Guidebook

A guidebook is a very important aid for engaging in mountaineering. It can be ignored only by total adventurers who crave surprise, don’t wish to know anything about who climbed before them, and where, but who wish to approach the ascent as if they were the first. Of course, all other mountaineers operate differently. First ascents are recorded, first into a summit book, later in some cabin or similar base (in rocky regions it is usually the nearest pub); this information is gathered until some careful and sufficiently assertive individual arranges everything into a form suitable for publication as a book. And then the public receives a mountaineering guidebook. Its primary purpose is to disseminate information in order that people may know the ascent routes on the mountain or rock, where they lead, how difficult they are, how long the ascent takes, and last but not least in the case of mountain terrain, how to get down from the summit. An associated objective of the mountaineering guidebooks is their archival and historical role, as the information about who performed the first ascent and when is recorded through it.

From the above we can see what such a properly produced guidebook should include in order to fulfil all of these purposes. First and foremost, without which such a work could not even be called a mountaineering guide, is the following:

  • a list of routes
  • textual or graphical description of routes
  • a level of complexity indicated for each route

And yet it is a tried and tested reality that a mountaineering guidebook offers far more, especially in more extensive rocky regions we would never get by with such brief contents. And for mountain climbing the thoroughness of a guidebook is even more important.

Typical mountaineering guidebook for mountain climbing. Durable plastic covers, approximately A6 format so as to fit in the pocket of a backpack.

Typical mountaineering guidebook for mountain climbing. Durable plastic covers, approximately A6 format so as to fit in the pocket of a backpack.

Photography with ascent routes marked.

Photography with ascent routes marked.

Mountaineering guidebook and using topography symbols.

Mountaineering guidebook and using topography symbols.

More in e-book.

Title Part 1Mountaineering Methodology – Part 1 – Basics

ISBN 978-80-87715-07-9

MMPublishing, 2013

Available for download from Apple iTunes (in the Books section).

For example U.S. store – link

Another countries – look on the page Download

See layout.

Another possibility is Google Play. This version is a simplified (as PDF).

Title Part 1 GPMountaineering Methodology – Part 1 – Basics

ISBN 978-80-87715-12-3

MMPublishing, 2014

Available for download from Google Play.