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Climbing & mountaineering

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Crack Climbing Mastering the skills & techniques

Crack Climbing Mastering the skills & techniques

Author: Pete Whittaker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/01/2020

The ability to climb cracks is at the core of a climber's craft. Crack Climbing by Pete Whittaker provides a single point of reference for all crack climbing techniques, regardless of the grade you climb. Pete is widely regarded as one of the best crack climbers in the world, having made dozens of cutting-edge first ascents and hard repeats, including the first ascent of Century Crack (5.14b) in Canyonlands, Utah. In this book, Pete has drawn on years of experience to demonstrate the many different techniques and to give you an understanding of when, why and how to use them. Develop these skills with confidence and your climbing standard will improve. The book is split into easily accessible sections on techniques for different widths of cracks, including finger cracks, hand and fist cracks, offwidth cracks and chimneys. Pete looks at the basics, including the hand jam - the essential technique in any crack climber's repertoire - right through to advanced techniques such as the sidewinder and the trout tickler. Step-by-step practical information and how-tos are supplemented with tips and tricks from Pete alongside illustrations by Alex Poyzer and photographs. Additional chapters cover how to tape up, as well as essential gear and equipment. Pete has also interviewed some of the world's top crack climbers so that you can learn from the best. Gain insights from Lynn Hill, Alex Honnold, Barbara Zangerl, Peter Croft and more. Master the craft and advance your climbing. It's time to jam!

Mountain Climber A Memoir

Mountain Climber A Memoir

Author: William H. Katra Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2019

Nearing his sixth decade as a dedicated climber, William Bill Katra describes himself as not a great climber, but a persistent one. In his memoir, the author details his climbs in vivid detail, describing some of the world's most popular routes while emphasizing that scenic beauty is as important to a hike as technical difficulty. From his early partner-belayed adventures to his more recent unassisted solo scamper-climbs, Bill's techniques have evolved, but his love for the experience remains steadfast. Within recent years, Bill has again summited a few climbs from his younger days, often reflecting on where senior climbers fit in the sport's changing social-and environmental-landscape. This memoir is a relatable and nostalgic account of a life well-spent in nature, as the author muses on his long-past adventures enriched and nurtured by the wisdom of the present.

The Wildest Dream Conquest of Everest

The Wildest Dream Conquest of Everest

Author: Mark Mackenzie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/11/2019

Everest was, to George Mallory, 'the wildest dream'. This gentleman adventurer was obsessed with taming the unconquered peak. But in 1924 he and climbing partner Sandy Irvine disappeared forever into the clouds encircling the peak. Might they have reached the summit before their tragedy? It is mountaineering's greatest mystery. Seventy-five years later, Conrad Anker made an extraordinary discovery. He spotted 'a patch of white' on Everest's North Face. It was Mallory's frozen body. Artefacts found on Mallory's body implied that he might have made it to the top. But that route had never since been climbed without modern equipment. Was it possible? To find out Anker returned to Everest, with death-defying young 'rock star' of climbing Leo Houlding as his partner. Kitted out in period clothing, they set off to replicate the unaided climb. Mallory's fate was a chilling reminder of the mountain's might. But they knew that to solve Everest's greatest mystery they must push their very limits.

In High Places

In High Places

Author: Dougal Haston, Doug Scott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/11/2019

In his own words Dougal Haston covers the years from his childhood in Scotland, where his love of climbing was first sparked, through to his development into perhaps the most formidable climber of his generation; his reputation was forged by his successful ascents of familiar peaks by unfamiliar routes (of which the most famous was the Eiger Direct). Infused throughout with his passion for climbing and his great determination to succeed, In High Places is a compelling and eye-opening portrait of the climber as a young man and a must read for all those with an interest in mountaineering.

Alone on the Wall Alex Honnold and the Ultimate Limits of Adventure

Alone on the Wall Alex Honnold and the Ultimate Limits of Adventure

Author: Alex Honnold, David Roberts Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2019

'Riveting . . . Honnold is neither crazy nor reckless. Alone on the Wall reveals him to be an utterly unique and extremely appealing young man' - Jon Krakauer, bestselling author of Into the Wild. This updated edition contains the account of Alex's El Capitan climb, which is the subject of the Oscar and BAFTA winning documentary, Free Solo. Alex Honnold is one of the world's best 'free solo' climbers, he scales impossible rock faces without ropes, pitons or and support of any kind. Exhilarating, brilliant and dangerous, there is a purity to Alex's climbs that is easy to comprehend, but also impossible to fathom; in the last forty years, only a handful of climbers have pushed themselves as far, 'free soloing' to the absolute limit of human capabilities. Half of them are dead. From Yosemite's famous Half Dome to the frighteningly difficult El Sendero Luminoso in Mexico, Alone on the Wall explores Alex's seven most extraordinary climbing achievements so far. These are tales to make your palms sweat and your feet curl with vertigo. Together, they get to the heart of how - and why - Alex does what he does. Exciting, uplifting and truly awe-inspiring, Alone on the Wall is a book about the essential truth of being free to pursue your passions and the ability to maintain a singular focus, even in the face of mortal danger.

