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on 29 April 2010
Having trekked in Europe, Africa and America I wish that I had read this book beforehand. The book is packed with information on all elements of mountaineering and the way that is presented makes the subject easy to apply to everything from a weekend away in the Lake District to a full blown expedition to the Himalayas.

Whilst elements of the book are very clearly aimed at those looking at this subject from an academic viewpoint, I found this book to have exactly the right tone to make it an interesting and compelling read and it is now my "go to" book for anything relating to walking and mountaineering. It is very easy to dip into and use as a reference text for anything involved in mountaineering, but it would clearly be useful for anyone who enjoys the outdoors.

It is clear that the authors and editing team are experts in the field and the first hand accounts of their own experiences really brings the subject home.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in mountaineering or trekking and I would specifically recommend that anyone who is going to altitude either on a charity trek or a more serious exepedition read Chapter Five on First Aid and Acclimatisation and Chapter Six on Training.
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on 13 August 2013
I bought this book after becoming increasingly frustrated at the amount of videos/blogs/websites etc of peoples exploits at high altitudes BUT A COMPLETE LACK of fitness/endurance training material that goes in-depth to help you. Also something from reputable sources that you know you can rely on.
This book goes more indepth than I was expecting a whole lot more indepth, it has photos of training exercises and why you should use these exercises, training plans, psychological elements, its just an endless list really that this book goes into which I simply cannot document on here, lots of little hints and tips including how to help protect yourself from the dreaded altitude cough also known as the Khumbu cough which I myself have suffered with really badly in the past.
The fitness and endurance chapters amongst others were written by Chips Rafferty, quite often described by many, as the fittest man in the British Army having led numerous high altitude expeditions along with training the SAS in fitness. I think that says it all really.

Just buy this book you will not be disappointed if you are serious about high altitude expeditions to the likes of any of the 7 summits or similar.
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on 26 April 2010
Most people climb a mountain in the first instance on testosterone and pay the price!
This book is a great introduction to how to prepare yourself properly to go up a mountain and to do so safely and successfully. From the first page describing the invitation phone call for the trip you feel that you were there, a part of the team, learning from their very real experiences.
Written in an uncomplicated fashion, this book conveys a lot of detailed information in a very accessible fashion.

Well worth the money - particularly given the expertise behind it!
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on 25 April 2010
Carlton Cooke has managed to pull together a glittering array of mountaineering excellence in this book. Whether you are a "weekend warrior" or a "high altitude mountaineer", the book contains everything you need to know if you are about to set out on a mountaineering expedition.

This book is excellent value for the expertise which it brings together and is highly recommended.
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on 26 April 2010
I have read many books on mountaineering which cover the technical issues of mountaineering and stories of exploits on high altitude mountains , but this is the first book which provides the reader with all they need to know about the training and preparation needed to undertake a successful expedition to the mountains. Whether you are going for a weekend in the Yorkshire Dales or climbing Everest there is something here for you . Hats off to the editor for pulling together this excellent contribution to mountaineering literature
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on 7 December 2015
Lots of useful information, but aimed at those climbing 8000+m peaks! rather than us mortals climbing 6000m peaks.
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on 9 February 2015
Great, informative book. Well worth the price.
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