Rock Climbing: Mastering Basic Skills (Mountaineers Outdoor Expert)
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Rock Climbing: Mastering Basic Skills (Mountaineers Outdoor Expert)

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A great book providing expert instruction for the beginner to the intermediate rock climber. Intended to help recreational climbers form a solid foundation from which to build their skills. The approach is based on safe and efficient climbing practices that give the best odds of avoiding climbing accidents.
Paperback, 301 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Mountaineers Books
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Apr 26, 2008 Rob rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: novice and intermediate climbers
Shelves: climbing, own, bedside, 2008
As a relatively new climber (i.e., as of this writing, I've been climbing about 7 months), I found that this was a good introductory text to keep around. Granted, climbing is not something you really want to read-then-do; think of the reading as a good supplement to your training and climbing.

I enjoyed how Luebben dives right into the material; he keeps the introduction short and then goes immediately into the science and sport of rock climbing. He writes in a colloquial style that is easy to di...more
James Mayfield
Being somewhat new to rock climbing, but climbing with more experienced climbers this book helped me understand better what my friend would tell me to do and show me to do. It is also a good book to double check all of the knots and safety systems that I have been taught to make sure they are being used properly and to change anything that we or I might be doing wrong. Reading this book makes me want to go out and challenge myself on some tougher multi-pitch climbs.
Colin Price
I skipped the chapters on trad and big wall climbing (two things I don't feel even close to ready to tackle any time soon) but overall found this guide to be informative and well written (despite the frequent use of the word "bomber"). The hard part, and granted, I knew this going into the book, is really in translating written directions and pictures into important skills like knot tying and self rescue. These are no doubt best learned through hands-on training, but a guide like this is a good...more
I found that this was a great reference book. Clearly this book should not be the only source of knowledge when attempting to climb (safety classes etc are recommended). But I found that this book helped me gain confidence in what I knew versus what is considered to be good practice.

For me, the highlights of the book included covering basic knots and use cases for them; rope care; the basics of placing protection for trad climbing; and rappelling.
This is a nice overview of different rock climbing styles. Since multipitch trad climbing is more complicated in its techniques and gear, almost half the book is written on that topic. But its still good to see the principles of safe anchors and self rescue, even if they won't be used in casual bouldering or sport climbing.
Nathan Eckman
Comprehensive. This book is an exhaustive overview of basic rock climbing skills. It can be a bit mundane but the knowledge it provides would cost thousands through personal lessons.
Not super helpful...but climbing is one of those things you learn by doing, not by reading about it! I do like the section about rope management and knots.
Mar 23, 2008 C rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: beginning rock climbers
Shelves: sports
good book for the novice/intermediate climber. makes a good reference book too.
Great book. A must have for any climber
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