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Climbing manual : the essential guide to rock climbing : getting started, techniques, knots, safety, protection, abseiling / Nigel Shepherd.
Publication Information:
Sparkford : Haynes Publishing, [2019].
Physical Description:
171 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
General Note:
Originally published: 2014.
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796.5223 SHE Book Adult General Collection

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The Haynes Climbing Manual is a thoroughly modern introduction to this growing adventure sport, written by an experienced mountain guide, photographer and author. From getting started with equipment, clothing, fitness and basic skills through to advanced techniques and coping with tricky situations, this manual is packed with practical step-by-step sequences and inspirational photography, making it the perfect guide for the novice or intermediate climber.

Author Notes

Nigel Shepherd began climbing when he was II in Wales and became a qualified International Mountain Guide in 1979. Since then he has pioneered climbs in the UK, New Zealand, North America and Greenland, and continues to work in all aspects of mountaineering in many parts of the world. He has written several books and many magazine articles, and his photography has been published in national newspapers and magazines.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Chapter 1 Why Climb?p. 8
Originsp. 12
Styles of climbingp. 14
Chapter 2 Cetting Startedp. 20
Clothingp. 23
Technical kitp. 24
Chapter 3 Climbing Techniquep. 36
Where to beginp. 39
The basics of movementp. 40
Types of footholdp. 42
Types of handholdp. 44
Climbing movesp. 51
Advanced techniquesp. 54
Chapter 4 Knotsp. 58
Knots for tying in to the ropep. 61
Knots for attaching to anchor pointsp. 66
Other knotsp. 68
Colling a ropep. 74
Chapter 5 Protectionp. 76
Crack protectionp. 79
Other methods to safeguard climbsp. 87
And finally ...p. 91
Chapter 6 Staying Safep. 92
Creating and using safe anchorsp. 95
Belay devicesp. 102
Using a belay device in different situationsp. 105
Chapter 7 Leading a Climbp. 112
The leading processp. 115
Leading at an indoor wallp. 117
Leading sports climbsp. 118
Leading trad climbsp. 124
The second climber's rolep. 130
Chapter 8 Abseilingp. 132
Technique and equipmentp. 135
Abseiling methodsp. 138
Chapter 9 Problem Solvingp. 142
Dealing with simple problemsp. 145
Retreating from a climbp. 148
Direct belaysp. 152
Holding a falling leaderp. 153
And finally ...p. 155
Chapter 10 Moving Onp. 156
Progressing through the gradesp. 159
Trainingp. 160
Styles of climbp. 163
Visiting other areasp. 164
Glossaryp. 169
Climbing Callsp. 170
Resourcesp. 171