Nigel Shepherd, the author of The Complete Guide to Rope Techniques, presents the basics of ropework in a simplified format, ideal both for those starting out climbing, and for more experienced climbers who want to introduce their friends and family to the sport.
It covers basic kit, anchors and belaying, and techniques for top and bottom roping, Trad and sport climbing, as well as abseiling, and teaching the use of knots, slings, nuts and camming devices with extensive step-by-step photography.
Nigel Shepherd – writer, photographer and professional mountain guide with over 20 years experience – is one of the UK's foremost mountain experts and the author of several technical manuals. An ex-President of the British Association of Mountain Guides (1993–96), he is currently Alpine Safety Adviser to the Ski Club of Great Britain. He lives in Penmaenmawr, Gwynedd.