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How to Climb: Advanced Rock Climbing Paperback – August, 1997
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The material covered in this book is both comprehensive and easy to understand. The authors both have extensive experience climbing and teaching climbing which gives the book a credibility lacking in many other "how to" books. Also the material in Advanced Rock Climbing is extremely current and gives many techniques and suggestions you will not find anywhere else.
If you are looking for a great climbing refference book this is the one to get!
This book has no useful information that you couldn't get form other better-written texts or videos. All of the information contained in this book can be found in "Freedom of the Hills" which I highly recommend.
John Long's writing is amateur at best. Other reviewers who say that the book is "written in an irritative prolo-supposed-funny language" are correct. Any helpful information in the book is made boring and less-than-amusing by Long's unrefined writing style. If this is considered to be good writing in the climbing realm I can assume nothing else but that climbers either don't read or simply fail to recognize good writing.
In short, buy another book, such as Freedom of the Hills, or maybe an AMGA sponsored book, and make sure it ISN'T authored by Long.
I picked this book up when I was moving from a beginning top rope/gym climber to a more advanced multi-pitch trad climber. This booked helped me know what concepts I had a strong grasp on, and what concepts I needed to study further.
If you are already comfortable with your climbing technique then there are many better books such as those published by "The Mountaineers Outdoor Experts Series".
If you know you still have a few things to learn, then by all means, pick up this book and you will get a good idea of what you do and don't know.
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This book has a good info on all aspects of climbing for intermediate climbers. Some info is outdated, so don't expect to find info on new cams, or rope.
These books (how to climb series)are a must for the climber who doesn't allways have a lot of experienced people around. Many great tips. good for referencing back to. Read morePublished on May 28, 2007 by brian Terranova
Long has done it again. A.R.C. goes through the more advanced maneuvers of climbing. It is a must have for climbers who want to be more than a indoor or weekend climber, and who... Read morePublished on January 9, 2007 by pat d
I get acrophobia just from standing on a deep-pile carpet, so this isn't something I'm ever going to do myself, but I still found it interesting to read about it. Read morePublished on April 22, 2004 by magellan