Extreme Alpinism


Extreme Alpinism
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Extreme Alpinism
Manufacturer Mark F. Twight (The Mountaineers Books)
Page By Alpinist
Page Type Mar 20, 2007 / Mar 31, 2007
Object ID 2889
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Product Description

Big, high routes at the edge of a climber's ability are not the places for inventing technique or relying on old habits. Complacency can lead to fatal errors. So where does the hard-core aspirant or dreamer turn? The only master class in print, Extreme Alpinism delivers an expert dose of reality and practical techniques for advanced climbers.

Focusing on how top alpine climbers approach the world's most difficult routes, Twight centers his instruction on the ethos of climbing the hardest routes with the least amount of gear and the most speed. Throughout, Twight makes it clear that the two things he refuses to compromise are safety and his climbing ethics. In addition to the extensive chapters on advanced techniques and skills, Twight also discusses mental preparedness and attitude; strength and cardiovascular training; good nutrition; and tips on equipment and clothing.

Product Details

Price: $27.95
Paperback: 238 pages
Publisher: Mountaineers Books; 1st ed edition (September 1999)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0898866545
ISBN-13: 978-0898866544
Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.3 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds



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UncleBob - Mar 21, 2007 2:13 am - Voted 5/5

Ground breaking
Freedom of the hills it's not.
This book was definately one of the most influential texts i've ever read, period. It eschews talking about tying one handed clove hitches and other stupid guide tricks to give you a peak into the mind, and more importantly the soul, of a person who is acutely afflicted with alpine disease, and forces you to think long and hard if you want to stare into the abyss that waits for you beyond the summit.

Augie Medina - Nov 6, 2007 8:31 pm - Hasn't voted

What A Volume
What a superb combination of nitty-gritty detail on training (mental and physical), nutrition, equipment, clothing and strategy combined with a "big picture" philosophy on climbing big mountains. The color photos in themselves are virtually worth the price of the book. Finally, the "cautionary tales" interspersed within the chapters are entertaining and instructional. Even if you never aspire to do the type of climbing that Twight does, this book is a valuable resource for even the more recreationally-oriented climber/mountaineer.

Pete Castricone - Sep 6, 2008 11:05 am - Hasn't voted

Twight's Insanity
This is a great read and insight into the mind of a possibly insane mountaineer. Of course, that's my opinion. Twight's experience is beyond anything a simple mortal would ever attempt and so holds the thrilling achievements to which lesser mountaineers aspire.

This book is an exciting read and contains highlights of Twight's experience and amazing photos. It is not a guidebook or a biography. So far, this is my favorite mountaineering book.

dfrancom - Oct 18, 2008 10:15 pm - Voted 5/5

I couldn't agree more with all the comments so far.. I am only a baby in the amount of experiences I have in Mountaineering, but this book has given me real understanding of what price I will have to pay to even try this kind of climbing.. Realistic and fantastic!!

Andrew Rankine - Sep 14, 2013 12:32 am - Hasn't voted

A real mentor
This book is not just a guidebook like Freedom of the Hills. It is a series of lectures from a world-renowned alpinist. Many do things differently, and instead of the traditional in most books, Twight shows us the cutting edge from his own perspective. Agree or disagree with things like gore-tex (or lack of it) but there is a lot to learn from here.

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