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The Outdoor Knots Book (Mountaineers Outdoor Basics) Paperback – Illustrated, March 16, 2004
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The Outdoor Knots Book is a great resource for any outdoor types in your family. This concise and well-illustrated book details how to make more than 40 of the most common (and not so common) rope knots that are used by campers, hikers, paddlers and climbers. (Camping Life magazine)
The preferred alternative for someone who wants a handy, practical reference. (Great Falls Tribune)
This book is not to be missed if you're an outdoors person…The how-to-tie instructions and photographs will soon have you making a double bowline without a hitch. (Los Angeles Daily News)
An excellent resource for beginning and intermediate backcountry adventurers. (Outside Bozeman)
This book is not to be missed if you're an outdoors person…The scope of the book makes it a must-read for outdoors enthusiasts…The how-to-tie instructions and photographs will soon have you making a double bowline with out a hitch. (Los Angeles Daily News)
Outdoorsy folk have been known to be obsessive about certain things, and this book could no doubt serve as a quintessential reference book. (Reno Gazette-Journal)
A thorough guide.
-Sacramento Bee (Also ran in syndication) (Sacramento Bee (Also ran in syndication))
For serious rope users, this book is another great addition to the collection. (Farmington (NM) Daily Times)
You will never need to buy another book on knots. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Whether cinching down a load on a horse or a pickup, securing a tent or a canopy, this book has some tried-and-true traditional and relatively new knots." (Salem Statesman Journal)
About the Author
CLYDE SOLES is a writer-climber with varied experience in the field. He has summitted 8000-meter peaks and has written for magazines and authored several books, including The Outdoor Knots Book, Climbing: Training for Peak Performance, and Climbing: Expedition Planning, all published by The Mountaineers Books.
For more information about Clyde, visit his web site at ClideSoles.com.
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This book will teach how about:
* The difference between static and dynamic ropes
* The materials used in ropes, cordage and webbing
* How they ropes and cordage are made
* How to take care of your ropes and wash them
* Terminology and nomenclature used with ropes (knots versus hitches, et cetera)
* Lots of practical knots for hiking and climbing (the author has a background in climbing)
* Knots used for anchors
* And much more.
* Does not present many applications for each knot. I read this and learned how to tie many different knots but I would have liked to see more applications (maybe in a list format) so I would I have a better idea of when and where such a knot should be used.
* Lacks discussion of some major knots in climbing like the Figure 8. Granted every climber should know this so maybe the author avoided adding this because it is common knowledge--who knows.
All in all, this is a great little book that I would recommend to any hiker or climber!
I found this guide to be one of the most complete and best illustrated I've seen. The descriptions of the knot, how to tie it and the best use for the knot is superb.
I also like that they discuss which knots are best for what type of rope.
My daughter is 7 so reading the book isn't perfect for her but the book is illustrated well enough that once she understood how to read the illustrations she could tie most of the knots without my help which she loved.
I loved the book because I learned a few more knots that will come in handy and some nice twists to old standbys I've known and used forever.