Extreme Alpinism: Climbing Light, Fast, & High

Mark Twight/The Mountaineers Books, Sep 1, 1999 – 238 pages
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For accomplished climbers who want to take it to the next level- This is a master class taught by Mark Twight, renowned for pushing the limits of the possible. Twight proves that character and attitude are as essential to success as physical prowess. Throughtout, he insists on safety- and adherence to a strict code of climbing ethics. It’s the complete guide to how elite mountaineers approach the world’s most demanding routes. Character and attitude- training for phychological fitness; Advanced techniques for climbing fast, light, and high; Strenght training, cardiovascular conditioning, and nutrition; Tips on clothing and equipment; Information on safety, communication, and bivouacs.
Big, high routes at the edge of a climber’s ability are not the places for inventing technique or relying on old habits. Complacency can lead to fatal errors. So where does the hard-core aspirant or dreamer turn? The only master class in print, Extreme Alpinism delivers an expert dose of reality and practical techniques for advanced climbers.Focusing on how top alpine climbers approach the world’s most difficult routes, Twight centers his instruction on the ethos of climbing the hardest routes with the least amount of gear and the most speed. Throughout, Twight makes it clear that the two things he refuses to compromise are safety and his climbing ethics. In addition to the extensive chapters on advanced techniques and skills, Twight also discusses mental preparedness and attitude; strength and cardiovascular training; good nutrition; and tips on equipment and clothing.Illustrated throughout with full-color photos.

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