5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This book is a refreshing change from the books I read when younger. Gone are nailed boots and 'hard men' climbing death pitches on hawser laid ropes.
What we have here is a brilliant intro to trad climbing. Sure, the first 70 odd pages cover ground that only the fresh faced beginner will need, such as explaining what the various bits of protection do etc.
However, the meat of the book contains a very solid grounding in how to set up belays, the protection system etc, which is something that most beginners, in my opinion, struggle to get their heads round. The book is cleverly written and throws in some pretty high end tips for the more advanced climber, I certainly put it down and had a lot of new ideas to try out at the crag.
All in all a very complete guide to trad climbing and one I can heartily recommend. The writing style is straightforward, personable and very clear and the illustrations and photos are top notch.
on 1 August 2014
So much information crammed into this book. We have been sport climbing for a couple of years and want to move into trad climbing. Information in the book is good for beginners and more experienced climbers. Easy to read. Easy to understand. It includes advice and info on the gear, placement, things to look out for, how to be prepared, and a good section at the back on technique and training. great book. I recommend if you are looking to move into climbing and progress this is a good book to get.
6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 9 December 2008
I've got this and the sport climbing book from Adrian - both amazing books, very well layed out, very logical and informative. Highly recommended!!