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Favorite Books on Climbing

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I just got a going-away present of Fall of the Phantom Lord as a going-away present. It looks great, so far and got me thinking...

 

A Life in the Vertical ( Wolfgang Gullich), Tillman Hepp tops my llist...

 

Others?

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Fall of the Phantom Lord is a book about Andrew Todhunter :tdown:

Andrew Todhunter is not very interesting :tdown:

 

Climbers - M John Harrison

Mountaineering in Scotland - WH Murray

Angels of Light - Jeff Long

Thin Air - Greg Child

No Picnic on Mt Kenya - Felice Benuzzi

A Soldier of the Great War - Mark Helprin

The Unknown Mountain - Don Munday

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The Last Blue Mountain, Ralph Barker, Lord Hunt intro

 

What a book. i climb and enjoy it greatly. This really sums up the emotion you go through in the conditions

 

(Kid's review from Amazon)

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"Kiss or Kill - Confessions of a Serial Climber" by Mark Twight

"Extreme Alpinism" by Mark Twight

"Thin Air" by Greg Child

"No Shortcuts to the Top" by Ed Viesturs

"K2 - Dreams and Reality" by Jim Haberl

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The White Spider - the very first comparison study of Alpine Fast & Light Tactics on a challenging route. So ahead of its time that Harrer never realized it himself!

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No Picnic on Mt. Kenya - the ultimate true adventure story of 3 guys who sneak out of a POW camp, climb Kenya and sneak back in. They made ropes, crampons & tools out of scraps in the camp.

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Starlight and Storm

Mountains of My Life

Annapurna

Five Miles High

Conquistidors of the Useless

Teewintot(althought not really about climbing but about mountains)

 

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Endless Knot - Kurt Diemburger

Deborah and The Mountain of My Fear - Roberts

Cascade Apline Guide, Vol. 1-3 :D

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Any of the Shipton/Tilman books

Heckmair's Autobiography

Gervasutti's Climbs

Annapurna, then read David Roberts book on Annapurna

 

skip:

Teewinot

than Men and Mountains pablum book

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Fall of the Phantom Lord is a book about Andrew Todhunter :tdown:

Andrew Todhunter is not very interesting :tdown:

 

Wow, you nailed one, street cred improvement for wet-spotter! Nice call Dru.

 

Heres another painful one to avoid: The Todd Skinner corporation improvement book called "Beyond the Summit: Setting and Surpassing Extraordinary Business Goals". Love Todd, but hate the book until the end where he finally puts some focus on the climb of the Tower. Until then, it seemed like a cheap imitation of Jerzy Kosinkis great novel "Being there" with Todd playing Chance the Gardner.

 

 

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Helprin wrote a climbing novel? That's gotta be worth checking out, thanks.

 

Not Mentioned Yet: One Man's Mountains by Tom Patey. Perhaps the most enjoyable climbing writing by a Brit.

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Helprin's book is about a soldier in the Italian Alps during WWI. It covers climbing but only as it relates to the war. It is, however, a great book. If you like Memoir from Antproof Case you will like Soldier of a Great War.

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The last blue mountain

Annapurna

The Breach by Rob Taylor

Minus 148 degrees by Art Davidson

The Unknown Mountain by Don Munday

Tales of a Western Mountaineer by C.E. Rusk

 

And I thought I was the only one to read Angles of Light.

Edited by Roy

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These three of the classics, evidently enjoyed by others here as well...

 

Starlight & Storm

Conquistadors of the Useless

Nanga Parbat Pilgrimage

 

and if I may diverge slightly,

 

The Home of the Blizzard by Douglas Mawson

The Worst Journey In The World by Apsley Cherry-Gerrard

 

a most interesting thread, E.

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