice, Security on Snow and Ice, Snow and Avalanches and Cold Injury. New illustrations and diagrams have been commissioned to support the revised text to enhance this fully comprehensive text.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 296,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Glasgow, Eric Langmuir graduated in Natural Science and as a past President of the Cambridge University Mountaineering Club with extensive climbing experience in the UK and abroad he inevitably gravitated towards the newly developing outdoor education field. Eric held important posts in connection with mountaineering and outdoor pursuits but is perhaps best remembered as the author of Mountaincraft and Leadership which has embedded him in to the consciousness of generations of mountaineers to the extent that the book has become known simply as Langmuir . He died in 2005 and subsequent editions of the book have been rewritten and updated by The Mountain Training Boards of England and Scotland. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for intermediate or experienced. 16 Aug 1999
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars (Almost) Everything you need to know... 6 Jan 2004
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Scout Association recommended 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any aspiring MLs 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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5.0 out of 5 stars mountaincraft 7 Oct 2009
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 8 July 2014
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Really useful book :0)
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 15 Mar 2014
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Great book which I reference often for taking groups out into the fells. Can't fault it at all especially at that price
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