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Oct 9, 2012
Hi,

I've been climbing sport for a few years (mostly single pitch, but some 5 and under multi-pitches), and trad for about a year. Aside from the basics I'm mostly self-taught, and because of that there are a whole bunch of gaps in my knowledge, from rope-management to route and trip preparations, to even some anchor building. Mountain Project has been really great for that, but I'd like to get a book that will be a little more concise and comprehensive on things all leaders should know before pushing themselves. I've heard of a few on here, but am wondering which would best cover what I'm looking for.

Thanks!

PS: I probably don't have the patience, or pack room, to pick up more than one.
someDuder
From Montreal, QC
Joined Oct 3, 2012
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Oct 9, 2012
I can't comment on the best, but below are the ones I own.

This is a good book by Craig Luebben. I has a little more depth and focus solely on climbing than F.o.t.H below.

This is like the bible of everything you can do in the mountains. If you only own one book, this is probably the one. It's easily twice as thick as the one above. Everything from rock climbing, ice climbing, backpacking, glacier travel...

This is a thin little book but a great how to on constructing anchors for traditional and sport climbing.
Larry S
From Easton, Pennsylvania
Joined May 28, 2010
575 points
Oct 9, 2012
Climbing Anchors by John Long, Bob Gaines. I read this when I was starting to trad climb and felt it helped me out a lot. I tried reading Freedom of the Hills but it is so broad that I couldn't do it. If you are already climbing sport and want to learn how to place gear and do gear anchors this is definately the book you want to read. It's only 10 bucks on Amazon. steven sadler
From SLC, UT
Joined May 8, 2010
30 points
Oct 9, 2012
John Longs and Bob Gaines books are great. Wish they were a little more in depth on belay anchor rope management though. ChaseLeoncini
From San Diego, California
Joined Aug 22, 2012
60 points
Oct 9, 2012
I like Luebben's book a lot more than Long's. michaeltarne
Joined Jan 2, 2011
75 points
Oct 9, 2012
Thanks for all the reccommendations!

Would you guys say The Freedom of the Hills is as comprehensive as the other books when it comes to rock?
someDuder
From Montreal, QC
Joined Oct 3, 2012
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Oct 9, 2012
I'm in the same boat, self taught climber (Trad, Sport), I have at least 6 different books, I'd say buy as many of the recommended books as you can and take the time to read and re-read the books.

It pays off to develop the patience to learn the info in the books and have a collection that you can go back to when you feel its time to learn a new trick. One book is not enough. I have all the books listed in this thread so far.
Jfriday1
From Golden, CO
Joined Jun 25, 2012
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Oct 9, 2012
Jfriday1 wrote:
I'm in the same boat, self taught climber (Trad, Sport), I have at least 6 different books, I'd say buy as many of the recommended books as you can and take the time to read and re-read the books. It pays off to develop the patience to learn the info in the books and have a collection that you can go back to when you feel its time to learn a new trick. One book is not enough. I have all the books listed in this thread so far.


+1
ChaseLeoncini
From San Diego, California
Joined Aug 22, 2012
60 points
Oct 9, 2012
rope management and route finding stuff?

look at a big wall book. has great info on everything, plus some tricks that will help you become even more efficient.

i have the long/middendorf and the red mountaineer press one, both are really good. worth checking out for sure
Kilroywashere!
From Harrisonburg, Virginia
Joined Oct 27, 2009
160 points
Oct 9, 2012
For anchor building and pro placement, I've been through Leubben's book a number of times: amazon.com/Rock-Climbing-Ancho...

Another book that I've gone through and has some very useful information is the Climbing Self Rescue book. Sure, things nomally go fine, but when s**t hits the fan you need to know what to do. It could save your life (or somebody elses, for that matter): amazon.com/Climbing-Self-Rescu...

someDuder wrote:
PS: I probably don't have the patience, or pack room, to pick up more than one.


Why would ever you need to carry it in your pack? The idea is you read and practice in the safety of your home so that you don't need the book when you're climbing. As for patience, safety isn't something you should be too busy for. Especially when you're climbing multi-pitch and not only yours but also your partners life will be in your hands.
Ian Stewart
Joined May 17, 2010
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Oct 9, 2012
someDuder wrote:
Thanks for all the reccommendations! Would you guys say The Freedom of the Hills is as comprehensive as the other books when it comes to rock?


