The Ultimate Big Wall and Aid Climbing Manual
Everything you [n]ever wanted to know about big wall and aid climbing – from light and fast speed ascents to full-on vertical camping – along with the most up-to-date tips, tricks and techniques to teach you the Better Way to climb big walls. The “climbing porn” photos are bitchin’, and the prose is creative and entertaining.
The passion, exaltation and suffering shared in our collected stories by the best aid climbers on the planet will make your hands sweat in terror, and the brilliant action photographs ensure this book will end up in haul bags and on coffee tables the world over.
FABIO ELLI Born in 1980, Fabio is a chemical engineer who lives in the north of Italy near Como. Fabio was introduced to climbing and the mountains by his dad when he was 14, and since then he’s never stopped. An alpinism and ice climbing enthusiast, he also enjoys biking and photography. In 2010, he felt the pull of his aiders, and he has been active since then, often solo. Fabio has climbed many of the most demanding classics in the Mont Blanc massif, and also on the Moose’s Tooth in Alaska and El Capitan.
PETER ZABROK Born in 1959, Pete began as a caver who started climbing in 1979. Also a chemical engineer, he is a self-unemployed financial advisor and dirtbag who is trying to come out of free climbing retirement and who actually enjoys ice climbing, much to his surprise. He likes wilderness fishing and canoe trips, plays jazz trombone and piano, and is active in the exploration and survey of the Mammoth Cave System in Kentucky and also in Oaxaca, Mexico. It’s hard to say where Pete “lives”, but he splits his time mostly among Ontario, Quebec and Yosemite.