Mountaineering, The Freedom Of The Hills
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Mountaineering, The Freedom Of The Hills

Mountaineering, The Freedom Of The Hills

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Object Title: Mountaineering, The Freedom Of The Hills

Manufacturer: The Mountaineers

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Page By: Alan Ellis

Created/Edited: Jan 22, 2007 / Jan 23, 2007

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Product Description

(From the Publisher)

Since publication of the first edition in 1961, Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills has endured as the classic mountaineering text. Novice climbers use it as a primer; veterans use it to review their skills. Translated into five languages, it has instructed and inspired more than half a million climbers from all over the world. The fully updated seventh edition maintains the same high standard for complete, authoritative instruction in an easy-to-use format.

From choosing equipment to how to tie a particular knot, from basic rappelling technique to planning an expedition, it's all here in this essential mountaineering reference. Continued evolution of the sport ensures that climbers who own previous editions will need to "upgrade" to the new seventh edition. The chapter on aid climbing, for example, has been substantially rewritten to include new aid techniques and equipment. A new chapter has been added to meet the rising popularity of waterfall ice and mixed climbing.

The more than thirty contributors to Freedom 7 (7th Edition) are all active climbers who regularly use and teach the skills about which they write. This book is the resource trusted by climbers the world over.

The Mountaineers Club, based in Seattle, Washington, was founded in 1906. It is now the third largest outdoor recreation club of its kind in the United States, with nearly 15,000 members. The Mountaineers sponsors both classes and year-round outdoor activities, which include hiking, climbing, ski touring, snowshoeing, kayaking, canoeing, and more.

Paperback or Hardback: 575 pages
Publisher: Mountaineers Books; 7 edition (September 2003)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0898868289
ISBN-13: 978-0898868289

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Alan EllisThe best...

Voted 5/5

...mountaineering textbook on the planet. This is the how-to of climbing, mountaineering, etc. A continual reference no matter what your experience level. Highly recommended.
Posted Jan 22, 2007 3:19 pm

sichExcellent book..

Voted 5/5

This book is sooo good, that even has its wikipedia article:
Posted Jan 24, 2007 7:15 pm

DustianoThorough and interesting

Voted 5/5

The matter covered in the book (v.7) is not only very complete, but executed in an interesting manner as well. Great diagrams and pictures. A must for anyone from novice to expert.
Posted Jan 25, 2007 4:05 pm

Dan the JonesEncompassing

Voted 5/5

every subject needed for the beginner to the expert to take thier skills up a notch. Comprehensive through and complete.
Posted Jan 25, 2007 6:10 pm

packetThe classic.

Hasn't voted

Everyone who thinks about getting into any sort of climbing should pick up this book. It is the one book that you can mention to any climber around the world and they'll instantly know what you're talking about.
Posted Jan 25, 2007 6:30 pm

DeanAmazing longevity

Voted 5/5

This book was around when I started climbing and each new edition picks up all the changes and upgrades that occur in this sport we call "Mountaineering" It is simply the best information source on climbing ever compiled. I need to get my copy out and refresh myself once again. Thanks Mountaineers, you've done us all a service.
Posted Jan 29, 2007 2:13 am

MelbaToastA Must Read

Voted 5/5

I read it cover to cover and still go back to it. If you want to know how to do something, this is the book.
Posted Jan 31, 2007 5:42 am

skottyAgain; A must read

Hasn't voted

This book is the starting point and a great reference book that gets repeated use. It offers a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of mountaineering; read all of it, then go back and review it.

As side note: I found it very helpful to suplement this book with many skill specific books; especially safety related books.
Posted Feb 1, 2007 7:32 pm

Poor ClimberA Great place to start!

Voted 5/5

This is a great book to read when starting out! Get it, read it, and apply it!
Posted Feb 7, 2007 7:14 pm


Voted 5/5

I first bought this book ten years ago, and I still refer to it on a regular basis.
Posted Feb 9, 2007 6:53 pm

agreenstreetA great foundation!

Hasn't voted

This was the first mountaineering book that I bought and the one I learned out of (and still am).
I would agree with skotty that it is a good starting point but it is a good idea to supplement it with other books specific to different areas of climbing. The mountaineers also publish books that would do this really well. For example, Medicine: For Mountaineering and Other Wilderness Activities, is a great book to supplement the first aid section.
Posted Feb 15, 2007 8:14 am

camerona91Great resource

Voted 5/5

It is not really indepth on any single topic but covers so many different situations and techniques. It is invaluable as a reference and as a foundation of knowledge. Hands down the most complete book of its type. Anyone wishing to progress in mountaineering will need other books as well but this is the place to start.
Posted Feb 20, 2007 1:49 am

BSPclimberThe best

Hasn't voted

This is the most comprehensive book on mountaineering that I have ever seen. Many climbing courses use this as their textbook, with good reason.
Posted Feb 25, 2007 12:55 am

J.J.True dat!!!

Hasn't voted

I fully agree with all previous reviews. Hands down a MUST HAVE for anyone and everyone interested in the, well.........Freedom of the Hills!!
Posted Mar 15, 2007 6:27 am

hundyThe Best

Voted 5/5

This is the best book I have, I constantly find myself going to this book to get information. Everything you could possible need to know is in there. I wish I had gotten this book 5 years ago.
Posted Mar 20, 2007 9:13 pm

Bill ReedGreat book

Voted 5/5

I agree with the previous reviewers. Highly recommend it!
Posted Mar 28, 2007 12:00 am


Voted 4/5

This is a collection of tried-and-true techniques handed down by the generations. An indispensable reference guide but by no means the last word on montaineering.
Posted Apr 10, 2007 12:09 pm

2skinnersWorth the money

Hasn't voted

Endless source of information. Worth picking up!
Posted Jun 28, 2007 5:15 pm

mtybumpoBible of the Mountains

Voted 5/5

I thought I knew a lot about this subject until I got this book for Christmas a few years ago. It is amazing! i think the book that comes closest to it with regards to useful and crucial information would be the BSA's Fieldbook. If you want to go mountaineering you MUST have this book.
Posted Aug 21, 2007 2:00 am

AltitudeSicknessThe Best Source

Voted 5/5

Year after year, this book has been updated and improved. It is worth every cent of the price. What a great training manual! These guys have seen it and done it.
Posted Jan 7, 2008 1:15 am

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