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What's your favorite mountaineering books?

Post by Jbrow327 » Fri Jan 22, 2021 5:40 pm

Autobiographies, novels, fiction, non fiction, etc.
What's your favorite?
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Re: What's your favorite mountaineering books?

Post by CoHi591 » Fri Jan 22, 2021 6:37 pm

Anatoli's Above the Clouds was the one that made the biggest impression on me. Also maybe No Shortcuts To The Top.
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Post by d_baker » Fri Jan 22, 2021 6:46 pm

David Roberts.
"Mountain of my Fear"
And,
"Deborah: A Wilderness Narrative"
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Post by crestone14ers » Fri Jan 22, 2021 6:59 pm

The White Spider... Harrer
Nanga Parbat Pilgrimage... Buhl
Everest, The West Ridge... Hornbein
Annapurna... Herzog
Conquistadors of the Useless... Terry
The Grand Controversy... Bonney
Spirit of the Age... Robbins
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Post by highpilgrim » Fri Jan 22, 2021 7:04 pm

Krakauer: Into Thin Air and Eiger Dreams

I know peeps take issue with his agenda, but from sheer storytelling, he’s great.

Heinrich Harrer: The White Spider, on the ascent of the Eiger and Seven Years in Tibet. The last not exclusively a climbing book but still.

The Duke of Abuzzi: An Explorers Life. He was a pioneer on K2 and noteworthy for the way he documented that effort.

Minus 148 Degrees: The First Winter Ascent of Mt. McKinley by Art Davidson. Read the title! Nuff said.
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Post by Txhiker42 » Sat Jan 23, 2021 5:37 am

Currently reading Winter 8000: Climbing the World’s Highest Mountains in the Coldest Season by Bernadette McDonald. Fascinating read. It’s current up until 2019 and I wonder if there will eventually be an updated version with the story of the recent K2 winter ascent.
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Post by desertdog » Sat Jan 23, 2021 7:13 am

1+ Annapurna. It’s a classic. This is a really long book and would be great to take on an expedition.
The edge of the map. The mountain life of Christine Boskoff. Just finished this and it was really good. A look at the transition from old school to the current way big mountains are climbed. She was something!
Karakoram: Climbing through the Kashmir Conflict. Steve Swenson is the boss!
Anything by Ed Viestures
Enduring Patagonia This guy was crazy.
Freedom Climbers. A great look at Polish Mountaineering. It’s a reminder of why the Poles are considered some of the toughest mountain climbers in the world.

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Post by Craig Barlow » Sat Jan 23, 2021 8:01 am

"The Last Season" by Eric Blehm is fantastic. It's about the search for missing backcountry ranger, Randy Morgensen, in the Sierra Nevada.
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Re: What's your favorite mountaineering books?

Post by RobbS » Sat Jan 23, 2021 10:10 am

d_baker wrote:
Fri Jan 22, 2021 6:46 pm
David Roberts.
"Mountain of my Fear"
And,
"Deborah: A Wilderness Narrative"
I'll put in another mention for Roberts. These two are must reads. "Escape from Lucania" is another great one. If you dig further into Roberts work, he'll take you on some amazing adventures and into history as well. Highly recommended!

Also, that Art Davidson "Minus 148 Degrees" book mentioned before really is amazing.

For a fascinating piece of obscure mountaineering history check out "No Picnic on Mount Kenya" by Felice Benuzzi.

Finally, if you haven't read "The Ascent of Rum Doodle" by W.E. Bowman then you have not read the most classic mountaineering book of all time.
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Post by greenonion » Sat Jan 23, 2021 10:13 am

Craig Barlow wrote:
Sat Jan 23, 2021 8:01 am
"The Last Season" by Eric Blehm is fantastic. It's about the search for missing backcountry ranger, Randy Morgensen, in the Sierra Nevada.
+1 Very good book.
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Post by Jorts » Sat Jan 23, 2021 1:27 pm

highpilgrim wrote:
Fri Jan 22, 2021 7:04 pm
Krakauer: Into Thin Air and Eiger Dreams

I know peeps take issue with his agenda, but from sheer storytelling, he’s great.
I'm reading Eiger Dreams right now. Don't know how I missed it for over a decade. What's his agenda?
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Re: What's your favorite mountaineering books?

Post by Eli Watson » Sat Jan 23, 2021 1:29 pm

Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada by Clarence King.

King's commanding blend of an analytical, geological, and romantic narrative style married with such a pioneer mentality is exemplary. Originally written in 1872, the writing style can be a bit dense and King is not innocent of nineteenth century prejudices against Native Americans, but a thoroughly enjoyable read nonetheless.
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