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MOUNTAINEERING, THE THE FREEDOM OF HILLS Harvey Manning 1960 1st ed Rare DJ Near Fine
By Manning, Harvey, The Mountaineers
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Seattle, Mountaineers, 1960, 1st edition, 1st printing. 430 pp, many photos and illustrations. This is a Near fine copy of the original hardcover book that has helped train tens of thousands of mountaineers. This example is Near Fine. The dust jacket has only one minor chip, but perhaps 60 years ago it was trimmed on the edges about 1/16'' to fit it in a plastic protector. The protector did its job, and the DJ looks great, but there are minor edge stains from the reinforced cover, and minor yellow marks on the endpapers as well. The book has no writing and appears unused. 

This is by far the best selling and most influential American mountaineering inspiration and technique book of the 20th century. It sold over 1/2 million copies since 1960. It is fun to collect all the editions, and I have seen a collection of every printing of every edition. This first edition is the scarcest because it was probably only sold in the northwest, so few copies ended up in climber's hands until the 2nd edition. The clear plastic dust jacket with the book's name written on the jacket rather than on the book itself is the bit of originality that is fun to appreciate. 
 
Chapters include Equipment, Camping and Sleeping, Alpine Cuisine, Wilderness Travel, Navigation in the Hills, Rock Climbing: Route Finding; Balance; Counterforce;  Roped Climbing; Belaying; Piton Craft and Rappels. Snow and Ice Climbing: Snow; Ice; Glaciers; Arrests and Belays; Safe Climbing: The Climbing Party and its Leadership; Climbing Dangers; First Aid; Alpine Rescue; The Climbing Environment: Mountain Geology; The Cycle of Snow; Mountain Weather; Appendix: Food Requirements for Climbers. 

There are 16 exquisite photo plates printed on glossy paper that enhance the detail of the images, and they include Mount Saint Elias in the Yukon, Berg Lake in the Canadian Rockies, Mount Formidable, Ripsaw Ridge, Mount Fury in the Picketts, Bugaboos, Forbidden Peak, Dome Peak and the White Rock Lakes (I climbed there in 1972), Ptarmigan Ridge, Sledging on the Seward Glacier near Saint Elias, The Terrible Traverse on Mount Constance in the Olympics, Mount Olympus, Puyallup Glacier, Devils Thumb in BC, Mount Logan, Mount Olympus on the Olympic Peninsula, Puyallup Glacier, Mount Rainier and Mount Robson.



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