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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press; 1st edition (November 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762745185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762745180
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

For women intrigued by the sport of climbing but intimidated by its male dominance and stereotype
as “extreme,” Girl on the Rocks is a monumental and essential resource, providing instructions on technique, strength, and mental agility—from a woman’s perspective.
Through the sage advice of one of the world’s foremost female climbers and the lens of an internationally acclaimed photographer, women learn that climbing is more fun than dangerous, that overcoming fear can boost self-esteem, and that the fitness benefits are tremendous. Most women learn climbing from men, but the sport is different for a woman—both physically and psychologically—and it is empowering for women to learn about climbing from “girls” who’ve been on the rocks themselves. Bringing the sport to life alongside the book’s numerous color photos, Katie Brown’s interviews with female climbers—from a young girl to a sixty-something professional climber—reveal, on a more intimate level, what the sport has done for them.

About the Author

Author Katie Brown is the young woman who Rock & Ice magazine dubbed "The Best Female Climber of the Millennium." As the first woman to onsight 5.13d (Omaha Beach, Red River Gorge, Kentucky) and flash 5.14a (Hydrophobia, Mont Sant, Spain) Katie Brown has been an influential and groundbreaking climber, male or female. She began climbing at age 13 and quickly dominated competition at the national and international level. Now in her mid-20s, she is a freelance writer, author of the book Vertical World (FalconGuides), and continues to travel the world as an elite professional climber.

Photographer Ben Moon is an internationally reknowned outdoor photographer specializing in rock climbing and surfing. He has been featured in such magazines as Outside, Surfer, Rock & Ice, Mens Journal, National Geographic Adventure and regularly shoots for clients such as Yakima, Timberline, Patagonia, Solomon, and Black Diamond.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on July 19, 2009
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Katie Brown has a down-to-earth style that shows her good personality. Although she talks about her successes, she is honest about her fears and occasional difficulties with climbing. I had slacked off on climbing, but this book really inspired me to get back into the sport I love.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Weiser on October 16, 2010
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I ordered this book for my 13-year old granddaughter who is a rock climber. What a wonderful inspiration Katie Brown is. My girl loved the book and wants to keep it for future inspiration.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bekka74 on June 4, 2012
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if you're looking for all the techinical stuff get another book. however this is perfect for those starting out and need the inspiration from other female climbers who have done rock climbing. it gives a different perspective on rock climbing since as a female we have less strength then men and it walks you through over coming things on the rock that a man may not understand. the best part is just reading that nomatter your life style or fitness level you can learn to climb!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S.K. on October 6, 2013
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This is a great book balanced between the technical aspect of learning to climb and facing challenges, fears, and stereotypes of women and how to take risks in life. Great book for teen girl book study group.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kavita on November 3, 2012
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I am new to climbing and this book is great since it has lots of pictures, tips, and stories about other women.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lena N on February 6, 2009
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Would like it to have more info on specific climbing techniques for women and less extra stuff like interviews and how to fight your fear of heights. I expected it to be more training-specific.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By serious shopper on January 27, 2012
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I have been climbing a year indoors and hover in the 5.10a-c ranges. I thought the book would help me have some breakthroughs specifically geared for women. It touches upon some things I could do to improve towards the end of the book. Felt the guide is better suited for those who are starting out rather than for those who have some experience. The book is heavy on personal experiences by the author and fellow female climbers which was nice leisure reading but it did not necessarily add to the content of the book. More on training and exercises would have helped this book get a higher rating from me.
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By Liz on April 23, 2014
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This book is great for those who are just starting out to rock climb. I love the interviews that are in the book because it shows different perspectives of why these women climb, I only gave it 4 stars because the structure in writing stood out to me. Other than that, great book!
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