Introduction

Textbook of mountaineering and rock climbing

The digital book (e-book) Mountaineering Methodology is the full version of this work. The textbook is divided into seven parts. Version iBooks is a complex multimedia e-book intended for tablets with touchscreens, which in addition to text and diagrams also includes video, photo galleries, and interactive tests of knowledge. Version of Google Play is a simplified (as PDF).

This textbook has been compiled for conditions in Europe, specifically the Czech Republic, but that does not in any way limit its use. Aside from certain local specifics, such as the telephone numbers of rescue services and relevant local legislation, the contents of the textbook are usable for anyone in the world who is interested in mountaineering in common rock terrain or in mountains 5,000 meters above sea level.

Where to get it

The full version of Mountaineering Methodology is available for download from Apple iBooks and Google Play Store. Look on the page Download.

What the Mountaineering Methodology e-book offers

The Mountaineering Methodology digital textbook is composed of seven sections:

1. The Basics, 2. Gear and Accessories, 3. Belaying and Rappelling, 4. The Mountains, 5. Snow and Ice, 6. Rescue and 7. Specializations. The set of all sections of the textbook and the methods introduced therein are arranged in a specific logical sequence for the ideal growth of the knowledge of the beginning mountaineer.

Title Part 1The first section, The Basics, presents all of mountaineering and its individual disciplines, so that the reader can become clear on which discipline and method of mountaineering interests her, and which she would like to focus on. Afterward, climbing movements during rock climbing are discussed so as to make it clear what this most common form of climbing offers, so that the reader may again consider whether this is indeed the field for him. A description of mountaineering terrain follows, so that it is evident right from the beginning in what environments mountaineering is conducted. Then the first more difficult passage follows, which requires actual study: knots. Even if you wish to participate in mountaineering on a purely recreational level, you will be unable to do so without at least a basic knowledge of knots. There’s no point in continuing onward if you can’t manage at least a few of them. For this reason, tying knots is covered right in the first section. It is a gateway to further progress.

Title Part 2In the second section, Gear and Accessories, the items which you will need when mountaineering are described, both for summer and winter seasons. You will gain a basic overview of what items you can get and what they are for, and how this equipment works. This includes items both for rock climbing, mountain hiking, and climbing in the mountains. In addition to this general overview there are also certain specific products described in detail (mostly protection devices), which represent a specific type of construction shared by other products from other manufacturers.

Title Part 3In the third section, Belaying and Rappelling, things get more serious. Welcome to the climb. In the first chapter you will learn how to protect yourself against falling when climbing a cliff; we then focus in greater detail on handling belay devices, both in order to avoid certain errors which people often make when belaying, how to set up the belay station and build a self-belay, and other activities associated with belaying. A description of rappelling and associated activities follows, both for rappelling with emergency equipment, self-belaying when rappelling, and so forth. There are even tips for situations when complications arise during rappelling, and how to solve them so that you can make it from the cliff or mountain back to solid ground.

Title Part 4The fourth section focuses on activities in the mountains and is simply titled The Mountains. It begins here completely from the beginning – first discussing advancing in the mountains along regular trails, and then walking in free terrain off the trail, as well as in varying types of terrain such as talus and grassy slopes, passages through scrub, walking in snow and firn slopes, and so forth. The important question of planning mountain tours is also addressed, how to carry out a mountain tour, what tactics to uphold during a mountain tour, and everything associated with mountain glaciers and advancing along them. Another part of this section are protected routes (klettersteig/via ferrata), the history of their creation, and methods of protection and advancement along them.

Title Part 5The fifth section, Snow and Ice, focuses on a specific matter: this chapter is intended for those interested parties who wish to focus among other things on climbing in ice, as well as those who wish to progress further, both to climbs in high altitude mountains where snow lies in the terrain year round, or in mountains during the winter season. Advancing and climbing in snow, ice, and mixed terrain are the key focuses of this section. Here we discuss in detail how to build protection and belay stations in snow and ice, how to advance in mountain terrain in snow, climbing movements when climbing on ice with ice axes, braking with ice axes when falling down a snowy slope, and other activities typical of climbing in wintry mountains.

(sometime in the future) The sixth section, Rescue, discusses the processes and rope techniques we must use in situations when we are not doing too well and it is necessary to somehow get out of trouble. This can consist, for example, of helping a weaker climber during the ascent, whether by lowering the leader from a location on the cliff which he was unable to surmount, or by towing a second upward; however, this can also consist of evacuating an injured fellow climber completely away from the wall. At the same time, the topic of extracting a person from the ice crack she has fallen into is examined. Part of this section includes a chapter on first aid, in which medical topics that in some way correspond to rope techniques or the mountains are discussed in detail, typically consisting of trauma from hanging, hypothermia and frostbite, etc.

(sometime in the future) The seventh section, Specialisations, is intended for all associated topics. This includes, for example, technical climbing, a simplified form of the single rope technique adapted for the needs of the mountaineer; the issues surrounding solo climbing are described, and certain forms of competition in mountaineering are also presented, such as climbing races on artificial climbing walls, the basics of orientation in terrain using a compass, environmental protection, and also discussions of legal responsibilities during mountaineering, as well as a summary of technical norms. In this seventh section there are certainly some extraneous items which are not really worth mentioning. If you’ve made it this far, then in order for you to conquer a specific body of knowledge you should know a number of these special topics as well.

In the future the number and composition of these sections is not final. The textbook Mountaineering Methodology will grow on, both as part of the existing sections and through the addition of new sections where other Alpine topics will be addressed.

The entire textbook is divided into several sections in order to reduce the size of the downloaded file of the e-book. It’s a rather appropriate reason, as the textbook contains a series of videos, and if all of it was bundled together into one book, the volume of data would be excessively huge. By dividing the book into sections the volume of data could be reduced to an acceptable level.

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Format

The Mountaineering Methodology digital textbook has been produced in the .ibooks format on Apple iBooks, or as PDF on Google Play.