/ Best books on ice climbing?
For inspiring you to climb in British winter:
Wilson, Alcock, Barry
For all-round sensible, extremely useful and accessibly written technical advice:
Ice & Mixed Climbing: Modern Technique
For more of the same, but with more romantic lyricism and grounded in a solidly Scottish context:
Scotland's Winter Mountains
David & Charles
For more inspiration, wit and brilliant historical context:
One Man's Mountains
For fabulous inspiration, and old-fashioned but still valid advice:
Finally, love him or loathe him, you can't really go and winter climb in Britain without immersing yourself, at least for a time, in the compendium of Bill Murray's books:
Mountaineering in Scotland/Undiscovered Scotland
Rockfax Winter Climbing http://www.rockfax.com/climbing-guides/books/winter-climbing-2009/
Will Gadd - Ice and Mixed Climbing
Been reading that, is full of information :)
Will Gadd's book is exellent, another good one is:
How to Ice Climb! by Craig Luebben,
a bit dated from the equipment side of things but still lots of good info in it.
For pure fun and not instruction
If you can find a copy of a 'Century of Scottish Mountaineering' ( Scottish Mountaineering Trust) read 'Thirty hours on Ben Nevis' by Charles Inglis Clark.
Not ice climbing as we know it but gives the atmosphere of Scottish climbing brilliantly, less has changed since 1908 than one might think. People had epics in the same way for the same reasons, and in the same places, its about a very long and wandering ascent of Tower Ridge.
For information I'd look at Ian Parnell's book the title of which I forget!
Browse some SMC Journals
If you want something off the wall pick up:
Kiss or Kill by Mark Twight
Balls to the wall cutting edge ice and alpine climbing musings by 'Mr Scary' Twight.
Actually, he's Dr Doom. Not heard him called 'Mr Scary' before
The Ice Experience-Jeff Lowe
Just mail me and its yours for free
> Yvon Chouinard
A great book which also contains very good advice about Alpinism in general, as well as some excellent anecotes. Who can forget the 'Fun-hogs'?
Good shout! I can barely just remember from my long lost copy
,the JL quote, "the steeper it gets, the weirder it feels".... Or something!
Very generous of you sir! But give it to a deserving youngster who wants to soak up a bit of history?!
Hadn't realised he had an established nickname like that, that was me just giving my own opinion of him!
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