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Feb 14, 2013
Thanks for starting this topic. Some of my recent favorites:

Touching the Void
Minus 148 Degrees
White Spider
Krakauer's books, including Eiger Dreams
Viesturs/Roberts' books

Not mountaineering but similar vein:

Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage
Logan Schiff
From Brooklyn, NY
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Feb 14, 2013
+1 for Terray's Conquistadors of the Useless, my favorite.
Rebuffat's Starlight and Storm, is worthy for tales of many N. face ascents in the Alps.
Long's Gorilla Monsoon, is great for short stories of wild and sometimes crazy days.

Arctic/Antarctic adventures:
Simon's North to the Night, is one of the better solo tales out there.
+1 for any of the Shackleton voyage epics.
Bill Duncan
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Feb 14, 2013
"No Picnic on Mt. Kenya" is a great story. During WWII, a group of Italian prisoners of war break out of a British POW camp for an attempt on Mt. Kenya.

"Adrift" is not mountaineering literature, but it's a great story.

Shackleton's epic actually does involve a certain amount of mountain/glacier travel, along with lots of other adventures. "South" is Shackleton's account of the expedition. "Endurance", by Alfred Lansing, tells the story from a more detached viewpoint, and shows just how modest Shackleton was in telling his own story.
mark felber
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Feb 16, 2013
Messner's The 7th Grade is guaranteed to get you stoked ... Mark Dalen
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Feb 16, 2013
James Smith wrote:
The Mountain of My Fear and Deborah: A Wilderness Narrative by David Roberts are awesome Minus 148 by Art Davidson is a great one too

Yes to both, Seems that most of the greatest literature and epic climb adventures were all written in the 70's to late 80's...Such a great collection there to choose from.
Can't go wrong with any Dave Roberts books.
Woodchuck ATC
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Feb 28, 2013
For the first time in my life I am reading Muir`s writings. His writing titled `My First Summer in the Sierra` is mind blowingly phenomenal! His descriptions are so vivid. His passion, child like innocence is infectious.

When he trys to startle the Brown Bear during the first day or two of exploring Yosemite Falls but to his surprise the bear doesn't run but stands his ground is a great story. How Muir describes the different flowers brushing over the bear as he walks away or how he talks about man versus beast is great.

If you haven't read his works (as I have not read even the majority) at all. Do so, it will not be a waste of your time.
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