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Alpine Climbing : Techniques to Take You Higher - Cathy Cosley

Alpine Climbing

Techniques to Take You Higher

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This intermediate-level guide addresses tools, skills, and techniques used in alpine terrain including rock, snow, ice, and glaciers at moderate altitude--approximately 5000 meters and lower. The technical protection systems are covered, of course. But 30 years of alpine climbing experience has convinced the authors that mastery--and safety--lie in the far more difficult task of knowing exactly which techniques to use, where and when. Therefore, they teach step-by-step decision making skills, providing scenarios, checklists, and self-posed questions to inform the decision process. Alpine Climbing assumes some prior knowledge, primarily in rock climbing skills and techniques. Basic knots, belaying, rappelling, building rock anchors, leading, placing rock protection, and movement skills on rock: variations of these skills that are of particular value in the alpine environment are addressed in this book.

Acknowledgmentsp. 7
Introductionp. 9
The Making of an Alpinist
Making Decisionsp. 15
Considering Riskp. 20
Learningp. 25
The Alpine Environment
Alpine Hazardsp. 31
Mountain Weatherp. 52
Preserving the Alpine Environmentp. 63
Social Impactsp. 66
Preparation and Equipment
Physical Trainingp. 71
Mental Preparation and Planningp. 75
Equipmentp. 80
Routefinding and Navigation
Routefindingp. 107
Navigationp. 112
Alpine Rock
Movement Skills and Protective Systemsp. 139
Descentp. 175
Debriefp. 192
Snow and Ice
Understanding Snow and Icep. 196
Movement Skills on Snowp. 202
Protective Systems on Snowp. 219
Movement Skills on Icep. 232
Protective Systems on Icep. 244
Mixed Climbingp. 249
Glaciers
Formation of Glaciersp. 254
Routefindingp. 257
Hazard Assessmentp. 259
Protective Systems for Glacier Travelp. 263
Crevasse Rescuep. 278
Guides Associationsp. 301
Rescuep. 303
Ratings Systemsp. 309
Glossaryp. 313
Bibliographyp. 319
Indexp. 320
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ISBN: 9780898867497
ISBN-10: 0898867495
Series: Mountaineers Outdoor Expert
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 326
Published: 1st November 2004
Publisher: Mountaineers Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 17.0  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.57