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Worth it for the contents page, but not much else
on 28 December 2012
Having read a few in this series now, I have been consistently disappointed. Take for example the technique of moving together, one of the cornerstones of mountaineering and a technique that requires time and effort to be explained. This book dedicates about 5 pages to it. Most of it incomprehensible diagrams with 4 word summaries describing what's happening. Compare that to the number of pages dedicated to other subjects and you start to wonder if the authors have their priorites right. There aren't many alternatives to this book and if you do use one of the other publications expect raised eyebrows when you start using techniques not sactioned in the official text (believe it or not the yanks and those on the continent have their own views on how things should be done). If you do buy this book, expect to spend large parts of your time supplementing it through google searching, watching videos on YouTube and dipping in to google books - in part this is necessary because somenexplanations in this book are either so brief as to be incomprehensible or just incomprehensible. I say some as some explanations are done to death. Its almost as if the first half of the book is written for complete beginners and the second taught for advanced users looking for a refresher. Very unhelpful. Having said that the contents page acts as a useful index for things you should know, it's just a shame you have to supplement this book to such a significant extent. Be sure to check out google books as a resource, but I dare say you'll need to buy this book simply for the usefulness of it's contents page.