The Best Mountaineering And Climbing Books

Best Mountaineering Books

“What are the best Mountaineering and Mountain Climbing Books?” We looked at 250 of the top books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 33 titles, all appearing on 3 or more “Best Mountaineering” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 200+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 33 Mountain Climbing Books



33 .) A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chessler Books
  • Climbing
  • Impossible World

Eric Newby describes his travels in the mountains of Afghanistan. He has also written “The Last Grain Race”, “Slowly Down the Ganges”, “Love and War in the Apennines” and “On the Shores of the Mediterranean”.

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32 .) Blank on the Map by Eric Shipton

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chessler Books
  • Mark Horrell
  • Winter Climb

In 1937 two of the twentieth century’s greatest explorers set off to explore an unknown area of the Himalaya, the breath-taking Shaksgam mountains. With a team of surveyors and Sherpas, Eric Shipton and H.W. Tilman located and mapped the land around K2, the second-highest mountain in the world. It was their greatest venture, and one that paved the way for all future mountaineering in that area of the Himalaya. For Shipton and Tilman, exploration was everything, with a summit a welcome bonus, and Blank on the Map is the book that best captures their spirit of adventure. With an observant eye and keen sense of humour, Shipton tells how the expedition entered the unknown Shaksgam mountains, crossing impenetrable gorges, huge rivers and endless snow fields.

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31 .) Climbing in North America by Chris Jones

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chessler Books
  • Climbing
  • Impossible World

Climbing in North America is the definitive, complete history of mountaineering in the United States and Canada, from the earliest days of the sport through the 1970s. In this climbing tribute, Chris Jones celebrates the climbers and their routes, peaks, and adventures, bringing them to life through anecdotes and historic black and white photos.

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30 .) Everest The Cruel Way by Joe Tasker

Lists It Appears On:

  • Atlas & Boots
  • Chessler Books
  • Winter Climb

“On 30 January 1981 Joe Tasker and Ade Burgess stood at 24,000 feet on the west ridge of Mount Everest. Below them were their companions, some exhausted, some crippled by illness, all virtually incapacitated. Further progress seemed impossible.

Everest the Cruel Way is Joe Tasker’s story of an attempt to climb the highest mountain on earth – an attempt which pushed a group of Britain’s finest mountaineers to their limits. The goal had been to climb Mount Everest at its hardest: via the infamous west ridge, without supplementary oxygen and in winter. Tasker’s epic account vividly describes experiences that no climber had previously endured. Close up and personal, it is a gripping account of day-to-day life on expedition and of the struggle to live at high altitude.”

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29 .) Ghosts of Everest: The Search for Mallory and Irvine by Jochen Hemmleb

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Impossible World
  • Summit Post

“On May 1, 1999, the Mallory & Irvine Research Expedition found George Mallory’s body – astonishingly well preserved – high on the wind-swept North Face of Everest. But that is not all they found. In Mallory’s pockets, and elsewhere on the mountain, the researchers found answers to the question that has plagued historians and mountaineers alike: Did they make it? And if they did, what happened to them?
Ghosts of Everest is the exclusive inside story of what they found and, for the first time, what this new evidence tells us about Mallory and Irvine’s momentous last day”

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28 .) Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest by Wade Davis

Lists It Appears On:

  • Atlas & Boots
  • Goodreads
  • Winter Climb

In this magisterial work of history and adventure, based on more than a decade of prodigious research in British, Canadian, and European archives, and months in the field in Nepal and Tibet, Wade Davis vividly re-creates British climbers’ epic attempts to scale Mount Everest in the early 1920s. With new access to letters and diaries, Davis recounts the heroic efforts of George Mallory and his fellow climbers to conquer the mountain in the face of treacherous terrain and furious weather. Into the Silence sets their remarkable achievements in sweeping historical context: Davis shows how the exploration originated in nineteenth-century imperial ambitions, and he takes us far beyond the Himalayas to the trenches of World War I, where Mallory and his generation found themselves and their world utterly shattered. In the wake of the war that destroyed all notions of honor and decency, the Everest expeditions, led by these scions of Britain’s elite, emerged as a symbol of national redemption and hope.

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27 .) Kiss or Kill: Confessions of a Serial Climber by Mark Twight

Lists It Appears On:

  • Climbing
  • Impossible World
  • Summit Post

Kiss or Kill: Confessions of a Serial Climber is raw, unfiltered Twight. These author’s cut are the real deal, not the homogenized fluff offered up by magazine editors who are often unwilling to offend. Twight’s words make it clear that climbing is only distantly about the summit. Several of these pieces are new to U.S. readers. Twight edited all of the selections and appended each with a current author’s note; confessing his inspiration, events that followed, and lessons learned (or not learned, some might say). It adds up to a frightfully lucid look into Twight’s personal life as both man and hardcore alpine climber. The dissection scares me sometimes…

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26 .) Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest by Beck Weathers

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Impossible World
  • Summit Post

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25 .) Minus 148 Degrees by Art Davidson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chessler Books
  • Goodreads
  • Summit Post

Minus 148° is Art Davidson’s stunning personal narrative, supplemented by diary excerpts from team members George Wichman, John Edwards, Dave Johnston, and Greg Blomberg. Davidson retells the team’s fears and frictions—and ultimate triumph—with an honesty that has made this gripping survival story a mountaineering classic for over 40 years.

