The Freedom of the Hills

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The latest edition of the classic guide to mountaineering describes fundamental climbing skills; discusses rock, snow, and ice climbing techniques; recommends clothing and equipment; gives advice on safety and first aid; and includes a new section on waterfall ice and mixed climbing. Simultaneous.

Publisher: Seattle, WA : Mountaineers Books, [2017]
Edition: 9th edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781680510034
Characteristics: 603 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Mountaineers (Society)
Alternative Title: Freedom of the hills


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Nov 09, 2017

I've read two Bibles, cover to cover.
One subdued my innocent curiosity, as I was shamed to interpret it in ways devout "authorities" only feigned to embrace.
But this one inspired my Wonder, instilled a responsibility....
and introduced me to a fellowship of principled character.
"Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills" sets the standard as thee first reference, for anyone yearning to explore vertical worlds.
This book imparts much more than KNOWLEDGE.
A mountain is a pile of risks. To climb it with aplomb, is not an act of bravado or conquest.
Understanding mountaineering, from its history to its science, imbues in a climber the respect that is required to calculate those risks. Weighing them successfully with a rational problem-solving acuity, is an acquired skill only attainable by a commitment to be informed, prepared and having an extremely patient, humbled attitude.
Exercising the intent of each carefully crafted chapter.
You must first learn to recognize the limitations of your abilities and judgement, where your pride would prefer you not make such distinctions.
After all, enjoying a mountain, whether a summit is attained or not, means arriving back safely to the lowlands, healthier and wiser than when you began it's ascent, so you can climb again another day...
and return to that magnificence of a lofty perspective.
Ingmar Bergman once said:
"Climbing a mountain is like growing old.
The higher you climb...the more breathless and tired you become.
But.......the grander the view."


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