New edition: M:FOTH

Posted by: hikermor

New edition: M:FOTH - 10/28/18 01:56 PM

I don't usually do this, but I will recommend a product which I have not yet handled - the 10th edition of [/i]Mountaineering:Freedom of the Hills[i] which evidently is now available.

I do have, and have consulted many times over the years, five previous editions, including the 1960 first edition, very significant to me as I developed outdoor skills.

You say you are not a climber, and don't intend to be..The volume still has a lot of value in discussions of camping, route finding, and the like, which will be useful in many non-mountaineering situations. After all, climbing situations often closely approximate survival conditions.

Basically, FOTH deserves a place in your library....

Just a satisfied, long term user.
Posted by: Russ

Re: New edition: M:FOTH - 10/28/18 06:19 PM

Thanks, looks like a good reference/text book.
Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills Paperback – October 5, 2017

Just a quick look at the book’s organization:
Part I, Outdoor Fundamentals
Chapter 1: First Steps
Chapter 2: Clothing and Equipment
Chapter 3: Camping, Food, and Water
Chapter 4: Physical Conditioning
Chapter 5: Navigation
Chapter 6: Wilderness Travel
Chapter 7: Leave No Trace
Chapter 8: Access and Stewardship

Part II, Climbing Fundamentals
Chapter 9: Basic Safety System
Chapter 10: Belaying
Chapter 11: Rappelling

Part III, Rock Climbing
Chapter 12: Alpine Rock Climbing
Chapter 13: Rock Protection
Chapter 14: Leading on Rock
Chapter 15: Aid and Big Wall Climbing

Part IV, Snow, Ice, And Alpine Climbing
Chapter 16: Snow Travel and Climbing
Chapter 17: Avalanche Safety
Chapter 18: Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue
Chapter 19: Alpine Ice Climbing
Chapter 20: Waterfall Ice and Mixed Climbing
Chapter 21: Expedition Climbing

Part V, Leadership, Safety, And Rescue
Chapter 22: Leadership
Chapter 23: Safety
Chapter 24: First Aid
Chapter 25: Alpine Rescue

Part VI, The Mountain Environment
Chapter 26: Mountain Geology
Chapter 27: The Cycle of Snow
Chapter 28: Mountain Weather

I’m at best a novice at anything in parts II, III & IV, but it looks interesting.
Posted by: clearwater

Re: New edition: M:FOTH - 10/29/18 05:29 PM

Great recommendation. The gold standard in such books. Much of what is online or published in magazines is very limited in scope and written by just one individual who likely is ignorant in many climbing and backpacking arenas.

This book has been vetted by many for years.
Posted by: Russ

Re: New edition: M:FOTH - 10/29/18 06:14 PM

Agree, The “author” is a group...
About the Author
The Mountaineers was established in 1906 in Washington, a state with inspiring and abundant mountain peaks. In addition to the community of outdoor enthusiasts it fosters, the organization's mission is to teach outdoor skills. Over the years, hundreds of thousands have learned outdoor safety and skills from The Mountaineers, ranging from climbing to skiing to kayaking, and much more. Some of the world's most elite climbers have been and continue to be members of The Mountaineers.

IIRC, The Mountaineers is the same group that developed the 10 Essentials.
Posted by: chaosmagnet

Re: New edition: M:FOTH - 11/01/18 02:50 AM

Thanks for this, hikermor!