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Climbing Ice Hardcover – June 12, 1982


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Random House, Inc.; First Edition edition (June 12, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871562073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871562074
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,947,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Yvon Chouinard's Climbing Ice is not only the last word on the subject, but the first words from all American press on modern ice techniques. Climbing Ice is no beginner's manual, but rather a compendium on the sport. The book explores the history of snow and ice climbing, details techniques from the graceful and delicate French method of moving on ice to cutting steps and front-pointing on crampons. It also includes useful chapters on equipment, the formation and structure of snow and ice and avalanches.

"... Yvon Chouinard, a modern Eckenstein and the godfather of ice climbing in this country, has written the rulebook of this old yet new climbing game."

-- Outside Magazine Peter Boardman -- Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Yvon Chouinard's Climbing Ice is not only the last word on the subject, but the first words from all American press on modern ice techniques. Climbing Ice is no beginner's manual, but rather a compendium on the sport. The book explores the history of snow and ice climbing, details techniques from the graceful and delicate French method of moving on ice to cutting steps and front-pointing on crampons. It also includes useful chapters on equipment, the formation and structure of snow and ice and avalanches.

"... Yvon Chouinard, a modern Eckenstein and the godfather of ice climbing in this country, has written the rulebook of this old yet new climbing game."

-- Outside Magazine Peter Boardman

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


More About the Author

Yvon Chouinard is a noted alpinist and the founder and co-owner of Patagonia, Inc. He's also the co-founder, with Craig Mathews, of 1% For The Planet, an alliance of businesses that contribute at least 1% of their annual revenues to environmental causes. An avid surfer and fly fisherman as well as climber, he lives in Ventura, California, and Moose, Wyoming with his wife, Malinda.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "anitarodriguez" on January 13, 1998
Format: Paperback
Chounard's book on ice climbing is an old classic. It retains its charm inspite of its age and much subsequent development in ice climbing tools and techniques. This is so because it is more than a technical manual. Chouinard was a pioneer in the development of ice axes and tools, and presents the unique perspective of an expert climber and master craftsman. Chouinard pays attention to the history and evolution of ice climbing, but also dwells in detail on all the basic technical requirements of ice climbing. He liberally sprinkles anecdotes and stories from his vast mountain experience. This gives his book a sense of first person immediacy that cannot usually be conveyed vicariously by a book. One of the things that makes this book really special is its wonderful layout and beautiful black and white photographs. In every respect, this book is a great work of art - it will remain sacred to climbers for many generations.
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By B. Pfahnl on April 28, 2014
Format: Paperback
Excellent- the discussion of technique remains as valid as ever, and the discussion of older tools is interesting from a historical perspective.
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By Patrick O'Hare on January 10, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Expected to get a new copy for that price ..not a badly worn secondhand copy..happy to exchange for a new copy..
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By savi on October 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
very interesting book about the begginings of ice climbing
good historical frame of reference and very informational account of the advances up to the date the book was edited
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