Speed Climbing!: How to Climb Faster and Better

Speed Climbing!: How to Climb Faster and Better

Paperback How to Climb

By (author) Hans Florine, By (author) Bill Wright

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  • Publisher: Falcon Guides
  • Format: Paperback | 168 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 224mm x 13mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook
  • ISBN 10: 0762730951
  • ISBN 13: 9780762730957
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 400,331

Product description

"The only thing better than climbing is more climbing," says climber and author Hans Florine. This book is a complete introduction to the techniques of speed climbing, including training, soloing, simul-climbing, passing, equipment, and more. Also includes a history of speed climbing and compiles speed-climbing records.

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Hans Florine is a professional climber, writer, photographer, and outdoor guide who holds numerous speed records in outdoor climbing, from sport routes to alpine ascents. He was a U.S. National Champion in Difficulty and Speed Climbing, a World Champion in Speed Climbing, and a three-time gold medalist in Speed Climbing at the X Games. For four years he served as the executive director of the American Sport Climbers Federation, the governing body for competitive climbing in the United States. He lives in Lafayette, California. Bill Wright is a software engineer and enthusiastic weekend climber with a passion for all things climbing and a boundless curiosity about the techniques of the super speed climbers. He spent nine years living in the Bay Area and climbing most of the structures in Yosemite. Recently, Bill has turned more and more to speed climbing. He enjoys alpine climbing, big walls, scrambling, and cragging. He lives in Superior, Colorado.

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"This book is not just for a few highly skilled climbers who have elevated the sport to a high art. This is for those of use who want to get down without bivying, beat a thunderstorm, or get in a raft of pitches in the few pathetic hours we have available. It is a trove of practical information--detailed yet accessible, sprightly and humorous. " --Alison Osius, Executive Editor, Rock and Ice magazine, author, and former national champion in sport climbing

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Hans Florine and Bill Wright pried themselves off the rock long enough to update this new edition of Climb On! because, as they say, "The only thing better than climbing is more climbing!" Mixing humor with history, personal experiences, and lots of common sense and good advice, they offer other climbers the tips they've used successfully for moving faster up and down the rock. The techniques, illustrations, and inspirational stories offered in this book will have you climbing more routes more often in no time.