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Alpine Climbing: Techniques To Take You Higher

Alpine Climbing:  Techniques To Take You Higher

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Object Title: Alpine Climbing: Techniques To Take You Higher

Manufacturer: Mark Houston, Kathy Cosley

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Page By: lisae

Created/Edited: Jan 26, 2007 / Aug 17, 2007

Object ID: 2199

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Product Description

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.

Pages: 272
Publication date: 10/20/2004
Publisher: The Mountaineers Books
ISBN: 0-89886-749-5
Price: $21.95



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lisaeA Good Book!

Voted 5/5

I bought this book because I know and greatly admire Kathy Cosley, not because I am an alpine climber. However, I still learned a good deal reading it, especially in the sections pertaining to the decision making process. I recommend it without reservation.
Posted Jan 26, 2007 3:09 am

skottyLove this one

Voted 4/5

This book is a great next-level mountaineering book. First read "Mountaineering, Freedom Of The Hills" to get a comprehensive intro to all aspects of mountaineering, second, go out and mess around on various moderate terrain to try out some of the skills, and third, read "Alpine Climbing: Techniques To Take You Higher" for some great intermediate level skills and tips (the practice tips are very good).
Posted Feb 1, 2007 7:26 pm

packetGood book.

Hasn't voted

Doesn't really cover the high altitude stuff all that well, but covers intermediate techniques pretty well and how to practice. Well worth the price.
Posted Feb 4, 2007 5:23 pm

Darren9My favorite text

Hasn't voted

This book is my favorite go-to book when I need to see how the pros do it. It is more up to date than Freedom of the Hills, less extreme than Mark Twight, and more in line with the types of climbing common in mid-latitude peaks such as the Sierra, Alps, and Cascades, where many of us spend a vast majority of our time. It has very practical, useful, and well described information on climbing more efficiently and safely. I teach mountaineering to my friends quite often and this is the book I always recommend.
Posted Mar 4, 2010 3:27 am

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