Outdoor Adventures: Rock Climbing

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Rock climbing has been growing in popularity since the 1930s, and it's no wonder. This exciting activity lets you spend time in the outdoors while challenging yourself both physically and mentally and bonding with friends and family. With the increasing availability of a variety of climbing venues, including indoor climbing gyms, it's easier than ever to try rock climbing. Rock Climbing is the perfect book for anyone who wants to develop the skills.

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Overview

Rock climbing has been growing in popularity since the 1930s, and it's no wonder. This exciting activity lets you spend time in the outdoors while challenging yourself both physically and mentally and bonding with friends and family. With the increasing availability of a variety of climbing venues, including indoor climbing gyms, it's easier than ever to try rock climbing. Rock Climbing is the perfect book for anyone who wants to develop the skills.

Rock Climbing will help you explore one of the world's fastest-growing activities safely and successfully. The experts at the Wilderness Education Association ensure you learn proper technique, which is essential to a safe and enjoyable experience. They prepare you for your adventure with information on fitness and conditioning, equipment and gear selection, and nutrition. Safety skills are integrated throughout the book. You'll learn how you can use indoor climbing to practice basic skills before moving on to refine and build on those skills in the outdoors. You'll find easy-to-follow instruction of climbing fundamentals, including knots, belaying, building anchor systems, moving on rock, descending, and lead climbing, giving you all the skills and knowledge you need to be a capable beginning climber.

Throughout the book the authors share consumer, technique, and safety tips collected from their years of experience as both climbers and instructors. They also list Web sites to help you find climbing organizations, shop for equipment and gear, plan outdoor climbing trips, and more. The book also includes Success Check questions for each chapter that will help you test your climbing knowledge.

Use Rock Climbing to join the millions of other climbing enthusiasts around the world. This complete resource will teach you all the essential information for a successful rock climbing adventure!

Rock Climbing is part of the Outdoor Adventures series. This practical series provides you with the essential information so you can get ready and go. The Outdoor Adventures series prepares you with instruction in the basic techniques and skills so you can be on your way to an adventure in no time.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - BookSmack!
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the Greens' book is worth approximately 450,000 words. It presents the basics of the four major styles of climbing (bouldering, sport, traditional, top-rope), but that's about all. For each little topic (e.g., gear anchors, camming devices), you get a wee bit of coverage and exactly one awesomely explanatory picture*. Throughout, little pieces of advice struck me, perhaps none more helpful than: "use a stopper knot so you don't rappel off the end of your rope." The point being that, if you did, you could sort of die. And it made me think, "Dude, if death is involved in this activity, I don't want know. Sure, I could get hit by a bus while riding my bike, but my fate won't rest on a stopper knot." Since the Brothers Green are so blessedly clear, and since they so emphasize safety, this will doubtless give readers a leg up (har dee har har) when going from the titular gym to some actual rock. OARC, like most Human Kinetics books I've seen, is made of awesome. Written by different essayists/contributors, the topical coverage comes in long-form chapters comprehensive enough to satisfy enthusiasts as well as beginners. Also, because it's not uniform, it doesn't dumb down topics with repetitive blather. Part 1 covers preparation with an introduction to terms, history, gear, safety, fitness, and indoor climbing. Part 2 is all about being on actual rock (not Wii rock). Knots, belaying, anchors, descending, and stuff like where the position those firemen holding that big tarp. And while I know that the Dewey Decimal System rates the difficulty of a book, I learned that climbing has Yosemite Decimal System, which rates the difficulty of climbs. When I saw Jimmy Chin recently, he had a copy of this in his windbreaker (not). This is a guy who has summated AND SKIIED DOWN Mount Everest and whose three-day trek just to get to the start of his climb up the East Face of the Sharks Fin in the Garwhal Himalaya would have killed 90 percent of Americans. Douglas Lord, "Books for Dudes", Booksmack!, 11/4/10
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736068024
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/27/2009
  • Pages: 319
  • Sales rank: 971,704
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

The Wilderness Education Association (WEA) is a not-for-profit organization that works to promote the professionalism of outdoor leadership through establishment of national standards, curriculum design, implementation, advocacy, and research-driven initiatives. The WEA educates people about the appropriate use of wildlands and protected areas by establishing strategic alliances with stakeholders of the outdoor industry, such as federal land management agencies, conservation groups, and all organizations that benefit from wildlands and believe that the existence of wildlands is important to quality of life.

The WEA has an affiliate network of more than 40 colleges, universities, and private and nonprofit groups that offer their courses. These affiliates are in the United States as well as Canada, Mexico, and Hong Kong. Through WEA's courses, students can learn a wide range of outdoor leadership skills.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Preparing for a Rock Climbing Adventure
Chapter 1: Going Rock Climbing
Chapter 2: Climbing Into Fitness
Chapter 3: Indoor Climbing
Chapter 4: Know Before You Go
Chapter 5: Gearing Up for Rock Climbing
Chapter 6: Safety and Survival Skills

Part II: On the Rock
Chapter 7: Knots for Climbing
Chapter 8: Managing Friction: The Skill of Belaying
Chapter 9: The Art and Science of Building Climbing Anchor Systems
Chapter 10: Strength and Grace: Techniques for Movement on Rock
Chapter 11: Descending
Chapter 12: Lead Rock Climbing

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