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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (August 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811729168
  • ASIN: B004JZWW3K
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 7.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,105,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Garth Hattingh has been involved in climbing and other related adventure activities for over 30 years. He has climbed extensively in Southern Africa, as well as in Europe and both North and South America. At the forefront of mountain leadership and rock climbing training in South Africa, he has also written the successful Climber's Handbook and Top Climbs of the World (both published by New Holland). Garth lives in Pretoria, South Africa. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Olaf Johnson on September 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
I've been top roping for about 12 years now or since I was 14 yrs old. I've done a little bit of sport climbing and did a trad climb once (years ago and as a second). Lately, I've been interesting in lead climbing and ice climbing as well as Big wall climbing and I picked up this book and read the whole thing in about 2-3 hours.

What I liked is that it focuses specifically on climbing. Furthermore, the heart of that focus is "how" different types of climbing are not the same and why different techniques, equipment and safety protocals are used. The pictures are very detailed and the instructional style text is written in the big brother/buddy style so it's easy to remember what is said without having to earmark keypages or highlight sections. The author also links key ideas and facts together with reference markers, so you really grasp how things like knots and anchors are related.

One thing I didn't too like is that he gives the same amount of attention to everything. There is a whole page dedicated to buying climbing shoes, but only alittle more than half a page dedicated to top rope anchor set ups and about a page of info dedicated to ropes. Where a paragraph about buying climbing shoes would have been better and a few pages each about more important things like anchors, knots and rope care would have been perfect.

Not that it is bad thing. I did assume that the author wrote this book for the beginner that will be climbing with someone more knowledgable and not buying ropes on their own or laying anchors their first time out.

The reason picked this book out of others is that it had the best organization. Whereas other books tend to lump stacks of info on one specific thing together. This book spreads everything out in an easy to read manner.
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