How to Rock Climb!

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Globe Pequot, Nov 1, 2003 - Sports & Recreation - 223 pages
4 Reviews
How to Rock Climb!, now in its fourth edition, is the world's top instructional book on climbing. All the fundamentals--from ethics to getting up the rock--are presented in John Long's classic style. Revised and updated to reflect the modern standards of equipment, technique, and training methods, this guide includes sections on face climbing; crack climbing; ropes, anchors, and belays; getting off the rock; sport climbing; and much more. It is the essential how-to book for rock climbers everywhere.

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Review: How to Rock Climb!, 4th

User Review  - Cathy Mardiguian - Goodreads

Most things were explained quite well while some others were given no explanation whatsoever. The second to last chapter was about training and explained toproping, while in my opinion should have ... Read full review

Review: How to Rock Climb!, 5th

User Review  - Casey - Goodreads

I have only been a gym climber but this book just made me want to get outside! The concepts were well explained and safety is stressed. Speaking as a novice, this is a very well organized and a truly ... Read full review

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The Climbing Game
Face Climbing Skills
Crack Climbing Skills
Ropes Anchors and Belays
The Art of Leading
Getting Down
Sport Climbing
Training for Climbing
Getting Started and Staying Alive
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John Sherman
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About the author (2003)

John Long is a legendary rock climber, world adventurer, and best-seller in the outdoor industry. His feats include the first one-day ascent of El Capitan and a coast-to-coast traverse of Borneo. He has written numerous books, including Climbing Anchors and More Climbing Anchors, and coauthored Advanced Rock Climbing and Big Walls. He resides in Venezuela and in Venice, California.

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