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24 .) Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills by The Mountaineers Club

Lists It Appears On:

  • Atlas & Boots
  • Chessler Books
  • Goodreads

The best-selling instructional text for new and intermediate climbers for more than half a century. New edition – fully updated techniques and all-new illustrations. Researched and written by a team of expert climbers.

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23 .) No Way Down: Life and Death on K2 by Graham Bowley

Lists It Appears On:

  • Atlas & Boots
  • Goodreads
  • Impossible World

In the tradition of Into Thin Air and Touching the Void, No Way Down by New York Times reporter Graham Bowley is the harrowing account of the worst mountain climbing disaster on K2, second to Everest in height… but second to no peak in terms of danger. From tragic deaths to unbelievable stories of heroism and survival, No Way Down is an amazing feat of storytelling and adventure writing, and, in the words of explorer and author Sir Ranulph Fiennes, “the closest you can come to being on the summit of K2 on that fateful day.”

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22 .) Savage Arena by Joe Tasker

Lists It Appears On:

  • Climbing
  • Impossible World
  • The Guardian

“Joe Tasker was one of Britain’s foremost mountaineers. A pioneer of lightweight mountaineering and a superbly gifted writer, in Savage Arena he vividly describes his participation in the first British winter ascent of the North Face of the Eiger; his first ascent of the West Wall of Changabang with Peter Boardman – considered to be a preposterous plan by the established climbing world; the first ascent of the North Ridge of Kangchenjunga; and his two unsuccessful attempts to climb K2, the second highest mountain in the world.

This is a story of single-minded determination, strength and courage in a pursuit which owes much of its value and compulsion to the risks entailed – risks which often stimulate superlative performances. It is also a story of the stresses, strains and tensions of living in constant anxiety, often with only one other person, for long periods in which one is never far from moments of terror, and of the close and vital human relationships which spring from those circumstances. It is a moving, exciting and inspirational book about the adventuring spirit which seeks endless new climbing challenges to face, alluring problems to solve and difficulties to overcome, for it is not reaching the summit which is important, but the journey to it.”

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21 .) The Fall by Simon Mawer

Lists It Appears On:

  • Climbing
  • Impossible World
  • The Armchair Mountaineer

Hearing that a childhood friend has died in a tragic climbing accident, Rob Ross rushes to comfort the man’s widow and finds himself reliving moments from his past, which was marked by a love triangle and a journey to the Alps.

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20 .) Annapurna South Face by Chris Bonington

Lists It Appears On:

  • Atlas & Boots
  • Chessler Books
  • Summit Post
  • Winter Climb

In 1970, Chris Bonington and his now-legendary team of mountaineers were the first climbers to tackle a big wall at extreme altitude. Their target was the south face of Nepal’s Annapurna: 12,000 feet of steep rock and ice leading to a 26, 454-ft. summit. As serious armchair climbers will tell you, Annapurna South Face is better than all but a handful of equally gripping classics. One could also argue that all that has happened in the big mountains in the past 30 years has come out of this expedition and out of this book. Bonington and his team—most of whom subsequently died in the mountains—represented a kind of “greatest generation” of modern mountaineers. They pioneered a new, bolder approach to high altitude climbing, and this book is about how they hit the big time.

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19 .) Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains by Jon Krakauer

Lists It Appears On:

  • Climbing
  • Goodreads
  • Impossible World
  • Summit Post

A compelling study of mountain climbing captures the determination, thirst for adventure and challenge, and obsession of the individuals who climb such mountains as Denali, K2, Everest, the Eiger, and other notable peaks throughout the world

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18 .) K2: The Savage Mountain by Charles Houston and Robert Bates

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chessler Books
  • Desk to Dirtbag
  • Summit Post
  • Winter Climb

When eleven climbers died on K2 on August 1, 2008, it was a stark reminder that the world’s second-highest mountain has, for more than a century, been regarded as the most difficult and dangerous of all—for every four people who reach the top, one dies in the attempt. K2, The Savage Mountain tells the dramatic story of the 1953 American expedition, led by Charles S. Houston, when a combination of terrible storms and illness stopped the team short of the 28,251-foot summit. Then on the descent, tragedy struck, and how the climbers made it back to safety is renowned in the annals of climbing.

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17 .) The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest by Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt

Lists It Appears On:

  • Atlas & Boots
  • Goodreads
  • Summit Post
  • Winter Climb

In May 1996 three expeditions attempted to climb Mount Everest on the Southeast Ridge route pioneered by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953. Crowded conditions slowed their progress. Late in the day, twenty-three men and women – including expedition leaders Scott Fischer and Rob Hall – wee caught in a ferocious blizzard. Disoriented and out of oxygen, climbers struggled to find their way down the mountain as darkness approached. Alone and climbing blind, Anatoli Boukreey brought climbers back from the edge of certain death. This new edition includes a transcript of the Mountain Madness expedition debriefing recorded five days after the tragedy, as well as G Weston DeWalt’s response to Into Thin Air author Jon Krakauer.

