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“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



 

#BookAuthorLists
(Titles Appear On 2 List Each)
34A Slender Thread: Escaping Disaster in the HimalayaStephen Venables
Summit Post
The Guardian
35Above the Clouds: The Diaries of a High-Altitude MountaineerAnatoli BoukreevGoodreads
Summit Post
36All Fourteen Eight-ThousandersReinhold Messner
Chessler Books
Winter Climb
37Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2’s Deadliest DayPeter ZuckermanGoodreads
Atlas & Boots
38Climbing Free: My Life in the Vertical WorldLynn Hill
Impossible World
Summit Post
39Climbing High: A Woman’s Account of Surviving the Everest TragedyLene GammelgaardGoodreads
Summit Post
40Dark Summit: The True Story of Everest’s Most Controversial SeasonNick HeilGoodreads
Summit Post
41Dead Lucky: Life After Death on Mount EverestLincoln HallGoodreads
Summit Post
42Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass IncidentDonnie Eichar
Atlas & Boots
Goodreads
43Denali’s Howl: The Deadliest Climbing Disaster on America’s Wildest PeakAndy HallGoodreads
Atlas & Boots
44Epic: Stories of Survival from the World’s Highest PeaksClint WillisGoodreads
Summit Post
45Everest Expedition To The UltimateReinhold Messner
Chessler Books
Winter Climb
46Everest Summit of AchievementStephen Venables
Chessler Books
Winter Climb
47Five Miles HighRobert H. Bates and Charles S. Houston
Chessler Books
Summit Post
48Forever on the Mountain: The Truth Behind One of Mountaineering’s Most Controversial and Mysterious DisastersJames M. TaborGoodreads
Summit Post
49Freedom ClimbersBernadette McDonaldClimbing
Winter Climb
50High Adventure: The True Story of the First Ascent of EverestEdmund HillaryGoodreads
Winter Climb
51High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of GreedMichael KodasGoodreads
Summit Post
52High Exposure: An Enduring Passion for Everest and Unforgiving PlacesDavid BreashearsGoodreads
Summit Post
53Into the WildJon KrakauerGoodreads
Summit Post
54Jeffrey Moffatt: RevelationsJeffrey MoffattClimbing
Impossible World
55My Climbs in the Alps and CaucasusAlbert Mummery
Chessler Books
The Clymb
56Nanda DeviEric Shipton
Chessler Books
Winter Climb
57On The HeightsBonatti Walter
Chessler Books
Winter Climb
58On the Ridge Between Life and Death: A Climbing Life ReexaminedDavid RobertsGoodreads
Summit Post
59One Man’s MountainsTom PateyClimbing
Impossible World
60Postcards from the Ledge: Collected Mountaineering WritingsGreg Child
Atlas & Boots
Summit Post
61PsychoverticalAndy KirkpatrickClimbing
Impossible World
62Sacred SummitsPeter Boardman
Chessler Books
Winter Climb
63Scrambles Amongst the AlpsEdward Whymper
Chessler Books
Summit Post
64Scrambles Amongst the Alps in the Years 1860-69Edward Whymper
Desk to Dirtbag
Winter Climb
65Seven SummitsDick Bass
Chessler Books
Goodreads
66Seven Years in TibetHeinrich Harrer
Chessler Books
Winter Climb
67Snow on the EquatorHW Tilman
Chessler Books
Mark Horrell
68Solo Nanga ParbatReinhold Messner
Chessler Books
Winter Climb
69Summit FeverAndrew Greig
Chessler Books
Summit Post
70Summits and SecretsKurt Diemberger
Chessler Books
Winter Climb
71The Ascent of DenaliHudson Stuck
Chessler Books
Summit Post
72The Ascent of Rum DoodleWE Bowman
Chessler Books
The Armchair Mountaineer
73The Beckoning SilenceJoe SimpsonGoodreads
Summit Post
74The Boys of Everest: Chris Bonington and the Tragedy of Climbing’s Greatest GenerationClint WillisGoodreads
Summit Post
75The Last Step: The American Ascent of K2Rick Ridgeway
Chessler Books
Summit Post
76The Ledge: An Adventure Story of Friendship and Survival on Mount RainierJim Davidson and Kevin Vaugha
Atlas & Boots
Goodreads
77The Lost Explorer: Finding Mallory on Mt. EverestConrad Anker and David RobertsGoodreads
Summit Post
