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Rock Climbing: Introduction to Essential Technical Skills for Leaders and Seconds (Cicerone Guides) Paperback – 10 Oct 2007
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About the Author
Pete has climbed in many continents and countries across the world, including first ascents in the Himalayas. He is a holder of the MIC award, the highest UK instructional qualification, and is a member of the Alpine Club, Honorary life member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. A frequent contributor to various magazines and web sites, he is the author of several climbing books, including Sport Climbing published by Cicerone.
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I like the fact that all of the technical illustrations are done with very good photographs, as these give a clear representation of what is in the text. There are many other photographs that are quite inspirational, as well as a short section at the back on where to go climbing.
All in all I highly recommend this book. I do not consider myself to be a beginner, but have found it very worth while reading through and finding many things to 'tidy up' my technique. It would be a great companion to anyone starting out, taking a climbing course, or as a brush-up for you if you have been climbing for a while. Very good indeed.
Example: The section for Belay devices covers what a Belay device is used for, but doesnt list the belay devices avaliable in market and how to use any of those. Similarly mention what a Figure fo eight knot is, but there are no step by step instructions. The pictures are helpful in such cases - I figured all the different knots by closely following the knots in the picture.
I think its like a good brief read but not the best INSTRUCTION manual. Since I was looking particularly for Indoor Gym climbing, i have found other better books JUST for that. This book is more for outdoors.
All in All i dont think its the BEST book ever. Buying is no harm you will learn something, so buy if it comes cheap. I sepnt £12 as i bought it in sotre. Wont spend more than £10 on it.
My only criticism is that the title of this book could give you the impression that climbing techniques and training methods would be covered. This book does not deal with climbing techniques but rather the technical aspects of rope work and protective equipment to enable you to practice your skills in relative safety. Just so you know!
As a professional instructor, I like the way that the book has been laid out, in a logical progression of skills, just the way that it should be taught. Other fellow instructors agree with this, and also that the content is technically sound and up to date. The only small gripe possible is where 'he' has been used for the leader and 'she' for the second. However, it is explained at the front of the book that this is for clarity of who is doing what and not intended to describe any role models. It didn't worry me and female colleagues did not have any problem with this.
All in all, a very useful and up to date book packed with information and personal anecdotes, and I would not be surprised to see it being read at crags around the country.
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I thought this was a very good book and the personal reviews on the equipment is great for beginners. Goes step by step through it all. Read morePublished on 28 Jan. 2013 by Laura Dav
Excellent introduction to Rock Climbing. Well written and easy read. A must for the newcomer ..
It is obvious that the author is an experienced climber.