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Climbing Ice Hardcover – June 12, 1982

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"Yvon Chouinard's Climbing Ice is not only the last word on the subject, but the first words from all American press on modern ice techniques. Climbing Ice is no beginner's manual, but rather a compendium on the sport. The book explores the history of snow and ice climbing, details techniques from the graceful and delicate French method of moving on ice to cutting steps and front-pointing on crampons. It also includes useful chapters on equipment, the formation and structure of snow and ice and avalanches.

"... Yvon Chouinard, a modern Eckenstein and the godfather of ice climbing in this country, has written the rulebook of this old yet new climbing game."

-- Outside Magazine Peter Boardman -- Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Yvon Chouinard's Climbing Ice is not only the last word on the subject, but the first words from all American press on modern ice techniques. Climbing Ice is no beginner's manual, but rather a compendium on the sport. The book explores the history of snow and ice climbing, details techniques from the graceful and delicate French method of moving on ice to cutting steps and front-pointing on crampons. It also includes useful chapters on equipment, the formation and structure of snow and ice and avalanches.

"... Yvon Chouinard, a modern Eckenstein and the godfather of ice climbing in this country, has written the rulebook of this old yet new climbing game."

-- Outside Magazine Peter Boardman

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Random House, Inc.; 1st edition (June 12, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871562073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871562074
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,277,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on January 13, 1998
Format: Paperback
Chounard's book on ice climbing is an old classic. It retains its charm inspite of its age and much subsequent development in ice climbing tools and techniques. This is so because it is more than a technical manual. Chouinard was a pioneer in the development of ice axes and tools, and presents the unique perspective of an expert climber and master craftsman. Chouinard pays attention to the history and evolution of ice climbing, but also dwells in detail on all the basic technical requirements of ice climbing. He liberally sprinkles anecdotes and stories from his vast mountain experience. This gives his book a sense of first person immediacy that cannot usually be conveyed vicariously by a book. One of the things that makes this book really special is its wonderful layout and beautiful black and white photographs. In every respect, this book is a great work of art - it will remain sacred to climbers for many generations.
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this is THE classic old school alpine ice climbing instruction book. many of the tricks Yvon outlines herein are lost on the new generation of whippersnappers. Which is why I can still run the whippersnappers into the ground. Don't tell them, though.
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This book is really nice. The pictures are really well done and the size is very nice (big). I will say that the book is a little dated, but the information on non vertical ice is really good. It seems these days every one can climb vertical ice, but being able to negotiate awkward terrain wearing crampons just isn't practiced. I got this book because quite a few of the new books recommend it, WELL WORTH IT. I think that if you are an ice climber or a mountaineer you need to have this on the shelf.
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Though there may be newer and there may be better on mixed climbing, this is THE book to have to learn the art for the general alpinist! Chouinard is a consummate craftsman and artist, especially with regard to the greatly undervalued French technique.
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This book remains a classic on Ice Climbing styles and technic. For the period it was written, it was the authoritive and well written. It does not attempt to keep up with newer equipment and trends. The photography does a great job of clearly illustrating the author's intent. This book should be on every mountaineers book shelf who has a deep respect for the history of the fine art of ice climbing.
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By savi on October 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
very interesting book about the begginings of ice climbing
good historical frame of reference and very informational account of the advances up to the date the book was edited
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