Mountaineering Methodology is a multimedia textbook intended for beginners and advanced climbers who wish to devote themselves to mountaineering in its various forms, whether rock climbing, artificial climbing walls, ascents in the mountains up rock, snow, and ice, or protected routes (klettersteig, via ferrata).
Mountaineering Methodology is composed of several sections; each section is one book. That way the series follows an ideal path for the growing awareness of the beginning student of mountaineering. If you are just getting started with mountaineering, we would definitely recommend that you start with the first section, and then continue gradually from there. The level where you will complete your education is entirely up to you.
There are, of course, a vast number of pictures, photographs, as well as videos and various interactive images and quizzes. This textbook is not superficial. At key points it is very detailed, and doesn’t simply tell you what you should do but also explains why you should do it. It has been written from the conviction that a thorough and clear understanding of the subject is the most basic element of safely practicing mountaineering.
In the third section, which you can download right here, the following topics are covered: protection, belaying, and preventing falls while mountaineering; creating anchors in terrain, placing protection in rock, using slings and runners on sandstone cliffs, using pitons and bolts in the rock, forces applied when loading the chain of protection, methods of handling the rope when belaying, belay stations, rappelling, solving problems while belaying, various rappelling and self-belaying methods when rappelling. The third section is entirely fundamental for carrying out rock climbing.