Book: Freedom of the Hills

Since the first version was published in 1960, Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills (Mountaineers Books, $38) has been the most comprehensive reference for those traveling into the mountains. A true classic, this "climber's bible" is practically an encyclopedia of all aspects of mountaineering, climbing, expedition planning, prevention, rescue, and so much more. And it was a team effort: more than 40 expert climbers contributed to the book, and this latest version is updated to include new equipment, climbing trends, land stewardship issues, and new techniques. The seventh edition also includes technical illustrations and a new glossary. It's absolutely the most inclusive text in its genre, and this book should be in the collection of anyone who spends time among the mountains, period.