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  • Paperback: 596 pages
  • Publisher: Quiller Publishing Ltd; 8th Revised edition edition (1 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846890942
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846890949
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 2 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As close to the Bible as mountaineering-specific books get, this new printing (8th edition) of the classic guide to mountaineering from Quiller Publishing Ltd covers just about everything you'll ever need to know in as authoritative a manner as you'll ever need. It is truly comprehensive, and not just for the hard stuff - this covers everything from taking a bearing to placing protection. --Trail

...a classic mountaineering text book with a wealth of information and very clear diagrams. It would be a useful addition to anyone's mountaineering bookshelves. --Scottish Mounaineer

Promise: An essential mountaineering bible regardless of your climbing creed. Perfomance: Whether you're just getting into hiking, or you're a seven-summit veteran, this reference book celebrating its 50th year in print 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 8th edition reflects the changes in equipment and technique across all climbing disciplines for today's enthusiasts. Verdict: 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


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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.
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Having read some books on mountaineering, and some relevant experience,
this book is a very good entry point and lifelong reference for mountaineering.
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This is a one-stop-shop to get you learning (or refreshing) you mountaincraft, from leader placed protection to glacier crossing.

With testimonials on the back from the likes of Conrad Anker, i think you can probably take it as good advice.

have begged and borrowed older prints, and own the 50th anniversary edition.

well worth it,
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All you need to know about equipment, techniques and more. Amongst one of the best books about mountaineering, highly reccomended. Super fast delivery, received it the day after i placed my order.
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We bought this book as a present for a friend who loves hiking, trecking and mountaineering as a whole. He was really impressed and loved the book.
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