Climbing, one of the world's fastest growing sports, is a demanding discipline requiring concentration, courage, physical strength and dexterity, specific equipment and skills, and a thorough knowledge of the climbing environment. In "The Climber's Handbook", respected mountaineer Garth Hattingh gives clear instruction on all forms of climbing, from sport rock climbing to scaling Alpine peaks. The book is ideal for the beginner, as well as for the rusty or inexperienced.The sport is explained in fine detail, from equipment, techniques and skills to navigation methods and emergency procedures. Stunning pictures and clear diagrams inspire and inform in equal measure, whether you're a new enthusiast or an experienced climber. All the text has been fully updated by the author, and a number of new images showcase the very latest in techniques and equipment.
Garth Hattingh has been involved in climbing and other related adventure activities for over 30 years. He has climbed extensively in Southern Africa, Europe and both North and South America. At the forefront of mountain leadership and rock climbing training in South Africa, he has also written the hugely successful Top Climbs of the World, as well as Adventure Sports: Rock and Wall Climbing and Extreme Rock and Ice: 25 of the World's Great Climbs (both published by New Holland).