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By the editors of climbing magazine. Comprehensive, detailed, well-written, easy to understand, inexpensive... What more do you want? This is a great book covering the gamut of outdoor rock-climbing technique and equipment. It doesn't include ice or aid, but it's got everything else from beginner's technique and basic anchors, to more advanced moves, technique, and equipment, including great information for beginning leaders. If you only get one book on climbing, this is it. 148 pages.
This book assumes you know the basics, and focuses on understanding and manipulating the underlying physiological and psychological processes to improve your climbing. Useful to climbers at all levels of ability, but especially those who have mastered the basics and want to get serious. 208 pages.
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