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The Mountaineering Handbook


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Part 1: Mountaineering 1. Introduction Who's It For? 2. Let's Go Climbing Together Get Your Head Ready Get Your Skills Ready Fast and Light Get Your Body Ready Get Your Gear Ready Get Started Base Camp The Alpine Start The Approach The Climb Onto the Rock Retreat Be Resourceful Be Tough Have Fun Part 2: The Approach 3. Moving Fast on the Trail On the Approach On the Climb 4. Wilderness Navigation Navigation with Maps Handy Navigation Features Resorting to Your Compass Altimeters New-School Mapping GPS and UTM Estimating Travel Time Lost Another Way of Navigating 5. Mountain Hazards Rockfall and Icefall Rain River Crossings Lightning Avalanche Altitude Heat and Cold Sun and UV 6. Mountain Weather What You Already Know Clouding the Picture When Weather Gets a Lift Climatology Predicting Mountain Weather Using Local Observations Lifting the Fog 7. The Alpine Start Why Start Early Morning Begins at Sundown Turning Off the Lights The Dread Bivouac Part 3: Rock 8. Climb Rating Systems Climb with Class The YDS Ice with That? Making the Grade What Does All This Mean to Mountaineers? 9. Your Climbing Rope The Basics Single, Half, Twin What Specs Are Unimportant? What Specs Matter? Recommendations for Mountaineering Ropes Handling and Caring for Your Rope 10. Equipment for Rock Climbing Climbing Harness Belay/Rappel Brakes Helmet Carabiners Runners and Slings Cordelette Protection Hardware Nut Tool Rap Ring Knife 11. Climbing Forces Physics 001 Static Forces Dynamic Forces and Leader Falls Real-World Influences on Fall Forces Strength of Safety-System Components Force Multiplication 12. Anchors Tying In Simple Anchors Complex Anchors What's a Mountaineer to Do? 13. Rappelling Get Connected Rappel Anchors Getting Started Joining Two Ropes for Rappelling Final Preparations Self-Belay While Rappelling Cast Off As You Alight Last Is Best Freeing a Stuck Rope 14. Climbing on Rock Preliminaries Belaying the Leader Leading Climbing Placing Pro Belaying the Second Seconding Changeover Moving Fast on Rock Part 4: Snow and Ice 15. Equipment for Snow and Ice Climbing Mountaineering Ax Crampons Snowshoes Trekking Poles Pulkke Goggles Shovel Protection Hardware and Personal Gear 16. Climbing Snow and Ice Ascending Snow Crampon Techniques Mountaineering Ax Techniques Descending Roped Travel on Snow Climbing with Protection Moving Fast on Snow Climbing Ice Part 5: Base Camp Basics 17. Lightweight Mountaineering Step Lightly 18. Equipment for Base Camp Boots and Shoes Backpacks Clothing Systems Shelter Systems Sleeping Systems Fuel and Stoves Ten Essentials Rethought for Mountaineering First-Aid Kit Non-Essentials Ten Essentials for Cooking Water Purification 19. Performance Nutrition for Mountaineers Calorie Consumption Partial Repletion Is Best Hydration Electrolyte Repletion Calories on the Go Throwing Fat on the Fire Protein--You Eat What You Are Reality Nutrition and Altitude A Dog's Breakfast Nutrition on the Go Get Started as Soon as You Stop Repletion Starts with Water Then Total Calories Reality Dining--Again Catching Up on Electrolytes Nutritional Supplements Sports Supplements Vegetarian Mountaineers 20. Training for Mountaineering Follow the Training Advice of German Existentialist Philosophers VO2max--The Measure of Aerobic Fitness Percentage of VO2max--The Measure of Your Personal Aerobic Exercise Intensity Heart Rate--The Measure for Most of Us How Long Does Training Take? At What Intensity Should I Train? What Aerobic Exercises Work for Mountaineers? Strength Training Persistence Mental Training 21. Wilderness First Aid Wilderness First-Aid Instruction First-Aid Kit Shocking Takeaway Example Psychological First Aid 22. Protecting the Natural Environment Leave No Trace Access Be Like Ed Part 6: Advanced Techniques 23. Lightweight Ropes Rappelling Belaying the Leader on a Thin Rope Belaying the Second Releasing an Autoblock 24. Roped Parties Simul-Climbing Fixed Ropes Rappelling by a Group 25. Self-Rescue Think Ahead Plan Your Escape Ascending Pulley Systems Assisted Descending Evacuation 26. Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue How They Get That Way Organizing the Rope Team Off We Go Safe Camping When Luck Runs Out Part 7: The Human Dimensions of Mountaineering 27. Human Factors and Not Technical Factors? Risk Management and Decision Making Controlling Fear Leadership Emergency Response 28. Why Do We Do It? Travel Solo Travel with Charlie Appendix A. Additional Skills Appendix B. Resources Appendix C. Glossary Index

About the Author

Craig Connally is in his third decade of mountaineering, ski mountaineering, and climbing rock and ice. He climbs with instructors and guides and has mentored beginning climbers. A contributor to the Sierra Club's Leader Reference Book, he has given presentations on GPS, ski mountaineering, avalanche avoidance and rescue, map and compass use, and other trekking and mountaineering topics. An engineering manager in the entertainment industry, he brings an analytical eye and a clear and entertaining writing style to this handbook of mountaineering. Hometown: Alhambra, CA

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