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Rock Climbing: Mastering Basic Skills Paperback – May 12 2004

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The Mountaineers Books (May 12 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898867436
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898867435
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 17.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #175,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

CRAIG LUEBBEN guided professionally for more than twenty-five years. The author of Rock Climbing: Mastering Basic Skills and additional climbing titles, Craig also worked as a climbing guide and freelance climbing writer; writing pieces for magazines such as Climbing and Rock & Ice. Craig died in a tragic climbing accident in August of 2009 while climbing the Torment-Forbidden Traverse route, a mile-long Grade III rock and ice route that connects Mount Torment and Forbidden Peak. As a well respected member of the climbing community - via his writing and instruction - he is missed deeply by all who knew him.


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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa40b51c8) out of 5 stars 48 reviews
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HASH(0xa74e1318) out of 5 stars Basic climbing Skills in a clear and accessible format Jan. 12 2005
By moablisa - Published on Amazon.com
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Craig Luebben's new book represents a huge leap forward in climbing skills manuals. Though many excellent skills manuals exist (including Luebben's past works and the vaunted but unweildy Freedom of the Hills which goes beyond rock climbing into aplinism and mountaineering) this manual really sepetrates itself with its patient explanations and particularly with its photo instructions with added graphics for clarity. Many books of this genre have struggled with the clarity involved with diagramming knots and sysytems and Craig obviously went to great lengths to rectify this issue. The book is organized well and is easy to follow. It is nice to have these smaller manuals which focus on a specific discipline in the sport. As a climbing guide and instructor I am frequently asked to suggest learning manuals. This one will now be at the top of the list.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa31ed234) out of 5 stars Best basic book on rock climbing Jan. 1 2008
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Guide, author and climbing gear inventor Craig Luebben's book won a National Outdoor Book award and it's well deserved. For anyone taking up rock climbing, or wanting to bring their knowledge up-to-date this is the book to start with.

It's well organized and well-illustrated. Luebben starts the basics of pure climbing - footwork, holds and jams along with special climbing challenges like chimneys and off-widths (he's the Yoda of off-width climbing). Then he covers the gear you'll need like shoes, harness and ropes. He describes basic climber knots and working with ropes and slings. Then he talks about protection, natural and man-made.

He tells you how to build anchors and keep your partner safe with proper belaying technique. He covers top-roping, sport climbing and the basics of traditional climbing including the approach, route-finding, setting pro and the physics and psychology of leading.. Later chapters introduce multi-pitch free climbing, descending and rappelling, bouldering and training for climbing. The concluding chapter explains how to avoid turning your climb into an epic by learning basic self-rescue techniques.

This is by far the best, most up-to-date book on basic rock climbing. After you've read it (more than once) and practiced the skills he describes, get Luebben's book on building climbing anchors.

Bill Becher
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa354a240) out of 5 stars Excellent How-to Book for Climbers Feb. 8 2007
By E. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Buy it, read it, use it! Mastering Basic Skills should be purchased at the same time as one's first pair of rock shoes. This book is as comprehensive as Freedom of the Hills but written for the rock climbing niche. It delivers a full spectrum of skills and knowledge every climber should develop. From placing protection to footwork to knots and anchors to self-rescue techniques, it's in there. The way information is parceled makes the entire book easy to comprehend, and to consult topic by topic. It's illustrated throughout with crisp photos. Receiving the benefit of the author's guide experience is a bonus; he's added advanced tips and exercises, as well as his own insights. This makes the material less dry, more practical and personal.

If you've mastered everything in Mastering Basic Skills, you truly are an advanced climber. Chances are good, though, that plenty of climbers who've been at it for while could learn something from this book, too.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3220ee8) out of 5 stars Great! Well rounded book, with a lot of useful information and photos. Oct. 16 2015
By fnine - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm new to the whole idea of rock climbing and I wanted to know more about the basics and fundamentals. From what I can tell, this is a good starting point, talking not only about methods and safety and terminology, but also how to respect the areas and fellow climbers etc, its about the lifestyle too. It can be exciting and dangerous, but thats all part of it, if you're smart and be careful, you shouldn't have a problem. Even if you are just vaguely interested in climbing, this book is a good resource in my opinion. Lot's of good information in these pages.
HASH(0xa5d31f84) out of 5 stars Get it before you get hurt! March 31 2016
By R R - Published on Amazon.com
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If you want to know the AMGA standard way of doing all those things you have been doing wrong, this is a great buy. I wish more climbers would read the first 100 pages, because there are far too many who can't even manage to do a half-acceptable break under slide.
Don't be that bad example at the climbing gym everyone avoids: buy this book and practice it!


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