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On Rope: North American Vertical Rope Techniques for Caving, Search and Rescue Mountaineering Hardcover – 1 Apr 1988

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  • Hardcover: 342 pages
  • Publisher: National Speleological Society,U.S.; 1st edition (1 April 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961509325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961509323
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 22.2 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,439,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

On Rope was in its day the definitive American book on vertical rope techniques and rescue. An essential edition to every cavers library


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Format: Hardcover
"On Rope" seems to me to be a fantastic book. It really stands out with a fresh vibrancy from the raw enthusiasm and vast accumulated knowledge poured into it. This is as best as I can judge - I have never gone caving or rock-climbing.

This book is all about rope techniques where there is a person on the end of the rope which is often very long. This is the world of high-specification braided rope (specifically, "kernmantle") and careful techniques.

My rope use has been rigging in construction, moving steels - different.

But still find it full of goodies. For instance - when someone was repairing a webbing strap, showed the sketches of which stitch pattern gives the highest strength. That's from the "On Rope" section on harnesses. So still useful to have. And inspiring.
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Format: Hardcover
This is THE reference. Everything that you ever wanted to know about how ropes are made and used is in here. Extremely impressive.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8eda95d0) out of 5 stars 36 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e45d168) out of 5 stars For the vertical traveller 28 May 2003
By J. Purson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A really outstanding book! It presumes a very basic level of knowledge and builds your confidence - from the history and making of climbing rope to all the hardware and knowledge needed to descend and ascend. All the techniques are listed and advantages/disadvantages noted for each. There is information for cavers and explorers as well as sportsmen and rescue pros. Some of the most interesting passages in the book describe real situations, poor planning, and what happened. If you want information good enough to go out and survive a dangle from a rope, this is it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book. It shows knots in detail, it shows when and how to use them. We use the book all the time as a training manual.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e45d390) out of 5 stars A must for the vertically inclined! 29 Dec. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Padgett and Smith put it all together in one volume. Actually two volumes, as the second edition is now out and between the two there isn't much left to know. If you like hanging out 200 feet above the ground on 11mm static, this is the way to go!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e45d8c4) out of 5 stars Guide to Vertical Caving and Rock Climbing 9 Dec. 1997
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Format: Hardcover
This book is a must for anyone beginning or experienced in caving and ropework of any type. The basics are discussed and illustrated in a clear precise manner. Whether you are rappeling, ascending, rebelaying, rescuing, or just interested in caving there is no better source for any on-rope techniques available. The reason it does not have a 10 rating is that On Rope II has actually bested its predecessor.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e45d804) out of 5 stars The bible for climbers 12 Aug. 2008
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I would not have been able to start my career as a climbing arborist if it were not for this book. This book is a great introduction to ropes and their use for climbing. It is mainly for rock climbers, but a tree climber can learn a great deal from it. After reading it I found The Tree Climber's Companion. The two, together, will serve you quite well.
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