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Rock Climbing: Mastering Basic Skills (Mountaineers Outdoor Expert) Paperback – May 12, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: Mountaineers Outdoor Expert
  • Paperback: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books; 1 edition (May 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898867436
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898867435
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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A comprehensive guide for getting started in rock climbing or improving intermediate skills. -- Tacoma News Tribune

If you're not a rocket scientist but love to climb, this 2004 National Outdoor Book Award winner makes climbing...simple. -- Fort Collins Coloradoan

The book's photos and graphics are easy to understand and master, even for the most ground-bound among us. --Idaho Falls Post Register

About the Author

Craig Luebben has been guiding professionally for more than twenty years. The author of How to Rappel!, How to Ice climb!, and other titles, he has written for magazines including Climbing and Rock & Ice. He has opened many new routes on four continents. He currently serves on the board of the AMGA.

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Customer Reviews

The book is organized well and is easy to follow.
moablisa
Guide, author and climbing gear inventor Craig Luebben's book won a National Outdoor Book award and it's well deserved.
Amazon Customer
This is a very good book for anyone starting out in climbing.
Joseph Marrero

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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful By moablisa on January 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
Craig Luebben's new book represents a huge leap forward in climbing skills manuals. Though many excellent skills manuals exist (including Luebben's past works and the vaunted but unweildy Freedom of the Hills which goes beyond rock climbing into aplinism and mountaineering) this manual really sepetrates itself with its patient explanations and particularly with its photo instructions with added graphics for clarity. Many books of this genre have struggled with the clarity involved with diagramming knots and sysytems and Craig obviously went to great lengths to rectify this issue. The book is organized well and is easy to follow. It is nice to have these smaller manuals which focus on a specific discipline in the sport. As a climbing guide and instructor I am frequently asked to suggest learning manuals. This one will now be at the top of the list.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By E. Johnson on February 8, 2007
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Buy it, read it, use it! Mastering Basic Skills should be purchased at the same time as one's first pair of rock shoes. This book is as comprehensive as Freedom of the Hills but written for the rock climbing niche. It delivers a full spectrum of skills and knowledge every climber should develop. From placing protection to footwork to knots and anchors to self-rescue techniques, it's in there. The way information is parceled makes the entire book easy to comprehend, and to consult topic by topic. It's illustrated throughout with crisp photos. Receiving the benefit of the author's guide experience is a bonus; he's added advanced tips and exercises, as well as his own insights. This makes the material less dry, more practical and personal.

If you've mastered everything in Mastering Basic Skills, you truly are an advanced climber. Chances are good, though, that plenty of climbers who've been at it for while could learn something from this book, too.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 1, 2008
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Guide, author and climbing gear inventor Craig Luebben's book won a National Outdoor Book award and it's well deserved. For anyone taking up rock climbing, or wanting to bring their knowledge up-to-date this is the book to start with.

It's well organized and well-illustrated. Luebben starts the basics of pure climbing - footwork, holds and jams along with special climbing challenges like chimneys and off-widths (he's the Yoda of off-width climbing). Then he covers the gear you'll need like shoes, harness and ropes. He describes basic climber knots and working with ropes and slings. Then he talks about protection, natural and man-made.

He tells you how to build anchors and keep your partner safe with proper belaying technique. He covers top-roping, sport climbing and the basics of traditional climbing including the approach, route-finding, setting pro and the physics and psychology of leading.. Later chapters introduce multi-pitch free climbing, descending and rappelling, bouldering and training for climbing. The concluding chapter explains how to avoid turning your climb into an epic by learning basic self-rescue techniques.

This is by far the best, most up-to-date book on basic rock climbing. After you've read it (more than once) and practiced the skills he describes, get Luebben's book on building climbing anchors.

Bill Becher
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Fred Mendoza on October 5, 2009
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It's an easy read and it gives a lot of good information, but I think the illustrations were lacking. Especially the sections of tying knots (it seemed like he was missing steps at times) and equipment descriptions (he'd name off all sorts of gear, but not show a picture of each one). The pictures are in black and white, so it didn't seem like you'd have to try very hard to include lots of them.

I wasn't thinking of using the book as a training manual, but I wanted to make sure I had the concepts right when taking my classes, so I would know the questions I needed to ask.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr&Mrs.K on February 5, 2013
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I am happy with the information of this book. I have been climbing on and off for over 9 years and can truly appreciate having this on hand to remind of what I forget (time to time) and some very worthwhile info that even experienced climbers have not offered me. I am not sure about the actual book, but the only weakness of the kindle edition is that the explanation for tying a knot and the corresponding pictures are not together and even seem to be out of order. One of the knots is described but not shown. I am not super upset as I intend to get a dedicated book for knots... but still frustrating. Overall... I cannot express how much I believe that this is a book that every beginner and intermediate climber will find useful and should include in their library. Happy climbing
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Galinski on August 12, 2009
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This book covers all the basics from climbing techniques for all sorts of different types of climbing, such as face climbing, crack climbing, etc, to how to sport and trad climb. I use it a lot to refresh my memory on different types of nots used in building anchors and how to get off belay to potentially help the second climber coming up. I also learned lots about different types of top belaying. It doesn't always contain intricate details of everything, but for that there are the individual books dedicated to specific aspects of climbing from the same publisher.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sean on June 6, 2013
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Not much in the way of training exercises, but it is a good basic guide for knots and technical climbing techniques.
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