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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (28 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715328441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715328446
  • Product Dimensions: 27.1 x 21.3 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,894 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

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scriabinmahler TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Jun. 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tony T on 23 Jun. 2013
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This book is a good platform book and certainly helpful when you have read others time and time again. It's also very useful for instructors who want alternative ways of teaching knots etc.

The book is a complete guide and does as it says, however if you want ones that are in more detail I'd recommend buying the specific summer or winter books.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M Richards on 24 Dec. 2008
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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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For anyone wanting an introduction to climbing this is a great book. As a climbing beginner this book gave me the chance to understand the terminology and techniques used in climbing before moving from indoor walls to outdoor crags. Nothing can replace expert tuition however this book gives you the chance to do a little homework as well.
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This is a wonderful intro book to mountaineering. My hubby has been teaching me the ropes the last few years but it was nice to read through everything and then have him demonstrate. Great photos and helpful descriptions!
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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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