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Climbing: From Gym to Crag Paperback – August 31, 2000
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A good effort to bridge the gap between indoor and outdoor climbing. (Klamath Falls Herald and News)
"The best how-to on the sport." (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (NY))
It could be called the encyclopedia of climbing. (Idaho Statesman)
A comprehensive collection of information. By running through these lessons at home in advance, a number of key skills can be acquired. (The Chinook)
About the Author
S. PETER LEWIS has been a rock climber since 1976, an ice climber since 1979, and a professional mountain guide since 1983. He has climbed in almost every major climbing area in the Northeast and is an expert on the area's climbing history. From 1994 to 1999, Lewis was the executive director of the American Mountain Guides Association. Lewis also has been a freelance writer and photographer specializing in adventure sports since 1983. He has written dozens of articles, published hundreds of photographs, and been featured in two profiles, in Outdoor Photographer and New Hampshire Profiles. Lewis also has worked as a newspaper reporter and has won journalism and photography awards. He has authored or co-authored six books on climbing, including Climbing: From Gym to Crag, published by The Mountaineers Books in 2000. He researched, edited, designed, and marketed with Rick Wilcox a self-published book, the second edition of An Ice Climber's Guide to Northern New England in 1992, and has just finished the third edition of the guide to be released early next year. He currently works as the publishing director for Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities in Conway, New Hampshire. He lives in Bridgton, Maine, with his wife and two children.
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the illustrations being mis or non labeled.
The magic x should have been defined earlier in the text.
Limited look at building anchors.
Minor items - loved reading it.
As you get more experienced and want to make the transition to trad climbing, it teaches important techniques like making a multi-directional anchor for your first trad anchor by using a sliding girth hitch. It takes extra time, but it may save your life by preventing all your gear placement from zippering (popping out) after your fall. Happy climbing and safe climbing to you!
If you and a partner go through the exercises you will be better skilled than most of the climbers on the rocks.
Covers basic skills, and has great sections on setting up Toprope anchors and placing protection on Lead.
ONLY problem is the casual use of girth-hitched slings. Girth hitching seriously reduces rope strength.