Metilar Full of good if somewhat dated in some cases tips regarding gear and strategies in pursuit of ever lighter and faster climbing at the limits of alpinism. Lafaille I think did manage to climb down some big Himalayan wall alone after his partner died. Jason Serviss rated it it was ok May 13, Climbing Light, Fast, and High is a great book that is mwrk way more than mountain climbing. Kindle Editionpages. A couple of quotes I particularly liked: Very useful for people operating at all levels of mountaineering.
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While probably best known for his controversial and confrontational writings in climbing journals, his routes are among the most difficult ever attempted. Many of his climbs have never been repeated or repeated only in much easier conditions. Even his failures, such as the Rupal Face on Nanga Parbat and the North Face of Everest, rank among the great epics in mountaineering history.
I hope they have the experience they are looking for. With obsessive focus and will, he examined every facet of climbing and recreated himself to prepare for such climbs as "Deprivation" on the North Buttress of Mt.
Some locals immediately downrated it despite the fact that it was never repeated. With the publication of his new book Extreme Alpinism Mountaineers, Seattle Twight presents a cohesive and comprehensive account of his career, philosophy, and techniques. In a recent interview, Twight expanded on some of the ideas he presented in his book: Why did you decide to write Extreme Alpinism?
The slow and steady approach is fine on a low altitude volcano or a moderate alpine climb, but it will guarantee failure or worse on a harsh Alaskan wall. Furthermore, I saw little or no appreciation for the kind of mental and physical preparation many alpinists employ before attempting a big peak. So I decided to give an account of my approach. I think most of the best climbers will recognize the validity of most of what I say, even though we may disagree on particulars.
You seem to harp on mental preparation throughout the book. That is the heart of hard climbing. I took many of my ideas from the martial arts but there are other ways to approach it. The important thing is to recognize that personal transformation is essential and to find a way to accomplish it. You advocate two physical training cycles each year.
Why only two? Climbing a big hard peak is a debilitating experience. You must be at your physical peak. But the body can only recover from a genuinely difficult climb and then build back up to optimum performance about twice a year. In the book I prescribe a training cycle that builds a foundation of power and then ramps up endurance, both aerobic and muscular. Just before leaving for the climb, you must taper a bit, giving the body a chance to replenish all its reserves before the big push.
You have some unusual ideas on clothing and equipment. On the other hand, the insulation materials breathe too well so the accumulated moisture evaporates rapidly once you stop moving, causing radical cooling. As for layering, trying to wear just the right amount to stay comfortable during each specific level of activity takes too much time, and on a severe alpine climb, speed is key. When climbing, I prefer to wear a very light set up: synthetic long underwear covered by a light, very breathable shell.
When I stop I pull out a synthetic fill belay jacket and pants, too, in very cold conditions and put it on over the shell. I used this system on Hunter to good effect. You have a reputation of an intolerant and elitist climber. If someone wants to pull an M-7 hard mixed climbing, demanding the use of dry tooling with bolts every five feet, great. One takes merely physical skill to accomplish and can be done relatively quickly.
The other requires a careful synthesis of physical and psychological capacity, and many, diverse skills in the toolbox. It can last for hours or days. Maintaining the efficiency of both mind and body for such duration increases the overall difficulty.
One is quite obviously not synonymous with the other. I climb for my own reasons, for the way the experience changes me. Each individual can pursue any path he wants.
While probably best known for his controversial and confrontational writings in climbing journals, his routes are among the most difficult ever attempted. Many of his climbs have never been repeated or repeated only in much easier conditions. Even his failures, such as the Rupal Face on Nanga Parbat and the North Face of Everest, rank among the great epics in mountaineering history. I hope they have the experience they are looking for. With obsessive focus and will, he examined every facet of climbing and recreated himself to prepare for such climbs as "Deprivation" on the North Buttress of Mt.
Extreme Alpinism: Climbing Light, Fast, and High / Edition 1
Our product picks are editor-tested, expert-approved. We may earn a commission through links on our site. His secret: Workouts from Mark Twight , who often prescribes a mix of functional, whole-body movements combined with isolation exercises and drop sets more commonly associated with bodybuilding. I first met Jason Momoa in Detroit when he was preparing for his cameo in Batman vs. The common language of climbing jump-started our friendship. Superman director Zack Snyder told him I handled the physical training for his movies, Jason was surprised and excited.
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As a young man, Mark Twight was convinced that his life would end at age It was an arbitrary number, he admits today, but as a world-class mountain climber, he had plenty of time shivering in tents and clinging to exposed rockfaces to imagine doom lurking just over the horizon. Instead, he built his reputation by targeting routes which other climbers deemed impossible or suicidal, and he conquered them quickly with minimal equipment. But make no mistake: The intensity that defined his climbing career came down from the hills with him. After starting off training military units in high-altitude settings, Twight has carved out a niche helping professional fighters, football players, endurance athletes, and A-list actors achieve their full physical potential.
I hope they have the experience they are looking for. For a full question-and-answer session with Twight, click here I Was Wrong As I unzipped my fly and added my biological waste to the rest that had been left on the summit of Mont Blanc, I felt the shame come over me. But my sense of athletic and spiritual achievement was deadened by having used the cable car to approach the mountains, by letting vanity and my quest for recognition and approval inspire an otherwise illogical "enchainment. Visibility extended for about 50 miles and I turned slowly, my vacant gaze pausing in Switzerland, then Italy, and finally France. It was where I wanted to be because that bus would take me home. The climbing was easy and the weather winter-perfect. I started up.