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.
If 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. Climbing is fundamentally a skill-based sport, and this guide will change the way you look at moving on rock.Whatever your ability, learning to master smooth, relaxed and powerful movement means maximising your enjoyment and…
2. The Rock Climber’s Training Manual (2014)
Whether 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. Whether new to climbing or a seasoned veteran, this book describes how to get stronger NOW and climb your dream routes. -Detailed schedules prescribe daily training activities for beginner, intermediate and advanced climbers -Training programs are tailored for…
3. Vertical Mind: Psychological Approaches for Optimal Rock Climbing by Don McGrath and Jeff Elison (2014) Paperback (2014)
In 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. Finally, they teach climbing partners how to engage in co-creative coaching and help each other improve as climbers. With numerous and practical step-by-step drills and exercises, in a simple to follow training…
Thousands 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. An award-winning climber in his own right, Topher uses his writing and photography skills to simplify the complex world of modern climbing technique and reveals the thought process behind safe and practical climbing methods.This second…
5. Building Your Own Climbing Wall: Illustrated Instructions And Plans For Indoor And Outdoor Walls (How To Climb Series) (2012)
If 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, information on how to make your own holds, and specific building plans and design ideas for making your climbing wall make maximum use of the space you have….
6. How to Rock Climb! (How To Climb Series) (2010)
How 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. It is the essential how-to book for rock climbers everywhere.Now with more than 300 color photographs and illustrations, this is the most thorough and complete…
7. Training for Climbing: The Definitive Guide to Improving Your Performance (How To Climb Series) (2016)
Increase 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. This is the most complete and up-to-date training guide available.”—Rock and Ice magazineDrawing on the latest climbing research, this third edition of the international best-selling Training for Climbing presents a comprehensive, evidence-based program for improving climbing performance. With…
With 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….
This 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. It covers un-roped bouldering and movement skills as well as every aspect of single and multi-pitch rock climbing, abseiling, problem solving, the climbing environment, the history and development of the sport and much more. This book is a reference…
“Still the best book on improving at climbing … worth every penny and more.” — Dave MacLeod, online climbing coach blog In full color with 52 practical training exercises designed to advance technique Detailed anatomical illustrations explain climbing physiology Includes an 85-minute DVD that shows concepts in action A dynamic package of training material from a pair of expert coaches, The Self-Coached Climber offers comprehensive instruction, from the basics of gripping holds to specific guidelines for developing a customized improvement plan. Hague and Hunter base their…
The 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. Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland describes numerous routes in the best locations, from popular topropes at Great Falls to the 300-foot multipitch classics at Seneca Rocks. This fully updated guidebook describes hundreds of new routes and includes full color maps, photos, and topos, making…
13. Carolina Rocks: The Piedmont (2015)
A 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….
“The old way of climbing was systematic, methodical, and consistent. Now it’s anything goes, reacting to every situation differently.” ―Tommy Caldwell• For skilled climbers who want to push to the next level• Tips and advice from Tommy Caldwell, Steph Davis, Lynn Hill, Alex Honnold and more of the world’s best climbers• 250 color photographs and 12 illustrationsAdvanced Rock Climbing: Expert Skills and Techniques is for good climbers who want to get even better―from training to gear, sport climbing to multi-pitch efficiency, and beyond. Each chapter has…
Rock 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. Included are chapters on effective teaching in the outdoor environment, risk management, professionalism, environmental awareness, and…
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 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.
Sea, Ice and Rock: Sailing and Climbing Above the Arctic Circle
Author(s): Chris Bonington
Publisher: Vertebrate Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
Introduction to Rock and Mountain Climbing
Author(s): Ruth Mendenhall; John Mendenhall
Publisher: Stackpole Books, Year: 2017, Size: 5 Mb, Download: epub
Rock Climbing : Technique | Equipment | Safety - With an Introduction to Indoor Climbing
Author(s): Flecken, Gabi; Heise-Flecken, Detlef
Publisher: Meyer & Meyer Sport, Year: 2016, Size: 23 Mb, Download: pdf
Rock climbing the San Francisco Bay area
Author(s): Black, Tresa
Publisher: FalconGuides, Year: 2014, Size: 40 Mb, Download: epub
Rock climbing : the AMGA single pitch manual
Author(s): Bob Gaines, Jason D. Martin
Publisher: Falcon Guides;FalconGuides, Year: 2014, Size: 41 Mb, Download: pdf
Rock Climbing: Mastering Basic Skills
Author(s): Topher Donahue; Craig Luebben; Topher Donahoe
Publisher: Mountaineers Books, Year: 2014, Size: 35 Mb, Download: epub
Rock Climbing Minnesota and Wisconsin
Author(s): Mike Farris
Publisher: , Year: 2012, Size: 190 Mb, Download: pdf
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.