About the BookRevised 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.
Book SynopsisHow to Rock Climb!, now in its fifth edition, is the most thorough instructional rock climbing book in the world. All the fundamentals--from ethics to getting up the rock--are presented in John Long's classic style. Thoroughly 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. Now with more than 300 color photographs and illustrations, this is the most thorough and complete upgrade this best-selling title has seen since first publishing more than a decade ago.
From the Back CoverHow to Rock Climb! is the most thorough and the best-selling instructional rock climbing book in the world. This nuts-and-bolts guide serves as an introduction to rock climbing for beginners and helps intermediate climbers hone their knowledge of the sport. All the fundamentals, from ethics to getting up the climb, are here. Thoroughly updated with more than 400 color photographs and illustrations, this fifth edition covers all aspects of modern equipment, technique, and training methods. It is the most complete upgrade since its first publication more than fifteen years ago. In his landmark clear, concise, and entertaining style, veteran rock climber John Long provides the basics and distills the intricacies of modern technical rock climbing in all its diverse forms. Throughout, he stresses safety and simplicity, and in this new edition he puts special emphasis on setting protection and building reliable anchors. Inside you'll find all the information you need on: - Footwork and handhold positions- Finger, hand, and off-width cracks- Equipment, including ropes, anchors, and belay devices- Sport climbing and traditional climbing- Lead climbing and toproping- Downclimbing and rappelling- Training, including bouldering and climbing gyms
About the AuthorJohn Long's instructional books have made him a best-seller in the outdoor industry, with well over a million copies in print. A legendary rock climber and world adventurer, his feats include the first one-day ascent of El Capitan and a coast-to-coast traverse of Borneo. His other climbing books include Advanced Rock Climbing (with Craig Luebben), Climbing Anchors, More Climbing Anchors, and Big Walls (with John Middendorf), among others. He makes his home in Venezuela and in Venice, California.