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With careful reading and some practice, you'll be able to tell a jumar from a micropiton. --Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

About the Author

Jared Ogden has transformed his style from aiding up the alpine walls of the Trango Towers in Pakistan to free climbing the hardest routes in the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park. His instructional writing and photography have appeared in Climbing magazine, Rock & Ice, Outside, and other publications.
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  • Paperback: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books (April 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898867487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898867480
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #580,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've read this book and the old one by Johns Long and Middendorf. While L/M have some charming line drawings with people who look like Keith Richards, it doesn't go into the same depth as Ogden's work. There are great photographs of people clipping in aiders, hauling, jumarring, etcetera. Also some illustrations that can make the trickier points of big wall climbing clear.

Ogden also shares some good general points on multipitch climbs, like how to make quick transitions at belays using two Reversos. Most climbers do stuff like this from experience and the need for efficiency, but Ogden puts it all into his book. He also gives good tips on variations of big wall technique, like climbing with three parties. This book also has some of the best, clearest illustrations of various mechanical advantage systems for hauling or rescue.

Good work, JO!
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By TK on February 4, 2013
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Absolutely terrible. Shame on Mountaineers.
Elite nothing. Instructional not at all.
Terrible writing style! Confusing at best.
Proof reader? Peer reviewed?
No wonder there was no testimonial attached.
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The Mountaineers Outdoor Series of Books Are ALL GREAT!

All are loaded with correct, safe and the most-modern methods of Rigging, Anchors, Knots, etc.

Lots of high quality pics too!

I refer to all of these books all the time!
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By RM on January 4, 2012
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I've just read this book cover to cover. I knew little to nothing of big wall climbing.

My thoughts are:

- It's pretty good. If you're already big wall climbing as one reviewer is, I can see how you'd find it boring.
- Some of this stuff is better explained in video, but that's a medium limitation
- The diagrams are awesome
- More of said awesome diagrams would be great, often the steps can grow tiresome to read. I had no gear to practice on while reading so that's probably to be expected
- I liked that solo climbing was covered, there was also a nice short section on self rescue
- I wish the author had included more personal experiences, the odd time he did they were quite interesting

For such a short book, it covers a lot, and it's readable. Even if you never intend to climb big walls there's a lot to learn from it.
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Chapters are easy to read...color yes color pictures give clear examples of setups! Great book to review multipitch techniques and big wall climbing alike!
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This book was not the book I was looking for with regards to bettering my wall techniques. This book seems to be written for the beginner who has never climbed a wall in their life. I mean, do you really need a chapter on the tools of the trade? (An expert knows what his/her tools are) Most all of the book carries over redundent information from the John Middendorf and John Long book on Big Walls. I think this book better belongs in the "How To " Series.
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