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Big Wall Climbing: Elite Technique (Mountaineers Outdoor Expert Series) Paperback – April 30, 2005
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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!
Elite nothing. Instructional not at all.
Terrible writing style! Confusing at best.
Proof reader? Peer reviewed?
No wonder there was no testimonial attached.
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!
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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Full of great information! Makes me want to road trip to Yosemite. I highly recommended it. It's worth twice the price (but don't tell the publishers that) :-)Published on October 19, 2013 by Chris Lykins
I found this to be a book of generalisations..... dont bother.
I doesn't even touch on how to go to the toilet up there....
This book covers tons of information about big wall and is both motivating and informative.Published on February 19, 2010 by Oliver Wirths
An invaluable guide to artificial and big wall climbing from one of the real masters. Very well written, friendly and comprehensive in its scope. HIghly recommended!Published on June 22, 2008 by Peter A. Haan