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The climbing handbook : the complete guide to safe and exciting rock climbing

Author: Steve Long
Publisher: Buffalo, N.Y. : Firefly Books, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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More than 300,000 North Americans call themselves rock climbers. The thrilling pastime of rock climbing includes a number of variations such as free climbing, roped climbing, adventure climbing, and bouldering. The Climbing Handbook covers them all in an exceptionally comprehensive guide designed for climbers of any level of experience. From the basics for beginners to techniques and tactics for more advanced  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steve Long
ISBN: 9781554072781 1554072786
OCLC Number: 162106910
Description: 192 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction --
History of climbing --
Climbing greats --
Access and conservation --
Getting started: Styles of climbing --
Instruction and organizations --
Games climbers play --
Grades and guidebooks --
Rock types --
Types of climbing: Climbing gyms --
Sport climbing --
Bouldering --
Adventure climbing --
Equipment: What to wear --
Footwear --
Harnesses --
Climbing ropes --
Protection equipment --
Belaying and rappelling devices --
Fixed equipment --
Advanced and specialized equipment --
Essential safety skills: Knots, bends and hitches --
Tying in --
Types of anchors --
Constructing safe belays --
Belay methods --
Top-roping safely --
Belaying procedures for lead climbing outdoors --
Learning to lead --
Using fixed protection and quickdraws --
Sport climbing safely --
Placing and removing protection --
Advanced protection techniques --
Rope handling and rope systems --
Protecting the second climber --
Key techniques: Body position and balance --
Using the feet effectively --
Handholds --
Laybacking and stemming --
Finger and hand crack climbing --
Chimneys and off-widths --
Overhangs and steep walls --
Climbing slabs --
Dynamic moves, rock-ons and manteling --
Lock-offs, flagging and Egyptian moves --
Resting and conserving energy --
Improve your strength and skill: Aerobic fitness and endurance --
Strength and power --
Flexibility --
Training schedules and nutrition --
Psychological preparation --
Masterclass: Developing style with John Dunne --
Learn from experience with Jim Donini --
Climbing trips with Jeremy Colenso and Rachel Kelsey --
Descending and ascending: Rigging a rappel --
Descending the rope --
Safety procedures for rappelling --
Ascending a rope --
Emergency procedures: Avoiding problems --
Falling --
Locking off a belay device and escaping the system --
Retrievable rappels and rescue descents --
Lowering and hoisting --
Five common problems and how to solve them --
First aid --
Specialized climbing: Competition climbing --
Artificial climbing --
Big-wall climbing --
Beyond rock --
Where to climb: Boulder, Colorado, U.S. --
Red Rocks, Nevada, U.S. --
Yosemite, U.S. --
Squamish, Canada --
The Alps, Europe --
Verdon Gorge, France --
Costa Blanca, Spain --
Sardinia, Italy --
North Wales, U.K. --
Arapiles, Australia --
Reference: Climbing development --
Glossary --
Index --
Acknowledgments.
Responsibility: Steve Long.

Abstract:

More than 300,000 North Americans call themselves rock climbers. The thrilling pastime of rock climbing includes a number of variations such as free climbing, roped climbing, adventure climbing, and bouldering. The Climbing Handbook covers them all in an exceptionally comprehensive guide designed for climbers of any level of experience. From the basics for beginners to techniques and tactics for more advanced climbers, this book provides the tools to maximize the climber's experience. With more than 350 color photographs and easy-to-understand diagrams, this essential guide combines step-by-step exercises with practice programs that will allow climbers to safely explore all aspects of the sport. Topics include: Choosing the right equipment; key grips and techniques; essential safety skills; ascending and descending; strategies for difficult climbs; avoiding problems; rescues and safety procedures; building strength and skills; competition and specialized climbing; and where to climb around the world. With comprehensive information, insider tips from the world's climbing experts, and a user-friendly format, The Climbing Handbook is an essential guide for all rock climbers.

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