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Rock Climbing: Mastering Basic Skills

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  175 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
New in the Mountaineers Outdoor Expert Series: instruction for the beginning to intermediate rock climber by an internationally known guide.
Paperback, 301 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Mountaineers Books (first published March 2004)
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Kenneth E.
Oct 27, 2016 Kenneth E. rated it really liked it
A useful, all around guide to indoor and outdoor climbing.
Nov 21, 2007 Rob rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: novice and intermediate climbers
Shelves: bedside, own, climbing, 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
Colin Price
Nov 06, 2013 Colin Price rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, outdoors
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
James Mayfield
Jul 10, 2014 James Mayfield rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 08, 2013 javier rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 11, 2013 Ryan rated it liked it
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.
Mar 23, 2008 Christine rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: beginning rock climbers
Shelves: sports
good book for the novice/intermediate climber. makes a good reference book too.
Oct 22, 2014 Bryan rated it really liked it
As a new climber, may be more info than I need since I'm limited to gym rock walls, but still a great overview of rock climbing.
Nov 23, 2009 Karina rated it did not like it
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.
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