Freedom of the Hills

The 9th Edition of Freedom of the Hills will be released in Fall 2017.  The below information is about the 8th edition.

By: The Mountaineers
ISBN: 978-1-59485-138-4
Pages: 592

“I purchased my copy of Freedom of The Hills in 1976 and consumed it several times well before I ever set foot in the mountains. Through the years my well-worn copy became my guide and reference for the art of mountaineering. I would highly recommend this book as a ‘must have’ for any aspiring mountaineer’s library.” — Ed Viesturs, high-altitude mountaineer

  • Best-selling mountaineering book of all time-more
  • New chapters on waterfall ice climbing and mixed climbing, physical conditioning, access issues, techniques for minimum impact on the land, and more
  • 415 completely new illustrations
  • Includes a new glossary of climbing terms

Since publication of the first edition in 1961, Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills has endured as the classic mountaineering text. Novice climbers use it as a primer; veterans use it to review their skills. Translated into five languages, it has instructed and inspired more than half a million climbers from all over the world. The fully updated seventh edition maintains the same high standard for complete, authoritative instruction in an easy-to-use format.

From choosing equipment to how to tie a particular knot, from basic rappelling technique to planning an expedition, it’s all here in this essential mountaineering reference. Continued evolution of the sport ensures that climbers who own previous editions will need to “upgrade” to the new seventh edition. The chapter on aid climbing, for example, has been substantially rewritten to include new aid techniques and equipment. A new chapter has been added to meet the rising popularity of waterfall ice and mixed climbing.

The more than thirty contributors to Freedom 8 are all active climbers who regularly use and teach the skills about which they write. This book is the resource trusted by climbers the world over.

The Mountaineers Club, based in Seattle, Washington, was founded in 1906. It is now the third largest outdoor recreation club of its kind in the United States, with nearly 15,000 members. The Mountaineers sponsors both classes and year-round outdoor activities, which include hiking, climbing, ski touring, snowshoeing, kayaking, canoeing, and more.