Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills Paperback – 10 Oct 2010
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Title: Mountaineering( The Freedom of the Hills) <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: RonaldC.Eng <>Publisher: MountaineersBooks
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-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.
- 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!
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?
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.