Announcing the Freedom 9th Edition Revision Committee Chair

After reviewing the written applications of many HIGHLY-QUALIFIED and impressive volunteers, long-time member and climber Mike Maude was selected by Mountaineers Books and the Freedom 9 Committee as the next Lead Editor to revise our flagship text: Freedom of the Hills.
Chris Williams Chris Williams
January 12, 2015
Announcing the Freedom 9th Edition Revision Committee Chair

We are thrilled to announce long-time volunteer, two-time Seattle Climbing Committee chair, instructor, and climb leader Mike Maude has agreed to lead the Freedom 9 Revision Committee. Mike brings to the committee his solid knowledge of climbing, strong leadership and consensus-building skills, and the experience of working on the past three editions of Freedom. As climbing chair in Seattle, Mike oversaw the adaptation of the Basic course to the new Magnuson campus and the change to the small-group "SIG" format ("Small Instruction Group"). On Freedom 8, he was the section head of the Snow, Ice & Alpine Climbing section and co-author of the updated ice climbing chapters. Mike is already at work assembling his team and planning the revision. We also want to thank all of the people who expressed interest in the position! 

Mountaineers Books and the entire Leadership Team (Board, Staff, and Volunteers) would like to extend a big "welcome" to Mike and many thanks for taking on a position that will ultimately be incredibly rewarding...and incredibly arduous.

Goal of the Position

Mike will lead a team of volunteer contributors in updating and improving the ninth revision of our flagship book, Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills. He will be the driving force behind the next edition of the book that has introduced The Mountaineers to outdoor enthusiasts all across the globe for decades. 

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It's going to be a long journey but, given our history,...

"Creating a new theory is...rather like climbing a mountain, gaining new and wider views, discovering unexpected connections between our starting points and its rich environment. But the point from which we started out still exists and can be seen, although it appears smaller and forms a tiny part of our broad view gained by the mastery of the obstacles on our adventurous way up." - Albert Einstein

Long Distance Journey



Thank you Mike!!!


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Laura Shauger
Laura Shauger says:
Jan 12, 2015 10:33 PM

Congratulations, Mike. My colleagues and I look forward to working closely with you. -Laura, Editor, Mountaineers Books and enthusiastic student in the 2015 Basic Climbing Course