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Top 13 Mountain Climbing Books Every Climber Should Read

When you think of going out for climbing, the first thing that comes to mind is where to get the best guide for your mountain top experience. The best way to see into the mind of others is in reading. And that is why in this article we are going to show you some exciting way to turn your mountain top experience into an exciting moment that you will not forget in a hurry. Here we have 33 must read climbing books recommended by top climbers with their ranking list. Let’s get the scroll rolling!

1.A short walks in the Hindu Kush – By Eric Newby

 Ranking List It appears on:

  • The impossible world
  • Climbing
  • Chessler Books

In this book, Eric Newby describes his journey on the mountain top of the Afghanistan. As an English traveler and fashion designer, he recounts an attempt he made on the unclimbed in Mt Samir (19,058’) in the Afghanistan mount. Though he and helpless climbing partner didn’t go far, but is quite amazing how they got to where they were in this comic masterpiece.

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2.Blank on the Map – By Eric Shipton

Ranking Lists It Appears On:

  • The Winter Climb
  • Mark Horrell
  • Chessler Books

Records of the two twentieth century’s greatest explorers in 1937 shows how they set off to explore an unknown area of the Himalaya in the breath taking Shaksgam Mountains. Members of the surveyor’s team include H.W Tilman, Sherpas, and Eric Shipton with a mapping area around K2, the second highest mountain in the world. Whereas for Shipton and Tilman, this exploration was everything. This is the book that best captures their spirit of adventure with a summit, a blank on a map and a welcome back bonus. With a keen sense of humor, Shipton describe how their expedition entered into the unknown Shaksgam Mountains. I personally think this survivor discovery is worth looking into. Don’t you think so?

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3.Climbing in North America – By Chris Jones

Ranking lists it appears on:

  • The impossible world
  • Climbing
  • Chessler Books

This book brings a definitive and complete history of mountaineering in the United States and Canada. Though this history book is nothing near the usual tomes you toiled through in school but it covers all forms of climbing, from native American spirit questers to the dawn of modern free climbing. It also enlivened with memorable quotes, storytelling iconic photos. And many of the legendary climbing tales we take for granted came to prominence in these pages. In his climbing tribute, Chris Jones bring life to mountain climbing as he celebrates the climbers’ adventures.

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4.Everest the Cruel Way – By Joe Tasker

Rank lists It Appears On:

  • Chessler Books
  • Winter Climb
  • Atlas & Boots

Standing at 24,000 feet on the west ridge of Mount Everest on 30 January 1981, Joe Tasker and Ade Burgess observed some companion exhausted and crippled hills that makes further progress seem impossible.So what is the goal of his climbing? To climb Mount Everest at it’s hardest via the most infamous west ridge in the winter and without a supplementary oxygen.

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5.Ghosts of Everest – By Jochen Hemmleb

(The Search for Mallory and Irvine)

Ranking List it appear on

  • Goodreads
  • Summit Post
  • The Impossible World

The well preserved body of George Mallory found high on the wind swept North face of Everest on May 1, 1999 by the Mallory and Irvine Research Expedition gave a shocking and surprising look to the mountaineers. In his pocket, they found the answer to the question that has plagued the historians and mountaineers alike: Did they make it? And if they did, what happened to them? Will you like to discover this? Purchase and learn More.

6.Mountain of my fear – By David Roberts

Ranking lists It Appears On:

  • The impossible world
  • Chessler Books
  • Summit post
  • Winter climb
  • From Desk to Dirt bag

Among other books written by Roberts, Mountain of my fear is a fast paced revealing the new route of Mt. Huntington in Alaska and the sudden death of one of the team member during the descent.

Years later, Robert revisits this accident and other climbing fatalities in his 2005 book on the ridge between life and death. Where he reexamine his climbing life and question the value of serious mountaineering.Though the story sound like that of a magnificent achievement, but also a story of how perfect an adventure can turn into a tragedy in a single instant.Purchase and learn More.

7.No Shortcuts to the Top – By Ed Viesturs

Rank lists It Appears On:

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

To stand on top of the world’s fourteen 8,000 meter peaks without the aid of a bottled oxygen is noteworthy. But no shortcuts to the top, is so much more. As Ed Viesturs the man who became the first American to achieve the stunning quest of climbing the Holy Grail without the aid of bottled oxygen.

In this book, Viesturs tells his most harrowing climbing stories where he reveals a man torn between the flat. Purchase here

8.Into the Silence – By Wade Davis

Rank list It Appears On:

  • Atlas & Boots
  • Winter Climb
  • Goodreads

With new access to letters and diaries, Davies recounts the heroic efforts of George Mallory and his fellow climbers to conquer the mountain in the face of treacherous terrain and furious weather. Purchase and learn More.

9.Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills by The Mountaineers Club

Rank lists it appears on

  • Atlas & Boots
  • Chessler Books
  • Goodreads

For more than half a century, the mountaineering has been the bestselling instructional book for new and intermediate climbers. The updated edition are researched and rewritten by a team of expert climbers.Purchase and learn More.

10.No Way Down – By Graham Bowley

Rank lists It Appears On:

  • Atlas & Boots
  • Goodreads
  • Impossible World

These book reveals the history of thirty climbers who are attempting to climb top of the most savage mountain on earth. And how they made it.

But they could start their descent, a ice shelf collapses, making away with their ropes. And now it is dark and cold, their lines are gone and they are on low oxygen. So how do they survive such a chilling environment? Purchase / Learn More

11. The Fall – By Simon Mawer

Ranking Lists It Appears On:

  • The Armchair Mountaineer
  • The Impossible World
  • Climbing

These narrative is written by Britain’s most respected novelists, narrating a web of relationships spanning two generations of all too intertwined families. With North Wales and Switzerland as the climbing scenes, it is utterly believable that Mawer was a passionate climber until he suffered a horrible fall off Scotland’s Ben Nevis. Purchase and Learn More.

12. Annapurna South Face – By Chris Bonington

Ranking lists It Appears On:

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

Climbing the Annapurna mount is more dangerous than K2 as a result of the ratio of climbers compare to fatalities per mountain. And to make a point on the summit you need a guide on how to survive the summit.

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. Purchase / Learn More

13.The Climb – By Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt

Rank lists It Appears On:

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

The expeditions in this book attempted to climb mount Everest on the Southeast ridge but was slowed down by crowded conditions in the summit. Disoriented and out of oxygen, climbers struggled to find their way down the mountain as darkness approached. Purchase and Learn More

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