Alpine Climbing: Techniques to Take You Higher
This intermediate-level guide addresses tools, skills, and techniques used in alpine terrain including rock, snow, ice, and glaciers at moderate altitude--approximately 5,000 meters and lower.
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Not sure about the accuracy of the information in this book. The "bible" of ice climbing techniques, Ice Climbing by Yvonne Chouinard and other books by Greg Lowe and Craig Luebben all seem more or less in agreement with the names of the techniques that are here mis-named.
Piolet manche is the position where both hands are on the head and the spike is plunged deeply into the snow. The authors here refer to this without any French name and just, simply, "stake position" while using the name piolet manche for something else entirely.
And in all the other books I've seen, Piolet appui isn't a blanket term for three positions but is, instead, the position where the shaft is held with the hand as a support rail. It's especially useful on descent but can be used on ascent to, where it's sometimes known as "middle dagger".
Pretty sure this book I'm reviewing here has these names mixed up.
Great book! Not for beginners, but intermediate climbing levels. It gave me a lot of nice tips and tricks to learn, and more confidence in decision making. Especially i liked the realistic and honest approach, considering time and ease as important alpine factors rather than giving fixed teaching book rules.