Being a little long in tooth, I have begun to notice that many of the books in my library are older like me. But just because they are a few years old does not mean that they are useless. In some cases, they are better and cheaper than the new ones.
The book I want to talk about today was first published in 1961 by the San Diego chapter of the Sierra Club. Now I am no fan of theirs. I disagree with much of what they do. But I believe you can take good information from whatever source is available. The book is Basic Mountaineering by Henry I Mandolf. It is a cheaply printed little 118-page book that you can buy used on Amazon for about $5.50 to $7 a copy.
It has excellent chapters on equipment mountain travel, desert travel, and orientation among others. Admittedly, the equipment mentioned is not always the newest and greatest, but in a real emergency, you have to learn to get by with what is available.
If you order a copy of this book I don’t think you will be disappointed.