BOOKS ABOUT MOUNTAINEERING


Everest : A Mountaineering History

By: Walt Unsworth

The British author of the 1981 and 1989 accounts of attempts to conquer the mountain that is "another ballgame" updates the adventure story of mountaineering legends and unknowns (men and women) through spring 1999. Sizable appendices provide further details on early expeditions to Mt. Everest, controversies over its height and name, expeditions (1921-98), ascents, and fatalities. Includes b&w and color photos of Everest's geologic and human faces, maps, and a glossary of terms.

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Everest : Expedition to the Ultimate

By: Reinhold Messner

World-famous mountaineer Reinhold Messner's account of his first ascent on Everest, made without supplemental oxygen, and considered to be an impossible feat at the time.

Reinhold Messner with his partner Peter Habeler was the first to climb Everest without the aid of supplemental oxygen. In this riveting retelling of his climb, Messner says, "Everest by fair means—that is the human dimension, and that is what interests me . . . In reaching for an oxygen cylinder, a climber degrades Everest. . . . A climber who doesn't rely on his own strength and skills, but on apparatus and drugs, deceives himself."

In this mountaineering classic, Messner recounts the thoughts of a mountaineer during the climb of his life. Messner's compelling climbing chronicle conveys the exhaustion, despair and exhilaration of mountaineering in the death zone; interleafed with spectacular color photographs. A must-have for any reader of adventure narratives.

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To the Top of the World: Alpine Challenges in the Himalaya and Karakoram

By: Reinhold Messner, Jill Neate

Born in South Tyrol, Reinhold Messner had climbed most of the hardest routes in the Dolomites and Western Alps by the age of 20. In the succeeding years he climbed all fourteen 8,000-meter peaks, most solo and without supplemental oxygen. He has written more than a dozen books on his adventures, including Everest, The Crystal Horizon, Free Spirit, Antarctica, and All 14 Eight-Thousanders.

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Mountaineering : The Freedom of the Hills

By: Don Graydon, Kurt Hanson

For more than thirty-five years and through five editions, Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills has been the "bible" of the climbing world. An essential teaching tool and resource for novice to advanced mountaineers, it is the standard text for climbing courses throughout the United States and abroad. Freedom is the best-selling mountaineering book of all time, with over 500,000 copies sold. Completely updated and revised, the 6th edition reflects the rapid changes in mountaineering that have accompanied its increased popularity, the development of new techniques, and the introduction of new and improved equipment. It redefines the basics with the latest information on climbing and outdoor fundamentals; rock, snow, ice, and alpine climbing; emergency prevention and response; and the mountain environment. Included in the 6th edition are expanded treatments of belaying, leading and protecting on rock, glacier travel and crevasse rescue, and wilderness travel.

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Winter Camping, 2d

By: Stephen Gorman

Completely revised and expanded, this AMC classic covers the essentials of staying warm and safe in the winter. Used in outdoor education classes from Maine to Minnesota, this guide is a must have for hikers, skiers, snowshoers, mountaineers, and snow boarders.

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Everest : The Struggle to Reach the Top of the World

By: Geoff Tibballs

Although Tibet and Nepal were initially forbidden to explorers so that the elusive peak remained a distant vision through the Himalayan clouds, the challenge captured the imagination of the world's mountaineers. The magic of Everest remains undiminished. Since 1953, over 700 people have conquered the mighty peak by some 13 different routes but it is still one of the supreme challenges. This book chronicles the story of Everest and some of the characters who attempted to the ultimate test of bravery and recounts the great mysteries associated with the mountain.

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Accidents in North American Mountaineering 1999 (Serial)

By: Jed Williamson

Founded in 1902, The American Alpine Club is the leading national organization devoted to mountaineering and rock climbing, to the conservation and study of mountainous regions, and to representing the interests of the American climbing community. The AAC is based in Golden, Colorado.

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