- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: The Mountaineers; 1st edition (August 31, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780898866544
- ISBN-13: 978-0898866544
- ASIN: 0898866545
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- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Twight has been one of America's boldest climbers for a couple of decades, and his book is a primer for serious mountaineers. (The Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho)
About the Author
MARK TWIGHT is one of America's leading alpinists. His gripping accounts have been published around the world and translated into five languages. He is also the author of the best-selling book Extreme Alpinism: Climbing Light, High and Fast, from The Mountaineers Books.
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The only downside to the book is the somewhat dated information (1999) about gear and clothing. I wish he'd do an update. But with a little interpolation/knowledge of current gear/clothing, you can easily adapt what he says to today's gear. The techniques and so on are still as relevant now as they were then, almost without exception.
I had zero hesitation giving this five stars. Twight knows his stuff cold, and shares it all with the lucky reader. But reader beware: this book may inspire you a bit too much. As others have said elsewhere, "Fast and Light" should always be followed up by "Fit and Experienced." Twight tries to emphasize this with sections on the sometimes draconian workouts he recommends, but still... I could see clowns like myself biting off more than what's chewable after reading this.
Second: Read Alpine Climbing: Techniques to Take You Higher (Mountaineers Outdoor Expert)
Third: Climbing Self Rescue: Improvising Solutions for Serious Situations (Mountaineers Outdoor Expert)
then, if you feel as if something's missing, get this book. We get in these pages a fast-and-light set of tactics, a dedicated training approach, and a wealth of existential rawness from Twight. At times it is a little heavy with Twight's ego, but take it for what it is. There is great advice in here for the casual mountaineer who will not be racing under seracs or doing 50 hr pushes with a day pack. if you do these things, you won't need this book. What you will need is luck.
It’s not so much a manual to climbing big routes at high altitude as I expected it to be. A good addition to many real technical climbing manuals. Makes you appreciate the work and the pain on the mountain.
Don't start here, though. You should be solid on mountaineering basics in order to get the most out of it (i.e. go read Freedom of the Hills if you haven't already).