The Freedom of the Hills

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Baker & Taylor
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 that others 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 a first reference, for anyone yearning to explore the vertical world.
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 against a rational problem-solving acuity, is an acquired skill only attainable by a commitment to be informed and an extremely patient attitude.
After all, enjoying a summit means returning home to the lowlands.........
healthier and wiser than when you began the ascent.
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."
And he wasn't referring to just the scenery.


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