3. Book of the Month - Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills
Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills is a classic outdoors book which was originally published over 60 years ago. It is often considered the gold standard of textbooks for rock climbing and mountaineering.
It has been revised and updated over the years to stay up-to-date with the times, with the most recent edition being the 9th, released in 2017.
Even if mountaineering is above and beyond the scope of the hiking you typically do, there is a wealth of valuable information in this book. A few of the topics covered are clothing and equipment, camping, navigation, Leave No Trace, first aid, mountain weather, and wilderness travel, to name just a few of the chapters.
"Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills is the text beloved by generations of new climbers—the standard for climbing education around the world where it has been translated into 12 languages. For the all-new 9th Edition, committees comprised of active climbers and climbing educators reviewed every chapter of instruction, and discussed updates with staff from the American Alpine Club (AAC), the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE), and the Access Fund.
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From gear selection to belay and repel techniques, from glacier travel to rope work, to safety, safety, and more safety—there is no more comprehensive and thoroughly vetted training manual for climbing than the standard set by Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, 9th Edition."
Learn more about the book here.