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16 .) The Crystal Horizon by Reinhold Messner

Lists It Appears On:

  • Atlas & Boots
  • Desk to Dirtbag
  • Summit Post
  • Winter Climb

On August 20, 1980, Reinhold Messner, the world-renowned master of alpine-style climbing, became the first person to reach the summit of Everest solo and without supplemental oxygen. A vivid account of Messner’s expedition, The Crystal Horizon also reflects on how he explored his innermost thoughts while facing the most extreme physical challenge he had ever encountered. The furthest point for mind and body he calls his crystal horizon.

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15 .) Annapurna: A Woman’s Place by Arlene Blum

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chessler Books
  • Desk to Dirtbag
  • Impossible World
  • Summit Post
  • Winter Climb

“In August 1978, thirteen women left San Francisco for the Nepal Himalaya to make history as the first Americans—and the first women—to scale the treacherous slopes of Annapurna I, the world’s tenth highest peak. Expedition leader Arlene Blum here tells their dramatic story: the logistical problems, storms, and hazardous ice climbing; the conflicts and reconciliations within the team; the terror of avalanches that threatened to sweep away camps and climbers.
On October 15, two women and two Sherpas at last stood on the summit—but the celebration was cut short, for two days later, the two women of the second summit team fell to their deaths. “

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14 .) Beyond The Mountain by Steve House

Lists It Appears On:

  • Climbing
  • Goodreads
  • Impossible World
  • Summit Post
  • Winter Climb

“What does it take to be one of the world’s best high-altitude mountain climbers? A lot of fundraising; traveling in some of the world’s most dangerous countries; enduring cold bivouacs, searing lungs, and a cloudy mind when you can least afford one. It means learning the hard lessons the mountains teach.

Steve House built his reputation on ascents throughout the Alps, Canada, Alaska, the Karakoram and the Himalaya that have expanded possibilities of style, speed, and difficulty. In 2005 Steve and alpinist Vince Anderson pioneered a direct new route on the Rupal Face of 26,600-foot Nanga Parbat, which had never before been climbed in alpine style. It was the third ascent of the face and the achievement earned Steveand Vince the first Piolet d””or (Golden Ice Axe) awarded to North Americans.”

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13 .) Nanga Parbat Pilgrimage by Herman Buhl

Lists It Appears On:

  • Atlas & Boots
  • Chessler Books
  • Summit Post
  • The Guardian
  • Winter Climb

Autobiography of Hermann Buhl, whose solo, unaided climb of Nanga Parbat is thought to be a greater achievement than Hillary and Tenzing’s climb on Everest.

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12 .) No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World’s 14 Highest Peaks by Ed Viesturs

Lists It Appears On:

  • Atlas & Boots
  • Goodreads
  • Impossible World
  • Kandoo Adventures
  • Summit Post

“For eighteen years Ed Viesturs pursued climbing’s holy grail: to stand atop the world’s fourteen 8,000-meter peaks, without the aid of bottled oxygen. But No Shortcuts to the Top is as much about the man who would become the first American to achieve that goal as it is about his stunning quest. As Viesturs recounts the stories of his most harrowing climbs, he reveals a man torn between the flat, safe world he and his loved ones share and the majestic and deadly places where only he can go.

A preternaturally cautious climber who once turned back 300 feet from the top of Everest but who would not shrink from a peak (Annapurna) known to claim the life of one climber for every two who reached its summit, Viesturs lives by an unyielding motto, “Reaching the summit is optional. Getting down is mandatory.” It is with this philosophy that he vividly describes fatal errors in judgment made by his fellow climbers as well as a few of his own close calls and gallant rescues. And, for the first time, he details his own pivotal and heroic role in the 1996 Everest disaster made famous in Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air. “

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11 .) The Mountain of My Fear by David Roberts

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chessler Books
  • Desk to Dirtbag
  • Impossible World
  • Summit Post
  • Winter Climb

In The Mountain of My Fear Roberts and Jensen come together again only a year after the Deborah climb. In this account, they and two other Harvard students attempt an ascent of Mount Huntington, for the first time via its treacherous west face. The summit had been reached only the year before, via one of its less dangerous ridges. The story is one of a magnificent achievement. But it is also the story of how a perfect adventure can turn into tragedy in a single instant.

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10 .) The Mountains of My Life by Walter Bonatti

Lists It Appears On:

  • Atlas & Boots
  • Desk to Dirtbag
  • Summit Post
  • The Guardian
  • Winter Climb

Bonatti is one of the greatest mountaineers of all time, a man who continually reset the benchmark of human possibility by ascending routes that others dared not even contemplate. He climbed with an audacity and panache that epitomized the purest spirit of alpinism, and inspired an entire generation of climbers. Jon Krakauer calls him one of my heroes. He is not only a mountaineer of astonishing talent and vision, but one of the world’s most engaging writers about mountaineering.

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9 .) No Picnic on Mount Kenya: A Daring Escape, A Perilous Climb by Felice Benuzzi

Lists It Appears On:

  • Atlas & Boots
  • Chessler Books
  • Climbing
  • Desk to Dirtbag
  • Impossible World
  • The Clymb

“In the shadow of Mount Kenya, surrounded by the forests and creatures of the savannah, life drags interminably for the inmates of POW Camp 354, captured in Africa during World War II. Confined to an endless cycle of boredom and frustration, one prisoner realizes he can bear it no longer.

When the clouds covering Mount Kenya part one morning to reveal its towering peaks for the first time, Felice Benuzzi is transfixed. The tedium of camp life is broken by the beginnings of a sudden idea–an outrageous, dangerous, brilliant idea.”

