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Hey Guys. Im a newbie at climbing & i have been browsing the forum for some literature. Was wondering how valid this book is: http://www.rockclimbing.com/gear/Detailed/3697.html
today in 2011? Since the book was written in 2006.

& if there is any other literature you can suggest?

Thanks


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If you do a search about training material you will see that this book is recommended far above almost anything else out there. I have a copy and refer to it often. It is the best resource for information on climbing movement and balance, whereas most other book just deal with conditioning.

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ziik wrote:
Hey Guys. Im a newbie at climbing & i have been browsing the forum for some literature. Was wondering how valid this book is: http://www.rockclimbing.com/gear/Detailed/3697.html
today in 2011? Since the book was written in 2006.

& if there is any other literature you can suggest?

Thanks

Not sure what you specifically mean by "literature," since that's such a broad topic, but yeah, as the previous poster said, the Self Coached Climber is the gold standard in the US for training books.

If you are a total noob, the SCC may not be the best starting point, however, particularly if you are looking for manuals on equipment, safety, technical aspects of climbing. For that kind of thing, you'll want to check out something like "Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills," or any one of a number of Falcon books by John Long/Craig Luebben on anchors, knots, etc.


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ziik wrote:
Was wondering how valid this book is: ...
today in 2011? Since the book was written in 2006.

All of the info in The Self-Coached Climber is timeless... it has exercises and training ideas that will be valid forever (or until humans actually start remaking their bodies). It also has physiological details that are important to climbers who want to know how their body works mechanically as well as chemically.

If you only want to know WHAT you should do to get better... then you can just follow the exercises and watch the video in the included DVD to see how to do them properly. But if you want more info about WHY those exercises will be helpful then you can dig into the technical details which are presented in a very clear, understandable and technically precise way.

The SCC only talks about the act of climbing itself, apart from any use of safety gear or practices. For other literature in that vein... I recommend the same books that the previous response mentioned (Freedom of the Hills, and Climbing Anchors by John Long). I also recommend Self-rescue by David Faluso

Freedom of the Hills is much broader than the discipline of rock climbing. It talks about mountineering, camping, ice climbing, hiking... basically everything you'd want to know about surviving in and enjoying the wilderness.


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If A 2006 technique book would be considered out of date, I get sad thinking about my 1991 local guidebook.


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Kartessa wrote:
If A 2006 technique book would be considered out of date, I get sad thinking about my 1991 local guidebook.
I got you by 20 years.
Hamish McInnes' "Scottish Rock Climbs".


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sungam wrote:
Kartessa wrote:
If A 2006 technique book would be considered out of date, I get sad thinking about my 1991 local guidebook.
I got you by 20 years.
Hamish McInnes' "Scottish Rock Climbs".

I'm sure there's been something published since then though


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Kartessa wrote:
sungam wrote:
Kartessa wrote:
If A 2006 technique book would be considered out of date, I get sad thinking about my 1991 local guidebook.
I got you by 20 years.
Hamish McInnes' "Scottish Rock Climbs".

I'm sure there's been something published since then though
Yeah, but not by Hamish McInnes. Ooops, did I just confess a man crush?


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sungam wrote:
Kartessa wrote:
sungam wrote:
Kartessa wrote:
If A 2006 technique book would be considered out of date, I get sad thinking about my 1991 local guidebook.
I got you by 20 years.
Hamish McInnes' "Scottish Rock Climbs".

I'm sure there's been something published since then though
Yeah, but not by Hamish McInnes. Ooops, did I just confess a man crush?

Another one!

Youre a giant whore.


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Kartessa wrote:
sungam wrote:
Kartessa wrote:
sungam wrote:
Kartessa wrote:
If A 2006 technique book would be considered out of date, I get sad thinking about my 1991 local guidebook.
I got you by 20 years.
Hamish McInnes' "Scottish Rock Climbs".

I'm sure there's been something published since then though
Yeah, but not by Hamish McInnes. Ooops, did I just confess a man crush?

Another one!

Youre a giant whore.
I believe I shall refer you to Scottek's sig line.


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Just an FYI - the Self-Rescue book in the Falcon series was revised last spring. Very different from the first edition.


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