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Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills Paperback – 23 Sep 2003
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"It's the bible of climbing efficiency and safety in the high mountains" Yvon Chouinard "If your playground is the mountains, this is your bible." Charley Shimanski "I recommend (Freedom of the Hills) to everyone from the curious novice to the committed climber..."Rachel da Silva
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It covers all sorts of aspects of mountaineering - snow holes, kit lists, geology and geography. Well illustrated and readible it is definately one you could dip into when in need of a bit of clarification or guidance. It shouldn't need replacing with time as some of these techniques are 'as old as the hills' ('scuse the pun) and only equipment will change significantly with time.
If you are an instructor or a student this will be equally valuable, I have a couple hundred books on climbing and mountaineering and would say this one is a significant cornerstone of the technical section and could be considered an all in one combination of a climbing book, an expedition book and a geographic book. It covers climbing systems, techniques, gear placements and kit in just the Rock Climbing section alone. It also covers navigation, planning, etiquette and a great deal more besides. It's difficult to fault it, some 'advanced' climbers may scoff at the simplicity of it in some places but it does cover from the very basics to the more advanced stuff so would be ideal for beginner as a guide or an expert as a reference. The only volume I have encountered that may compete with it is the Fyffe and Peter 'Handbook of Climbing' (BMC) which I seem to remember being equally impressed with.
There is no ground-breaking information contained within but it is in one handy, comprehensive book.
Whether you're just getting into hiking, or you're a seven-summit veteran, this reference book will be dusted off again and again.
Study all the outdoor fundamentals you could ever hope to acquire in this heavily detailed and neatly illustrated manual. Learn how to lead a high alpine pitch, understand mountain geology, gain new tips on navigation or arrest a fall while tying yourself off with the correct knot.
First published in 1960 and now written by a team of more than 40 expert climbers, this 7th edition reflects the changes in equipment and technique across all climbing disciplines for today's enthusiasts.
Worthy of a flick through before any trip, this is the definitive guide for any mountain lover. No climber's bookshelf is complete without it.
WideWorld Magazine - Review Editor
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I have the uptodate Freedom of thr Hills and really happy too receive the old version.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
as the book says its an invalueble aid to a first time climber or seasoned vetran ...gives you everything youll need to know ....very usefullPublished on 24 Aug. 2009 by Mr. LWJS