/ Essential climbing literature
Andy K's books
...amongst others. What else do people recomend?
haha! sorry dude, couldn't resist!
Any guidebooks you need?
Mountaineering in Scotland, Mountain Days and Bothy Nights, Always a Little Further - all classic and superb.
Also Hard Rock?
Feeding the Rat, Deep Play...
Hands of a Climber
> Hands of a Climber
Good one, couple it with Let's Go Climbing.
Some folk obviously thought a fair bit of the following:
... And you can add Fiva, by Gordon Stainforth, of this parish, too.
Youve already got:
"The guide to southern sandstone- making do when you're no longer near God's rock"
Havent you? Haha.
Thanks for the suggestions guys
Andy Cave and Mick fowler have both written a couple of books, all very good reads - better than Andy K's imo.
Also, I don't think you can fault Bonningtons autobiography as a snapshot of early british climbing. Its in 3 parts but very readable.
Deep Play - Paul Pritchard; Vertebrate Publishing have just re-released this Glorious book as a paperback. Rock climbing in wales in the 80's and 90's plus Big wall climbing over-seas. Birth of Slate climbing etc
The Hard Years - Joe Brown; A must really for anyone who rock climbs in the UK
One Man's Mountains - Tom Patey; If you like or want to get into Scottish Winter climbing then this is a good book to get you started. Mr Patey was at the forefront of Scottish Winter climbing making first ascents of Classics such as Zero Gully on the Ben, Cuillin Ridge on Skye etc. A very funny book.
One Man's Mountains
Mirror in the Clouds , lots of shorts so good for dipping into.
The Doctor books are good fun (by Dutton)
Edward Whymper: Scrambles Amongst the Alps
James David Forbes: Travels through the Alps of Savoy (1842) for an amazing insight into the pre-Golden Age Alps.
Alan Hankinson: The First Tigers, The Mountain Men
Robert Macfarlane: Mountains of the Mind
W.H. Murray: Mountaineering in Scotland, Undiscovered Scotland
How to make proper cup cakes??
and like he says any books on ballet to get you on your toes!!!
hopefully see you out before Xmas?
See that you got your tree up already!!!
Have fun putting the fairy (cake) on top
Got to be 'World Climbing: Rock Odyssey' such an incredible book with some truly amazing photos in!
Sam makes the proper cup cakes for me so that's covered
There's a Hello Kitty on top of the tree already...
Hopefully get out before christmas mate,
Thanks all. Theres plenty of reading there for me to be cracking on with.
I wish, wish, wish that Santa would make a literature thread a sticky (or something) for Xmas so we didn't have to keep re-inventing the wheel. Pretty please mods can you wave your magic wand?
feeding the rat
Bill Tilman's Seven Mountain Travel Books
"The Last Blue Mountain" by Ralph Barker
Brotherhood of the Rope - biography of Charlie Houston by Bernadette McDonald
Beyond the Mountain, by Steve House
> Bill Tilman's Seven Mountain Travel Books
> "The Last Blue Mountain" by Ralph Barker
And Shipton's collection to go alongside HW
Reading 'Life and Limb' at the moment about Jamie Andrew who lost his hands and feet to frostbite on Les Droites. Very good!
God damn you amazon, too easy, meant to add this to wish list and added it to basket instead. Easier to follow through rather than remove from basket, oh well a little xmas pressie from me to me, because I'm worth it.
To the OP - has anyone mentioned Touching the Void yet? Just in case not and you have not read it.
> I wish, wish, wish that Santa would make a literature thread a sticky (or something)
Maybe an article of a list of titles and a short description/blurb would be a good idea? Any climbing book anoraks up for that?
There are a number of books in the classic mountaineering library that I think need to be moved to long-term storage. Patey's One Man's Mountains is terribly dated; though it's a good indicator of what the climbing scene and its personalities was and were like, I don't think it holds up well now (its best essay, A Short Walk with Whillans, is available in the anthology Mirrors in the Cliffs). Joe Brown's The Hard Years similarly; if you want a better indicator of the Rock and Ice scene, then Perrin's Whillans biography The Villain, though flawed, gives a better picture. McFarlane's Mountains of The Mind seems to be acknowledged as a classic; I found it obvious, tedious and badly written and donated my copy to the charity shop as soon as I'd finished it. And I don't think Peter Boardman's books hold up that well either. However, see below.
So what would I recommend? Despite what I've said above, I'd recommend the Boardman Tasker omnibus. This is because it contains Tasker's Savage Arena, which is still a compelling read, and you may as well get the four B-T books in the omnibus if you can. If you can't, get Savage Arena on its own; it's well worth it.
The anthologies The Games Climbers Play and Mirrors in the Cliffs are still good reads, despite now being a little dated. The first contains the eponymous essay by Lito Tejada-Flores and that's still an insightful read; the second contains Robert Reid's marvellous summary of climbing history No Wonder Mallory Didn't Make It. Both contain much else too and the authors contained within may point your reading list in new directions.
Bonington's books are classics; he has his own style and it's easy to mock, but there's a great deal in The Everest Years which is worthwhile. If you want a different take, try Clint Willis' The Boys of Everest - but you might want to have a look at this thread first http://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/t.php?t=212824
If Everest interests you, try Walt Unsworth's Everest; a marvellous book. Still in the greater ranges, try Greg Child's Thin Air.
More when they come to me...have fun reading.
Agreed I had to make an effort to get through some bits of Patey, and Murray's Mountaineering in Scotland was so ungripping I had to relegate it to the small room to be my throne tome. I've warmed to it now though but the style takes a bit of getting used to for a modern reader. Twights Kiss or Kill is a very good antidote.
Two American books I thoroughly enjoyed were John Long's The High Lonesome, (an anthology about soloing) and David Robert's Deborah/Mountain of My Fear.
I like the idea of an article, I only wish I had time to invest in something like that.
I've read pretty much all the books on this thread and a few more besides and I'd have to say that Enduring Patagonia by Greg Crouch is one of my faves.
> I'd have to say that Enduring Patagonia by Greg Crouch is one of my faves.
Yes, a truly gripping book.
I'll add The Mountain of My Fear by David Roberts; a true classic.
Outside have a boxfull of these at £1 each. Unless they're all gone.
> Andy Cave and Mick fowler have both written a couple of books, all very good reads - better than Andy K's imo.
> Also, I don't think you can fault Bonningtons autobiography as a snapshot of early british climbing. Its in 3 parts but very readable.
Don't let Peter Jackson get hold of it. It may become a 3 part movie staring Ian McKellan as Gand... sorry Bonnington!
That's made my day, thanks! =)
The Villain, great book. There is lots of literaure concerning Everest that is worth reading eg Boys of Everest
A.F. Mummery: My climbs in The Alps and The Causasus
As Gordon says my novel is coming out in Feb in paperback form. Received the proof copy today and it's looking good!
Here's the event page on Glencoescotland:
My top 4 would be:
Feeding the Rat
Savage Arena - Which I'm amazed no one has mentioned so far!
> The Villain, great book. There is lots of literaure concerning Everest that is worth reading eg Boys of Everest
BoE really is a c**p book. It is innacurate and ill informed. Scott and Bonington will tell you the same!
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