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  • Beal - manufacturer of climbing ropes and harnesses, catalog, technical information
  • Black Diamond - manufacturers of high tech climbing equipment, catalog, dealer list
  • Blue Water - manufacturer of climbing ropes and equipment, catalog, technical manual,
  • Boreal - manufacturers of climbing shoes, catalog,
  • Climbing Equipment Manufacturer links
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  • CMI - manufacturer of climbing equipment, downloadable catalog, technical information
  • Eastern Mountain Sports - dealer (nationwide) in outdoor gear and equipment, catalog, training, technical information
  • Metolius Climbing - manufacturer of high tech climbing equipment, catalog, how-to guides, dealer list,
  • Petzl - manufacturer of technical climbing equipment, catalog, dealer lists, excellent technical manual
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  • Climbing Magazine
  • Rock And Ice Magazine
  • "Advanced Rock Climbing", John Long and Craig Luebben, Chockstone, 1997
  • "Advanced Rockcraft", Royal Robbins, La Siesta Press, 1973, Advanced aided climbing equipment and techniques.
  • "Back Pocket Adventure", Karl Rohnke, et al., Simon & Schuster, 1998, ISBN 0-53-601419-1
  • "The Basic Essentials of Rock Climbing", Michael Strassman, ICS Books, 1989
  • "Basic Rockcraft", Royal Robbins, La Siesta Press, 1971, Guide to climbing and rappelling equipment and techniques
  • "Best of Boulder climbs", Richard Rossiter, Chockstone, 1996
  • "Climbing Big Walls", Mike Strassman, editor, ICS Books 1991
  • "Climbing in North America", Mountaineers Books, 1997
  • "Climbing Knots for Lefties and Righties", Michael Noonan, ICS books Inc., 1997, ISBN 1-57034-053-6 (PBK), An excellent treatment on rope and webbing knots used in climbing
  • "Climbing Merit badge Pamphlet", Boy Scouts of America, No. 35001, 1997, ISBN 0-8395-5001-4 Climbing equipment and techniques
  • "Encyclopedia of Knots and Fancy Rope Work", Raoul Graumont and John Hensel, Cornell Maritime Press, 1994, ISBN =-87033-021-7 Collection of knots and artistic rope work
  • "The Handbook of Knots", Des Pawson, DK Publishing, 1998, ISBN 0-7894-2395-2, An illustrated guide to typing knots, splicing and lashing
  • "The Knot Book", Geoffrey Budworth, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., 1985, ISBN 0-8069-7944-5 A handbook of knots and how to tie them
  • "The Morrow Guide to Knots", Marlo Bigon and Guido Regazzoni, Quill/William Morrow, 1982, ISBN 0-688-01226-4 (pbk), Excellent book with color photographs and detailed instructions on how to tie knots.
  • "Mountain Search and Rescue Techniques", W.G. May, Rocky Mountain Rescue Group Inc. 1973 ISBN 72-92728 Advanced mountain rescue equipment and techniques
  • "Mountaineering: the Freedom of the Hills", 6th ed, Don Graydon, editor, Mountaineers Books, 1992
  • "Outdoor Skills Instruction Climbing/Rappelling", Boy Scouts of America, No. 33027 1991 ISBN 0-8395-3027-8 Seminar on climbing equipment, safety and techniques
  • "Rock Climbing and Rappelling", Boy Scouts of America, No 33469, 1995, ISBN 0-8395-3469-8 An introduction to rock climbing and rappelling
  • "The Splicing Handbook Techniques for Modern and traditional Ropes", Barbara Merry and John Darwin, International Marine, 1987, ISBN 0-07-156371-1, The essentials of splicing in layed and double braided rope.
  • "Topping Out: A BSA Climbing/Rappelling Manual", No. 3207, is the most authoritative guide currently available from the Boy Scouts of America.
  • "Wilderness Mountaineering", Phil Powers, National Outdoor Leadership School, Stackpool Books 1993, ISBN 0-8117-3086-7 Climbing safety and rescue techniques


  • The Art of Leading - VHS 50 min - Experience the freedom, the thrill, and the feeling of command that comes from leading a challenging pitch...This finely crafted video will entertain the aspiring rock star as it describes strategies for safe and successful climbing.
  • Basic Rockclimbing - VHS 45 min - John Long introduces the fundamentals of beginning rock climbing: techniques, equipment, terminology, with a touch of humor; filmed in Yosemite Valley
  • Belaying With Safety - VHS 40 min - Shows equipment needed for a successful climb, explains how to use it & walks you thru the proper technique in belaying. Helpful hints on how to remember things to check for before starting your climb
  • Vertical Rope Skills With Douglas Hansen - VHS 70 min -In this information packed, principle based video, rope skills master Douglas Hansen explains & demonstrates many of the primary rope skill needed by anyone who ventures into a vertical environment. This course is the kick-off point for technical rope rescue, advanced rock climbing, ice climbing, vertical caving, industrial rope work & much more