The Freedom of the Hills

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The definitive guide to mountains and climbing . . ." - Conrad AnkerFor nearly 60 years it's been revered as the "bible" of mountaineering-and now it's even better than ever - The best-selling instructional text for new and intermediate climbers for more than half a century - New edition-fully updated techniques and all-new illustrations - Researched and written by a team of expert climbersMountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills is the text beloved by generations of new climbers-the standard for climbing education around the world where it has been translated into 12 languages. For the all-new 9th Edition, committees comprosed of active climbers and climbing educators reviewed every chapter of instruction, and discussed updates with staff from the American Alpine Club (AAC), the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE), and the Access Fund. They also worked with professional members of the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), to review their work and ensure that the updated textbook includes the most current best practices for both alpine and rock climbing instruction.From gear selection to belay and repel techniques, from glacier travel to rope work, to safety, safety, and more safety-there is no more comprehensive and thoroughly vetted training manual for climbing than the standard set by Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, 9th Edition.
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Mountaineers Books, [2017]
Edition: 9th edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781680510034 (hardcover)
1680510037 (hardcover)
9781680510041 (paperback)
1680510045 (paperback)
Branch Call Number: 796.522 MOU 2017
Characteristics: 603 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Mountaineers (Society)
Alternative Title: Freedom of the hills


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Nov 09, 2017

I've read two Bibles, cover to cover.
One subdued my innocent curiosity, as I was shamed to interpret it in ways devout "authorities" only feigned to embrace.
But this one inspired my Wonder, instilled a responsibility....
and introduced me to a fellowship of principled character.
"Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills" sets the standard as thee first reference, for anyone yearning to explore vertical worlds.
This book imparts much more than KNOWLEDGE.
A mountain is a pile of risks. To climb it with aplomb, is not an act of bravado or conquest.
Understanding mountaineering, from its history to its science, imbues in a climber the respect that is required to calculate those risks. Weighing them successfully with a rational problem-solving acuity, is an acquired skill only attainable by a commitment to be informed, prepared and having an extremely patient, humbled attitude.
Exercising the intent of each carefully crafted chapter.
Fore, you must first learn to recognize the thresholds of your abilities and judgement, where your pride would prefer you not make such distinctions.
After all, enjoying a climb, whether a summit is attained or not, means arriving back safely to the lowlands.... healthier and wiser than when you began the you can climb again another day... and return to that magnificence of a lofty perspective.
Ingmar Bergman once said:
"Climbing a mountain is like growing old.
The higher you climb...the more breathless and tired you become.
But.......the grander the view."
(He wasn't referring to just the scenery)


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