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5.0 out of 5 stars READ this book before leaving home..., Feb. 25 2011
Fantastic information about mountain climbing, rock climbing, equipment, readiness and everything else you need to learn BEFORE heading out on the trails or mountains. Absolutely priceless and a MUST READ for all who enjoy or want to enjoy the mountains..
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Absolute Pinnacle of Mountaineering Information, Nov. 12 2010
This review is from: Mountaineering Freedom Of the Hills: 50th Anniversary 1960 - 2010, 8th Edition (Paperback)
With over 1/2 a million copies sold, Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills truly is "the bible" of safe and efficient climbing. With the book measuring in at over one inch thick, it would be impossible to accurately give it justice in the space provided here. Therefore, I'll hit the highlights. The 6th edition, which I have, is divided up into 6 parts:

-outdoor fundamentals...covers things such as clothing/equipment/land nav/food

-climbing fundamentals...knot tying/rappelling info

-rock climbing...footholds/shoes/leading on rock

-snow, ice, and Alpine climbing...the in's and outs of ice and snow climbs (includes various rescues)

-emergency prevention and response...leading in a crisis situation/first aid

-the mountain enviroment..mountain geology/snow cycles/cloud types (neat pics!!)

The book ends with a nice list of additional reading (like you'd really need to with all the info in this book!). As you can see, there's really one word to describe this book- COMPLETE. So, if you're looking for a mountaineering resource to put on your shelf for when some questions come to mind- GET IT! Also recommend Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff if you have a shoulder problem that interferes with your climbing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on mountaineering, Jan. 20 2012
This review is from: Mountaineering Freedom Of the Hills: 50th Anniversary 1960 - 2010, 8th Edition (Paperback)
I was adviced by different outdoor publications that this book is the best on this subject and it's true.
The book has all the advices and information you need to hike and climb mountains.
I am just doing a 3 day mountaineering course (practice cource) and I found the book helpfull in understanding many of the things.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!, May 4 2014
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This review is from: Mountaineering Freedom Of the Hills: 50th Anniversary 1960 - 2010, 8th Edition (Paperback)
Great book! Does not substitute for hands on training though. Great reference and teaching. Arguably the bible of mountaineering. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, March 9 2014
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This review is from: Mountaineering Freedom Of the Hills: 50th Anniversary 1960 - 2010, 8th Edition (Paperback)
I love how detailed this book is. There is a lot of information about mountaineering and climbing in general. The section on anchoring is especially detailed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic., Jan. 17 2014
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This review is from: Mountaineering Freedom Of the Hills: 50th Anniversary 1960 - 2010, 8th Edition (Paperback)
I had an earlier edition of this book years ago and decided to check out the updated version. The topics are covered thoroughly without coming off as preachy or overly cautious. I'll definitely be keeping my hands on this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, Nov. 11 2011
This review is from: Mountaineering Freedom Of the Hills: 50th Anniversary 1960 - 2010, 8th Edition (Paperback)
This book covers the fundamentals of mountaineering. It is very detailed, and this makes it a double edged sword. On one hand, anyone from an amateur scrambler to a seasoned back-country guide will find the information contained in "Mountaineering..." useful at some level. However, this detail can be overwhelming and at times even confusing. Bottom line; essential mountaineering book often in conjunction with other sources. Remember there is no substitute for firsthand experience.
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Mountaineering Freedom Of the Hills: 50th Anniversary 1960 - 2010,  8th Edition
Mountaineering Freedom Of the Hills: 50th Anniversary 1960 - 2010, 8th Edition by The Mountaineers Books (Paperback - Sept. 9 2010)
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