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Alpine Essentials DVD

Review by planetFear
Wednesday 21st February 2007

Alpine Essentials promises to teach the viewer the essential skills and techniques that are necessary for alpine mountaineering and is a joint production by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland and the British Mountaineering Council.

This is somewhat a sequel to their initial Winter Essentials DVD that covered Scottish Winter climbing. The Alpine Essentials DVD is broken into two sections, first, a film following two mountaineers on multi-day trips in the Swiss Alps. Second, the DVD includes several chapters on specific technical topics that are crucial for safe mountaineering.

The short film gives a comprehensive overview of issues you should consider before and whilst undertaking a mountaineering expedition, for example, route selection and weather. The film itself is most useful if used in conjunction with the chapters that explain the technical skills. The instructions in the chapters are easy to understand throughout.

A potential problem with the technical chapters is that they are not presented in the most logical sequence. First up are chapters on Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue, which are shown before the necessary skills of prusiking and ice axe anchoring etc. I almost missed the chapters on crampons, ice axes and self arresting as they are on the second page of chapter selection.

Overall, the DVD is good value at £15.99, however, ideally it would be used in conjunction with a good instructional manual like “Alpine Climbing: Techniques to Take You Higher“ by Mark Houston and Kathy Cosley. All in all I liked this DVD as it covers all the essentials any budding alpinist needs. It makes deciphering all the diagrams in most instructional manuals easy.

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