How to Climb: Mixed Climbing by Sean Isaac

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Mixed climbing and especially leashless ice and rock climbing has gained much popularity recently. This surge of interest has lead to the development of new equipment, terminology, and techniques that has not yet been recorded in book form. MIXED CLIMBING (Falcon Guides, December 2004) by world-renowned climber Sean Isaac, is the first book to provide the world climbing community with cutting-edge information and technical tips about simultaneously climbing both rock and ice.Sean Isaac has climbed hard alpine and mixed routes in Alaska, Kyrgyzstan, Peru, Pakistan and Patagonia. In his home range of the Canadian Rockies, Sean has established over 60 new routes and repeated M12 testpieces. In competition, he earned 4th place in Festiglace du Quebec, 3rd place in mixed climbing in the Ouray Ice Craft Invitational and 1st place in the Canmore Speed Competition. Articles and photos of his expeditions and local climbs have been published in numerous international periodicals including Climbing, Rock and Ice, Alpinist, Men's Journal, Outside, Gripped, Explore, High, Climber, Canadian Alpine Journal and American Alpine Journal.

Sean is available for interviews upon request.

MIXED CLIMBING $15.95 Trade Paper 160 PAGES- 7 _ X 9 1/4 - b&w photographs ISBN: 0-7627-29635 – December 2004 Falcon® is an imprint of The Globe Pequot Press 246 Goose Lane, Guilford, CT 06437 www.globepequot.com

About the AuthorSean Isaac is one of Canada's leading big-wall, alpine and mixed climbers. He has completed 14 mountain expeditions in the past 7 years forging new routes up remote and obscure alpine peaks in all corners of the globe, including Alaska, Kyrgyzstan, Northwest Territories, Peru, Pakistan and Patagonia. In Patagonia, he has 4 summits to his credit including a winter ascent of Guillaumet in the Fitz Roy region of Argentina and the first ascent of the often tried, 800-meter east pillar of Cerro Mascara (The Magic Carpet Ride, VI 5.10 A3+) in Torres del Paine of Chile. This later ascent required 19 days of climbing with 14 of these days spent living on the wall enduring constant storms. He has been on three expeditions in the ex-Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan resulting in 9 alpine ascents; 7 of which were new routes, 5 of which topped out on unclimbed peaks. In the world-famous Bugaboo range of British Columbia, Sean has opened 6 new routes, including the hard mixed line of Spinstone Gully (TD+ M7 R), which was runner-up in Climbing magazine's "Golden Piton Award". On his first trip to Alaska, he completed two new routes: Canadian Bacon (ED1 M5 WI4) on the east face of Royal Tower and Maxim (ED1 M4 WI5) on the south face of Thunder Mountain, both single-push. Closer to home, Sean has been one of a handful of motivated climbers pushing mixed standards in the Canadian Rockies. He has established over 50 new mixed routes ranging from desperate single-pitch testpieces like Phyllis Diller (M11) to multi-pitch monstrosities like Cryophobia (V M8+ WI5+, 240m). He has also made quick repeats of Cineplex testpieces like Musashi (M12). Sean is equally adept in competition having earned 4th place in Festiglace du Quebec, 3rd place in mixed climbing in the Ouray Ice Craft Invitational and 1st place in the Canmore Speed Competition. Articles and photos of his expeditions and local climbs have been published in numerous international periodicals including Climbing, Rock and Ice, Alpinist, Men's Journal, Outside, Gripped, Explore, High, Climber, Desnivel, Klettern, Su Alto, Canadian Alpine Journal and American Alpine Journal. In addition, Sean is the author of "Mixed Climbs in the Canadian Rockies" published by Rocky Mountain Books and the forthcoming "How to Climb: Mixed Climbing" published by Falcon Books. A full-time professional climber, Sean is sponsored by Arc'teryx, Black Diamond Equipment, Sterling Rope, Kayland Boots, Clif Bar and Adidas Eyewear. He is 32 years old and has been climbing for thirteen years. He lives in Canmore, Alberta in the Canadian Rockies with his partner, Hermien Schuttenbeld, and their son, Noah.