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Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills Paperback – August 25, 2010
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"The 2nd edition of Freedom of the Hills (as well as pictures of Bonatti in an old REI catalog) jump-started my climbing education. The manual's content has kept pace with the evolution of the sport and should be considered mandatory reading for every mountain climber. This truly remarkable resource has no equal in any language." (Mark Twight)
"If there is only one 'how to' book to read for the aspirant and expert alike, it is Freedom of the Hills." (Conrad Anker)
"When I was a springy sapling, the pages of Freedom of the Hills held some of my very first lessons." (Dean Potter)
"I purchased my first copy of The Freedom of the Hills in 1976 and consumed it several times, well before I ever set foot in the mountains. Through the years, my well-worn copy became my guide and reference for the art of mountaineering. I would highly recommend this book as a 'must have' for any aspiring mountaineer's library." (Ed Viesturs)
"I've taught climbing on the world's great mountains for 25 years, and so it is humbling to realize how much I can still learn from simply sitting in a chair and reading Freedom of the Hills. But the game keeps changing, with new technologies and new techniques, and Freedom does a remarkable job of staying not just current, but on the cutting edge. Turning on new climbers to this resource is one of the best things I can do to prepare them for life in the big hills." (Dave Hahn)
"The lessons I learned in the Mountaineers climbing course in 1945 stood me on the summit of Mount Everest in 1963. To see that knowledge, accumulated by so many individuals in 1960, put into a book was wonderful. That it has evolved into the best book on climbing, continually updated by active climbers, is remarkable. I have told many people, including my sons, 'If you want to climb mountains, read Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills. Then read it again, so you know for sure, how to get down.'" (Jim Whitaker)
About the Author
- ASIN : 1594851387
- Publisher : Mountaineers Books; 8th edition (August 25, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 592 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781594851384
- ISBN-13 : 978-1594851384
- Item Weight : 2.45 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.5 x 1.75 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #437,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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To be honest, certain areas touched upon in this book are more thoroughly covered by other sources. The segment on avalanches is far from comprehensive, for instance, but the book admits very openly when further information is required, and points the reader in the right direction about where to learn more. However, certain users will not find this book very useful because of its focus on attaining summits. If you are looking for a book on hiking and backpacking, the first one hundred pages will be extremely valuable, but the remainder will be too summit-focused and too climbing-centric to be of much use. For those looking for info on skiing, this book has some interesting observations, but largely avoids the subject. To these people, I would recomend they look for more specialized books in their particular subjects until they gain an interest in bagging peaks.
For anybody whatsoever looking to start climbing summits above treeline, performing vertical climbs of any difficulty, reviewing old materials, or looking at improving skills or developing new ones for climbing, this book is absolutely required. No matter your skill level, this book will have useful information to reference, review, or expand upon. There are no other books whose breadth, clarity, and organization match this book's.
To put it poetically, for all aspiring mountaineers, this book is the Regolith upon which your skills should build. It should be the anchor upon which you hang. It will be a compass to those who know how to use it and appreciate its value, guiding you in the right direction. As the old saying goes, there are many paths to the summit, and this book will reveal all the ways to get there.
I've developed my own methods of mountaineering over the years and do fine solo, but I wanted a book that shows the more standardized methods so that I can work and communicate well with other people who might be joining me. This book really does a great job of showing those methods and explaining why they are done in such a way.
Whether you go hiking on a weekly basis or once a year into the mountains, this book will help you get the most out of the experience by ensuring you are prepared, comfortable, safe, and knowledgeable. This summer, I co-led a small group of adults from my church on a trek to Mt. Massive (a 14,000 foot peak in Colorado), and I found several useful tips in the book.
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It has IMPORTANT Life Saving Information! ANYONE who ventures out in the mountains or on the rock should have this book and study it Intensely. It may save your life one day. Definitely worth every $ spent on purchase.
Highly recommend. (Note: the paperback copy is just as good as hardback copy and a little better price.) If you love the mountains you will love this wealth of information!
CI sono molte illustrazioni e fornisce le basi per molte attività (preparazione dello zaino, montaggio tende, scelta di scarponi ramponi vestiario, nodi, metodi per procedere in sicurezza, ambiente innevato, clima ecc...).
Inoltre a mio parere il prezzo è davvero buono considerata la vastità di argomenti trattati in un unico libro.