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Nov 19, 2012
Russ Just off the block
I've dabbled in Aid climbing, and done plenty of trad/multi pitch, but am looking to broaden my knowledge of aid and general big wall techniques. Just wondering if anyone would like to point me in the direction of there favorite big wall instructional book.

Thanks,

Russ
Danger-Russ Gordon
From Tempe, AZ
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Nov 19, 2012
Cold day at Smug's
I find this to be a good start.
supertopo.com/a/How-To-Big-Wal...
csproul
From Davis, CA
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Nov 19, 2012
amazon.com/Big-Wall-Climbing-T...

I thought this book was very well done.
pete cutler
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Nov 19, 2012
Russ Just off the block
thanks csproul, I saw that from a ST thread, it looks like it would be worth some time, I was also wondering if anyone knows if the book contains things the on line test version does not?

Hey Pete, thats the book I was leaning towards actually, thanks for the input!
Danger-Russ Gordon
From Tempe, AZ
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Nov 19, 2012
Cold day at Smug's
Danger-Russ Gordon wrote:
thanks csproul, I saw that from a ST thread, it looks like it would be worth some time, I was also wondering if anyone knows if the book contains things the on line test version does not? Hey Pete, thats the book I was leaning towards actually, thanks for the input!

I'm not aware that the actual book had been completed...I thought it was only the rough-draft on-line version that was linked. I also have the book that Pete linked and found it somewhat more helpful than the older John Long & Middendorf book, although I own both.
csproul
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Nov 19, 2012
Russ Just off the block
Hey csproul, I think your right about CMac's book, I cant seem to find it, so I guess its just that on-line resource for now. Thanks for the +1 on Petes recommendation, I really appreciate it. Danger-Russ Gordon
From Tempe, AZ
Joined Nov 30, 2011
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Dec 1, 2012
The book Pete suggested is the best one out there I think...

I've lent it out to a few people and they all thought it was good. It is a finished product. You may find someone that will lend it to you. I would but I can't remember who has it now...

ZAc
Caz
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Dec 1, 2012
And the Fishproducts website john strand
From southern colo
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Dec 30, 2012
me at the top of higher spire!
This book is sorta out dated but super handy.
its by john long and john middendorf
its by john long and john middendorf
Mickey Sensenbach
From San luis obispo CA
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Dec 30, 2012
Brass monkey
Mickey Sensenbach wrote:
This book is sorta out dated but super handy.



Outdated is right I'd say, between this and "Big Wall Climbing: Elite Technique" I would definitely go with the later.

Better and much more up to date color pics, diagrams, and techniques.
Brassmonkey
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Dec 30, 2012
Chris Mac posted on Supertopo that he will soon be taking orders for his how-to big wall book. He certainly has lots of experience. Dana Bartlett
From CT
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Dec 31, 2012
Russ Just off the block
Cant wait to hear from the Mac, I'm sure his book will be worth the money. thanks for the heads up! Danger-Russ Gordon
From Tempe, AZ
Joined Nov 30, 2011
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Dec 31, 2012
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If you want the most up-to-date info, I would wait for the new C Mac book. But if you're new to big-wall climbing, I would wait until you can get the older edition for a discount. ;-) Marc H
From Lafayette, CO
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Jan 1, 2013
Third trad Route in KS.
Freedom of the Hills is always helpful. MonteGraham
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Jan 1, 2013
"The Complete Book of Big Wall Climbing" by Chongo Rogerlarock
From Nedsterdam, Colorado
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Jan 10, 2013
Just released!

supertopo.com/packs/howtobigwa...
GhaMby
From Heaven
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Jan 10, 2013
Russ Just off the block
I just watched some of the YouTube videos and had a look at the free sample pages, i really like the format and the content seems like its right at my level, Ill be buying the full version for sure thanks Chris Mc! Danger-Russ Gordon
From Tempe, AZ
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Jan 12, 2013
me at the top of higher spire!
check this out

supertopo.com/climbers-forum/2...
Mickey Sensenbach
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Jan 14, 2013
Russ Just off the block
Thanks Mickey Sensenbach, great link!! Danger-Russ Gordon
From Tempe, AZ
Joined Nov 30, 2011
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Feb 14, 2013
me at the top of higher spire!
just got the new chris mac book on big walls and its super helpful ! Mickey Sensenbach
From San luis obispo CA
Joined Dec 27, 2012
150 points
Feb 14, 2013
Thunderbolt Peak in the Palisades
While Chongo's books may be slightly outdated they are the most comprehensive volumes on big wall climbing that I have ever found.

chongonation.com/BWBook.htm
randy88fj62
Joined May 28, 2010
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May 9, 2013
Top of Intersection Rock, Joshua Tree NP.
i just bought the printed and digital version of chris macnamara's book. it is awesome and he even includes a few links to videos he made showing a specific technique. he's really passionate about the sport and it shows. great book! david doucette
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