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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb book for alpine climbers who want to go higher., 16 Dec 1999
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Robert Jones "Bobjay" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Extreme Alpinism: Climbing Light, Fast & High (Paperback)
This is a superb book. Its not a "how to" manual for beginners but a book for those who already have alpine experience but who aspire to climb some of the greater and more difficult routes. It covers psychology, gear selection, training and, very importantly, nutrition and hydration on the mountain. Some of Twights comments on current gear fads are very interesting and his views rest on technical factors as well as experience on the mountain. The psychological insights are particularly valuable.
The photographs are superb and give a real feeling of what its like to be in the mountains.
This book crystallised some of my own emerging views on the subject and was extremely helpful.
If you want to go higher, faster and better get this book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading, 25 April 2004
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This review is from: Extreme Alpinism: Climbing Light, Fast & High (Paperback)
There are hundreds of "how to" guidebooks on mountaineering and climbingavailable. And I've read a lot of them. There is only one, however, thatI keep going back to, both for new inspiration and for refreshing thememory bank: this is it. It isn't written for the non-climber (althoughthe stunning photographs can be enjoyed by all), but if you're ahill-walker, a rock climber, a scrambler or an alpinist, you'll findsomething of use here. It's something of cliche, but this is one of thefew books in my collection where I find something new each time I dip intoit. It covers training, motivation, equipment and technique, interspersedwith anecdotes from Twight's own climbing experiences. I cannot recommendthis highly enough to anyone who goes out into the hills.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Motivation and Facts Galore, 25 April 2000
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This review is from: Extreme Alpinism: Climbing Light, Fast & High (Paperback)
Twight's pithy notes about all aspects of how to succeed on the mountainside are invaluable for anyone who has climbed but wants to go further. The anecdotes from his own experience and failures - including those days when he too (a mountain guru) has climbed like an imbecile - help the reader come to terms with any previous failures and learn from them.
In particular the advice on what gear to pack (and what NOT to pack) must bring back formative memories to all climbers who have fallen into the trap of packing everything "Just in case". It is this type of relevant and helpful advice on all topics including psychology, nutrition, planning and which partner to choose that enables the reader to plan better and succeed more often. Twight's own advice on dealing with fear on the mountainside is particularly insightful.
This book is a real must for climbers who want to cover height and distance anywhere from Scotland to the Himalayas. The photography alone will have you booking your next flight to the hills!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very honest., 19 Oct 2009
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C. Hammick (Cornwall, UK) - See all my reviews
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Mark Twight is a well respected and very experienced alpinist. This book is very well written and descriptive. If you are an experienced mountaineer it is a good read, if you an aspiring alpinist it is inspiring and if you an armchair alpine enthusiast it will fire your imagination. Mark's perspective on his alpinist lifestyle towards the end of the book is a good honest retroflection, with the sentiments expressed being common to many of the great alpinists of the modern era. This book is definately worth a read and for reference, along with others. If you want to be an aspirant alpinist read this book and then get some professional training.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the two most inspiring mountaineering books I've ever read, 14 Jan 2011
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Richard Scott (CND in UK) - See all my reviews
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This book, more than any other, just makes you want to train harder and climb harder!

As another reviewer said this is a modern classic that just keeps giving - everytime you dip into it, you learn somethng new - and I really do keep coming back to it.

He covers everything, and covers it well - only nutrition is slightly outdated, but many, many of the priorities and strategies outlined in this book have since become standard practice in the mountains.

More than anything though Mark emphasises a set of values - values that enable mountaineers to enrich the enjoyment of their passion.
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