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what is the best book for beginner of rock climbing?

Postby ammar » Thu Feb 16, 2012 6:00 am

hi members,

I m new here nd from Pakistan.
as i m a new climber nd jst started rock climbing so i want a Book that teachs me all the basics of rock climbing clearly and with examples of informative photos and diagrams.
plz suggest me a book,i will be very thankful to you.

regards,Ammar siddiqui
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Re: what is the best book for beginner of rock climbing?

Postby ExcitableBoy » Thu Feb 16, 2012 2:53 pm

Freedom of the Hills, 8th Edition. Published by the Seattle Mountaineers
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Re: what is the best book for beginner of rock climbing?

Postby GlacierCountry » Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:18 pm

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Re: what is the best book for beginner of rock climbing?

Postby DrGranola » Thu Feb 16, 2012 5:19 pm

Look for an indoor climbing gym that offers a climbing 101 class (or equivalent) while you read Freedom of the Hills cover to cover.
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Re: what is the best book for beginner of rock climbing?

Postby Rob » Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:22 pm

DrGranola wrote:Look for an indoor climbing gym that offers a climbing 101 class (or equivalent) while you read Freedom of the Hills cover to cover.


Unfortunately for him, there's probably no climbing gyms in Pakistan. But they have some big rocks to climb! :)
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Re: what is the best book for beginner of rock climbing?

Postby geeyore » Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:07 am

Basic Rockcraft and Advanced Rockcraft by Royal Robbins, although I have no idea how you might obtain them in Pakistan.

http://www.amazon.com/Basic-Rockcraft-R ... 0910856346
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Re: what is the best book for beginner of rock climbing?

Postby ammar » Fri Feb 17, 2012 3:06 am

Rob wrote:
DrGranola wrote:Look for an indoor climbing gym that offers a climbing 101 class (or equivalent) while you read Freedom of the Hills cover to cover.


Unfortunately for him, there's probably no climbing gyms in Pakistan. But they have some big rocks to climb! :)


haha yeah Rob u say totally right here's probably no any climbing gym,actually almost all Pakistanis like Cricket nd they mostly interested in this game, b t w yeah here's so many big Rockssss :)
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Re: what is the best book for beginner of rock climbing?

Postby ammar » Fri Feb 17, 2012 3:25 am

geeyore wrote:Basic Rockcraft and Advanced Rockcraft by Royal Robbins, although I have no idea how you might obtain them in Pakistan.

http://www.amazon.com/Basic-Rockcraft-R ... 0910856346


thanks geeyore i have read some reviews about these books and it seems great. b t w I have a friend in Chicago so i can buy through him.

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Re: what is the best book for beginner of rock climbing?

Postby DrGranola » Fri Feb 17, 2012 3:49 am

Missed the 'Pakistan' part... However, this is a great book in addition to Freedom of the Hills

http://www.rei.com/product/716826/rock- ... sic-skills
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Re: what is the best book for beginner of rock climbing?

Postby ammar » Fri Feb 17, 2012 6:11 pm

DrGranola wrote:Missed the 'Pakistan' part... However, this is a great book in addition to Freedom of the Hills

http://www.rei.com/product/716826/rock- ... sic-skills


you always welcome in my beautiful home land :) come here and climb some challenging peaks!
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Re: what is the best book for beginner of rock climbing?

Postby pygmalion » Thu Mar 22, 2012 6:01 pm

A nice climbing book for beginner's is the following:

The Climbing Handbook: The Complete Guide to Safe and Exciting Rock Climbing
Steve Long - Firefly Books; 2007
http://www.amazon.com/The-Climbing-Handbook-Complete-Exciting/dp/1554072786/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1332439131&sr=1-1


If you can't find it, I'll bring it over next time I'm in Pakistan.
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Re: what is the best book for beginner of rock climbing?

Postby DrGranola » Fri Mar 23, 2012 1:15 am

Would love to get to see that part of the world someday!
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Re: what is the best book for beginner of rock climbing?

Postby Diggler » Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:37 pm

Freedom of the Hills is excellent, & has a great deal more than just rock climbing (snow climbing, ice climbing, mountain weather, first aid, glacier travel & crevasse rescue, .....).

A good guide for more specifically rock climbing is 'How to Rock Climb,' by John Long: http://www.amazon.com/How-Rock-Climb-4th/dp/0762724714

While out of print (I think), & not seen too much these days, Royal Robbins' books (Basic & Advanced Rockcraft) are also quite good.
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