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by Dan Cauthorn,S. Peter Lewis

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* Surpasses other training guides with a new level of instruction, clarity, and safety* "Key Transition Exercises" teach the skills you'll need to move from gym climbing to rock climbing* Climbing technique illustrated with more than 150 photos* Complements any indoor or outdoor climbing courseGetting strong and learning to climb hard routes in the gym doesn't prepare you for climbing outdoors where anything can happen. Climbing: From Gym to Crag is written by experts who teach climbing for a living. These long-time instructors have a clear, practical understanding of the different skills and climbing technique needed to go from climbing in the gym to climbing on real rock. From building anchors to leading and self-rescue, they'll teach you how to make the transition safely.Part of the Mountaineers Outdoor Expert series

Download Climbing: From Gym to Crag epub
ISBN: 0898866820
ISBN13: 978-0898866827
Category: Sports
Subcategory: Mountaineering
Author: Dan Cauthorn,S. Peter Lewis
Language: English
Publisher: Mountaineers Books; 1 edition (August 31, 2000)
Pages: 192 pages
ePUB size: 1408 kb
FB2 size: 1824 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 300
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This book was a thorough and easy-to-understand overview of gym climbing, sport climbing, and trad climbing. For a complete novice it does a great job of illuminating some of the mysteries associated with things like building anchors, traditional and multi-pitch climbing, and the beginnings of self-rescue. I would say that it goes above and beyond describing just the transition between the gym and the crag. One word of caution (which the book reiterates): just because you've read this book and practiced the "key-transition exercises" doesn't mean you are an expert climber. If you're a novice you should still seek the guidance of someone who is an expert.
Very well written and organized however some confusion once in a while with
the illustrations being mis or non labeled.
The magic x should have been defined earlier in the text.
Limited look at building anchors.
Minor items - loved reading it.
excellent transition book to get you onto fixed anchors with a view to moving further with your climbing. Excellent pictures/ descriptions and practice problems to fix the steps in your mind. I have bought four copies at various times to give to my beginning friends.
Any gym climbers who are aspiring to climb outside must buy this book. It is a very comprehensive book that helps guide the transition from gym climbing to outdoor climbing. There are detailed exercises on proper top rope placement, rappelling, self-rescue, and a number of other safety issues. The advice is clear and safe. You really should go with someone more experienced when you try these techniques, but the book makes an excellent case for being safe and going beyond what is normally done. For example, you should back up your rappel with an autoblock or a fireman's belay. Why not do this easy thing that may save your life? Your friend that teaches you how to climb may not show you these lifesaving techniques. I rarely see people back up their rappel!
As you get more experienced and want to make the transition to trad climbing, it teaches important techniques like making a multi-directional anchor for your first trad anchor by using a sliding girth hitch. It takes extra time, but it may save your life by preventing all your gear placement from zippering (popping out) after your fall. Happy climbing and safe climbing to you!
I've been gym climbing off and on for years, mostly in the last three months as there is an excellent wall at the school I go to, and found this book to be quite helpful in getting me ready for the trip outside. I have been able to climb outside in the past only with the help of other more experienced climbers, and thanks to the help of this book and other resources, I am beginning to feel comfortable going out without the help. However, do not let this book be your only resource. There are many terms not adequately defined and several concepts are not introduced, but are referenced. For instance, the author refers to the "magic X", a method of attaching to anchors, but never defines it, and doesn't even say anything more than "use the magic x method of equalizing the anchors" for many pages. However, if you have other available sources of information, this guide can fill the gaps.
As a climbing guide I found the book accurate with easy to follow text and great photos. Novices as well as seasoned climbers will learn a ton of usefull and important techniques.
One book every climber must have. Much more specific to rock climbing than "the bible", "Mountaineering: the Freedom of the Hills".
If you and a partner go through the exercises you will be better skilled than most of the climbers on the rocks.
Covers basic skills, and has great sections on setting up Toprope anchors and placing protection on Lead.
ONLY problem is the casual use of girth-hitched slings. Girth hitching seriously reduces rope strength.
It's a bit outdated by like 10 years I would say. Rock climbing anchors a comprehensive guide is a better read that covers most of this stuff.