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Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills
 
 

Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills [Kindle Edition]

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50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF THE RENOWNED BIBLE OF CLIMBING AND MOUNTAINEERING.

With more than 600,000 copies sold, Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills is the acclaimed bible for climbers all over the world, and the new edition marks the 50th anniversary of this seminal title.
Since the publication of the first edition in 1960, Freedom, as the book is known, has endured as a classic mountaineering text. From choosing equipment to tying a climbing knot, and from basic rappelling techniques to planning an expedition, it is all here in this essential mountaineering reference. A team of more than forty experts, all active climbers and climbing educators, reviewed, revised, and updated this compendium to reflect the latest evolutions in mountaineering equipment and techniques. Major updates include a significant new chapter on conditioning, plus detailed and extensive revisions to rescue and first-response, aid climbing, and waterfall and ice climbing.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 18649 KB
  • Print Length: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books; 8 edition (1 Sep 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0049P1ZTC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,089 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mountaineer's Bible as they say 5 Sep 2013
By Sailesh
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For a beginner it helped to learn the theory first and then go to the rocks especially in relation to knotting and use of the belay device to rappel, etc. The conditioning guide is pretty comprehensive but wasn't particularly diverse; it didn't need to be . It gave guidelines on how to physically and mentally condition oneself and provided examples of exercises one might do. Huge book with lots of info that I haven't even begun to touch yet. Worth every pence.
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This is the most comprehensive manual on mountaineering that I have read - I will even forgive it for being American! As we have had some iconic british mountaineering manuals, this does come out on top in my opinion
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, illustrations now available for Kindle 9 Mar 2012
By R. Giuliani - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book, obviously, and has been the mountaineering bible for years. The Kindle edition, however, is a bad purchase. It lacks all of the charts that accompany the text! Want to view the Equipment checklist, figure 2.3? Think again! You're SOL. Feel like I was ripped off.

EDIT 4/1/12
Unclear if the publisher updated the book, or if I have an updated Kindle for iPad app, but all of the charts and illustrations now are appearing so purchase away, and I've changed my rating. Perfect timing too, since I'm going climbing in Denli National Park in June.
25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Without hyperbole, the greatest book on mountaineering in the history of human civilization! 25 Jan 2011
By Peter Norgaard - Published on Amazon.com
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Someone once told me "Mountaineering is just like backpacking with less margin for error". Of course the reality is that there are additional skills, concepts, and so on that you absolutely need to know before hauling yourself onto a rock face or glacier. This book contains all of that - the accumulated wealth of knowledge based on the experience of more than 40 of the world's best mountaineers. What makes this book so unrivaled?

- Topics are effectively separated into chapters that allow you to find what you need fast
- Information is presented with photos and diagrams to clarify each and every detail
- The writing style is pleasant to read - neither frivolous nor obfuscating
- Everything you ever wanted to know (about mountaineering) is in the book

Buy several copies, sleep with one as a pillow in the hopes the information will naturally osmose into your brain, love mountaineering, be safe, and in your many travels please respect our natural resources!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "bible" of Mountaineering 18 April 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
There's not much to say about this amazing work that hasn't already been said. However, it is important to recognize what goes into this work - particularly the 8th edition. This is the 50th year of The Mountaineers producing this work, but really started with the handwritten notes of Wolf Bauer (and later typed up by Mary and Lloyd Anderson - founders of REI) seventy five years ago. In that time it has helped launch the climbing careers of thousands upon thousands of mountaineers. Every time a new edition is crafted, a select group of volunteer climb leaders and instructors come together to gather the collective wisdom of everyone who used the previous edition and how to make it better. For new climbers, for experts, and for those who are looking to improve certain skills.

I keep a copy on my bookshelf, and very dirty and well used copy under the seat of my truck. Guess which one I use more often, and in more fun places?
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic guide to the great outdoors 6 July 2012
By Brenton Richards - Published on Amazon.com
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I was first introduced to mountaineering in the Boy Scouts at age 12; Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills was in it's fourth edition, I believe, and my scoutmaster recommended I read it. I consider it not only the most helpful boy scout manual on the planet, but the best manual for anything that involves trails, hiking, camping, backpacking, technical climbing, and beyond. It covers all of the aforementioned as well as proper technique, safety, trail etiquette, gear (which has been updated in this version to include new materials offered to to public - Gore-Tex was brand new and prohibitively expensive when I was younger, but membrane jackets and clothing are common place nowadays), survival, menu planning, climbing gear and technique, and a boat load more. I recommend it for anybody and everybody who wants to get off the tarmac and enjoy the wilderness. Many sections include illustrations so it is easier to visualize. Just about every time I go camping or hiking, I use some tip, technique, or principle found in the book (from digging a proper snow cave or avoiding bears to preserving body heat while stranded at 12,000 feet on a rock ledge on the Grand Teton after the sun went down with only a rain jacket and beanie). Seriously, if you are considering it, buy it! Best $20 you'll ever spend on camping gear. It's not just for the hardcore mountaineer, either, but for ANYBODY who ventures off the paved road. It is several hundred pages, but it is well organized and easy to find information pertinent to your interests and abilities, plus some.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great first read 13 Jan 2014
By biding_my_time - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are inexperience in the outdoors this is a great first read. If you have a good base of training, not just days hiking, this may not be for you.

Having had many experiences with trained guides, hikers, climbers, and mountaineers this book was a little basic but still spot on. If you are contemplating serious outdoor activities this book will help prepare you.
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