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Climbing book suggestions?


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Cameron Jacobs · · Santa Clarita, CA · Joined Aug 2016 · Points: 245

Looking for some good books related to climbing/mountaineering... more like novels than informational guides. Any suggestions?

JonathanP123 · · Victorville, CA · Joined Nov 2016 · Points: 30

Check this one out. Saw it in Barns and Noble last time I was at the mall. Looks pretty nice.

Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, 8th Edition

Justin Laursen · · Durango, CO · Joined Sep 2010 · Points: 240

The Freedom of the Hills is pretty much THE informational guide when it comes to climbing and mountaineering. It doesn't have any story format writing in it, but it is an excellent tome.

Eiger Dreams by Krakauer is a great read, as are all of Luke Mehall's books/zines. Though I haven't read it in years, I remember enjoying this journal entry from Chris Sharma.

paul.adams.3 · · Knoxville, TN · Joined Sep 2012 · Points: 40

Eiger Dreams and Into Thin Air by Krakour, Moments of Doubt - David Roberts, The Hard Way - Mark Jenkins. I've read and liked John Long and Greg Child books, but I can't remember any titles.

EeT · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2015 · Points: 0

Kiss or Kill: Confessions of a Serial Climber

JWong Wong · · Los Angeles, California · Joined Apr 2008 · Points: 10

The White Spider
By Heinrich Harrer

It's about the attempts at the first ascent of the Eiger Nordwand. Amazing stuff.

DanielHart · · Carpinteria ca · Joined Dec 2016 · Points: 5

You should pick up a copy of epic it's just a bunch of nonfiction short stories.

Christopher Roberts · · Boulder, CO · Joined Apr 2002 · Points: 70

The Ascent of The Rum Doodle. Awesome farce.

Cameron Jacobs · · Santa Clarita, CA · Joined Aug 2016 · Points: 245

Awesome thanks for all the material guys!

SammP · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2016 · Points: 0

check out valley walls. Its short but a super good read. think i finished it in two days!

gavinsmith · · Toronto, Ontario · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 83
SammP wrote:check out valley walls. Its short but a super good read. think i finished it in two days!
Really great read, very well written. I'd love more Yosemite memoirs or similar that go into even more detail on the gear/process they employed.
neils · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2016 · Points: 20

Beyond the Mountain - Steve House

The Trad Climbers Bible - interesting stories from John Long and Peter Croft - it is NOT an instructional book which is why I think a lot of the reviews are negative - I thought it was interesting

No Shortcuts to the Top - Ed Viseturs

Annapura - Maurice Herzog

Camp 4 - Steve Roper

Redyns · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2011 · Points: 65

Revelations - Jerry Moffatt

Tyman · · Hanover,pa · Joined Jul 2016 · Points: 25

a night on the ground a day in the open by Doug Robinson. A good fun read

DrRockso · · Red River Gorge, KY · Joined Sep 2013 · Points: 336

Alive - Survival story of rugby team who's plane crashed in the Andes mountains.

Not sure it's exactly what you're looking for but Honnold's autobiogrpahy was a pretty good read.

Jarmland · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 0

I really liked The Tower by Kelly Cordes.

chris_vultaggio · · The Gunks · Joined Dec 2008 · Points: 480

No Picnic on Mount Kenya - great read.

Also - Wild Winds about S American mountaineering.

Kyle Anderson · · Orem, UT · Joined May 2014 · Points: 0

Touching the Void by Joe Simpson is a really engaging, albeit short read. The writing style is so-so, but I found the super inspiring and death-defying story to be well worth the money and the read. Highly recommended!

Nick_Cov · · Truckee, CA · Joined Jun 2012 · Points: 35

Valley walls - glen denny. Excellent author, I felt like I was in the valley when I read it

Kristian Solem · · Monrovia, CA · Joined Apr 2004 · Points: 355

Pick up the Boardman Tasker Omnibus. Four incredible reads in one volume:

The Savage Arena
The Shining Mountain
Sacred Summits
Everest the Cruel Way

Foreword by Bonington.

This one's the real deal. Great writing by off the charts radical alpinists.

SethG · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2009 · Points: 237

The new book, The Bond, by Simon McCartney, is one of the best books about mountaineering I've ever read.

The Bond on Amazon

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