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8 .) Starlight and Storm: The Ascent of the Six Great North Faces of the Alps by Gaston Rébuffat

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chessler Books
  • Climbing
  • Impossible World
  • Summit Post
  • The Guardian
  • Winter Climb

Known for his lyrical writing and his ability to convey not only the dangers of mountaineering but the pure exaltation of the climb, Gaston Rebuffat is among the most well-known and revered Alpinists of all time. He rose to international prominence in 1950 as one of the four principal stalwarts in the first ascent of Annapurna, the highest mountain climbed at that time. Yet his finest feat as a mountaineer was to be the first man to climb all six of the legendary great north faces of the Alps–the Grandes Jorasses, the Piz Badile, the Dru, the Matterhorn, the Cima Grande di Lava-redo, and the Eiger.

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7 .) The Shining Mountain by Peter Boardman

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chessler Books
  • Climbing
  • Desk to Dirtbag
  • Impossible World
  • The Guardian
  • Winter Climb

“So spoke Chris Bonington when Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker presented him with their plan to tackle the unclimbed West Wall of Changabang – the Shining Mountain – in 1976. Bonington’s was one of the more positive responses; most felt the climb impossibly hard, especially for a two-man, lightweight expedition. This was, after all, perhaps the most fearsome and technically challenging granite wall in the Garhwal Himalaya and an ascent – particularly one in a lightweight style – would be more significant than anything done on Everest at the time. The idea had been Joe Tasker’s. He had photographed the sheer, shining, white granite sweep of Changabang’s West Wall on a previous expedition and asked Pete to return with him the following year.

Tasker contributes a second voice throughout Boardman’s story, which starts with acclimatisation, sleeping in a Salford frozen-food store, and progresses through three nights of hell, marooned in hammocks during a storm, to moments of exultation at the variety and intricacy of the superb, if punishingly difficult, climbing. It is a story of how climbing a mountain can become an all-consuming goal, of the tensions inevitable in forty days of isolation on a two-man expedition; as well as a record of the moment of joy upon reaching the summit ridge against all odds.”

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6 .) Conquistadors of the Useless by Lionel Terray

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chessler Books
  • Goodreads
  • Impossible World
  • Summit Post
  • The Clymb
  • The Guardian
  • Winter Climb

Frenchman Lionel Terray is one of mountaineering history’s greatest alpinists, and his autobiography, Conquistadors of the Useless, stands among the “100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time”, according to National Geographic Adventure magazine. Following World War II, when France desperately needed successes to heal its wounds, Terray emerged as a national hero, conquering summits atop the planet’s highest mountains.

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5 .) Everest: The West Ridge by Tom Hornbein

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chessler Books
  • Climbing
  • Desk to Dirtbag
  • Goodreads
  • Impossible World
  • Summit Post
  • The Clymb
  • Winter Climb

In 1963, Jim Whittaker became the first American to summit Everest via the South Col route. Roughly two weeks after Whittaker’s achievement, Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld, fellow American mountaineers on the same expedition, became the first climbers ever to summit the world’s highest peak via the dangerous and forbidding West Ridge—a route on which only a handful of climbers have since succeeded.

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4 .) Annapurna by Maurice Herzog

Lists It Appears On:

  • Atlas & Boots
  • Chessler Books
  • Desk to Dirtbag
  • Goodreads
  • Impossible World
  • Kandoo Adventures
  • Mark Horrell
  • Summit Post
  • Winter Climb

In 1950, when no mountain taller than 8,000 meters had ever been climbed, Maurice Herzog led an expedition of French climbers to the summit of an 8,075-meter (26,493-foot) Himalayan peak called Annapurna. But unlike other climbs, the routes up Annapurna had never been charted. Herzog and his team had to locate the mountain using crude maps, pick out a single untried route, and go for the summit. Annapurna is the unforgettable account of this heroic climb and of its harrowing aftermath, including a nightmare descent of frostbite, snow blindness, and near death. Herzog’s masterful narrative is one of the great mountain-adventure stories of all time.

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3 .) Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer

Lists It Appears On:

  • Atlas & Boots
  • Chessler Books
  • Goodreads
  • Impossible World
  • Kandoo Adventures
  • Summit Post
  • The Clymb
  • The Guardian
  • Winter Climb

“A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that “”suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down.”” He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more–including Krakauer’s–in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air, Krakauer’s epic account of the May 1996 disaster.

By writing Into Thin Air, Krakauer may have hoped to exorcise some of his own demons and lay to rest some of the painful questions that still surround the event. He takes great pains to provide a balanced picture of the people and events he witnessed and gives due credit to the tireless and dedicated Sherpas. He also avoids blasting easy targets such as Sandy Pittman, the wealthy socialite who brought an espresso maker along on the expedition. Krakauer’s highly personal inquiry into the catastrophe provides a great deal of insight into what went wrong. But for Krakauer himself, further interviews and investigations only lead him to the conclusion that his perceived failures were directly responsible for a fellow climber’s death. Clearly, Krakauer remains haunted by the disaster, and although he relates a number of incidents in which he acted selflessly and even heroically, he seems unable to view those instances objectively. In the end, despite his evenhanded and even generous assessment of others’ actions, he reserves a full measure of vitriol for himself. “

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2 .) The White Spider by Heinrich Harrer

Lists It Appears On:

  • Atlas & Boots
  • Chessler Books
  • Climbing
  • Goodreads
  • Impossible World
  • Kandoo Adventures
  • Summit Post
  • The Clymb
  • Winter Climb

The White Spider dramatically recreates not only the harrowing, successful ascent made by Harrer and his comrades in 1938, but also the previous, tragic attempts at a wall of rock that was recently enshrined in mountaineer Jon Krakauer’s first work, Eiger Dreams. For a generation of American climbers, The White Spider has been a formative book–yet it has long been out-of-print in America.

