Mountaineering, The Freedom Of The Hills


Mountaineering, The Freedom Of The Hills
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Mountaineering, The Freedom Of The Hills
Manufacturer The Mountaineers
Page By Alan Ellis
Page Type Jan 22, 2007 / Jan 23, 2007
Object ID 1866
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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 Ellis - Jan 22, 2007 3:19 pm - Voted 5/5

The best...
...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.

sich - Jan 24, 2007 7:15 pm - Voted 5/5

Excellent book..
This book is sooo good, that even has its wikipedia article:

Dustiano - Jan 25, 2007 4:05 pm - Voted 5/5

Thorough and interesting
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.

Dan the Jones - Jan 25, 2007 6:10 pm - Voted 5/5

every subject needed for the beginner to the expert to take thier skills up a notch. Comprehensive through and complete.

packet - Jan 25, 2007 6:30 pm - Hasn't voted

The classic.
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.

Dean - Jan 29, 2007 2:13 am - Voted 5/5

Amazing longevity
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.

MelbaToast - Jan 31, 2007 5:42 am - Voted 5/5

A Must Read
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.

skotty - Feb 1, 2007 7:32 pm - Hasn't voted

Again; A must read
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.

Poor Climber - Feb 7, 2007 7:14 pm - Voted 5/5

A Great place to start!
This is a great book to read when starting out! Get it, read it, and apply it!

skagitteam - Feb 9, 2007 6:53 pm - Voted 5/5

I first bought this book ten years ago, and I still refer to it on a regular basis.

agreenstreet - Feb 15, 2007 8:14 am - Hasn't voted

A great foundation!
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.

camerona91 - Feb 20, 2007 1:49 am - Voted 5/5

Great resource
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.

BSPclimber - Feb 25, 2007 12:55 am - Hasn't voted

The best
This is the most comprehensive book on mountaineering that I have ever seen. Many climbing courses use this as their textbook, with good reason.

J.J. - Mar 15, 2007 6:27 am - Hasn't voted

True dat!!!
I fully agree with all previous reviews. Hands down a MUST HAVE for anyone and everyone interested in the, well.........Freedom of the Hills!!

hundy - Mar 20, 2007 9:13 pm - Voted 5/5

The Best
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.

Bill Reed - Mar 28, 2007 12:00 am - Voted 5/5

Great book
I agree with the previous reviewers. Highly recommend it!

UncleBob - Apr 10, 2007 12:09 pm - 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.

2skinners - Jun 28, 2007 5:15 pm - Hasn't voted

Worth the money
Endless source of information. Worth picking up!

mtybumpo - Aug 21, 2007 2:00 am - Voted 5/5

Bible of the Mountains
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.

AltitudeSickness - Jan 7, 2008 1:15 am - Voted 5/5

The Best Source
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.

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