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musicman1586


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Hey all, looking for info on recommended readings for beginner climbers. I'm particularly looking for books involving knots, anchors, trad protection, and just general climbing, any others that you consider to be valuable reading I'd like to hear about as well. And just so I don't get alot of comments about it, I don't intend for these to be my only education on the subjects, so worry not.


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Hey all, looking for info on recommended readings for beginner climbers. I'm particularly looking for books involving knots, anchors, trad protection, and just general climbing, any others that you consider to be valuable reading I'd like to hear about as well. And just so I don't get alot of comments about it, I don't intend for these to be my only education on the subjects, so worry not.

Try doing a search, for god's sake.

Nice example of why this website needs a real climbing FAQ.

Jay


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freedom of the hills

climbing anchors

more climbing anchors (yes, get both...or wait until his new consolidated one comes out)

self rescue


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Here's your reading homework:

Climbing Anchors - By John Long

More Climbing Anchors - John Long

Big Walls - John Long & John Middendorf

Traditional Lead Climbing: Surviving the Learning Years - Heidi Pesterfield

and of course... Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills - Steven M. Cox, et al

These are the books I learned from. The combined information is fairly comprehensive. Of course there's always more to learn and books can't cover every situation, but these will at least give you a good start. I haven't read How to Rock Climb, so I can't comment on it. I put up another post a while back with mini reviews of these books; I'm not sure where it is, do a search if you want more info on them.


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Any book by John Long would be a good investment.

Climbing Anchors...John Long

How to Climb Series...John Long

More Climbing Anchors...John Long

And so on.

Jon


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Hey all, looking for info on recommended readings for beginner climbers. I'm particularly looking for books involving knots, anchors, trad protection, and just general climbing, any others that you consider to be valuable reading I'd like to hear about as well. And just so I don't get alot of comments about it, I don't intend for these to be my only education on the subjects, so worry not.

Try doing a search, for god's sake.

Nice example of why this website needs a real climbing FAQ.

Jay

The search feature on this site, like most basic searches on the internet, is pretty useless more often then not, I've had very little success using it, but I do use it quite abundantly. Most people don't have a problem answering my question as is already seen by the number of responses, and I also want a current response, as searching often brings up posts from years ago, I would prefer to hear what people are saying in the present.


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Hey all, looking for info on recommended readings for beginner climbers. I'm particularly looking for books involving knots, anchors, trad protection, and just general climbing, any others that you consider to be valuable reading I'd like to hear about as well. And just so I don't get alot of comments about it, I don't intend for these to be my only education on the subjects, so worry not.

Try doing a search, for god's sake.

Nice example of why this website needs a real climbing FAQ.

Jay

The search feature on this site, like most basic searches on the internet, is pretty useless more often then not, I've had very little success using it, but I do use it quite abundantly. Most people don't have a problem answering my question as is already seen by the number of responses, and I also want a current response, as searching often brings up posts from years ago, I would prefer to hear what people are saying in the present.

Yeah, that's why they need a FAQ.

OK, so here's my list:
    [*:740eddb9d5]How to Rock Climb (Long)
    [*:740eddb9d5]Climbing Anchors (Long)
    [*:740eddb9d5]More Climbng Anchors (Long/Gaines)
    [*:740eddb9d5]Climbing: From Gym to Crag (Lewis/Cauthorn)
    [*:740eddb9d5]The Rock Warrior's Way: Mental Training for Climbing (Ilgner)
    [*:740eddb9d5]The Self-Coached Climber: The Gudie to Movement, Training, Performance (Hague/Hunter) (Available Feb, 2006)

I'm not a big fan of Climbing: Freedom of the Hills. No matter how many editions they put out, their coverage of technical rock climbing always seems to be dated. If you are interested in alpine climbing, however, it is probably a good introduction to the subject.

Jay


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The search feature on this site, like most basic searches on the internet, is pretty useless more often then not, I've had very little success using it, but I do use it quite abundantly. Most people don't have a problem answering my question as is already seen by the number of responses, and I also want a current response, as searching often brings up posts from years ago, I would prefer to hear what people are saying in the present.