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1 .) Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man’s Miraculous Survival by Joe Simpson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Atlas & Boots
  • Chessler Books
  • Climbing
  • Goodreads
  • Impossible World
  • Kandoo Adventures
  • Summit Post
  • The Clymb
  • The Guardian
  • Winter Climb

“Joe Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, had just reached the top of a 21,000-foot peak in the Andes when disaster struck. Simpson plunged off the vertical face of an ice ledge, breaking his leg. In the hours that followed, darkness fell and a blizzard raged as Yates tried to lower his friend to safety. Finally, Yates was forced to cut the rope, moments before he would have been pulled to his own death.

The next three days were an impossibly grueling ordeal for both men. Yates, certain that Simpson was dead, returned to base camp consumed with grief and guilt over abandoning him. Miraculously, Simpson had survived the fall, but crippled, starving, and severely frostbitten was trapped in a deep crevasse. Summoning vast reserves of physical and spiritual strength, Simpson crawled over the cliffs and canyons of the Andes, reaching base camp hours before Yates had planned to leave.”

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The 200+ Additional Best Mountaineering Books



 

# Book Author Lists
(Titles Appear On 2 List Each)
34 A Slender Thread: Escaping Disaster in the Himalaya Stephen Venables
Summit Post
The Guardian
35 Above the Clouds: The Diaries of a High-Altitude Mountaineer Anatoli Boukreev Goodreads
Summit Post
36 All Fourteen Eight-Thousanders Reinhold Messner
Chessler Books
Winter Climb
37 Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2’s Deadliest Day Peter Zuckerman Goodreads
Atlas & Boots
38 Climbing Free: My Life in the Vertical World Lynn Hill
Impossible World
Summit Post
39 Climbing High: A Woman’s Account of Surviving the Everest Tragedy Lene Gammelgaard Goodreads
Summit Post
40 Dark Summit: The True Story of Everest’s Most Controversial Season Nick Heil Goodreads
Summit Post
41 Dead Lucky: Life After Death on Mount Everest Lincoln Hall Goodreads
Summit Post
42 Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident Donnie Eichar
Atlas & Boots
Goodreads
43 Denali’s Howl: The Deadliest Climbing Disaster on America’s Wildest Peak Andy Hall Goodreads
Atlas & Boots
44 Epic: Stories of Survival from the World’s Highest Peaks Clint Willis Goodreads
Summit Post
45 Everest Expedition To The Ultimate Reinhold Messner
Chessler Books
Winter Climb
46 Everest Summit of Achievement Stephen Venables
Chessler Books
Winter Climb
47 Five Miles High Robert H. Bates and Charles S. Houston
Chessler Books
Summit Post
48 Forever on the Mountain: The Truth Behind One of Mountaineering’s Most Controversial and Mysterious Disasters James M. Tabor Goodreads
Summit Post
49 Freedom Climbers Bernadette McDonald Climbing
Winter Climb
50 High Adventure: The True Story of the First Ascent of Everest Edmund Hillary Goodreads
Winter Climb
51 High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed Michael Kodas Goodreads
Summit Post
52 High Exposure: An Enduring Passion for Everest and Unforgiving Places David Breashears Goodreads
Summit Post
53 Into the Wild Jon Krakauer Goodreads
Summit Post
54 Jeffrey Moffatt: Revelations Jeffrey Moffatt Climbing
Impossible World
55 My Climbs in the Alps and Caucasus Albert Mummery
Chessler Books
The Clymb
56 Nanda Devi Eric Shipton
Chessler Books
Winter Climb
57 On The Heights Bonatti Walter
Chessler Books
Winter Climb
58 On the Ridge Between Life and Death: A Climbing Life Reexamined David Roberts Goodreads
Summit Post
59 One Man’s Mountains Tom Patey Climbing
Impossible World
60 Postcards from the Ledge: Collected Mountaineering Writings Greg Child
Atlas & Boots
Summit Post
61 Psychovertical Andy Kirkpatrick Climbing
Impossible World
62 Sacred Summits Peter Boardman
Chessler Books
Winter Climb
63 Scrambles Amongst the Alps Edward Whymper
Chessler Books
Summit Post
64 Scrambles Amongst the Alps in the Years 1860-69 Edward Whymper
Desk to Dirtbag
Winter Climb
65 Seven Summits Dick Bass
Chessler Books
Goodreads
66 Seven Years in Tibet Heinrich Harrer
Chessler Books
Winter Climb
67 Snow on the Equator HW Tilman
Chessler Books
Mark Horrell
68 Solo Nanga Parbat Reinhold Messner
Chessler Books
Winter Climb
