The Other Side of Everest by Matt Dickinson This gripping tale is told by a fairly novice climber (at the time) who summits Mt. Everest from the north side during the infamous climbing season of 1996. He joins a team from the UK to film an Everest expedition. Ultimately he along with the UK's most famous high elevation climber, Alan Hinkes and three Sherpas are thrown together after a number of their group drops out. They all summit - … [Read more...]
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Mountains of Africa
Mountains of Africa by Duncan Souchon Often "mountains", are not usually mentioned in the same breath when discussing Africa. Jungles, big game, safari, sand dunes, sure - but not mountains! And if a mountain is mentioned it is always Mt. Kilimanjaro. This book debunks any myths that Africa is flat and or completely covered in jungles. Pictures of jagged snow and ice covered mountains could be taken anywhere in the world. Mountains of Africa … [Read more...]
Touching the Void
Touching the Void by Joe Simpson In our opinion, this is probably the most amazing mountaineering survival story of all time. Two climbers set out to climb a 6,000+ meter peak in the Cordillera Huayash range in the heart of the Peruvian Andes. An accident befalls one of the climbers and his partner makes a life or death choice. We've climbed a number of times in this part of the Andes - these are some of the most spectacular mountains in the … [Read more...]
Climbing Mt Shasta
Climbing Mt. Shasta by Steve Lewis This is the definitive guide for climbing Northern California's mountain masterpiece. Pre trip preparation, gear lists, and seasonal climbing conditions offered. This book is a great introduction for novices, those new to climbing and even experienced climbers in regards to what is involved with a climb of Mt. Shasta. Climbing Mt. Shasta focuses in detail on the most popular route, Avalanche Gulch. Enjoy … [Read more...]
AWOL on the Appalachian Trail
AWOL on the Appalachian Trail by David Miller Join David as he hikes the length of the Appalachian trail - "through hikers" (those hiking the length of the trail assign themselves nicknames and his is AWOL. This is a good read for anyone considering doing this hike. Join AWOL he describes the day to day hiking that one would have on a hike of this magnitude - including stops, food, and the characters he meets. … [Read more...]
Into Thin Air
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakaeur Describes the events of the Everest Tragedy in 1996. This is a high altitude struggle for survival that involves mortality as well as one man's amazing survival for a night unsheltered above 27,000 feet after he was left for dead. This is a gripping exciting read that makes it hard to put the book down. If you are a fast read you will be absorbed in the events that happened in 1996 and before you know it, … [Read more...]
Dark Summit by Nick Heil Ten years after the infamous events of 1996, another climbing season on earth's tallest mountain produces controversy. If you enjoyed Into Thin Air (see below), you will surely be gripped by the clutches of this book. It is a fast paced read in which you are quickly immersed in the world of extreme altitude mountaineering and the fine line decisions that climbers & guides have to make on the spur of the moment. A … [Read more...]
High and Wild
High & Wild by Galen Rowell A collection of short, mostly mountain & rock climbing stories. Join now deceased famed photographer Galen Rowell on his International adventures ranging from the icy slopes of an Alaskan range to formidable routes in the great Himalayas. As expected from a photographer of Rowell's caliber, spectacular photos accompany the stories. At the time of his untimely death in a plane crash near Bishop California, he … [Read more...]