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NATURAL RESOURCES BOOK REVIEW.

How to Rock Climb, Fourth Edition

By John Long (Falcon Guides), $15.95

This updated version of John Long's classic guide for rock climbers is required reading for new rock rats. It covers the nuts, bolts and ropes of climbing from basic foot and hand skills to special techniques for ascending cracks and rock faces.

Setting up ropes and anchors, how to lead a climb and get safely back down, training for climbing and how to stay alive while enjoying the sport all are well described.

New in this edition is an illustrated fictional narrative about the climbing career of Amos and Coco, who go from burly firefighter and wispy yoga instructor to skilled climbing partners. Long said he thought beginners needed an embodied version of the philosophy in the book so they could have some fun and get an idea of ``Where the whole shebang might lead them, according to their enthusiasm.''

The whole shebang is here, updated to reflect changes in gear and the rise of climbing gyms and bolted sport climbing. Long stresses safety throughout the book. Rock climbing is unforgiving of carelessness, but done carefully can be a lifelong challenge full of rewards.

Before you take up climbing, get this book and read it. More than once.

- Bill Becher

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Outdoors-411.com is an informational Web site that covers a variety of outdoor activities with outfitters and additional booking information.

Activities include camping, climbing gyms, fishing, shooting, skiing, scuba diving, white-water rafting and taxidermy.

Outdoors-411.com is not flashy but does deliver quality information to viewers without pop-ups or misleading links.

The site covers local, national and international locations. The camping section, for example, has information on 400 National Parks, 71 State parks and two in Canada by province. There also are links for RV rentals, RV dealers, summer camps, food and beverage and a wide variety of manufacturers.

Other links include information on cabins and cottages, discussion forums, guide services, magazines, personal sites, rental stores and vacations.

- Nathan Brown

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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Nov 18, 2004
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