Mountaineering : The Freedom of the Hills

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For nearly 60 years it's been revered as the "bible" of mountaineering-and now it's even better than ever

- The best-selling instructional text for new and intermediate climbers for more than half a century
- New edition--fully updated techniques and all-new illustrations
- Researched and written by a team of expert climbers

Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills is the text beloved by generations of new climbers--the standard for climbing education around the world where it has been translated into 12 languages. For the all-new 9th Edition, committees comprosed of active climbers and climbing educators reviewed every chapter of instruction, and discussed updates with staff from the American Alpine Club (AAC), the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE), and the Access Fund. They also worked with professional members of the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), to review their work and ensure that the updated textbook includes the most current best practices for both alpine and rock climbing instruction.

From gear selection to belay and repel techniques, from glacier travel to rope work, to safety, safety, and more safety--there is no more comprehensive and thoroughly vetted training manual for climbing than the standard set by Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, 9th Edition.

Significant updates to this edition include:
- New alignment with AAC's nationwide universal belay standard
- Expanded and more detailed avalanche safety info, including how to better understand avalanches, evaluate hazards, travel safely in avy terrain, and locate and rescue a fellow climber in an avalanche
- Newly revamped chapters on clothing and camping
- All-new illustrations reflecting the latest gear and techniques--created by artist John McMullen, former art director of Climbing magazine
- Review of and contributions to multiple sections by AMGA-certified guides
- Fresh approach to the Ten Essentials--now making the iconic list easier to recall
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Product details

  • Paperback | 603 pages
  • 203 x 229 x 38mm | 1,112g
  • Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9th New edition
  • 1846892627
  • 9781846892622
  • 10,159

Table of contents

Preface 9
Part I Outdoor Fundamentals

Chapter 1 First Steps 14

Chapter 2 Clothing and Equipment 17

Chapter 3 Camping, Food, and Water 46

Chapter 4 Physical Conditioning 79

Chapter 5 Navigation 90

Chapter 6 Wilderness Travel 128

Chapter 7 Leave No Trace 138

Chapter 8 Access and Stewardship 146

Part II Climbing Fundamentals

Chapter 9 Basic Safety System 150

Chapter 10 Belaying 172

Chapter 11 Rappelling 202

Part III Rock Climbing

Chapter 12 Alpine Rock Climbing 224

Chapter 13 Rock Protection 252

Chapter 14 Leading on Rock 267

Chapter 15 Aid and Big Wall Climbing 288

Part IV Snow, Ice, and Alpine Climbing

Chapter 16 Snow Travel and Climbing 330

Chapter 17 Avalanche Safety 366

Chapter 18 Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue 390

Chapter 19 Alpine Ice Climbing 419
Chapter 20 Waterfall Ice and Mixed Climbing 448

Chapter 21 Expedition Climbing 463

Part V Leadership, Safety, and Rescue

Chapter 22 Leadership 480

Chapter 23 Safety 493

Chapter 24 First Aid 500
Chapter 25 Alpine Rescue 522

Part VI The Mountain Environment

Chapter 26 Mountain Geology 540

Chapter 27 The Cycle of Snow 548

Chapter 28 Mountain Weather 558

Appendix: Rating Systems 569

Glossary 577

Resources 583

Index 591

Brand Names and Trademarks 603
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