Rock Climbing: A Trailside Guide

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Smart, instructive, and beautifully designed, every book in the Trailside Guide series contains the essential information readers need to master outdoor activities and have fun in the process.
Norton proudly reissues these best-selling guides with fully revised "Sources & Resources" sections (including where to find the Web sites, gear, services, books, clubs, and organizations that make for foolproof outings); updates to reflect the latest in gear technology, wilderness ...

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Overview

Smart, instructive, and beautifully designed, every book in the Trailside Guide series contains the essential information readers need to master outdoor activities and have fun in the process.
Norton proudly reissues these best-selling guides with fully revised "Sources & Resources" sections (including where to find the Web sites, gear, services, books, clubs, and organizations that make for foolproof outings); updates to reflect the latest in gear technology, wilderness medicine, and first aid; and advances in techniques. Climbing has become a hot sport thanks to indoor climbing walls in big cities and small towns all across America. But conventional climbing guides have failed to keep pace with the sport's surge in popularity. Rock Climbing is designed to help beginners go beyond their first experiences at a climbing gym and gain the skills they need to get out, rope up, and climb! It explains safe climbing techniques in a logical step-by-step sequence with special emphasis on transferring techniques acquired indoors to the wider world of actual rock faces. Full-color sequential illustrations, stunning color photographs, and the author's field-tested teaching approach clarify all the fundamentals, including gear, knots, top roping, leading, anchors, belaying, and rappelling. Whether readers are getting started at the local gym or aspiring to head to the big mountain faces, this guide will give them a rock-solid foundation to build on. You can take it with you: Trailside Guides are designed to be used on the trail. Their handy size makes them easy to take along on outdoor adventures. Picture this: Trailside Guides show you how it's done. Each book has more than 100 color photographs and dozens of informative, full-color technical illustrations you'll refer to again and again. Buying Guide: Each Guide has all the information readers need to make informed decisions about what gear is available, and what they should buy. Step-by-step: Tutorials take readers through every aspect of a given outdoor activity. Each Guide covers planning and preparing for a trip, getting in shape, technique, safety, and first-aid tips, and how to have more fun along the way! Easy to use: Trailside Guides provide information quickly. Every book contains detailed illustrations, information-packed sidebars, and a complete index and bibliography. Technique tips: Any physical activity is more fun when it's done right. Trailside Guides are written by experts and contain lucid explanations that help the reader quickly achieve proficiency. It's a big world out there. Get into it with the Trailside Guides.

Designed to help beginners go beyond their first experiences at a climbing gym and gain the skills they need to get out, rope up, and climb, Rock Climbing explains safe climbing techniques in a logical step-by-step sequence with special emphasis on transferring techniques as acquired indoors to the wider world of actual rock faces. Color photos & illustrations. 192 pp. Media publicity. Targeted ads.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393316537
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: Trailside Guides
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 179
  • Sales rank: 1,391,394
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword

Chapter One Welcome
Before We Start
Why We Do It
Who
Where
Getting Started
Top-Roping vs. Lead Climbing
Chapter Two History and Culture
Free Vs. Aid Climbing
Traditional Vs. Sport
Going Without the Gear
Bouldering
The Rating Game
The Name of the Game
Free-Soloing
Rock Climbing's Roots
Chapter Three Movement
Basic Principles
Learing to Rest
Join the "Opposition" Party
Be Creative
A Closer Look
Hands and Fingers
Your Feet
Your Body
Chapter Four Gearing Up For The Newcomer
Shoes
Today's Climbing Shoes
Types of Shoes
Fit
Cost
Upkeep
Leather Stretch
Harness
Fit
Options
Carabiners
Locking vs. Non-Locking
Shapes
Belay/Rappel Device
The GriGri
Helmets
Look for the Union Label
Chalk and Chalk Bags
The Rope
Care of Rope
Don't Assume Your Rope Is Long Enough
Galileo and Newtons
Chapter Five Top-Roping
Top Anchors
Secure Backup Systems
Author's Top-Rope Set Up
Typical Top-Rope Set Up
Slinging Trees
Using Fixed Anchors
Sling Angles
Opposite and Opposed Carabiners
Bottom Anchors
Belay Directly from the Anchor
Tying In To the Harness
BELAYING
Body Belay
Hand Sequence for a Safe Belay
Belaying From the Top
The GriGri
Communication
Chapter Six Leading
Belaying and Seconding A Lead Climb
Belaying the Leader
Cleaning the Route
Specialized Carabiners
Leading
Bolts
On Pre-Protected Routes
Lowering From Fixed Anchors
Clipping
Quick-Clipping Tricks
Clipping In: Right and Wrong
Traditional Leading
Protection
Training Wheels for Novice Leaders
Hints for Placing Chocks
Racking Gear for the Lead
Stringing Chocks
Non-Directional Protection
Fixed Gear
Active-Camming Primer
On The Pitch
Using Slings (or Runners)
Did You Say Kilonewtons?
Consider Your Second
Anchoring at the Belay
Belaying the Second
Chapter Seven Essential Knots
Overhand On A Bight
Figure-8 on A Bight
Retraced Figure-8
Water Knot
Double Fisherman's
Clove Hitch
Munter Hitch
Prusik
Kleimheist
Chapter Eight Moving From Gym To Real Rock
Build Your Own Wall
Competitions
Other Games to Play
Moving to Real Rock
Leading: Indoors and Out
Sport Routes
Traditional Routes
Chapter Nine Learning from the Rock
Granite
Sandstone
Access Issues
Limestone
And Then There's...
Chapter Ten Rappelling
The Gear
The Figure-8 Descender
The Belay Tube
Alternative Methods
Six 'Biner Brake
Anchoring the Rope
Using Ropes of Different Diameters
The Process
Backing Up Your Rappel Device
A Better Method
Climbing the Rope
Retrieving the Rope
Check List
Chapter Eleven Training
Warming Up
Injuries
Fingers
Elbows
Shoulders
Getting Well
Chapter Twelve Preparing For Trouble
A Self-Rescue Primer
Locking Off Your Belay Device
Lightning
Escaping the Belay
Escaping the Belay
Tandem Rappelling
Chapter Thirteen Going Further
Glossary
Sources & Resources
Photo Credits
Index

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  • Posted April 14, 2010

    Great book for anyone, who wants to venture into the world of Rock Climbing.

    I really loved this book. It helps you open you eyes and see beyond, specially if you want to venture into the wonderfull world of rock climbing. Also is a good to keep to refresh or review techniques or safety procedures.

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