Big Wall Climbing: Elite Technique

Big Wall Climbing: Elite Technique

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Dangling sweaty-palmed from a 3000-foot cliff for days on end, Jared Ogden taught himself to climb his first big wall by trial and error. Why should you have to do the same? Ogden, who has climbed El Capitan's Nose in less than twenty-four hours, wants to jump-start your education.

Whether you're a weekend warrior or a full-on wall addict, you'll learn the tools of the trade and how to use them; different leading and hauling scenarios and why some are better suited than others; multiple following set-ups for different terrain; how to choose your partners and routes; staying on route; how to live on a wall; the steps involved in doing first ascents; big wall style and ethics; and more. Ogden will have you racked and ready for prime big wall climbing destinations in North America including Yosemite, Zion, Rocky Mountain, and the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Parks; the Alaskan Range; and the Bugaboos of British Columbia.

  • Skills and strategies unique to big walls - illustrated in full color.
  • Includes modern speed and free climbing tactics that have revolutionized wall climbing.
  • Key training exercises (practiced near the ground) and real life examples reinforce instruction.
  • Author: Jared Ogden


  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 207 pages, 17.8 x 1.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Published: April 18, 2005
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books
  • Language: English
  • Item weight: 481 g

About the Author: JARED OGDEN has climbed all over the world (Pakistan, Baffin Island, New Hampshire, Colorado, Yosemite, Utah, Patagonia?) including new routes on Trango Tower (Pakistan), Sail Peak (Baffin Island) Shipton Spire and Nameless Tower (Karakoram Range). Jared was one of the climbers featured in Fifty Favorite Climbs and he appears frequently on a number of websites, offering advice and instruction. Linking Half Dome and El Cap in 17 hours is one of the climbing accomplishments of which Jared is most proud of.

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