Overview

Written by one of the UK's top mountain instructors Pete Hill, this guidebook, covering all the basic rock climbing skills and climbing equipment, is invaluable not only for beginners but also for climbers wanting to increase their technical knowledge of climbing single- and multi-pitch routes. Rock climbing is one of the most popular pastimes in the world, and this book is designed for anyone who wishes to take it up as a sport. It covers subjects including equipment, knots, belaying, leading, seconding and ...
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Rock Climbing

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Overview

Written by one of the UK's top mountain instructors Pete Hill, this guidebook, covering all the basic rock climbing skills and climbing equipment, is invaluable not only for beginners but also for climbers wanting to increase their technical knowledge of climbing single- and multi-pitch routes. Rock climbing is one of the most popular pastimes in the world, and this book is designed for anyone who wishes to take it up as a sport. It covers subjects including equipment, knots, belaying, leading, seconding and abseiling. Many other peripheral skills are also covered, and the whole book is highly illustrated with full-colour photographs throughout. Special 'Tips' and 'Notes' boxes highlight important techniques and observations, and the book is presented in such a way as to make learning to climb as easy and enjoyable as possible. Whether you are just starting out or are already experienced on rock, the contents of this book will help you to enjoy climbing safely and with confidence.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849658737
  • Publisher: Cicerone Press
  • Publication date: 2/26/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,124,293
  • File size: 17 MB
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Meet the Author

Pete Hill MIC, FRGS has climbed in many continents and countries across the world, including first ascents in the Himalayas. He is a holder of the MIC award, the top UK instructional qualification, and has been delivering rock and mountain sports courses at the highest level for a number of years. He is a member of the Alpine Club, honorary life member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. A lack of common sense has caused him to be found on the north faces of the Eiger and Matterhorn in winter, as well as on a number of other extreme routes climbed in difficult conditions in the European Alps, Africa, Nepal and India.

Pete lives in Scotland and has two daughters, Rebecca and Samantha. A frequent contributor to various magazines and websites, he is also author of The International Handbook of Technical Mountaineering, Rock Climbing and Sport Climbing, and co-author (with Stuart Johnston) of the globally successful The Mountain Skills Training Handbook. He runs both summer and winter skills courses from beginner through to advanced level.
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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

Part 1: Basics
1 Getting Started
2 Equipment
3 Knots

Part 2: Skills
4 Tying On
5 Climbing Calls
6 Moving on Rock
7 Placing Gear
8 Belaying

Part 3: Climbing
9 Leading
10 Seconding a Climb
11 Abseiling
12 Multi-pitch Routes
13 Top- and Bottom-roping

Appendix 1: Fall Factors and Forces
Appendix 2: Selected Climbing Venues
Appendix 3: Glossary

Index

Pete has climbed in many continents and countries across the world, including first ascents in the Himalayas. He is a holder of the MIC award, the highest UK instructional qualification, and is a member of the Alpine Club, Honorary life member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. A frequent contributor to various magazines and web sites, he is the author of several climbing books, including Sport Climbing published by Cicerone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2008

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    Pete Hill's 'Rock Climbing' book has given me loads more information than other similar titles. It is written in his usual, no-nonsense fashion, and has loads of practical information and tips. Pete has also added a few personal tales in seperate boxes, such as starting out climbing with his Mum's washing line, or leading a route after forgetting all the kit! These sound terrifying, but just go to improve the validity of the very good technical information that is included all the way through the text. I like the fact that all of the technical illustrations are done with very good photographs, as these give a clear representation of what is in the text. There are many other photographs that are quite inspirational, as well as a short section at the back on where to go climbing. All in all I highly recommend this book. I do not consider myself to be a beginner, but have found it very worth while reading through and finding many things to 'tidy up' my technique. It would be a great companion to anyone starting out, taking a climbing course, or as a brush-up for you if you have been climbing for a while. Very good indeed.

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