Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills, 8th Edition
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- Covers everything from the basics of equipment, knots, rappelling techniques, and leave-no-trace principles to the more advanced skills of setting up complex anchors, evaluating avalanche terrain, and developing your leadership skills. Completely revised and updated to include the latest in gear and techniques. Written by a team of more than 40 expert climbers and climbing instructors.
- Features hundreds of technical illustrations. Includes extensive revisions to self-rescue, aid climbing, waterfall and ice climbing. Significant new chapter on physical conditioning.
- All-time bestselling climbing instructional book. Printed on 100% recycled paper. 8th edition, 2010.
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With more than 600,000 copies sold, Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills is the acclaimed bible for climbers all over the world, and the new edition marks the 50th anniversary of this seminal title.
Since the publication of the first edition in 1960, Freedom, as the book is known, has endured as a classic mountaineering text. From choosing equipment to tying a climbing knot, and from basic rappelling techniques to planning an expedition, it is all here in this essential mountaineering reference. A team of more than forty experts, all active climbers and climbing educators, reviewed, revised, and updated this compendium to reflect the latest evolution in mountaineering equipment and techniques. Major updates include a significant new chapter on conditioning, plus detailed and extensive revisions to rescue and first-response, aid climbing, and waterfall and ice climbing.
If there is only one how to book to read for the aspirant and expert alike, it is Freedom of the Hills. In fact, it is fair to say that Freedom is the definitive guide to mountains and climbing and has influenced pretty much every climber. --Conrad Anker
I purchased my first copy of the Freedom of the Hills in 1976 and consumed it several times, well before I ever set foot in the mountains. Through the years, my well worn copy became by guide and reference for the art of mountaineering. I would highly recommend this book as a must have for any aspiring mountaineer's library. --Ed Viesturs
Top Customer Reviews
-outdoor fundamentals...covers things such as clothing/equipment/land nav/food
-climbing fundamentals...knot tying/rappelling info
-rock climbing...footholds/shoes/leading on rock
-snow, ice, and Alpine climbing...the in's and outs of ice and snow climbs (includes various rescues)
-emergency prevention and response...leading in a crisis situation/first aid
-the mountain enviroment..mountain geology/snow cycles/cloud types (neat pics!!)
The book ends with a nice list of additional reading (like you'd really need to with all the info in this book!). As you can see, there's really one word to describe this book- COMPLETE. So, if you're looking for a mountaineering resource to put on your shelf for when some questions come to mind- GET IT! Also recommend Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff for shoulder problems that interfere with your climbing.
- Topics are effectively separated into chapters that allow you to find what you need fast
- Information is presented with photos and diagrams to clarify each and every detail
- The writing style is pleasant to read - neither frivolous nor obfuscating
- Everything you ever wanted to know (about mountaineering) is in the book
Buy several copies, sleep with one as a pillow in the hopes the information will naturally osmose into your brain, love mountaineering, be safe, and in your many travels please respect our natural resources!
I keep a copy on my bookshelf, and very dirty and well used copy under the seat of my truck. Guess which one I use more often, and in more fun places?
Unclear if the publisher updated the book, or if I have an updated Kindle for iPad app, but all of the charts and illustrations now are appearing so purchase away, and I've changed my rating. Perfect timing too, since I'm going climbing in Denli National Park in June.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A wonderful guide of what you need to become a skilled mountaineer : equipment, conditioning, climbing techniques, gear, etc.. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Andrei P.
The most comprehensive mountaineering guide book out there. Great to pair with Climbing Anchors, Long & GainesPublished 1 month ago by Rick
Recommended by a mountaineering friend, this book has all the answers. I love it.Published 2 months ago by ETLongIsland
Great book: full of everything from how to pick clothing layers, to proper set up/break down of a camp, basic rock climbing skills, etc. Timeless and education. Read morePublished 2 months ago by ViciousJawa
Great book, very well written. I wish every guide book or how to manual was written in a similar fashion.Published 2 months ago by Robert Kaye
Comprehensive, up-to-date, accurate, detailed, verified, well-organized and well-written. AND it has pictures!Published 2 months ago by Scott