69 Summit Fever Andrew Greig
Chessler Books
Summit Post
70 Summits and Secrets Kurt Diemberger
Chessler Books
Winter Climb
71 The Ascent of Denali Hudson Stuck
Chessler Books
Summit Post
72 The Ascent of Rum Doodle WE Bowman
Chessler Books
The Armchair Mountaineer
73 The Beckoning Silence Joe Simpson Goodreads
Summit Post
74 The Boys of Everest: Chris Bonington and the Tragedy of Climbing’s Greatest Generation Clint Willis Goodreads
Summit Post
75 The Last Step: The American Ascent of K2 Rick Ridgeway
Chessler Books
Summit Post
76 The Ledge: An Adventure Story of Friendship and Survival on Mount Rainier Jim Davidson and Kevin Vaugha
Atlas & Boots
Goodreads
77 The Lost Explorer: Finding Mallory on Mt. Everest Conrad Anker and David Roberts Goodreads
Summit Post
78 The Naked Mountain Reinhold Messner Goodreads
Winter Climb
79 The Other Side of Everest Matt Dickinson Goodreads
Summit Post
80 Travels Amongst the Great Andes of the Equator Edward Whymper
Chessler Books
Mark Horrell
81 View From The Summit Edmund Hillary
Chessler Books
Winter Climb
82 A Life on the Edge: Memoirs of Everest and Beyond Jim Whittaker
Summit Post
83 A Walk in the Sky Clinch
Chessler Books
84 Aconcagua South Face Ferlet
Chessler Books
85 Addicted to Danger Jim Wickwire and Dorothy Bullitt
Summit Post
86 Alaska Ascents: World-Class Mountaineers Tell Their Stories Bill Sherwonit
Summit Post
87 Alone on the Wall Alex Honnold
Impossible World
88 Alpine Pilgrimage Kugy
Chessler Books
89 Ascent: The Spiritual and Physical Quest of Legendary Mountaineer Willi Unsoeld Laurence Leamer
Summit Post
90 Below Another Sky: A Mountain Adventure in Search of a Lost Father Rick Ridgeway
Summit Post
91 Beyond the Limits: A Woman’s Triumph on Everest Stacy Allison with Peter Carlin
Summit Post
92 Big Wall Climbing Scott
Chessler Books
93 Boundless Horizons: The Autobiography of Chris Bonington Chris Bonington
Summit Post
94 Breaking Point: Challenge on Alaska’s Mt. Hunter Glenn Randall
Summit Post
95 Brotherhood of the Rope: The Biography of Charles Houston Bernadette McDonald
Summit Post
96 Camp 4: Recollections of a Yosemite Rockclimber Steve Roper
Impossible World
97 Camp Six Smythe
Chessler Books
98 Canadian Rockies, New and Old Trails Coleman
Chessler Books
99 Challenge of the North Cascades Beckey
Chessler Books
100 Climb to the Lost World MacInnes
Chessler Books
101
Climb: Stories of Survival from Rock, Snow and Ice
Summit Post
102 Climb! The History of Rock Climbing in Colorado Jeff Achey
Impossible World
103 Climbers M. John Harrison
The Armchair Mountaineer
104 Climbing Days Pilley
Chessler Books
105 Climbing Ice Chouinard
Chessler Books
106 Climbing on the Himalaya Collie
Chessler Books
107 Climbing the Fishes Tail Noyce
Chessler Books
108 Climbs and Ski Runs Smythe
Chessler Books
109 Cordillera Blanca Kinzl & Schneider
Chessler Books
110 Cordillera Huayhuash Kinzl & Schneider
Chessler Books
111 Crystal Horizon: Everest: The First Solo Ascent Reinhold Messner Goodreads
112 Danger Stalks the Land: Alaskan Tales of Death and Survival Larry Kaniut
Summit Post
113 Dark Shadows Falling Joe Simpson Goodreads
114 Deborah Roberts
Chessler Books
115 Der Alpinismus in Bildern Steinitzer
Chessler Books
116 Detectives on Everest: The 2001 Mallory & Irvine Research Expedition Jochen Hemmleb Eric Simonsson and Dave Hahn
Summit Post
117 Downward Bound Harding
Chessler Books
118 Eiger Direct or Direttissima Gillman
Chessler Books
119 Eiger: Wall of Death Arthur Roth
Summit Post
120 Everest – The West Ridge Thomas Hornbein
Kandoo Adventures
121 Everest 80 Years of Triumph and Tragedy Gillman
Chessler Books
122 Everest The Kangshung Face Venables
Chessler Books
123 Everest: Alone at the Summit Stephen Venables
Summit Post
124 Extreme Alpine Rock Pause
Chessler Books
125 Facing the Extreme Ruth Kocour and Michael Hodgson
Summit Post
126 Fatal Mountaineer Robert Roper
Summit Post
127 Feeding the Rat: A Climber’s Life on the Edge Al Alvarez
Impossible World
128 Felice Benuzzi, No Picnic on Mt Kenya
The Guardian
129 Fifty Classic Climbs of North America Roper & Steck
Chessler Books
130 FIVA: An Adventure That Went Wrong Gordon Stainforth
Impossible World
131 Four Against Everest Sayre
Chessler Books
132 Free Spirit: A Climber’s Life Reinhold Messner
Summit Post
133 Good Morning Midnight: Life and Death in the Wild Chip Brown
Summit Post
134 Hermann Buhl:Climbing Without Compromise Reinhold Messner
