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Product details

  • Paperback: 453 pages
  • Publisher: Mountain Training Boards of England and Scotland; 4th edition edition (10 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956886906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956886903
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.8 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Born in Glasgow, Eric Langmuir graduated in Natural Science and as a past President of the Cambridge University Mountaineering Club with extensive climbing experience in the UK and abroad he inevitably gravitated towards the newly developing outdoor education field. Eric held important posts in connection with mountaineering and outdoor pursuits but is perhaps best remembered as the author of Mountaincraft and Leadership which has embedded him in to the consciousness of generations of mountaineers to the extent that the book has become known simply as Langmuir . He died in 2005 and subsequent editions of the book have been rewritten and updated by The Mountain Training Boards of England and Scotland.


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This is a long standing compendium of good advice about mountain craft and leadership. This new edition is an updated version of previous texts. The book still feels like a text book, but underneath the descriptions you can still sense the basic love of the hills that drives its writers.

Its chapter on navigation is first class. I think the bit on compass use is slightly long, and I'm not sure it fully gets to grips with the pros and cons of GPS systems which are coming more into use these days. I still like its old fashioned, but entirely correct assertion that accurate use of the map is the key ability for safe hill walking.

Issues of speed and accuracy are well covered. How fast can you cover the ground? How fast do groups move? How fast will your particular group go?

Issues of dealing with mountain hazards such as stream crossings are well covered. Techniques for support and assistance are well described- but I couldn't help feeling that the basic message coming through was "better still, avoid the hazard- go round it, anticipate it...walk upstream a bit...etc"

Issues about group leadership are well covered. the context is very much about leading groups of children and teenagers- but I think its basic rules of party discipline and management are very helpful and sensible, and adaptable to other leadership age ranges and contexts. The key point is that leadership is about the others you are leading, not the leader's own personal growth and development. If the leader is learning anything it's about how to lead the group, not primary knowledge of a new mountain. The leader's basic mountain skills need to be so well honed that they can reliably be taken for granted, and the focus can be on leading the group.

This is a classic hillwalking text, obviously aimed at mountain leaders- but with much in it for all of us who enjoy walking the hills. With this book we will know how to do this with more safety and accuracy.
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Quintessentially phenomenal.

This text is a must for everyone around the world planning any type of expedition. It is composed very articulately, easy to read, easy to understand, easy to learn and in a very pleasant font.

It is packed full with essential information to help the novice such as me, but also a perfect reference text for the seasoned professional.

I am still reading this, not quite finished but I absolutely love this. It is my almost definitive source for planning my expeditions.
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Eric Langmuir's book is a classic and packed full of useful, often vital, information on hill safety. I recommend it to all who visit the hills.
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If you are seriouse about walking in the wild, climbing, treking etc then this is one of, if not the best book on mountaineering info. I bought this for a friend who is going to Killimanjaro. I have a much older version and its excellent.
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If you want to know how to enjoy the hills safely, or are wanting to pass the Mountain Leader training this book has it all. A great book for the hill-walker who wants to go into the hills and come back.
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Can I just say, as one of the writing team for the fourth edition along with Mal Creasey and Allen Fyffe, that the reviews for this edition are heart-warming! I'm really glad that the work is appreciated.
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if you're wanting to know a bit more about being out on the hills safely, or get more out of being out doors, or want to challenge yourself and hone your skills, this book is seminal text. Eric Langmuir wrote the book... literally!
this is the latest edition of the mountaincraft and leadership book.
I can't recommend it enough
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Excellent book. Bought brand new to go with my other additions. An essential guide for any walked / mountaineer. The book ios strongly recommended
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