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  • Paperback: 596 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books; 8 edition (10 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594851387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594851384
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 3.7 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 356,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Title: Mountaineering( The Freedom of the Hills) <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: RonaldC.Eng <>Publisher: MountaineersBooks


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For a beginner it helped to learn the theory first and then go to the rocks especially in relation to knotting and use of the belay device to rappel, etc. The conditioning guide is pretty comprehensive but wasn't particularly diverse; it didn't need to be . It gave guidelines on how to physically and mentally condition oneself and provided examples of exercises one might do. Huge book with lots of info that I haven't even begun to touch yet. Worth every pence.
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Good book, it covers nearly every argument you should be aware of if you intend to be a good mountaineer. Once you have read it you may be happy to deepen your knowledge and technique with other books (like mountaineering outdoor series ) as well as a guided high skill course in your preferred field. Some pictures about nodes are not clear enough but the book is very well done. Personally I'd like to see more breathtaking picture. The most recent edition is not available on amazon Italian digital warehouse, thus you need to move your kindle in uk (and pay gbp over price of 20%) and get the last edition. That's why one star less.
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This is the most comprehensive manual on mountaineering that I have read - I will even forgive it for being American! As we have had some iconic british mountaineering manuals, this does come out on top in my opinion
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x92306d14) out of 5 stars 189 reviews
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HASH(0x9224c570) out of 5 stars The Absolute Pinnacle of Mountaineering Information 4 Aug. 2013
By Becky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
With over 1/2 a million copies sold, "Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills" is truly is "the bible" of safe and efficient climbing. With the book measuring in at over one inch thick, it would be impossible to accurately give it justice in the space provided here. Therefore, I'll hit the highlights. The 6th edition, which I have, is divided up into 6 parts:

-outdoor fundamentals...covers things such as clothing/equipment/land nav/food

-climbing fundamentals...knot tying/rappelling info

-rock climbing...footholds/shoes/leading on rock

-snow, ice, and Alpine climbing...the in's and outs of ice and snow climbs (includes various rescues)

-emergency prevention and response...leading in a crisis situation/first aid

-the mountain enviroment..mountain geology/snow cycles/cloud types (neat pics!!)

The book ends with a nice list of additional reading (like you'd really need to with all the info in this book!). As you can see, there's really one word to describe this book- COMPLETE. So, if you're looking for a mountaineering resource to put on your shelf for when some questions come to mind- GET IT! Also recommend Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff for shoulder problems that interfere with your climbing.
31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x948b6b40) out of 5 stars Without hyperbole, the greatest book on mountaineering in the history of human civilization! 25 Jan. 2011
By Peter Norgaard - Published on Amazon.com
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Someone once told me "Mountaineering is just like backpacking with less margin for error". Of course the reality is that there are additional skills, concepts, and so on that you absolutely need to know before hauling yourself onto a rock face or glacier. This book contains all of that - the accumulated wealth of knowledge based on the experience of more than 40 of the world's best mountaineers. What makes this book so unrivaled?

- Topics are effectively separated into chapters that allow you to find what you need fast
- Information is presented with photos and diagrams to clarify each and every detail
- The writing style is pleasant to read - neither frivolous nor obfuscating
- Everything you ever wanted to know (about mountaineering) is in the book

Buy several copies, sleep with one as a pillow in the hopes the information will naturally osmose into your brain, love mountaineering, be safe, and in your many travels please respect our natural resources!
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94146e7c) out of 5 stars The "bible" of Mountaineering 18 April 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
There's not much to say about this amazing work that hasn't already been said. However, it is important to recognize what goes into this work - particularly the 8th edition. This is the 50th year of The Mountaineers producing this work, but really started with the handwritten notes of Wolf Bauer (and later typed up by Mary and Lloyd Anderson - founders of REI) seventy five years ago. In that time it has helped launch the climbing careers of thousands upon thousands of mountaineers. Every time a new edition is crafted, a select group of volunteer climb leaders and instructors come together to gather the collective wisdom of everyone who used the previous edition and how to make it better. For new climbers, for experts, and for those who are looking to improve certain skills.

I keep a copy on my bookshelf, and very dirty and well used copy under the seat of my truck. Guess which one I use more often, and in more fun places?
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94146f18) out of 5 stars Fantastic guide to the great outdoors 6 July 2012
By Brenton Richards - Published on Amazon.com
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I was first introduced to mountaineering in the Boy Scouts at age 12; Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills was in it's fourth edition, I believe, and my scoutmaster recommended I read it. I consider it not only the most helpful boy scout manual on the planet, but the best manual for anything that involves trails, hiking, camping, backpacking, technical climbing, and beyond. It covers all of the aforementioned as well as proper technique, safety, trail etiquette, gear (which has been updated in this version to include new materials offered to to public - Gore-Tex was brand new and prohibitively expensive when I was younger, but membrane jackets and clothing are common place nowadays), survival, menu planning, climbing gear and technique, and a boat load more. I recommend it for anybody and everybody who wants to get off the tarmac and enjoy the wilderness. Many sections include illustrations so it is easier to visualize. Just about every time I go camping or hiking, I use some tip, technique, or principle found in the book (from digging a proper snow cave or avoiding bears to preserving body heat while stranded at 12,000 feet on a rock ledge on the Grand Teton after the sun went down with only a rain jacket and beanie). Seriously, if you are considering it, buy it! Best $20 you'll ever spend on camping gear. It's not just for the hardcore mountaineer, either, but for ANYBODY who ventures off the paved road. It is several hundred pages, but it is well organized and easy to find information pertinent to your interests and abilities, plus some.
HASH(0x9250f870) out of 5 stars The Apex of Mountaineering Skill Books 19 Aug. 2015
By R R - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been backpacking, hiking, and climbing since I was little, and I am amazed at how much I have learned from this book about subjects I thought I had already mastered. This is the perfect resource for those looking to go from climbing fourteeners on Class Two routes to fall and winter climbs, couloir ascents, vertical faces, and taller glaciated mountains.

To be honest, certain areas touched upon in this book are more thoroughly covered by other sources. The segment on avalanches is far from comprehensive, for instance, but the book admits very openly when further information is required, and points the reader in the right direction about where to learn more. However, certain users will not find this book very useful because of its focus on attaining summits. If you are looking for a book on hiking and backpacking, the first one hundred pages will be extremely valuable, but the remainder will be too summit-focused and too climbing-centric to be of much use. For those looking for info on skiing, this book has some interesting observations, but largely avoids the subject. To these people, I would recomend they look for more specialized books in their particular subjects until they gain an interest in bagging peaks.

For anybody whatsoever looking to start climbing summits above treeline, performing vertical climbs of any difficulty, reviewing old materials, or looking at improving skills or developing new ones for climbing, this book is absolutely required. No matter your skill level, this book will have useful information to reference, review, or expand upon. There are no other books whose breadth, clarity, and organization match this book's.

To put it poetically, for all aspiring mountaineers, this book is the Regolith upon which your skills should build. It should be the anchor upon which you hang. It will be a compass to those who know how to use it and appreciate its value, guiding you in the right direction. As the old saying goes, there are many paths to the summit, and this book will reveal all the ways to get there.
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