Summit Post
135 High and Wild: Essays and Photographs on Wilderness Adventures Galen Rowell
Summit Post
136 High: Stories of Survival from Everest and K2 Clint Willis
Summit Post
137 Holding Fast:The Untold Story of the Mt. Hood Tragedy Karen James
Summit Post
138 I Come From The Stone Age Harrer
Chessler Books
139 In Monte Viso’s Horizon McLewin
Chessler Books
140 In the Shadow of Denali Jonathan Waterman
Summit Post
141 In The Throne Room of the Mountain Gods Rowell
Chessler Books
142 In the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods Galen Rowell
Summit Post
143 In the Zone:Epic Survival Stories from the Mounaineering World Peter Potterfield
Summit Post
144 K2 – No Way Down Graham Bowley
Kandoo Adventures
145 K2, Triumph and Tragedy
Summit Post
146 K2: Life and Death on the World’s Most Dangerous Mountain Ed Viesturs Goodreads
147 K2: Triumph and Tragedy Jim Curran
Winter Climb
148 K2:Life and Death on the World’s Most Dangerous Mountain Ed Viesturs with David Roberts
Summit Post
149 K2:The 1939 Tragedy Andrew J. Kaufman and William Lowell Putnam
Summit Post
150 K2:The Story of the Savage Mountain Jim Curran
Summit Post
151 Karakoram Maraini
Chessler Books
152 Karakoram and Kashmir Eckenstein
Chessler Books
153 Karakoram and Western Himalaya Filippi
Chessler Books
154 Land of Mountains: New Zealand Radcliffe
Chessler Books
155 Last Season Eric Blehm
Summit Post
156 Learning to Fly: A Memoir of Hanging on & Letting Go Steph Davis
Impossible World
157 Lou Whitaker: Memoirs of a Mountain Guide Lou Whitaker
Summit Post
158 Men Against The Clouds Burdsall
Chessler Books
159
Missing in the Minarets: The Search for Walter A. Starr
Summit Post
160 Mixed Emotions: Mountaineering Writings of Greg Child Greg Child
Summit Post
161 Moments of Doubt: And Other Mountaineering Writings David Roberts
Summit Post
162 Mont Blanc: The 100 Finest Routes Rebuffat
Chessler Books
163 Mountain Madness Robert Birkby Goodreads
164 Mountain of My Fear David Roberts Climbing
165 Mountaincraft Young
Chessler Books
166 Mountaineering in Scotland Murray
Chessler Books
167 Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada King
Chessler Books
168 Mountaineering Maps of the World Yoshizawa
Chessler Books
169 Mountains of the Mind: A History of a Fascination Robert Macfarlane Goodreads
170 My First Summer in the Sierra Muir
Chessler Books
171 My Vertical World: Climbing the 8000-Metre Peaks Jerzy Kukuczka
Winter Climb
172 Nandi Devi: The Tragic Expedition John Roskelley
Summit Post
173 Nine Out of Ten Climbers Make the Same Mistakes Dave Macleod
Impossible World
174 Not Without Peril: 150 Years of Misadventure on the Presidential Range of New Hampshire Nicholas Howe
Summit Post
175 Off the Wall: Death in Yosemite Michael P. Ghiglier and Charles R. Farabee
Summit Post
176 On Mount Hood: A Biography of Oregon’s Perilous Peak Jon Bell
Atlas & Boots
177 On the Nose: A Lifelong Obsession with Yosemite’s Most Iconic Climb Hans Florine
Atlas & Boots
178 One Man’s Mountains Patey
Chessler Books
179 One Man’s Everest: The Autobiography of Kenton Cool Kenton Cool
Impossible World
180 One Mountain Thousand Summits: The Untold Story Tragedy and True Heroism on K2 Freddie Wilkinson Goodreads
181 Pioneer Work in the Alps of New Zealand Harper
Chessler Books
182 Rock Jocks, Wall Rats & Hang Dogs: Rock Climbing on the Edge of Reality John Long
Impossible World
183 Round Kangchenjunga Douglas Freshfield
Mark Horrell
184 Ruwenzori Filippi
Chessler Books
185 Savage Summit: The True Stories of the First Five Women Who Climbed K2, the World’s Most Feared Mountain Jennifer Jordan Goodreads
186 Shattered Air: A True Account of Catastrophe and Courage on Yosemite’s Half Dome Bob Madgic
Summit Post
187 Solo Faces Salter
Chessler Books
188 South Col Noyce
Chessler Books
189 Surviving Denali: A Study of Accidents on Mount McKinley 1903-1990 Jonathan Waterman
Summit Post
190 The Alps and Alpinism Lukan
Chessler Books
191 The Ascent of Mount St Elias Filippi
Chessler Books
192 The Ascent of Nanda Devi Tilman
Chessler Books
193 The Calling: A Life Rocked by Mountains Barry Blanchard Climbing
194 The Climb Up to Hell Jack Olsen
Summit Post
195 The Climbs of Norman-Neruda Norman-Neruda
Chessler Books
196 The Conquest of Mount Cook Du Faur
Chessler Books
197 The Eiger Sanction Trevenian
The Armchair Mountaineer
198
The Endless Knot:K2, Mountain of Dreams and Destiny
Summit Post
