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Best Big Wall Instructional Book


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Danger-Russ Gordon · · Orem UT · Joined Nov 2011 · Points: 590

I've dabbled in Aid climbing, and done plenty of trad/multi pitch, but am looking to broaden my knowledge of aid and general big wall techniques. Just wondering if anyone would like to point me in the direction of there favorite big wall instructional book.

Thanks,

Russ

csproul · · Davis, CA · Joined Dec 2009 · Points: 330

I find this to be a good start.
supertopo.com/a/How-To-Big-…

pete cutler · · Des Moines, IA · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 5

http://www.amazon.com/Big-Wall-Climbing-Technique-Mountaineers/dp/0898867487

I thought this book was very well done.

Danger-Russ Gordon · · Orem UT · Joined Nov 2011 · Points: 590

thanks csproul, I saw that from a ST thread, it looks like it would be worth some time, I was also wondering if anyone knows if the book contains things the on line test version does not?

Hey Pete, thats the book I was leaning towards actually, thanks for the input!

csproul · · Davis, CA · Joined Dec 2009 · Points: 330
Danger-Russ Gordon wrote:thanks csproul, I saw that from a ST thread, it looks like it would be worth some time, I was also wondering if anyone knows if the book contains things the on line test version does not? Hey Pete, thats the book I was leaning towards actually, thanks for the input!
I'm not aware that the actual book had been completed...I thought it was only the rough-draft on-line version that was linked. I also have the book that Pete linked and found it somewhat more helpful than the older John Long & Middendorf book, although I own both.
Danger-Russ Gordon · · Orem UT · Joined Nov 2011 · Points: 590

Hey csproul, I think your right about CMac's book, I cant seem to find it, so I guess its just that on-line resource for now. Thanks for the +1 on Petes recommendation, I really appreciate it.

Caz cromwell · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 20

The book Pete suggested is the best one out there I think...

I've lent it out to a few people and they all thought it was good. It is a finished product. You may find someone that will lend it to you. I would but I can't remember who has it now...

ZAc

john strand · · southern colo · Joined May 2008 · Points: 1,640

And the Fishproducts website

Mickey Sensenbach · · San luis obispo CA · Joined Dec 2012 · Points: 140

This book is sorta out dated but super handy.

its by john long and john middendorf
Brassmonkey · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2012 · Points: 115
Mickey Sensenbach wrote:This book is sorta out dated but super handy.
Outdated is right I'd say, between this and "Big Wall Climbing: Elite Technique" I would definitely go with the later.

Better and much more up to date color pics, diagrams, and techniques.
Dana Bartlett · · CT · Joined Nov 2003 · Points: 890

Chris Mac posted on Supertopo that he will soon be taking orders for his how-to big wall book. He certainly has lots of experience.

Danger-Russ Gordon · · Orem UT · Joined Nov 2011 · Points: 590

Cant wait to hear from the Mac, I'm sure his book will be worth the money. thanks for the heads up!

Marc H · · Longmont, CO · Joined May 2007 · Points: 250

If you want the most up-to-date info, I would wait for the new C Mac book. But if you're new to big-wall climbing, I would wait until you can get the older edition for a discount. ;-)

MonteGraham · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2012 · Points: 195

Freedom of the Hills is always helpful.

Rogerlarock · · Nedsterdam, Colorado · Joined Sep 2008 · Points: 5

"The Complete Book of Big Wall Climbing" by Chongo

GhaMby Eagan · · Heaven · Joined Oct 2006 · Points: 385

Just released!

supertopo.com/packs/howtobi…;utm_campaign=70d8acaaf7-SuperTopo_Climbing_News_May_26_20114_5_2011&utm_medium=email

Danger-Russ Gordon · · Orem UT · Joined Nov 2011 · Points: 590

I just watched some of the YouTube videos and had a look at the free sample pages, i really like the format and the content seems like its right at my level, Ill be buying the full version for sure thanks Chris Mc!

Mickey Sensenbach · · San luis obispo CA · Joined Dec 2012 · Points: 140
Danger-Russ Gordon · · Orem UT · Joined Nov 2011 · Points: 590

Thanks Mickey Sensenbach, great link!!

Mickey Sensenbach · · San luis obispo CA · Joined Dec 2012 · Points: 140

just got the new chris mac book on big walls and its super helpful !

randy88fj62 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2010 · Points: 293

While Chongo's books may be slightly outdated they are the most comprehensive volumes on big wall climbing that I have ever found.

chongonation.com/BWBook.htm

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