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The Climbing Handbook
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More than 300,000 North Americans call themselves rock climbers.

The thrilling pastime of rock climbing includes a number of variations such as free climbing, roped climbing, adventure climbing, and bouldering. The Climbing Handbook covers them all in an exceptionally comprehensive guide designed for climbers of any level of experience.

From the basics for beginners to techniques and tactics for more advanced climbers, this book provides the tools to maximize the climber's experience. With more than 350 color photographs and easy-to-understand diagrams, this essential guide combines step-by-step exercises with practice programs that will allow climbers to safely explore all aspects of the sport.

Topics include:

  • Choosing the right equipment
  • Key grips and techniques
  • Essential safety skills
  • Ascending and descending
  • Strategies for difficult climbs
  • Avoiding problems
  • Rescues and safety procedures
  • Building strength and skills
  • Competition and specialized climbing
  • Where to climb around the world.

With comprehensive information, insider tips from the world's climbing experts, and a user-friendly format, The Climbing Handbook is an essential guide for all rock climbers.

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About the Author

Steve Long is a professional climbing instructor and qualified International Mountain Guide. He writes articles on climbing for magazines such as Mountain, On the Edge, Climber, Summit and Going Places.

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