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In clear, concise, and entertaining prose, veteran rock climber John Long provides the basics and distills the intricacies of modern technical rock climbing in all its diverse forms., Beginning with an overview of the history of climbing and the ratings system, Long then gives a complete review of face and crack climbing skills. He introduces the equipment needed to get up and down the rock and the art of leading. Sport climbing ¿ climbs done on protected routes ¿ training methods, and how to get started on your own climbing adventures round out this guide. Throughout the author stresses that safety and simplicity are the keys to climbing.
Inside you'll find: footwork and handhold positions; finger, hand, and off-width cracks; equipment, including ropes, anchors, and carabiners; information on belaying and belay devices; tips for leading and finding routes; downclimbing and rappelling; information on sport climbing; training, including bouldering and climbing gyms.
Use this best-selling book to face a wall, select a route, and climb!