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Best Rock Climbing Books That Will Hook You

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Rock Climbing books.

Rock Climbing Technique: The Practical Guide to Movement Mastery (2018)

 Best Rock Climbing Books That Will Hook YouIf you have ever wanted to move effortlessly and get the most from your hard-won climbing fitness, this is the guide you’ve been waiting for.Getting better at rock climbing doesn’t have to be about strength, endurance, flexibility or hours spent on repetitive training. It doesn’t need to be a balancing act between losing fitness and getting injured overtraining.
Author(s): John Kettle

The Rock Climber’s Training Manual (2014)

 Best Rock Climbing Books That Will Hook YouWhether you climb 5.9 or 5.15, this book shows you how to immediately and continuously improve your climbing, providing a step-by-step, easy to follow action plan used by elite climbers. The Rock Climber’s Training Manual updates and expands on the renowned "Rock Prodigy" training method that has helped climbers around the globe advance through the grades.
Author(s): Michael L. Anderson PhD, Mark L. Anderson

Vertical Mind: Psychological Approaches for Optimal Rock Climbing by Don McGrath and Jeff Elison (2014) Paperback (2014)

 Best Rock Climbing Books That Will Hook YouIn Vertical Mind, Don McGrath and Jeff Elison teach rock climbers how to improve their mental game so they can climb better and have more fun. They teach how the latest research in brain science and psychology can help you retrain your mind and body for higher levels of rock climbing performance, while also demonstrating how to train and overcome fears and anxiety that hold you back.
Author(s): Don McGrath, Jeff Elison

Rock Climbing, 2nd Edition: Mastering Basic Skills (Mountaineers Outdoor Experts) (2014)

 Best Rock Climbing Books That Will Hook YouThousands of rock climbers have learned the sport using Craig Luebben’s seminal and bestselling text, Rock Climbing: Mastering Basic Skills. Now Craig’s friend and fellow climber Topher Donahue brings the content up to current standards and includes technological advances, while preserving Craig’s comprehensive approach.
Author(s): Topher Donahue, Craig Luebben

Building Your Own Climbing Wall: Illustrated Instructions And Plans For Indoor And Outdoor Walls (How To Climb Series) (2012)

 Best Rock Climbing Books That Will Hook YouIf you want to get a total body work out, climbing is the way to do it, and building your own climbing wall allows you to train and have fun any time you want, rather than having to drive to a climbing gym during open hours.   provides the essential information you need to plan and construct your own indoor or outdoor climbing wall, including step by step instructions, equipment lists, info…
Author(s): Steve Lage

How to Rock Climb! (How To Climb Series) (2010)

 Best Rock Climbing Books That Will Hook YouHow to Rock Climb!, now in its fifth edition, is the most thorough instructional rock climbing book in the world. All the fundamentals—from ethics to getting up the rock—are presented in John Long's classic style. Thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the modern standards of equipment, technique, and training methods, this guide includes sections on face climbing; crack climbing; ropes, anchors, and belays; getting off the rock; sport climbing; and much more.
Author(s): John Long

Training for Climbing: The Definitive Guide to Improving Your Performance (How To Climb Series) (2016)

 Best Rock Climbing Books That Will Hook YouIncrease your strength, power, skill, and focus to maximize your climbing performance. Praise for Training for Climbing“Training for Climbing is a great resource. Whether you’re just starting out or already ticking 5.13, you’ll find valuable information here to help you climb harder.
Author(s): Eric Horst

National Geographic Kids Chapters: Rock Stars! (NGK Chapters) (2018)

 Best Rock Climbing Books That Will Hook YouWith gripping–and TRUE–stories of incredible adventures, Rock Stars! takes readers on three amazing journeys of ultimate survival. From New York’s Central Park to the towering Himalaya, no peak is too high for these extreme rock climbers! Perfect for all readers who love exciting, real-life, adrenaline-fueled tales that will have you on the edge of your seat.
Author(s): Steve Bramucci

Rock Climbing: Essential Skills & Techniques (2011)

 Best Rock Climbing Books That Will Hook YouThis is the official handbook of ‘the Mountaineering Instructor, Single Pitch, Climbing Wall and Climbing Wall Leading Award Schemes’. Written by one of the best known rock climbing instructors in the UK this is the definitive and comprehensive ‘how to rock climb’ textbook, now in its revised and updated second edition.
Author(s): LibPeter

Self-Coached Climber: The Guide to Movement, Training, Performance (2006)

 Best Rock Climbing Books That Will Hook You“Still the best book on improving at climbing
Author(s): Dan M. Hague, Douglas Hunter

Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland (State Rock Climbing Series) (2013)

 Best Rock Climbing Books That Will Hook YouThe Mid-Atlantic region abounds with superb rock climbing areas, including hidden gems far from the crowds. From the granite peaks of Old Rag Mountain to the miles of glowing Nuttall Sandstone in the New River Gorge, the states of Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia offer exciting and diverse climbing opportunities.
Author(s): Eric Horst, Stewart M. Green

Rock Climbing Anchors, 2nd Edition: A Comprehensive Guide (Mountaineers Outdoor Expert) (2019)

 Best Rock Climbing Books That Will Hook YouFor this new edition of Rock Climbing Anchors, climber and writer Topher Donahue carefully reviewed each technique and lesson, making them even easier to understand and learn. Key updates include:
Author(s): Topher Donahue, Craig Luebben

Carolina Rocks: The Piedmont (2015)

 Best Rock Climbing Books That Will Hook YouA rock climbing guidebook to the Piedmont region of North Carolina. The book features the world class traditional climbing area of Moore's Wall, the fantastic slabs of Stone Mountain, the incredibly popular cliffs of Pilot Mountain, and the many walls of Crowder's Mountain. The book describes over 550 routes of all difficulties.
Author(s): Erica Lineberry

Advanced Rock Climbing: Expert Skills and Techniques (Mountaineers Outdoor Experts) (2016)

 Best Rock Climbing Books That Will Hook You“The old way of climbing was systematic, methodical, and consistent.
Author(s): Topher Donahue

Rock Climbing: The AMGA Single Pitch Manual (How To Climb Series) (2014)

 Best Rock Climbing Books That Will Hook YouRock Climbing: The AMGA Single Pitch Manual is intended to serve as a textbook for past and furture participants of the AMGA SPI program. The book builds upon Bob Gaines’  book, Toproping, to more specifically address the needs of the professional cilmbing instructor and advanced recreational climbers. It presents the most current, internationally recognized standards for technical climbing systems used in single pitch rock terrain.
Author(s): Bob Gaines, Jason D. Martin

Best Rock Climbing Books That Will Hook You

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some rock climbing books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Grip Strength: No-Nonsense Methods To Forge Elite Grip & Hand Strength For Weightlifting, Martials Arts & Rock Climbing

Author(s): Sasso, Frank
ID: 2894501, Publisher: , Year: 2021, Size: 4 Mb, Format: pdf

Rock Climbing: The Art of Safe Ascent

Author(s): John Long; Bob Gaines
ID: 2975284, Publisher: Falcon Guides, Year: 2021, Size: 69 Mb, Format: epub

Toproping: Rock Climbing for the Outdoor Beginner

Author(s): Bob Gaines
ID: 3619178, Publisher: Falcon Guides, Year: 2020, Size: 48 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are truly best-sellers according to Los Angeles Times, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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