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The Complete Guide to Climbing and Mountaineering [Hardcover]

Pete Hill
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30 May 2008
This is a comprehensive, full-colour manual providing a complete reference for climbers of every level and discipline. It covers all the skills, safety issues and equipment necessary for the key climbing disciplines: mountains, bouldering and climbing walls, summer climbing, winter climbing, big wall and expedition climbing.

This exciting book is extensively illustrated throughout, with practical diagrams as well as inspirational and instructive photographs covering everything from the basic saftey, equipment and techniques to advanced-level mountaineering on some of the world's toughest ascents.

The basic skills includes fundamental information on the necessary technical equipment, from harness, rock boots and ropes to slings, karabiners and belay devices. There is a detailed section on different types of knots with clear diagrams to exemplify each. The technical skills section gives comprehensive information on abseiling with diagrams and photographs, plus various emergency procedures that all climbers and mountaineers should know.

The natural ability to climb is in all of us, it is getting it out on to the surface and refining it into a useful skill that is the trick. Pete Hill explains how to move on rock with the various handholds, footholds and specific climbing techniques, he shows the attractions of bouldering, and the importance of chalk as part of a boulderer's arsenal, and finally Pete discusses the various types of climbing walls.

The summer section of the book details everything you need to know about traditional climbing, considered by many as the purest form of the sport, as well as sport climbing, and Via Ferratas which are well suited for families new to climbing. The Winter section covers avalanches, ice climbing and snow shelters, as well as step kicking, step cutting and crampon techniques.

For the more advanced climbers and mountaineers, the Alpine Climbing, Big wall climbing and expedition sections of the book will provide you with ideas, equipment information, techniques, advice on how to overcome any problems and scenarios to get your adrenaline racing.

The Appendices provides essential and useful information on the various climbing grades worldwide, as well as factors and forces.

It is one of very few books on the market that is so comprehensive, internationally relevant and covers so many different types of climbing. It is written by Pete Hill (MIC, FRGS), an experienced and highly-regarded author and climbing instructor. Pete is author of the bestselling 'Mountain Skills Training Handbook' and 'The International Handbook of Technical Mountaineering'. He has led mountaineering expeditions to the Indian and Nepalese Himalaya, and was leader of an international expedition to Kashmir which made the first ascents of three previously unclimbed peaks.


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (30 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715328425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715328422
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 28.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 471,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is a comprehensive guide to the whole gamut of outdoor pursuits of a vertical nature. For those looking for inspiration to try new things in the outdoors, this book is packed with a variety of ideas, illustrated by lots of exciting photographs. --CompassSport

Big old book, this, but expert climber Pete Hill has filled it with both useful and interesting stuff on just about every climbing discipline you can think of. A good release, we think. --Sport

I would have hesitation recommending this book to anyone considering taking up the sport of climbing whether on an indoor wall or a Himalayan expedition. --www.livefortheoutdoors.com

I would have hesitation recommending this book to anyone considering taking up the sport of climbing whether on an indoor wall or a Himalayan expedition. --www.livefortheoutdoors.com

Book Description

This ia a comprehensive, full-colour manual providing a complete reference for climbers of every level and discipline.It covers all the skills, safety issues and equipment necessary for the key climbing disciplines: mountains, bouldering and climbing walls, summer climbing, winter climbing, big wall and expedition climbing. This title is extensively illustrated throughout, with practical diagrams as well as inspirational and instructive images covering everything from the basic saftey, equipment and techniques to advanced-level mountaineering on some of the world's toughest ascents.It is one of very few books on the market that is so comprehensive, internationally relevant and covers so many different types of climbing. It is written by an experienced and highly-regarded author and instructor.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive guide to basic skills 28 Jun 2011
By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is a wonderful introduction for a beginner like me, as it offers a comprehensive guide to all the basic skills with lots of colour photos and clear illustrations, covering a wide range of topics such as navigation, equipments and tools, rope works and systems, rock climbing, summer and winter climbing, alpine climbing, crevasse rescue, big wall climbing, via ferrata and expedition. The appendix includes gradings of various climbing styles in different countries. One important subject missing is; how to read weather systems, but it covers all other areas of climbing and mountaineering skills. It serves also as a good starting point to explore more advanced skills in each area with other complete guide books like The Complete Guide to Rope Techniques Revised Edition, for example.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New climbing book is excellent 24 Dec 2008
Format:Hardcover
This book is the best that I've ever seen on climbing and mountaineering skills and techniques. Although the word 'Complete' in the title may sound a bit like a tall order, it is certainly as complete as it could be. I found the diagrams to be excellent, the photographs inspirational and the way that Pete Hill puts the text across to be very clear and uncluttered.
It is by far the best technical book that I've seen on the market.
Thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, has everything expected 19 Jun 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book was well laid out, easy to understand and really helpful for advice for a beginner looking to take climbing from indoor to outdoors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice in my collection. 23 Feb 2014
By Macca69
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Not bad, more of a coffee table book really, skirting around the basics.
What did I expect though in one book?
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