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Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills - 8th Edition - Hardcover

    Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills - 8th Edition - Hardcover

    Celebrating 50 years since its publication, this anniversary edition of Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills , presented here in hardcover, has endured as the classic mountaineering text.

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    • Authors: contributors from The Mountaineers
    • Hardcover; 592 pages
    • The Mountaineers Books; copyright 2010
    • This fully updated 8th edition maintains the same high standard for complete, authoritative instruction in an easy-to-use format
    • Each chapter from the previous edition has been revised, rewritten, and, where necessary, expanded
    • Major updates include a new chapter on conditioning, detailed and extensive revisions to rescue and first response, aid climbing, waterfall climbing and ice climbing
    • Novice climbers use it as a primer; veterans use it to review their skills

    Since the publication of the first edition in 1960, "Freedom," as the book is known, has endured as a classic mountaineering text. From choosing equipment to tying a climbing knot, and from basic rappelling techniques to planning an expedition—it's all here in this essential mountaineering reference. A team of more than 40 experts—all active climbers and climbing educators—reviewed, revised, and updated this compendium to reflect the latest evolutions in mountaineering equipment and techniques.


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    Rated 4.75/5 based on 4 reviews
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromBible of Mountaineering This book is the bible of mountaineering. If you're a self taught climber, you need this book. It's the next best thing to personal instruction.
    Date published: 2012-05-02
    Rated 5out of5
    by fromHere is everything you need to know... First I want to make clear that I don't own this book because my local library have it so I review it many times per year as I need it. About five years ago a french rock climber instructor mentioned the book to me and I started reading it. When I took my first ice climbing class 4 years later, the instructor told me that if there was a textbook for the class this would be it. Everytime I meet a new climber, 90% of them know that the best instructional book for novices is his book. Intermidiate climbers such myslf along with veteran climbers always go back to review and consult its pages. Before you take a class, read it, then take the class... and read it again and again....
    Date published: 2011-05-16
    Rated 5out of5
    by fromBest of its kind "Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills" covers the gamut of mountaineering, ice climbing, mountain climbing, and preparation. It's a good all around book for a beginner to intermediate climber. I think if you were advanced in any of those areas, this book may may be too general for you. Beyond the safety techniques of belaying and tools, two things I did not expect to find were 1) orienteering techniques, and 2) an outstanding couple of chapters on layering, footwear and preparation. For example: the book recommended using a glove liner with insulated mittens instead of gloves. I do this always now when weather is <35/40f, snow shoeing or snowboarding or whatever. The book also helped me pick out crampon-capable boots suitable for the three 'other' seasons, fall thru spring. I've recently decided to use these boots year round, even though some thing I'm crazy for wearing mountaineering boots in July, I'm just so used to them.
    Date published: 2012-03-27
    Rated 5out of5
    by fromBuy it! You won't regret it. Hands down the best all around climbing and mountaineering reference out there. I have increased my knowledge and skills exponentially by studying and applying the information in this book. I have owned the book for years, and still go back to it often to refresh my knowledge on various techniques, etc. I just bought the newest edition for my youngest brother as a college graduation present. If you are in to climbing, backpacking, or mountaineering, buy this book! You won't regret it.
    Date published: 2014-06-08

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