Big, high routes at the edge of a climber’s ability are not places for inventing technique or relying on old habits. So where does the hard-core aspirant turn? The only master class in print, Mark Twight's Extreme Alpinism. The book provides practical techniques for advanced climbers. Focusing on how top alpine climbers approach the world’s most difficult routes, instruction centers on the ethos of climbing the hardest routes with the least amount of gear and the most speed, without sacrificing climbing ethics or safety. In addition to chapters on advanced techniques and skills, this guide also discusses mental preparedness and attitude, strength and cardiovascular training, nutrition, and tips on equipment and clothing.