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Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, 9th Edition by The Mountaineers

Researched and written by a team of expert climbers, Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills is the text beloved by generations of new climbers - the standard for climbing education around the world where it has been translated into 12 languages. 

For the all-new 9th Edition, committees comprosed of active climbers and climbing educators reviewed every chapter of instruction, and discussed updates with staff from the American Alpine Club (AAC), the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE), and the Access Fund. They also worked with professional members of the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), to review their work and ensure that the updated textbook includes the most current best practices for both alpine and rock climbing instruction. 

From gear selection to belay and repel techniques, from glacier travel to rope work, to safety, safety, and more safety - there is no more comprehensive and thoroughly vetted training manual for climbing than the standard set by Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, 9th Edition. Significant updates to this edition include new alignment with AAC's nationwide universal belay standard, expanded and more detailed avalanche safety info, including how to better understand avalanches, evaluate hazards, travel safely in avy terrain, and locate and rescue a fellow climber in an avalanche, newly revamped chapters on clothing and camping, all-new illustrations reflecting the latest gear and techniques created by artist John McMullen, former art director of Climbing magazine, review of and contributions to multiple sections by AMGA-certified guides, and a fresh approach to the Ten Essentials - now making the iconic list easier to recall.

  • Best-selling instructional text for new and intermediate climbers for more than half a century
  • 9th edition, with fully updated techniques and all-new illustrations
  • Best practices for both alpine and rock climbing instruction
  • Gear selection, belay and repel techniques, rope work and safety
  • Paperback
  • 624 pages
  • Dimensions: 8.9"H x 7.2"W

ISBN: 9781680510041

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Born from the hand-scribbled trail maps and wilderness passion of its members, Washington's more than 100-year-old Mountaineers Club established the nonprofit Mountaineers Books® in 1960 to express and share its love of nature and the outdoors.

Today, with more than 500 titles in print, Mountaineers Books, along with its Skipstone and Braided River imprints, provide outdoor recreation, sustainable lifestyle, and conservation advocacy books, including many award winners. Whether you're into outdoor activities, living a healthy lifestyle, or concerned about being a good steward of the environment, Mountaineers Books has the information you need to guide you on your next journey in confidence and safety.

Mountaineers Books mission - For the Freedom of the Hills: leading readers to the lessons and pleasures of the great outdoors.
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