78The Naked MountainReinhold MessnerGoodreads
Winter Climb
79The Other Side of EverestMatt DickinsonGoodreads
Summit Post
80Travels Amongst the Great Andes of the EquatorEdward Whymper
Chessler Books
Mark Horrell
81View From The SummitEdmund Hillary
Chessler Books
Winter Climb
82A Life on the Edge: Memoirs of Everest and BeyondJim Whittaker
Summit Post
83A Walk in the SkyClinch
Chessler Books
84Aconcagua South FaceFerlet
Chessler Books
85Addicted to DangerJim Wickwire and Dorothy Bullitt
Summit Post
86Alaska Ascents: World-Class Mountaineers Tell Their StoriesBill Sherwonit
Summit Post
87Alone on the WallAlex Honnold
Impossible World
88Alpine PilgrimageKugy
Chessler Books
89Ascent: The Spiritual and Physical Quest of Legendary Mountaineer Willi UnsoeldLaurence Leamer
Summit Post
90Below Another Sky: A Mountain Adventure in Search of a Lost FatherRick Ridgeway
Summit Post
91Beyond the Limits: A Woman’s Triumph on EverestStacy Allison with Peter Carlin
Summit Post
92Big Wall ClimbingScott
Chessler Books
93Boundless Horizons: The Autobiography of Chris BoningtonChris Bonington
Summit Post
94Breaking Point: Challenge on Alaska’s Mt. HunterGlenn Randall
Summit Post
95Brotherhood of the Rope: The Biography of Charles HoustonBernadette McDonald
Summit Post
96Camp 4: Recollections of a Yosemite RockclimberSteve Roper
Impossible World
97Camp SixSmythe
Chessler Books
98Canadian Rockies, New and Old TrailsColeman
Chessler Books
99Challenge of the North CascadesBeckey
Chessler Books
100Climb to the Lost WorldMacInnes
Chessler Books
101
Climb: Stories of Survival from Rock, Snow and Ice
Summit Post
102Climb! The History of Rock Climbing in ColoradoJeff Achey
Impossible World
103ClimbersM. John Harrison
The Armchair Mountaineer
104Climbing DaysPilley
Chessler Books
105Climbing IceChouinard
Chessler Books
106Climbing on the HimalayaCollie
Chessler Books
107Climbing the Fishes TailNoyce
Chessler Books
108Climbs and Ski RunsSmythe
Chessler Books
109Cordillera BlancaKinzl & Schneider
Chessler Books
110Cordillera HuayhuashKinzl & Schneider
Chessler Books
111Crystal Horizon: Everest: The First Solo AscentReinhold MessnerGoodreads
112Danger Stalks the Land: Alaskan Tales of Death and SurvivalLarry Kaniut
Summit Post
113Dark Shadows FallingJoe SimpsonGoodreads
114DeborahRoberts
Chessler Books
115Der Alpinismus in BildernSteinitzer
Chessler Books
116Detectives on Everest: The 2001 Mallory & Irvine Research Expedition Jochen HemmlebEric Simonsson and Dave Hahn
Summit Post
117Downward BoundHarding
Chessler Books
118Eiger Direct or DirettissimaGillman
Chessler Books
119Eiger: Wall of DeathArthur Roth
Summit Post
120Everest – The West RidgeThomas Hornbein
Kandoo Adventures
121Everest 80 Years of Triumph and TragedyGillman
Chessler Books
122Everest The Kangshung FaceVenables
Chessler Books
123Everest: Alone at the SummitStephen Venables
Summit Post
124Extreme Alpine RockPause
Chessler Books
125Facing the ExtremeRuth Kocour and Michael Hodgson
Summit Post
126Fatal MountaineerRobert Roper
Summit Post
127Feeding the Rat: A Climber’s Life on the EdgeAl Alvarez
Impossible World
128Felice Benuzzi, No Picnic on Mt Kenya
The Guardian
129Fifty Classic Climbs of North AmericaRoper & Steck
Chessler Books
130FIVA: An Adventure That Went WrongGordon Stainforth
Impossible World
131Four Against EverestSayre
Chessler Books
132Free Spirit: A Climber’s LifeReinhold Messner
Summit Post
133Good Morning Midnight: Life and Death in the WildChip Brown
Summit Post
134Hermann Buhl:Climbing Without CompromiseReinhold Messner
Summit Post
135High and Wild: Essays and Photographs on Wilderness AdventuresGalen Rowell
Summit Post
136High: Stories of Survival from Everest and K2Clint Willis
Summit Post
137Holding Fast:The Untold Story of the Mt. Hood TragedyKaren James
Summit Post
