________________ CM . . . . Volume XI Number 7 . . . . November 26, 2004

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Extreme Climbing. (Extreme Sports, No Limits!).

John Crossingham and Bobbie Kalman.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2004.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $8.06 (pbk.), $20.76 (RLB).
ISBN 0-7787-1717-8 (pbk.), ISBN 0-7787-1671-6 (RLB).

Subject Headings:
Rock climbing-Juvenile literature.
Extreme sports-Juvenile literature.

Grades 5-9 / Ages 10-14.

Review by Glenys Martin.

**** /4

excerpt:

Each style of climbing involves different techniques, equipment, and surfaces. Traditional climbing or "trad" is a style of climbing in which athletes place anchors in the rack face as they move upward. In sport climbing, athletes climb for speed on rock faces with pre-placed anchors in the rock face as they move upward. In sport climbing, athletes climb for speed on rock faces with pre-placed anchors. Bouldering, one of the most challenging types of climbing, is just like rock climbing, except the climbers do note use any ropes or harnesses. In ice climbing, athletes use picks and special boot s to climb sheer faces on solid ice, such as frozen waterfalls.

 

The book provides a complete overview to climbing. It provides the reader with information about the various types of climbing, the training, equipment and competitions. Most climbing courses are rated with numbers 1-6, with 1 being the easiest. These ratings allow climbers to determine climbs within their ability. The book contains labeled examples and exciting pictures. The authors have provided the information in short bits thereby making it an easy book to browse through and find just the details for which you may be looking. Climbing is a very dangerous sport that requires careful training and the use of safety equipment. Safety in the sport is supported through the pictures and informational pages. This book would make an excellent resource for a library or classroom. The layout and pictures will make it very appealing to students. It is part of Crabtree’s “Extreme Sports No Limit” series, and, for this book, the writing team consulted the American Alpine Club Library Committee and Maggie Owen, Mountaineering Historian. The information is broken into 14 sections, each providing specific information about the sport. The book contains an opening table of contents and a concluding glossary & index.

Highly Recommended.

Glenys Martin is a teacher at W.P.Sandin Composite High School in Shellbrook, SK.

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