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How to Climb: Advanced Rock Climbing Paperback – August, 1997

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The most comprehensive look at the subject yet. Advanced Rock Climbing picks up where John Long's How to Rock Climb leaves off, describing the climbing techniques and rope tricks of the modern rock climber. The guide covers both sport and traditional climbing, and self-rescue techniques, in Long's easy-to-read, entertaining style.

About the Author

John Long is an acclaimed American rock climber and author of more than forty titles, including The Trad Climber’s Bible (FalconGuides). He lives in Venice, California.
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Product Details

  • Series: How To Climb Series
  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Falcon Guides; 1 edition (August 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575400758
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575400754
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #938,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This book covers many subjects from clipping bolts on sport routes to building anchors on trad climbs and techniques from the crimp grip to knocking of the figure four. It really doesn't go into to much depth on any of the many subjects (because there are so many)it covers but in my opinion I think it gives sufficient advice about them. It covers Techniques, Anchors, Protection Placements, Sport Climbing, Aid Climbing, Soloing, Crack Climbing and many more.
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This book gives a little bit of information about a lot of different topics. Therefore, you may find a tidbit here or there that adds to your knowledge. However, because the book covers so many topics, the amount of in depth detail is very limited. For this reason, rather than getting this book, I would prefer to spend my money getting more specialized books on specific climbing topics rather than trying to get a little bit about everything from this book. If this is the only advanced climbing book you are going to buy and your experienced friends can fill in the blanks, then it would be a good introductory book for you.
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I am a professional climber/guide with over 25 years of experience, and I am an owner of a climbing guide service in Moab Utah. While there are many good climbing "how to" books on the market, I heartily recommend this book to all of my friends and clients over all others.
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!
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By A Customer on June 3, 1998
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Long has, with the aid of guide Craig Luebben, written a long overdue book for the not-so-novice rock climber. Sure, much of this information is available elsewhere, but this is written in Long's typical humorous fashion, and is a delight to read. The only problem might be to assimilate the knowledge whilst laughing one's way through the pages.
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Sucks.

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.
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The writing style and information are both good. The book, photos, and illustrations are cheap. All black and white. Some of the knot and rigging photos seem like they are upside down compared to adjacent photos. These are probably issues with the publisher becaue John's other books are quality.
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As other reviews have mentioned, you get a little bit of everything in this book, and I think that's what it is good for.

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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