Since publication of the first edition in 1961, Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills has endured as the classic mountaineering text. Novice climbers use it as a primer; veterans use it to review their skills. Translated into five languages, it has instructed and inspired more than half a million climbers from all over the world. The fully updated seventh edition maintains the same high standard for complete, authoritative instruction in an easy-to-use format.
From choosing equipment to how to tie a particular knot, from basic rappelling technique to planning an expedition, it's all here in this essential mountaineering reference. Continued evolution of the sport ensures that climbers who own previous editions will need to "upgrade" to the new seventh edition. The chapter on aid climbing, for example, has been substantially rewritten to include new aid techniques and equipment. A new chapter has been added to meet the rising popularity of waterfall ice and mixed climbing.
An updated edition of the bible of mountaineering technique. Rock and ice climbing, modern equipment, snow and glacier travel, weather, leadership and first aid. Mountaineering is as much a cerebral pursuit as it is a physical activity. The synthesis of several disciplines, including ultra-light backpacking, orienteering, weather forecasting, hiking, and climbing, are required to safely make it up any serious peak.
Because of this, aspiring mountain climbers must become downright studious when learning the tricks of the trade. Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills is arguably the best and most respected textbook on the subject. Since its first printing in 1961, more than 500,000 copies of the book have been sold, and it's been translated into 13 languages.
Anyone who spends time in the mountains will benefit from this book -- not only serious mountaineers. In 528 pages the book goes through a whirlwind of information, covering everything from wilderness camping and navigation to climbing techniques, rope management, and glacier travel. There are even sections on mountain geology, weather and wilderness ethics.
The more than thirty contributors to Freedom 8 are all active climbers who regularly use and teach the skills about which they write. This book is the resource trusted by climbers the world over.Best-selling mountaineering book of all time!
- New chapters on waterfall ice climbing and mixed climbing, physical conditioning, access issues, techniques for minimum impact on the land, and more
- 415 completely new illustrations
- Includes a new glossary of climbing terms