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Favorite climbing book?

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What is one (or several) of your favorite books about mountains and mountain climbing? I would have to say Starlight and Storm by Gaston Rebufat and Of Men and Mountains by William O'Douglas.

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HW Tilman - not always climbing, but always adventure and lots of climbing. He has a couple of compilations. He was lost at sea in '76. He incorporated sailing and climbing until he was in his 70's including a solo bicycle ride across Africa and ventures into Asian mountains and a crossing of the Patagonian Ice Cap with a non English Speaking partner.... Older days.......

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Wofgang Gullich: A Life in the Vertical - Tillman Hepp

 

Master of Rock: The John Gill Story - Pat Ament

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Necro my man! Last Blue Mountain is one of my favorites. In tense! Also, Lionel Terray, Conquistadors of the Useless and finally, Sherman Exposed.

 

And of course ANAM

 

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Touching the Void was the first climbing book I ever read, and thinking about it still gives me the creeps.

I really liked In the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods about the '75 K2 expedition. Cascade Voices by Malcomb Bates ought to be required reading if you climb around here.

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1) "Climbers" M John Harrison

2) "This Game of Ghosts" Joe Simpson

3) complete works of M Twight

 

I have noticed many climbers favorite climbing books are old classics from the 1930's or whenever. I believe this romantic nostalgism disaffects us from modern climbing and the reality of history. You know, everyone goes to Nepal with "Seven Years in Tibet" and then whines about how much things have changed. Grow up! boxing_smiley.gifboxing_smiley.gifwink.gif

 

That said WH Murray "Mountaineering in Scotland" is a total fucking classic. Ditto "No Picnic on Mt Kenya" Felice Benuzzi. Finally go get "a Climbers Life" by Don Whillans for storys of beer drinking, pub fighting, hard sends, Patagonia, Himalayas and leading 5.11 roof cracks in 1957 thumbs_up.gif

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Dru said:

Finally go get "a Climbers Life" by Don Whillans for storys of beer drinking, pub fighting, hard sends, Patagonia, Himalayas and leading 5.11 roof cracks in 1957 thumbs_up.gif

 

The Burgess Book of Lies is good on this count as well.

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Billygoat said:

Dru said:

Finally go get "a Climbers Life" by Don Whillans for storys of beer drinking, pub fighting, hard sends, Patagonia, Himalayas and leading 5.11 roof cracks in 1957 thumbs_up.gif

 

The Burgess Book of Lies is good on this count as well.

 

Except that the Burgess brothers are, unfortunately, sad wankers boxing_smiley.gif who were run out of Canada for sucking so much boxing_smiley.gif

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fat, drunken, and dead at 50-something of a heart attack. bigdrink.gif live hard die fast bigdrink.gif

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Tales of a Western Mountaineer by C E Rusk

 

Mountain Fever by Aubrey Haines

 

K2-The Savage Mountain by Huston and Bates

 

Breaking Point Glen Randall

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Utah Bouldering Guide - Jeff Baldwin thumbs_up.gifyellaf.gif

 

I have always liked Hemingway's quote though, something along the lines of, "The only true sports in life are car racing, bull fighting and mountain climbing, the rest are merely games." Not a climbing book but The Sun Also Rises is excellent

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Gervasutti, Giusto (1909-1946). GERVASUTTI'S CLIMBS: Matterhorn by moonlight, solo on a new year's night. Other tales. Pre-WWII first ascents in the Alps.

 

Crowder and Tabor. ROUTES AND ROCKS IN THE CHALLENGER QUADRANGLE: Geological guide to the Pickets and other rocks of the North Cascades.

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I know it is not about climbing but if you ever get the chance to read 'Antarctica, Both Heaven and Hell' by Reinhold Messner and 'Mind Over Matter' by Ranulph Fiennes it would be worth your time. thumbs_up.gif

These guys are really amazing!

 

Fiennes has the record for the longest unsupported journey of 1350 miles across Antarctica which was really more impressive than Messner's same journey.

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Yosemite Free Climbs - Don Reid

Yosemite Climbs: Big Walls - Don Reid

Yosemite Big Walls - Supertopos - Chris McNamara

 

 

Camp 4: Recollections of a Yosemite Rock Climber - Steve Roper

 

Crystal Horizon - Reinhold Messner

 

The Breach - Rob Taylor (just read this last week)

On "The Breach"- Anyone know why Taylor used a fake name for his partner? He called him Harley Warner in the book when it was clearly Henry Barber from the description.

 

Mt. Analogue - Rene' Daumal (finally got ahold of this after two years of looking through the local library)

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