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  • Authors: contributors from The Mountaineers
  • Softcover; 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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Best Use Mountaineering, Climbing
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well Worth the Money This is by far the best instructional book for all kinds of climbing. It covers everything from rock, ice, & mixed technique, to glacier travel, crevasse rescue, & high-altitude expeditions. Not only is it extremely detailed, but it also has diagrams to help you understand the concepts. If you you want to start climbing or just get more into it, then this is the book for you.
Date published: 2012-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Something everyone should read! Includes all of the information every hiker, climber, and camper should know!
Date published: 2013-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Belongs In Your Library This is pretty much it: the preeminent outdoorsman textbook of not only our time, but that of the generation prior. Everything from setting up a tent to aid climbing covered in basic. I learned something new on every page. Just a really good, solid desk reference. Get one - then give it to your kids.
Date published: 2017-04-10
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