138I Come From The Stone AgeHarrer
Chessler Books
139In Monte Viso’s HorizonMcLewin
Chessler Books
140In the Shadow of DenaliJonathan Waterman
Summit Post
141In The Throne Room of the Mountain GodsRowell
Chessler Books
142In the Throne Room of the Mountain GodsGalen Rowell
Summit Post
143In the Zone:Epic Survival Stories from the Mounaineering WorldPeter Potterfield
Summit Post
144K2 – No Way DownGraham Bowley
Kandoo Adventures
145K2, Triumph and Tragedy
Summit Post
146K2: Life and Death on the World’s Most Dangerous MountainEd ViestursGoodreads
147K2: Triumph and TragedyJim Curran
Winter Climb
148K2:Life and Death on the World’s Most Dangerous MountainEd Viesturs with David Roberts
Summit Post
149K2:The 1939 TragedyAndrew J. Kaufman and William Lowell Putnam
Summit Post
150K2:The Story of the Savage MountainJim Curran
Summit Post
151KarakoramMaraini
Chessler Books
152Karakoram and KashmirEckenstein
Chessler Books
153Karakoram and Western HimalayaFilippi
Chessler Books
154Land of Mountains: New ZealandRadcliffe
Chessler Books
155Last SeasonEric Blehm
Summit Post
156Learning to Fly: A Memoir of Hanging on & Letting GoSteph Davis
Impossible World
157Lou Whitaker: Memoirs of a Mountain GuideLou Whitaker
Summit Post
158Men Against The CloudsBurdsall
Chessler Books
159
Missing in the Minarets: The Search for Walter A. Starr
Summit Post
160Mixed Emotions: Mountaineering Writings of Greg ChildGreg Child
Summit Post
161Moments of Doubt: And Other Mountaineering WritingsDavid Roberts
Summit Post
162Mont Blanc: The 100 Finest RoutesRebuffat
Chessler Books
163Mountain MadnessRobert BirkbyGoodreads
164Mountain of My FearDavid RobertsClimbing
165MountaincraftYoung
Chessler Books
166Mountaineering in ScotlandMurray
Chessler Books
167Mountaineering in the Sierra NevadaKing
Chessler Books
168Mountaineering Maps of the WorldYoshizawa
Chessler Books
169Mountains of the Mind: A History of a FascinationRobert MacfarlaneGoodreads
170My First Summer in the SierraMuir
Chessler Books
171My Vertical World: Climbing the 8000-Metre PeaksJerzy Kukuczka
Winter Climb
172Nandi Devi: The Tragic ExpeditionJohn Roskelley
Summit Post
173Nine Out of Ten Climbers Make the Same MistakesDave Macleod
Impossible World
174Not Without Peril: 150 Years of Misadventure on the Presidential Range of New HampshireNicholas Howe
Summit Post
175Off the Wall: Death in YosemiteMichael P. Ghiglier and Charles R. Farabee
Summit Post
176On Mount Hood: A Biography of Oregon’s Perilous PeakJon Bell
Atlas & Boots
177On the Nose: A Lifelong Obsession with Yosemite’s Most Iconic ClimbHans Florine
Atlas & Boots
178One Man’s MountainsPatey
Chessler Books
179One Man’s Everest: The Autobiography of Kenton CoolKenton Cool
Impossible World
180One Mountain Thousand Summits: The Untold Story Tragedy and True Heroism on K2Freddie WilkinsonGoodreads
181Pioneer Work in the Alps of New ZealandHarper
Chessler Books
182Rock Jocks, Wall Rats & Hang Dogs: Rock Climbing on the Edge of RealityJohn Long
Impossible World
183Round KangchenjungaDouglas Freshfield
Mark Horrell
184RuwenzoriFilippi
Chessler Books
185Savage Summit: The True Stories of the First Five Women Who Climbed K2, the World’s Most Feared MountainJennifer JordanGoodreads
186Shattered Air: A True Account of Catastrophe and Courage on Yosemite’s Half DomeBob Madgic
Summit Post
187Solo FacesSalter
Chessler Books
188South ColNoyce
Chessler Books
189Surviving Denali: A Study of Accidents on Mount McKinley 1903-1990Jonathan Waterman
Summit Post
190The Alps and AlpinismLukan
Chessler Books
191The Ascent of Mount St EliasFilippi
Chessler Books
192The Ascent of Nanda DeviTilman
Chessler Books
193The Calling: A Life Rocked by MountainsBarry BlanchardClimbing
194The Climb Up to HellJack Olsen
Summit Post
195The Climbs of Norman-NerudaNorman-Neruda
Chessler Books
