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Close Calls: Climbing Mishaps & Near-Death Experiences
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Close Calls: Climbing Mishaps & Near-Death Experiences

Close Calls: Climbing Mishaps & Near-Death Experiences

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Close Calls: Climbing Mishaps & Near-Death Experiences

Manufacturer: John Long (Falcon)

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Page By: Augie Medina

Created/Edited: Jul 24, 2007 / Jun 2, 2015

Object ID: 3566

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Product Description

Renowned climber John Long presents 68 stories of climbers whose mishaps could have resulted in the proverbial “dirt nap” but who lived to tell their tales. The author takes the basic fact narrative of each incident and recounts it with a generous humorous overtone. But apart from entertainment value, Long also analyzes what caused the problem and comments on how the situation could have been prevented. So there is a great deal of instructional information that emerges out of these stories.

These stories will refresh the climber how easy it is to let your guard down. But even the non-climber will enjoy this book for the combination of the drama of the close call and the hilarity injected by the author’s story-telling style.

Product Details

Price: $12.95
Paperback: 170 pages with illustrations
Author: John Long
Publisher: Falcon
Year of Publication: 1999
Language: English
ISBN: 1-56044-762-1



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Augie MedinaFunny and Instructive

Voted 5/5

This little volume is a combination of seriousness and great humor. Although recounting near-death experiences, Long’s style will have you laughing out loud in many places. One thing that comes through loud and clear is that you can never be too careful when engaged in an activity like climbing, whether it’s big walls or single-pitch routes. As Long illustrates, even elite climbers make basic mistakes sometimes.

Long’s “Commentary” and “Prevention” sections which come with each chapter contain information ranging from basic common sense (climbing and drug or alcohol use is a bad combination; don’t climb a big wall with someone who has never climbed before) to more technically useful information (avoiding common mistakes in rappelling or in anchor building). The cartoon illustrations really add luster to the humorous undertone of this book.
Posted Jul 24, 2007 7:56 pm

lisaeI enjoyed reading

Voted 5/5

this book! Long is a great story teller and Tami Knight's cartoons are always funny.
Posted Oct 3, 2007 9:55 pm

silversummitShort and sweet

Voted 5/5

This is one of the several mountain type books I bought from Book Closeouts without an idea of what kind of read it would be. Turns out that by about the fourth short story I was chuckling and enjoying the ironic words of wisdom. The old climbing lingo came back to me and I found myself wanting more by the last page!

There is probably an example in this book of almost every obvious mistake that can be made along with a couple of really unbelievable things. I especially enjoyed "Violet" who managed to get her elbow jammed in a crack and just after her partner headed for help she remembered that she could use lip balm to carry out a self rescue. Lots of humor, sound advice and even a few vocabulary words to remind you of your SAT study days.
Posted Jan 13, 2009 10:34 pm

stephogot it a library recently

Voted 5/5

lots of the stories are both funny and educational.
Posted Aug 14, 2009 10:12 pm

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