Lake District Climbs A guidebook to traditional climbing in the English Lake District

Lake District Climbs A guidebook to traditional climbing in the English Lake District

Author: Mark Glaister Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/11/2019

Lake District Climbs provides comprehensive coverage of the very best traditional climbing inthe mountains and valleys of the English Lake District. The range and variety of climbing available is outstanding, from low-level single-pitch outcrop cragging to long multi-pitch mountain routes. There is something here for climbers of all abilities from experts to those just starting out. The book is packed with stunning photography to inspire, and the information is documented in the clear and concise format that has made Rockfax the most popular climbing guidebooks in Europe. With 1000 routes on 58 cliffs there is enough climbing described in Lake District Climbs to give the majority of climbers a lifetime of tremendous traditional climbing in a stunning environment.

Climbing Palestine A Guide to Rock Climbing in the West Bank

Climbing Palestine A Guide to Rock Climbing in the West Bank

Author: Tim Bruns, Benjamin Korff, Albert Moser Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/11/2019

Rock climbing is probably the last thing that comes to mind when most people hear the word 'Palestine'. But rock climbing turns out to be an incredible medium through which to explore this beautiful, troubled land. Climbing Palestine is the first comprehensive guidebook to rock climbing in the West Bank, detailing over 300 climbing routes at 9 different areas. The book also describes how to travel to and within Palestine, where to stay, what to do on rest days from climbing and where to eat the most delicious local food. Each chapter features detailed information on the history and access information for each cliff. All of the routes are accompanied by short descriptions, the French grade, and information on the required gear. The book offers unique insights into the political situation and local culture. By publishing this guidebook, the authors hope to put Palestine and its amazing rock on the international climbing map, encourage foreigners to visit and climb in this rich, incredible place and advocate increased freedom of movement for Palestinians.

A55 Sport Climbs

A55 Sport Climbs

Author: Michael Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/2019

These 18 sport climbing crags are, with the one exception of Tyddyn Hywel, situated between junctions 16 and 31 on the A55 and a short hop from the expressway. They are only one and a half hours from Manchester and three quarters of an hour by car from Llanberis and Gogarth. Easy route finding, technical climbing, and bolted routes maes for a fun day out. It's a great way to bag a few routes on the way back from Anglesey or Snowdonia or enjoy a full day of varied and fun climbing with short walk-ins. The new third edition features 157 new routes, 6 new crags and 8 new sectors. All 437 routes (from F2 to F8c, including a handful of trad) are accessible single pitch sport venues with varied aspects and are either situated a short walk from car parking or are accessible by rail and bike.

Lleida Climbs Selected Sport Climbs in the Province of Lleida

Lleida Climbs Selected Sport Climbs in the Province of Lleida

Author: Pete O'Donovan, Dani Andrada Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/10/2019

This is the 3rd edition of the best-selling Lleida Climbs selective guidebook to one of the finest sport climbing venues in Europe: the Catalan province of Lleida in Northeast Spain. The area is a rock climber's dream, offering thousands of superb, fully bolted pitches all set amidst some of the most spectacular scenery in western Europe. Written in conjunction with Dani Andrada, one of the world's leading climbers, the guidebook features 158 separate sectors spread across 22 zones, offering almost 3,900 routes (40% more than in the 2nd edition of Lleida Climbs) of between grade III (severe) and 9b+ (hard!) and ranging from just a few metres in length to over 100m. Written in English, Catalan and Castillian with GPS co-ordinates for key parking areas,

The Alaskan Years Still a Hard Land

The Alaskan Years Still a Hard Land

Author: John Bousman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2019

Climbing Rock Vertical Explorations Across North Americs

Climbing Rock Vertical Explorations Across North Americs

Author: Jesse Lynch, Peter Croft Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/09/2019

Following the seasonal migratory journey of rock climbers across the stunning and diverse landscapes of North America, this gorgeous photographic monograph will transport readers into a different world. The reader is invited to follow one cycle of climbing life, dictated by optimal climate conditions, beginning in the Spring and ending in the Winter. Climbing Rock celebrates 30 of North America s legendary rock climbing areas covering a full spectrum of climbing styles including: hard big wall free climbing in Yosemite Valley, desert trad climbing at Red Rocks, Nevada and Indian Creek, Utah; classic sport climbing in Rumney, NH and Red River Gorge, Kentucky; oceanside cragging in California, and even city park bouldering in New York City. Francois Lebeau s artful photographs uniquely capture the stark beauty of the walls, amazing moments of athletes on the stone, and the humanity of the adventurous people who journey upwards. Climbing Rock is the perfect book for anyone interested in climbing, from athletes of all abilities to readers who appreciate breathtaking photography of improbable physical feats across stunning North American landscapes.