Rating: 5 / 5
This is the default reference manual for all things climbing and mountaineering, even seeing use as a standard text book for most mountaineering and climbing instruction. It is an excellent reference manual indeed. It is useful not just to those who plan on climbing big peaks, but to everyone who plans any type of winter travel and camping, and to anyone who ever needed to rope up when crossing some particularly nasty bit of trail. Indeed, it is a useful reference guide for anyone who engages in backcountry activities, with very good sections on camping and bivy techniques, food and water, gear for the outdoors, and even expedition planning (which is a useful section whether planning the next winter 8000M summit push, or your next weeklong relaxing hiking trip). All in all, a comprehensive and well written reference that surpasses all others in the genre.