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Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills
Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills
by Various
Edition: Paperback
Price: £21.25

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Absolute Pinnacle of Mountaineering Information, 18 Nov. 2010
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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