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Alpine Caving Techniques: A Complete Guide to Safe and Efficient Caving   

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The long-awaited English edition of this classic manual. A definitive source for caving techniques. Emphasizes vertical caving and rigging practices, as well as presenting new and thorough discussions on many other aspects of cave exploration. A must for every caver. by Marbach and Tourte. 2002, hb., 320 pp. Open the volume and you will be struck by the wealth of detail and information, attractively presented using blue to highlight key points. The line drawings are exceptionally clear. The manual is divided into three main sections: equipment, physical and mental aspects, and underground. Each is subdivided, for example that for equipment covers such topics as basic principles (rules of conduct, manufacturing standards...), lighting, personal gear (harnesses, descenders, footloops...), and transporting kit. The second section is an excellent overview of how factors such as diet, fatigue, exhaustion, training, motivation and confidence affect our abilities; this is the best text on the topic that you are likely to find anywhere. The largest section is devoted to the underground and this, primarily, means ropework. This is where SRT is covered to minute detail, the advice being clean and precise; that might not suit every style of SRT (something acknowledged in the book), but it would be surprising if any experienced caver could not learn something from these pages, let alone a beginner. For its SRT coverage alone, Alpine Caving should be on your shelf. Chris Howes - Extracted from Descent Magazine Aug/Sept 2002


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