196The Conquest of Mount CookDu Faur
Chessler Books
197The Eiger SanctionTrevenian
The Armchair Mountaineer
198
The Endless Knot:K2, Mountain of Dreams and Destiny
Summit Post
199The Everlasting HillsWaller
Chessler Books
200The Exploration of the CaucasusFreshfield
Chessler Books
201The Falling Season: Inside the Life and Death Drama of Aspen’s Mountain Rescue TeamHal Clifford
Summit Post
202The Fight For Everest 1924Norton
Chessler Books
203The Games Climbers Play: A Selection of 100 Mountaineering ArticlesKen Wilson
Impossible World
204The Ghosts of K2: The Epic Saga of the First AscentMick Conefrey
Atlas & Boots
205The Glittering Mountains of CanadaThorington
Chessler Books
206The Hall of the Mountain King: The True Story of a Tragic ClimbHoward H. Snyder
Summit Post
207The Hard YearsBrown
Chessler Books
208The Highest AndesFitzgerald
Chessler Books
209
The Hill: A True Story of Tragedy, Recovery
Summit Post
210The Last Blue MountainBarker
Chessler Books
211The Last of His Kind: The Life and Adventures of Bradford Washburn, America’s Boldest MountaineerDavid RobertsGoodreads
212The Mountain: My Time on EverestEd ViestursGoodreads
213The Mountains of CaliforniaMuir
Chessler Books
214The North CascadesMiller & Manning
Chessler Books
215The Philosophy Of RiskDougal Haston
Winter Climb
216The Pioneers of the AlpsCunningham & Abney
Chessler Books
217The Playground of EuropeStephen
Chessler Books
218The PushTommy Caldwell
Impossible World
219The Rescue SeasonBob Drury
Summit Post
220The Savage ArenaTasker
Chessler Books
221The Scottish Himalayan ExpeditionMurray
Chessler Books
222The Shameless Diary of an ExplorerDunn
Chessler Books
223The Throne of the GodsHeim & Gansser
Chessler Books
224The Totem Pole: And a Whole New AdventurePaul PritchardClimbing
225The Tower: A Chronicle of Climbing and Controversy on Cerro TorreKelly Cordes
Atlas & Boots
226The Vertical World of YosemiteRowell
Chessler Books
227The Villan: a Portrait of Don WhillansJames Perrin
Summit Post
228The White Death: Tragedy and Heroism in an Avalanche ZoneMcKay Jenkins
Summit Post
229The White TowerJames Ramsey Ullman
The Armchair Mountaineer
230The Will to Climb: Obsession and Commitment and the Quest to Climb Annapurna–the World’s Deadliest PeakEd ViestursGoodreads
231Thieves, Liars and Mountaineers: On the 8,000-metre Peak Circus in Pakistan’s Karakoram mountainsMark Horrell
Atlas & Boots
232Thin Air: Encounters in the HimalayasGreg Child
Summit Post
233This Game of GhostsJoe Simpson
Summit Post
234Tibet’s Secret Mountain:The Triumph of Sepu KangriChris Bennington and Charles Clarke
Summit Post
235To Kiss High HeavenLanguepin
Chessler Books
236To the Top of DenaliBill Sherwonit
Summit Post
237Touching My Father’s Soul: A Sherpa’s Journey to the Top of EverestJamling Tenzing NorgayGoodreads
238Travels Through the Alps of SavoyForbes
Chessler Books
239True Summit: What Really Happened on the Legendary Ascent on AnnapurnaDavid RobertsGoodreads
240Twenty Years in the HimalayaBruce
Chessler Books
241Ultimate High: My Everest OdysseyGoran Kropp
Summit Post
242Vertical MindDon McGrath, Jeff Ellison
Impossible World
243Wanderings Among the High AlpsWills
Chessler Books
244We Aspired: The Last Innocent AmericansPete Sinclair
Summit Post
245Where Four Worlds MeetMaraini
Chessler Books
246White Mountain and Tawny PlainHauser
Chessler Books
247White Winds: America’s Most Tragic Mountaineering ExpeditionJoe Wilcox
Summit Post
248Why We ClimbChris Noble
Impossible World
249Wizards of Rock: A History of Free Climbing in AmericaPat Ament
Impossible World
250Women Who Dare: North America’s Most Inspiring Women ClimbersChris Noble
Impossible World


13 Best Mountaineer Book Sources/Lists



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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