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Mountaincraft and Leadership Paperback – 16 Oct 1995
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This book sets forth, in an easy to understand manner, the basics you will need to know to go out in the hills, either on your own, or leading a group. It is however, NOT a substitute for experience.
It also includes very little on ropework, which some may consider to be part of mountaineering.
I also own the earlier edition of this book, the new one, as well as its funky pink cover has a couple of new chapters, other than that it is virtually identical to the older one, down to the illustrations.
As other reviewers have commented, it is no substitute for experience, however this will enable you to gain that necessary experience with far more confidence before you attempt the assesment or indeed lead groups of novices. I can't agree with the review which states that there is no mention of ropework; an entire chapter is dedicate to 'Security on steep ground' and covers all the ropework a Summer ML will need to know. In addition, it covers a whole lot more, including river crossings, nutrition, first aid including heat and cold injuries, mountain rescue, some excellent stuff on mountain weather as well as all the usual navigation, party leadership, campcraft etc. As a bonus, 'the Langmuir' also contains several chapters regarding some of the more essential winter skills, however I'd recommend the WINTER SKILLS - ESSENTIAL WALKING AND CLIMBING TECHNIQUES but Andy Cunningham and Allen Fyffe in addition if the Winter ML is your thing (but if it is, you're obviously already a Summer ML and have thus probably read the Langmuir already!).
That said, there are a couple of (minor) caveats!
Firstly, whilst the subject matter covered is commendably broad, it is not always explored in depth and, if you're not receiving ML instruction, you may have to look elsewhere for basic first aid skills (p.253) and detailed guidance on how to setup a belay.
Secondly, the text is starting to betray its age and would benefit from some minor updates (if anyone is brave enough to take on the challenge): but I guess that we all know that the Internet is now the best place for weather forecasts and that CROW is pretty much completed (p.114), so it's a petty complaint on my part!
Notwithstanding these two observations, this is a wonderful reference for those of us who love the hills and it is an essential part of any library devoted to walking.
the section on mountain weather had invaluable information i have not seen anywhere else.
this book as much as or more than any other has satisfied my thist for knowledge on mountaineering
is great to dip into even if like me its unlikely you will be in the mountains again
but on the sofa re reading its like re living my younger days
a great book at an amazing price