Detailed illustrations and instructions for tying over 30 climbing knots Guidelines on when and when not to use each knot Expert tips on the selection, care, and handling of climbing ropes Knots, like life, are slippery devils, says Duane Raleigh. One wrong turn and the whole thing can fall apart on you. Fortunately, as Raleigh demonstrates in Knots & Ropes for Climbers, we are able to practice the knots. Step-by-step diagrams and easy-to-follow directions explain the how-tos of knot tying, as well as the characteristics and uses for each knot. Rope maintenance is also explained in detail, as are the best methods of packing, unpacking, and transporting ropes. Written in an entertaining style, this guide to the fundamentals of rope tying and care will help climbers and outdoor enthusiasts of any level appreciate the importance of safe, practiced ropework. Duane Raleigh, the editor of Climbing magazine, has climbed extensively throughout the U.S. He has written three other books on climbing and climbing gear. He lives near Marble, Colorado.