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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 author of 'The International Handbook of Technical Mountaineering' and co-author of 'The Mountain Skills Training Handbook'.
Posted January 21, 2008
I have been climbing for quite a few years and sport climbing for two or three, but still learnt so much from this book. Pete Hill has again written a book (he also wrote 'Rock Climbing') that puts over so much useful information in such a presentable package. Things such as Z clipping, back clipping and the like are clearly explained, as are a number of ways of arranging things at the lower off point. Even things like multi-pitch climbing and abseiling are covered. I like the way that photographs are used to illustrate skills, and not diagrams, which I often find to be complicated and confusing. There are lots of other pictures in there as well, both throughout the main text and in a sport climbing venue section at the back, and many of these pictures are superb. Somehow, it always seems to be sunny! I would suggest that you read this book if you are starting out on sport routes or have been climbing for some time. It would also be very useful for anyone who climbs indoors, as many of the skills Pete talks about are very relevant here as well. This is certainly a very good book and one that I highly recommend to anyone looking to 'clip a bolt'.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 31, 2008
This is a very handy book, given the amount of sport climbing that goes on these days, in the UK as well as abroad. It is very easy to just go out and clip a bolt, but there is far more than this to consider, and this book covers all of those points. It only covers technical skills and not climbing movement on rock, but there are plenty of books that cover the latter. It is with the technical side that Pete Hill excels, and this book is packed. The information is backed up with a lot of very good technical photographs, with other photos showing climbers climbing at various venues around the world. I teach climbing in the UK and can thoroughly recommend this book as being the most useful and up to date that I have come across for this style of climbing, and I will be recommending it to my students, as well as to anyone that I know who is heading for the bolts of the UK or further afield. It's not just for beginners but for seasoned climbers as well.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.