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Paperback The Complete Idiot's Guide to Rock Climbing Book

ISBN: 0028631145

ISBN13: 9780028631141

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Rock Climbing

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A collection of advice on every aspect of the sport which covers buying and renting supplies, safety tips, and basic, intermediate and advanced climbing moves and strategies. The book is part of the... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Most helpful for Beginners

This was the 3rd book I purchased for Beginners and it was actually the first one that truly was for Beginners to rock climbing. It assumes no prior knowledge and explains everything in understandable terms and sufficient detail. Best buy of the three books purchased. Additionally the prose is entertaining as well as informative.

thought the title fitting

Since I'm basically a novice, thought a comprehensive book on the basics a good place to start. Not to mention the fact that I often feel like an "idiot" around my fellow climbers who all seem to have many years experience under their belts (make that harnesses).


As a new person to the sport of Rock Climbing and an educator looking to introduce the ideas into the curriculum, this book along with others made for a great resource, breaking things down to simple concepts and terms to be taught in sequence.

Complete Idiot's Guide Rock Climbing

This is the third "Rock Climbing" book I have purchased in the last two years. After a long time interest in this sport, it was only after reading this book (I couldn't finish the other two) that I actually went out and made my first climb, a big accomplishment for me. This is not your normal "How To" or "Basic Essentials" type instructional guide, it is a more than complete text book for new to intermediate level rock climbers. Humor and personal experiences are appropriately interjected by the author to make every learning essential both interesting and poignant. Personal safety and teamwork are stressed throughout in a way that made me feel more confident instead of scaring me away. There is even a heavy stock, tear away, quick reference chart containing climbing terminology and a pre-climb checklist just inside the cover for nervous beginners (I took mine with me). A long list of equipment suppliers, manufacturers, climbing organizations and camps, guide services and indoor climbing walls with all contact information is at the back of the book. Clearly, I would not have made my first climb without the motivation and confidence that this book gave me. If you have any interest in rock climbing, this book is the clear, self-empowering must read on the market today.

A thorough and amusing primer for novice climbers

I've always been interested in rock climbing but felt intimidated by all the gear and terminology -- not to mention my fear of clinging to a vertical wall of rock. However, after reading this amusing book I realize that not only am I not alone, but being fearful of high places is as natural as the fear of the dark. The authors of the book give a lighthearted introduction of why people love to climb and then give complete step-by-step guidelines how to seek instruction and get going -- inside and out. I highly recommend this to beginners and anyone eager to brush up on their climbing skills.
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