Each of the chapters form the fourth edition has been revised, rewritten, and where necessary, expanded. These revisions reflect the rapid changes occurring in various areas of mountaineering and area due to increase popularity, the development of new techniques, and the introduction of new and improved equipment. Chapters considerably enhanced by these changes include: First Steps, Leading and Placing Protection, Rock Climbing Technique, Air Climbing and Pitoncraft and Belaying. This edition presents a completely new chapter on Winter and Expedition Climbing.
Mountaineering - The freedom of the hills is intended to present both introductory and advanced information of the sport of mountaineering. This fifth edition is an extensive revision of the fourth edition, the longtime, leading English language text on mountaineering.