This title introduces readers to the adventurous sports of mountain, rock, and ice climbing. Readers will discover each sport's unique, must-have equipment, from ropes, harnesses, and anchors to proper clothing. Important safety practices are also covered. Chapters highlight climbing history, types of climbing, climbing competitions, and famous athletes, including Chris Sharma, Chris Bloch, Lisa Rands, and Tori Allen. Sidebars on the Seven Summits, the tallest mountains on each continent, and climbing lingo will put readers in the know. Readers can also find out how to get started in these exhilarating sports, including classes, specific programs, and physical requirements. And, they can learn about favorite climbing spots, such as Mt. Everest, K2, the Alps, Yosemite's El Capitan, Australia's Mount Arapiles, and even indoor climbing walls. Striking, colorful photos will put readers right in the middle of these action-packed sports. They'll have a blast getting ready for an Adrenaline Adventure! Checkerboard Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.