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This review is from: Rock Climbing: Essential Skills & Techniques (Paperback)
If ever there was a book that could be classed as the industry standard climbing book, then this is it. The official handbook of the mountaineering instructor and single pitch award schemes this book has pretty much everything you'd need to get started on climbing, and more besides. It covers such areas as environment and history, warming up and injury prevention, movement skills, training, climbing basics (looking at terms and equipment), various types of climbing (bouldering, single pitch, indoor, lead, sport, multi pitch), descending, scrambling, sea level traversing and gorge scrambling and sections covering the law around climbing. As you can see, and this was only a basic list, this book is pretty comprehensive! The text is clear to read and the illustration and photos are both attractive and clarify any confusing points perfectly. As other reviewers have suggested, this book really is the ideal first port of call when learning about climbing and to cover your first forays on the rock or in the climbing gym. Coupled with qualified instruction this book will see you develop in leaps and bounds and it is perfect to return to so you can brush up on rusty knowledge or even just for a bit of inspiration. A great book and highly recommended. If you want more a specific book about training for climbing check out 'Training For Climbing' by Eric J Horst, another clear and inspirational read.
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