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Can anyone recommend any mountaineering books?

  • 25-01-2009 3:50pm
    Closed Accounts Posts: 585 ✭✭✭

    For the armchair mountaineer. Have read Into thin Air, the Climb, Left for dead, The Beckoning Silence, K2: Savage Mountain, Everest the Hard Way, Eiger Dreams, Annapurna - True Summit, Messner's autobiography, a couple of the Everest anthologies.

    Was thinKing of the Endless Knot by Kurt Diemberger, and any biography of Kukuzka if such exists.

    Can anyone recommend anything else?


  • Registered Users Posts: 136 ✭✭Tells

    Joe Brown - The Hard Years.. Excellent.

    And in my opinion, anything by Chris Bonnington..

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 585 ✭✭✭a147pro

    thanks will try. anyone anything else?

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,468 ✭✭✭Evil Phil

    These would be my favourites:

    Touching The Void and everything else by Joe Simpson
    The White Spider - Henrich Harrer
    Against The Wall - Simon Yates
    The Flame of Adventure - Simon Yates
    Learning to Breathe - Andy Cave
    Thin White Line - Andy Cave
    Psycho Vertical - Andy Kirkpatrick
    Mountains of the Mind - Robert Macfarlane

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 585 ✭✭✭a147pro

    excellent, thank you, will get stuck into them in due course

    only ever read The Beckoning Silence and This Game of Ghosts by Joe Simpson and have to say I really disliked them both. Never read touching the void though saw the film which was simply stunning

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 18,056 ✭✭✭✭BostonB

    All of the above obviously and I liked these too.

    The Boys of Everest
    Learning to Breathe Andy Cave
    Dougal Haston: The Philosophy Of Risk

    I'd add a lot of climbing books are not easy reads. Can be quite gritty. You either like that or you don't.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,852 ✭✭✭Hugh_C

    Just to follow on from EvilPhil's suggestion of The White Spider, when you're reading that book, you can smell the rotten rock hear those fusillades of falling rock from above, very evocative, grim but fantastic. Also it's written in a quaint English, dating back to the 50s(?). Great read.

    I think I've read pretty much all the Everest '96 season books, interesting that there were some omissions from Krakaeur's book that were picked up by some of the other climbers.

    Not as easy to read but interesting nevertheless is the Mallory biography The Wildest Dream where you get a background into the insanity of the man.

    Speaking of insane, the autobiography of Ranulph Fiennes - Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know - is fantastic. The man is barking. Period. Great read.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 18,056 ✭✭✭✭BostonB

    The Climb by Anatoli Boukreev is an alternative view point of Into thin Air

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,468 ✭✭✭Evil Phil

    Yeah, that's a good read alright.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,418 ✭✭✭loobylou

    This is somewhat old but I found it a classic,

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,164 ✭✭✭cavedave

    Evil Phil

    Touching The Void and everything else by Joe Simpson
    The White Spider - Henrich Harrer
    Mountains of the Mind - Robert Macfarlane

    I have read these and they are great.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,452 ✭✭✭SomeFool

    Tigers of the Snow - Jonathan Neale

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 585 ✭✭✭a147pro

    BostonB wrote: »
    The Climb by Anatoli Boukreev is an alternative view point of Into thin Air

    got this on a talking book and listened to it driving down to to Cork. became so engrossed I missed the turn twice and was heading to Limerick first, then Kerry!

    a couple of years later I went trekking in nepal and made a quite poignant and unexpected connection there. I went up to Annapurna base camp. it was winter and at the time it was the highest I'd ever been, so i was really into it. I walked up to look at the climbers memorials, piles of stones with Buddhist Prayer flags flying and, to my surprise, the first name I came accross was Anatoli's. he was killed in an avalanche there on Christmas Day.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,779 ✭✭✭Carawaystick

    Bill Tilman and Eric Shipton's books about climbing and exploring in the 20's 30's and 40's aren't bad, probably not PC the way they refer to coolies though....

    Pete Boardman ad Joe Tasker's books are good too - climbing Changabang back in the 70's was a pretty amazing feat.