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"Every backcountry skier and ski mountaineer should have a copy of Alpine Climbing." -- Backcountry Magazine

"It's organized, step-by-step presentation of information on climbing techniques and strategies provides an effective learning experience." -- Rock & Ice

Outstanding technical guidance...concisely written, with little fluff to sidetrack the reader. -- Reno Gazette-Journal

[T]his book will help accelerate the learning process and good judgment learned through many days...spent in the mountains. -- Outside Bozeman

About the Author

Houston was among the first guides certified by the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association.

Cosley has been a guide and climbing instructor for more than 20 years. In 1988, Kathy was the first American woman to climb the Eiger's North Face.
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Product Details

  • Series: Mountaineers Outdoor Expert
  • Paperback: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898867495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898867497
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book hits the sweet spot between Freedom of the Hills and Mark Twight. Finally, a book for those of us who know the basics, maybe have done some guided mountaineering trips or novice routes, and already know how to rock climb, but need to know more in order to venture further on our own. The authors frame everything in terms of making decisions, which is very helpful when you are doing things for the first time. Good discussions of equipment, hazards, weather, navigation, and protective systems. The approach is very down to earth and practical.
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...but not to the extreme.

This book is the second chapter in an aspiring alpinists handbook. I found myself over the years amassing a pile of pooks on running, fittness*, nutrition*, supplements*, advanced rock climbing, ice climbing, crevasse rescue, orienteering*, navigation*, avalanche evaluation, etc. This book would have saved me a few bucks by putting alot of this in one place.

* = These are covered well in this book.

If you know Freedom of the Hills like the back ouf your hand, have Extreme Alpinism and a good book on slightly more advanced rock skills, don't bother. If not, get it.

Even with this book, you need a resource of some sort in avy eval and advanced rock/rope skills.
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I agree with the reviewers above (below) that this book complements "Freedom of the Hills". In particular it focuses more on the decision making process than most books of these types. Although I've never traveled with either of the authors, they seem like lovely people and the stories they tell flesh them out for the reader. They also answered a question I had when I wrote them via email. In all, a solid book that it would do to put on your bookshelf.
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The section on Common Problems with Decision Making was alone worthy the purchase!I could identify many issues and suggestions with my own experiences. Very well laid out book and a must read for anyone venturing into the sport of climbing, or those of us who wish to brush up on skills and ponder ways of continuous learning no matter the level of prior experience. One of definite climbing "bibles" written by people who do it for a living and are prepared to share their experiences and knowledge. Five stars IMHO!!! Happy climbing!
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Complete, incredibly practical guide to alpine technique and decision-making. The authors' many years of experience are expertly distilled and communicated in words and pictures - this is a jump-start for aspiring and advancing mountaineers and a useful compendium for experts who want to share their craft. Bravo Kathy and Mark!
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The book is very comprehensive, helping to choose the right equipment, get rid of avalanches, altitude illness prevention etc. Yet it would be much more clear if instead of using photos (black and white) it used drawings, just as the "Mountaineering: the freedom of the hills" does. I`m reading the book to prepare myself for a expedition, but I always have the "Mountaineering" by my side.
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This book is a fantastic followup to The Freedom of the Hills. It introduces alpine techniques in a way that makes sense to the inexperienced. Most importantly, though, it addresses the issue of risk in a perfect fashion. Contrary to what you might expect, it does not tell you to take more risk (as is generally the case with alpine-style climbing). Rather, it invites you to set your own acceptable risk and make decisions based on that. Highly recommended!
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Best of the Mountaineers Outdoors Series that I have read so far. Nice follow up to Freedom of the Hills. Although general information with gaps as it is geared to advanced "we assume that you already know.."
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