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Knots & Ropes for Climbers [Paperback]

Duane Raleigh
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Jan. 1 1998 Outdoor and Nature
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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Knots without the pain Jan. 22 2002
This is a great book for the beginning rock climber, or those like me who tried it in their youth and are returning to the sport. Mr. Raleigh shares some very insightful points to the knots one should rely on for their own safety, and takes you through the more complicated variations on the essential themes.
The illustrations by Mike Clelland are great! The text is exact, precise, and exactly what you need to read to get the most out of your bouldering, rappelling, or mountaineering experience!
Mr. Raleigh takes you through the essential knots, then the terminology, various starter knots their importance, a treatment on rope care, protocols for being on the rope, webbing, and experiences on doing air time when the proper protection technique was not chosen for a pitch.
This book is a must have for the library, for learning, or for reference. Bravo, I wish this one was around 20 years ago
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I'm happy to hear that Mr. Williams (dangerous information, January 15, 2000) suffered little more than discomfort and frustration at the hands of his Prusik and surviving, gained useful experience in the process. Let his lapse reinforce the quality of both the advice given and your ability to synthesize and apply it.
Page 46: "If you use the Prusik to back up a rappel, make sure the sling that attaches the Prusik to the harness is short and always within easy reach. At least one climber has died because his sling was too long and locked up out of reach, stranding him on rappel."
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1.0 out of 5 stars dangerous information Jan. 15 2003
I really liked the book, the drawings are great and the words are fun. I was rappeling not too long ago using the prusik to make me safe like they do on the cover of the book. The prusik tightened onto the rope just at the end of my reach, and I was hanging from the one loop around my leg. It was really uncomfortable and it took me a long time to get free. I asked a guide friend and he showed me two much safer ways to do the setup. Now I have to wonder if the book has more dangerous mistakes, because this one was on the front cover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best knot book for climbers! Oct. 24 2001
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There are a number of knot books, and this is the best! The illustrations are the best and in a brief volume rope care is also addressed. While I like most of the books in the "How to (Rock) Climb" series, their knot book illustrations are not as clear as this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, Straightforward Book April 28 2002
This is a really excellent book of knots for climbers. No nonsense, very clear, easy to figure out illustrations (really Mike Clelland is possibly the best, to say nothing of his great cartoons). The exceptional thing about this book of knots is the explanations that go with the knots. Lucid and well-written. The why, wherefore and, even in some cases why NOT...of a knot. It's not just a collection of a large number of knots you could use and have at it sort of thing. Since there are not that many that a climber truly needs (or wants), this book's it. Esoteric knots and decoratives are great, but beyond the scope for climbers.This one's really all you need.
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