Good books to learn how to set up climbs and reppels

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Good books to learn how to set up climbs and reppels

Postby tators_tots » Fri Jul 06, 2007 7:37 am

I am wanting to learn how to set up climbs and reppels. Can anyone recommend a book or DVD that is good for getting the basics down?
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Postby ThinAir » Fri Jul 06, 2007 7:43 am

Freedom of the Hills. Buy it, Read it, Live it.
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Postby ajkagy » Fri Jul 06, 2007 8:22 am

ThinAir wrote:Freedom of the Hills. Buy it, Read it, Live it.


I second that...also, you can't be a good class to learn the right/safe way, or perhaps learning from someone more experienced. Reading a book is good, but you can't beat having hands on training with roping up/climbing/rappel techniques.
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Postby tators_tots » Fri Jul 06, 2007 8:34 am

ajkagy,
I completely agree that hands on experience is needed and that you can't learn everything in a book. I have a small amount of climbing set experience from working at a Christian camp outside of Divide doing high elements and some climb and reppels. I am really wanting to learn more of the knots and how to equilize and that kind of stuff before I get out and do more climbing. I have two more years of college in Nebraska that I will use to learn more from what I can read and then after graduation will hopefully be off to some place where I can outdoor climb.
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Postby chrispy » Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:12 am

John Long's book on climbing anchors is an easy read and specifically addresses your specific question.
Agreed with the others that freedom of the hills is a baseline on the mountaineering subject, but at almost two inches thick can be cumbersome if you want to bone up on a specific.
Be cautious with your mentor, while there is no substitute for real world experience, every climber has a different opinion on anchors...
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Postby tators_tots » Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:48 am

The mentor idea is a great suggestion. I'm attending the University of Nebraska and I believe there is a rock climbing club and the outdoor recreation center trips through which I could find a mentor. I really want to learn these skills so that I can keep myself and the people I'm with in the mountains safe. I wish I had the time and money to take a NOLS course.
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