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  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books (1 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898867495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898867497
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 2.1 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Cosley and Houston have written an extremely comprehensive guide to staying safe and most importantly, enjoying, time on the Mountain.

All books on Mountaineering have an inherent tension: the sheer amount of knowledge needed to be safe is liable to make any comprehensive guide Encyclopedic, leading to serious difficulty learning all the needed skills. The authors here opt for brevity to keep the length manageable (less than 250 pages), but there is little repetition of key information so attention is needed to make sure you take it all in.

The books covers virtually all techniques needed on a mountain (excluding rock climbing skills which are best addressed practically in any case): if you can take all the information in, you will be a substantially stronger mountaineer, regardless of your starting ability. I found some of the techniques a little abstract unless I practised them in real life, but that is hardly a critique given the medium.

In summary: the best practical guide to mountaineering I have found, and indispensable for intermediates looking to make sure their skillset is complete and error-free.

The authors also have an excellent website.
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This is the best mountaineering training book I've ever read. Of course, just reading a book doesn't give you the skills - but it's a start :-)
What's here is a comprehensive overview of the techniques and approaches that you need for alpine climbing, supported by the authors' extensive experience and advice. This isn't the book you want if you're learning to rock climb - knowledge of this is taken for granted. But what is in here is how to apply that knowledge to the mountains, as well as an enormous amount of context and advice. Mountain-specific skills (snow and ice, glaciers, navigation, specialist knots) are explained in detail, and well illustrated.
The authors talk about situational decision making, and that's a good way of seeing what this book is about - it gives you a range of ways to deal with problems, and helps you understand when you might use each - and this is exactly what you need for big, complex, very variable tasks such as most alpine climbs.
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I read this to broaden my knowledge of mountaineering after doing some Alpine hiking and climbing a couple of easy peaks. The book has obviously been written by someone with a lot of practical experience and true passion for mountaineering. In general the information was very relevant and particularly interesting to me were the descriptions of things like risk assessment - why mountaineers make the decisions they do in different situations.

A very good and accurate all-round picture of Alpine mountaineering covering equipment, land features, climbing techniques, thought processes etc. I'd reccommend it to any beginner or intermediate.

Could do with more pictures.
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This is the finest instructional book on alpine mountaineering I have come across. It is full of essential information clearly and concisely presented.
I would whole heartedly recommend this book to any planning a trip to any alpine region.
If you are going to buy only one book on alpine techniques make it this one. I would also suggest getting EXTREME ALPINISM by Mark Twight. these two read in conjunction contain all the essential information you will need.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 25 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource! 12 May 2017
By Colin Sweeney - Published on Amazon.com
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A definitive resource for all things related to climbing. Interesting and engaging on subjects beyond your immediate area of interest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Photos vs drawings 16 Feb. 2015
By Diego Ceballos - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is very comprehensive, helping to choose the right equipment, get rid of avalanches, altitude illness prevention etc. Yet it would be much more clear if instead of using photos (black and white) it used drawings, just as the "Mountaineering: the freedom of the hills" does. I`m reading the book to prepare myself for a expedition, but I always have the "Mountaineering" by my side.
5.0 out of 5 stars Calling all climbers and ski mountaineers! 5 Jun. 2016
By Denalijay - Published on Amazon.com
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Complete, incredibly practical guide to alpine technique and decision-making. The authors' many years of experience are expertly distilled and communicated in words and pictures - this is a jump-start for aspiring and advancing mountaineers and a useful compendium for experts who want to share their craft. Bravo Kathy and Mark!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Climb harder than Freedom of the Hills... 10 Aug. 2005
By Scott Shankle - Published on Amazon.com
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...but not to the extreme.

This book is the second chapter in an aspiring alpinists handbook. I found myself over the years amassing a pile of pooks on running, fittness*, nutrition*, supplements*, advanced rock climbing, ice climbing, crevasse rescue, orienteering*, navigation*, avalanche evaluation, etc. This book would have saved me a few bucks by putting alot of this in one place.

* = These are covered well in this book.

If you know Freedom of the Hills like the back ouf your hand, have Extreme Alpinism and a good book on slightly more advanced rock skills, don't bother. If not, get it.

Even with this book, you need a resource of some sort in avy eval and advanced rock/rope skills.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome followup to Freedom of the Hills 14 Mar. 2013
By Scot - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a fantastic followup to The Freedom of the Hills. It introduces alpine techniques in a way that makes sense to the inexperienced. Most importantly, though, it addresses the issue of risk in a perfect fashion. Contrary to what you might expect, it does not tell you to take more risk (as is generally the case with alpine-style climbing). Rather, it invites you to set your own acceptable risk and make decisions based on that. Highly recommended!
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