This book is an intermediate-level guide, according to the publisher, The Mountain Press. It covers the tools, techniques and skills needed for alpine climbing. The book assumes you have some rock climbing knowledge and skills; therefore it discusses these skills in relation to the alpine environment.
Between them, the authors have more than 30 years of alpine climbing experience. This experience has convinced them that "mastery and safety" depend on knowing when and where use a particular skill or technique. This book address this, teaching decision making skills. There are many scenarios that illustrate their points.
Kathy was the first person to be certified by the AMGA as both a rock and an Alpine Guide. In addition, she is certified as a Ski Mountaineer Guide. Mark has the same certifications. They are also qualified as UIAGM Mountain Guides and have joined the French Guide Association, Syndicat National des Guides de Montagne.
Publication date: 10/20/2004
Publisher: The Mountaineers Books