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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Cordee (1 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954151119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954151119
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 1.5 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Aug. 2005
Format: Paperback
This book stands out in terms of clarity, illustration and structure. It has superseded the countless tomes about climbing gathering dust on my bookshelf as my first reference.
Detailed, well researched and clearly the result of years of experience. The illustrations go way beyond the usual poor line drawings of tangled ropes found in most climbing publications and the text is succinct, intelligble and encouraging.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 Mar. 2008
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I don't write reviews often but felt compelled to do so with this. It's an excellent book, well written and with beautifully designed diagrams which demonstrate the concepts extremely well. I'm an experienced climber with 20 years under my belt and this has still taught me some new things and reinforced others ("Am I supposed to do it this way just because I always have? Oh yes!"). It doesn't patronise, nor does it take the elitist approach. Just sensible and very readable. I've been reading it cover to cover and enjoyed doing so.

Whether you are new to the sport, training as an instructor, or just looking to bolster your knowledge, this is probably the best climbing book available.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Matt Rees on 24 Nov. 2004
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Libby Peters has produced an excellent book to cover everything from the basics to advanced techniques. The illustrations are clear and linked to the appropriate text, the photographs are good quality and cover a variety of areas throughout the UK. A minor gripe is that the book seems poorly indexed, however despite this niggle I'm happy to recommend the book unreservedly to my clients. The book makes me want to go and climb which surely is the best endorsement.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Sept. 2008
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If ever there was a book that could be classed as the industry standard climbing book, then this is it. The official handbook of the mountaineering instructor and single pitch award schemes this book has pretty much everything you'd need to get started on climbing, and more besides. It covers such areas as environment and history, warming up and injury prevention, movement skills, training, climbing basics (looking at terms and equipment), various types of climbing (bouldering, single pitch, indoor, lead, sport, multi pitch), descending, scrambling, sea level traversing and gorge scrambling and sections covering the law around climbing. As you can see, and this was only a basic list, this book is pretty comprehensive! The text is clear to read and the illustration and photos are both attractive and clarify any confusing points perfectly. As other reviewers have suggested, this book really is the ideal first port of call when learning about climbing and to cover your first forays on the rock or in the climbing gym. Coupled with qualified instruction this book will see you develop in leaps and bounds and it is perfect to return to so you can brush up on rusty knowledge or even just for a bit of inspiration. A great book and highly recommended. If you want more a specific book about training for climbing check out 'Training For Climbing' by Eric J Horst, another clear and inspirational read.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Minne on 3 Aug. 2006
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This book is a must have for anyone wanting to start out in climbing or improve their skills. The book also runs alongside the BMC's Single Pitch Award and is an invaluable source of information and instruction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 Sept. 2008
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An excellent 'How To' guide and also very useful for those wanting to improve. The greatest recommendation is that it makes you want to go out and climb - just like my favourite cult classic free climbing book from the 30s - The Night Climbers of Cambridge by Whipplesnaith. It's worth comparing the two - the spirit and urge to abandon regular society's rules and soar above the crowd is the same - and contagious. But back to this one - Get it and Get Out.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Londoner on 28 Mar. 2006
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words can't describe this book well enough - its amazing. I am very fond of it and if i was religious, this book would be my bible:) Book details anchors, useful knots, various scenarios likely to be faced on real rock amongst a host of other things -well worth the read before doing any sort of fee paying course - i'm going to work through this book before i splash out on a trad course at plas y brenin.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Harris on 2 July 2009
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Covers the basics plus some other more advanced themes. Excellent introduction for anyone wanting to learn how to climb on real rock, usefull refresher for those already climbing too. Clear diagrams and text, book is very consistent and easy to understand. Also some seperate info for instructors and group managers. As an instructor I read it since I was looking for a good book to recommend to novice climbers. Overall I found it very engaging.
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