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Climber's Handbook, The
Practical handbook for all types of climbing. Includes 300 illustrations of techniques, equipment, and locations.

Format Book Category Instructional
Title Climber's Handbook, The  Pages 160 
Author Garth Hattingh  RRP  
Publisher Stackpole Books  Reviews
Edition July 1998  Ave Rating ***** (4.50 of 5)


User Comments
This is about the best "instructional" book I've seen; going from
introduction to mountaineering. Packed with pictures, anecdotes, diagrams
and how-to examples, it's incredibly useful not only for the interested
person, but to photocopy & use (um...with permission...) when instructing
The main reason being, every topic is covered across a two page spread -
so you get an A3 poster with the key points for most things.
For example, in my University Outdoor club, when running intro to climbing
days I just hand out Garth's spread of the knots page for them to pin up at
their desk with a loop of cord to play with.
Gripes: there could be a bit more history, a bit more on the
impact/controversies (though some would say omission here is a positive)
and definitely needs to reference the photos - so many amazing features
with no idea which country, never mind crag, they're from!

It's definitely not the only book you'll need, but if you're looking for a
christmas present to help someone understand the basics (and not so
basics) of climbing - this would be my suggestion. 

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