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Favorite climbing book?

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I have a special fondness for the passage in "Eiger Dreams" where the French dude in the bar in Chamonix calls Krakauer a pussy for not free-soloing or parachuting off the top of Aiguile-du-something-or-other.

"But that is so BANAL!" yellaf.gif

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no picnic on mt. kenya by felice benuzi (sp?)

 

beautiful story about war prisoners who escape to climb kenya with minimal equipment. great illustration of why we climb mountains.

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willstrickland said:

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

 

Excellent book! Also fun for sierra fans is the collection of Norman Clyde works.

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bunglehead said:

Ahhh! Mt Analogue! EXCELLENT book. Somehow I find it incredibly right that Dumal never finished it.

 

i got that book as a present a few years back...and i have enver been able to finnish it...i dunno why....

 

and now that i think about it..i think someone has borrowed it!!!! if you have my mt analouge book give it back!!!

 

 

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erik said:

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it just makes me smile to read it!

 

 

I second this one.

 

I also like Camp 4 by Steve Roper. It is a good history of early Yosemite big walling.

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First mountain book I read - Annapurna. Got inspired to climb big mountains.

 

Second book I read - Last Blue Mountain. Told myself never to climb any big mountains.

 

Thin Air

Mixed Emotions

 

Climberz is great, too.

 

Anything by John Muir for uplift

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Cloud Walkers by Paddy Sherman, about the generation of brits that emigrated to british columbia after WWII. Don't know if it's actually great literature, but it was one of the two books about climbing that my high school library had, so I have a soft spot in my heart for it. (Harrer's The White Spider was the other)

 

I strongly second the recommendations for Breaking Point, Eiger Dreams and Sherman Exposed.

 

It thought This Game of Ghosts was anti-climactic. You realize that Simpson has to be a tough mother because he's so darn accident prone. Though you gotta love the part at the end where, injured again, being lowered down a big alpine face again, his partner turns to him and hands over his pocket knife.

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Endurance about Shackleton's Antartica fiasco.

 

Not a climbing book, but it has one of the greatest traverses ever done across Georgia island (?) by Shackleton and three other people - over mountains and glaciers with hardly any gear. A glissade down a steep hillside in a white out with no gear and no idea if there is a runout (risky!!).

 

I won't tell you what happens, but Conrad Anker tried the same traverse a few years ago and thought it was very hard even nowadays. How did they do it!

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"Storms of Silence" Joe Simpson

"The Last Step" Rick Ridgeway

"The Ascent of Everest" John Hunt

"Tents in the Clouds" Monica Jackson & Elizabeth Stark

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Dru said:

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

 

I thought they all took "The Snow Leopard"... I couldn't finish it because he just kept droning on and on... wave.gif

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ehmmic said:

Dru said:

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

 

I thought they all took "The Snow Leopard"... I couldn't finish it because he just kept droning on and on... wave.gif

 

how come no one has flamed me yet for asserting that people go to Tibet with a book about Nepal? boxing_smiley.gifboxing_smiley.gif

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willstrickland said:

 

Crystal Horizon - Reinhold Messner

 

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Shisha Pangma--Scott and MacIntyre

The Last River--Balf (though not a climbing book, it is an awesome white water kayak epic read)

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Dru said:

how come no one has flamed me yet for asserting that people go to Tibet with a book about Nepal? boxing_smiley.gifboxing_smiley.gif

 

Because Dru, nobody here knows the difference boxing_smiley.gifboxing_smiley.gifboxing_smiley.gif

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Dru said:

ehmmic said:

Dru said:

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

 

I thought they all took "The Snow Leopard"... I couldn't finish it because he just kept droning on and on... wave.gif

 

how come no one has flamed me yet for asserting that people go to Tibet with a book about Nepal? boxing_smiley.gifboxing_smiley.gif

 

Because you said people go to Nepal with a book about Tibet. Which is what I subtly implied. Guess I forgot you have to be direct when communicating with guys... back to my mars/venus book!

 

Nepal is a beautiful country though!

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Why don't you take on Gray and write "Mars and Venus in The Haulbag: Rel;ationship Advice for Climbers"

 

They can put it on the shelf with "Cold Chicken Soup From The Can For The Dirtbag's Soul" cantfocus.gif

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Ursa_Eagle said:

I haven't read it yet, but it's on my list of things to do:

"The Ascent of Rum Doodle"

 

Read it recently, thought it was okay. Mostly mildly amusing rather than the hilarity I was expecting.

 

Agree w/ several other posters, Conquistadors of the Useless and No Picnic on Mt. Kenya were both good reads. David Roberts' stuff is consistently good.

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bird said:

erik said:

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it just makes me smile to read it!

 

 

I second this one.

 

I also like Camp 4 by Steve Roper. It is a good history of early Yosemite big walling.

 

You got that book Bird? Gimme

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I guess my taste diverges from everyone elses or maybey my outlook on life has just become more bleak.

 

My Everest Odyssey- Goran Kropp

High Exposure- David Breashears, I think

Touching the Void- Joe Simpson. And I have the movie

All of the Twight Books

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