199 The Everlasting Hills Waller
Chessler Books
200 The Exploration of the Caucasus Freshfield
Chessler Books
201 The Falling Season: Inside the Life and Death Drama of Aspen’s Mountain Rescue Team Hal Clifford
Summit Post
202 The Fight For Everest 1924 Norton
Chessler Books
203 The Games Climbers Play: A Selection of 100 Mountaineering Articles Ken Wilson
Impossible World
204 The Ghosts of K2: The Epic Saga of the First Ascent Mick Conefrey
Atlas & Boots
205 The Glittering Mountains of Canada Thorington
Chessler Books
206 The Hall of the Mountain King: The True Story of a Tragic Climb Howard H. Snyder
Summit Post
207 The Hard Years Brown
Chessler Books
208 The Highest Andes Fitzgerald
Chessler Books
209
The Hill: A True Story of Tragedy, Recovery
Summit Post
210 The Last Blue Mountain Barker
Chessler Books
211 The Last of His Kind: The Life and Adventures of Bradford Washburn, America’s Boldest Mountaineer David Roberts Goodreads
212 The Mountain: My Time on Everest Ed Viesturs Goodreads
213 The Mountains of California Muir
Chessler Books
214 The North Cascades Miller & Manning
Chessler Books
215 The Philosophy Of Risk Dougal Haston
Winter Climb
216 The Pioneers of the Alps Cunningham & Abney
Chessler Books
217 The Playground of Europe Stephen
Chessler Books
218 The Push Tommy Caldwell
Impossible World
219 The Rescue Season Bob Drury
Summit Post
220 The Savage Arena Tasker
Chessler Books
221 The Scottish Himalayan Expedition Murray
Chessler Books
222 The Shameless Diary of an Explorer Dunn
Chessler Books
223 The Throne of the Gods Heim & Gansser
Chessler Books
224 The Totem Pole: And a Whole New Adventure Paul Pritchard Climbing
225 The Tower: A Chronicle of Climbing and Controversy on Cerro Torre Kelly Cordes
Atlas & Boots
226 The Vertical World of Yosemite Rowell
Chessler Books
227 The Villan: a Portrait of Don Whillans James Perrin
Summit Post
228 The White Death: Tragedy and Heroism in an Avalanche Zone McKay Jenkins
Summit Post
229 The White Tower James Ramsey Ullman
The Armchair Mountaineer
230 The Will to Climb: Obsession and Commitment and the Quest to Climb Annapurna–the World’s Deadliest Peak Ed Viesturs Goodreads
231 Thieves, Liars and Mountaineers: On the 8,000-metre Peak Circus in Pakistan’s Karakoram mountains Mark Horrell
Atlas & Boots
232 Thin Air: Encounters in the Himalayas Greg Child
Summit Post
233 This Game of Ghosts Joe Simpson
Summit Post
234 Tibet’s Secret Mountain:The Triumph of Sepu Kangri Chris Bennington and Charles Clarke
Summit Post
235 To Kiss High Heaven Languepin
Chessler Books
236 To the Top of Denali Bill Sherwonit
Summit Post
237 Touching My Father’s Soul: A Sherpa’s Journey to the Top of Everest Jamling Tenzing Norgay Goodreads
238 Travels Through the Alps of Savoy Forbes
Chessler Books
239 True Summit: What Really Happened on the Legendary Ascent on Annapurna David Roberts Goodreads
240 Twenty Years in the Himalaya Bruce
Chessler Books
241 Ultimate High: My Everest Odyssey Goran Kropp
Summit Post
242 Vertical Mind Don McGrath, Jeff Ellison
Impossible World
243 Wanderings Among the High Alps Wills
Chessler Books
244 We Aspired: The Last Innocent Americans Pete Sinclair
Summit Post
245 Where Four Worlds Meet Maraini
Chessler Books
246 White Mountain and Tawny Plain Hauser
Chessler Books
247 White Winds: America’s Most Tragic Mountaineering Expedition Joe Wilcox
Summit Post
248 Why We Climb Chris Noble
Impossible World
249 Wizards of Rock: A History of Free Climbing in America Pat Ament
Impossible World
250 Women Who Dare: North America’s Most Inspiring Women Climbers Chris Noble
Impossible World


13 Best Mountaineer Book Sources/Lists



Source Article
Atlas & Boots 25 BEST MOUNTAINEERING BOOKS EVER WRITTEN
Chessler Books 100 Best Mountaineering Books
Climbing Doctor of Climbology: 33 Must-Read Climbing Books
Desk to Dirtbag The 10 Best Mountain Climbing Books of All-Time
Goodreads Popular Mountaineering Books
Impossible World 40+ Best Climbing Books To Read Before You Die (& Mountaineering Books).
Kandoo Adventures TOP 7 MOUNTAINEERING ADVENTURE BOOKS
Mark Horrell 5 great books about mountain exploration
Summit Post Best Mountaineering Literature
The Armchair Mountaineer 5 OF THE BEST MOUNTAINEERING NOVELS
The Clymb 7 BEST BOOKS ABOUT CLIMBING
The Guardian The top 10 books on Alpinism
Winter Climb 100 BEST MOUNTAINEERING BOOKS EVER WRITTEN

 

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