The search does already feature a order by date feature for the site. While it seems the the search on this site, and most out there are limited, you can always suppliment your search with google's site search.


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Hey all, looking for info on recommended readings for beginner climbers. I'm particularly looking for books involving knots, anchors, trad protection, and just general climbing, any others that you consider to be valuable reading I'd like to hear about as well. And just so I don't get alot of comments about it, I don't intend for these to be my only education on the subjects, so worry not.

Try doing a search, for god's sake.

Nice example of why this website needs a real climbing FAQ.

Jay

There is a FAQ under the Help on the dropdown menu. However, it is not even remotely finished.
could try the FAQ at TradGirl.

cl


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Any book by John Long would be a good investment.

Climbing Anchors...John Long

How to Climb Series...John Long

More Climbing Anchors...John Long

And so on.

Jon

ditto... as you can see... John Long is the man! Climbing Anchors and More climbing anchors are great, easy and illustrated way to understand the anchors.


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Even though this type of question is asked fairly often, I have to agree with the OP. If you are looking for the "opinions" of fellow climbers, posting your question here should be more beneficial then googling (especially in *Beginners*).
For that matter 90% of the questions asked here could most likely be answered with enough google searches.
Why do we even need a forum then?
Because with responses good or bad, it does promote discussion, which googling is hardly a replacement for.

Why do we flame beginers for asking questions in *Beginers*?
Makes us feel superior I guess, I dunno :?


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Extreme Alpinism - The only book youll need. Go buy it and start climbing right away.


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I definitely agree with the books that many have recommended. "Big Walls" although the title may not seem appropriate for someone who is getting into sport or trad, much of the information can certainly be applied to all disciplines.

Once you've read all those :D

I would suggest something on Mountain First Aid, and Self Rescue (which was mentioned).
There are also some good books on "Risk" and "Managing Risk", which can go a long way to keeping you alive when it comes to decision making under precarious and/or stressful situations. I just read ; "The Rage: Reflections on Risk by Steve DeMaio"
I think it was well written and offers a lot of insight on the subject with some great stories to keep it interesting.
I strongly believe that if someone gets a handle on managing risk, above just "Going for it", it gives you confidence and a mental edge when it comes to pushing yourself and increasing the limits of your abilities.


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ok so 3 years later are these still the best books? Amazon has a top rock climbing list. Can we update this post?


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[quote "angusmacginny"]Extreme Alpinism - The only book you'll need. Go buy it and start climbing right away.[/quote]

I agree Extreme alpinism by Mark Twight is very good if your want to get into real Alpine climbing.
And ya Freedom of the hills is very dated and not up-to-date at all. I guess its OK for very basic methods or if your in the boy scouts.


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f.y.i. climbing anchors and more climbing anchors has been consolidated into the 2nd edition of climbing anchors by long and gaines. if you're not familiar with the new edition, you may want to check out the equalette and the quad. they come in real handy for building fast, equalized anchors.


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[quote "angusmacginny"]Extreme Alpinism - The only book youll need. Go buy it and start climbing right away.[/quote]

That's a great idea I'll give you a synopsis:

1 get a job as a dishwasher
2 don't work, just train
3 run---till you puke. then run more
4push ups---till you puke. then do more
5 sit ups---till you puke. then do more.

Oh yeah, do all of that on less food than you should have, and while intentionally dehydrated.

6 learn to climb after the training.

That's it, you don't need to read the book


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http://chongonation.com/BWBook.htm
The Complete Book Of Big Wall Climbing by Chongo


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I haven't read Long's Climbing Anchors book yet, but I personally really found Rock Climbing Anchors by Craig Luebben to be very informative:
http://www.amazon.com/...238816991&sr=1-2

I've been reading Freedom of the Hills the past few weeks. It seems like a good general guide, but I found the anchors book to be infinitely more informative. I've also been climbing for 2 years now, looking to get into trad, so a lot of the very basic info in FOTH wasn't useful.


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Lots of good books listed in this thread.

One of my very favorites was "Big Wall Climbing" by Doug Scott. Great book.

"The Seventh Grade" by Reinhold Messner is another fantastic read.

"Annapurna" by Sir Chris Bonington is good too.

Twight's book is really good as well.


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