NO. FOTH is a nice overall book but the Leubben and Long/Gaines books are FAR better in terms of multi-pitch trad etc
mattm
From TX
Joined Jun 2, 2006
550 points
Oct 9, 2012
mattm wrote:
NO. FOTH is a nice overall book but the Leubben and Long/Gaines books are FAR better in terms of multi-pitch trad etc


I like Luebben's book best. Freedom of the Hills is a very comprehensive "bible" of all things climbing.

This is a good overview book as well that mixes tech with application.

amazon.com/Traditional-Lead-Cl...
Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Joined Feb 15, 2006
105 points
Oct 9, 2012
someDuder wrote:
Thanks for all the reccommendations! Would you guys say The Freedom of the Hills is as comprehensive as the other books when it comes to rock?


F.o.t.H is like an encyclopedia, it has a broad scope but not as much depth on each topic. If all you want is rock, get a book dedicated to it.
Larry S
From Easton, Pennsylvania
Joined May 28, 2010
575 points
Oct 9, 2012
Thanks again for the info. The reason why I'm going to be sticking to 1 book for now is that I will be travelling a bunch for the next month or more, and want to be able to learn some stuff on the way.

I'm definitely intersted in self-rescue too, but I guess I'll have to save that read for another time.
someDuder
From Montreal, QC
Joined Oct 3, 2012
0 points
Oct 9, 2012
My vote is for John Long's "Rock climbing anchors"

Since anchor building is dependent on the quality of your gear placements, the book has a huge section devoted to that.
todd w
Joined May 5, 2008
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Oct 9, 2012
I agree with much of what's already been said.

1. Craig Luebban's Rock Climbing Anchors is the best one on my shelf and the best one that I've seen.

2. I don't care much for John Long's writing style. But he has a small pocket size book on anchors that is great for getting a second perspective.

3. Freedom Of The Hills is good for general knowledge and it covers lots and lots of topics. But it often lacks detail. I wouldn't rely on it for anchor building and rope management stuff. It's better for stuff like navigation or laying systems.

You're gonna die;)
Superclimber
Joined Mar 7, 2009
1,360 points
Oct 9, 2012
If you get the Long book, make sure it is the 2nd edition and not the first! Dan Felix
Joined Aug 24, 2012
30 points
Oct 9, 2012
Dan Felix wrote:
If you get the Long book, make sure it is the 2nd edition and not the first!


You might miss the equallette with the first edition! :o)
Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Joined Feb 15, 2006
105 points
Oct 9, 2012


amazon.com/Alpine-Climbing-Tec...

excellent book with multi tips ... even if yr not doing alpine ...
bearbreeder
Joined Mar 1, 2009
25 points
Jan 5, 2016
Scott McMahon wrote:
You might miss the equallette with the first edition! :o)


climbing friend,

do the people in your country use the nerd-o-lette with much frequency? Or do you continue on with standard pre-equalized cordlette or only simple rope?
Aleks Zebastian
From Boulder, CO
Joined Jul 3, 2014
0 points
Jan 6, 2016
One of my faves:
Traditional Lead Climbing: Surviving the Learning Years
wonderwoman
Joined Dec 14, 2006
64 points
Jan 6, 2016
Wow. I just realized this thread is wicked old. What's with the resurrection? wonderwoman
Joined Dec 14, 2006
64 points
Jan 6, 2016
Dave Coley's website has a bunch of useful info. mountainhick
From Black Hawk, CO
Joined Mar 19, 2009
60 points
Jan 6, 2016
David Fasulo's "Self-Rescue" book is a great reference that any climber should own--plus it's a little book, so easy to carry with you. Also, there's a used copy of the previous edition on amazon right now for $.01. Can't beat that! If you can get two books, get this one and Craig Leubben's anchor book. John Badila
From Salt Lake City, UT
Joined Sep 13, 2011
0 points
Jan 6, 2016
John Badila wrote:
David Fasulo's "Self-Rescue" book is a great reference that any climber should own--plus it's a little book, so easy to carry with you. Also, there's a used copy of the previous edition on amazon right now for $.01. Can't beat that! If you can get two books, get this one and Craig Leubben's anchor book.


climbing friend,

the writing book of self rescue is quite good, myah, but you must practice the skills and not merely read about them and stare at cute diagrams if you ever would hope to utilize them in climbing emergency on the climbing rocks.
Aleks Zebastian
From Boulder, CO
Joined Jul 3, 2014
0 points
Jan 6, 2016
I like this:

amazon.com/High-Advanced-Multi...

and it's only $9!
David Coley
From UK
Joined Oct 26, 2013
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