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Tony Astill - on 03 Oct 2009
Here's a list of mountaineering books by British writers
If you would like any of your own favourites to be included then please just send me the author and title
I'll keep track of ALL the votes received for each book and will publish the final list at a later date.
thanks
Tony Astill

Abraham ROCK-CLIMBING IN NORTH WALES.
Abraham ROCK-CLIMBING IN SKYE.
Archer Thomson and Andrews A.W. THE CLIMBS ON LLIWEDD.
Auldjo, Esq. NARRATIVE OF AN ASCENT TO THE SUMMIT OF MONT BLANC,
Band SUMMIT
Barker THE LAST BLUE MOUNTAIN.
Bell A PROGRESS IN MOUNTAINEERING.
Benson BRITISH MOUNTAINEERING
Blackshaw MOUNTAINEERING
Boardman THE SHINING MOUNTAIN.
Bonington I CHOSE TO CLIMB
Borthwick ALWAYS A LITTLE FURTHER.
Bourdillon VISIT TO THE SHERPAS.
Braham WHEN THE ALPS CAST THERE SPELL.
Brown BRENVA.
Brown HAMISH'S MOUNTAIN WALK.
Brown THE HARD YEARS.
Brown T.G. & De Beer THE FIRST ASCENT OF MONT BLANC.
Byne E. & Sutton HIGH PEAK. The Story of Walking and Climbing in the Peak District.
Carr DEATH ON MILESTONE BUTTRESS.
Cave LEARNING TO BREATHE.
Clark THE VICTORIAN MOUNTAINEERS.
Clark R.W. & Pyatt MOUNTAINEERING IN BRITAIN.
Cleare J. & Smythe ROCK CLIMBERS IN ACTION IN SNOWDONIA.
Collie CLIMBING ON THE HIMALAYA AND OTHER MOUNTAIN RANGES.
Conway THE ALPS FROM END TO END.
Coxhead ONE GREEN BOTTLE.
Dent MOUNTAINEERING.
Edwards UNTRODDEN PEAKS AND UNFREQUENTED VALLEYS
Evans KANGCHENJUNGA THE UNTRODDEN PEAK.
Faux HIGH AMBITION.
Finch THE MAKING OF A MOUNTAINEER.
Fitz Gerald CLIMBS IN THE NEW ZEALAND ALPS.
FitzSimons THE BARON OF PICCADILLY.
Forbes NORWAY AND ITS GLACIERS VISITED IN 1851
Forbes TRAVELS THROUGH THE ALPS OF SAVOY.
Freshfield ROUND KANGCHENJUNGA.
Freshfield THE EXPLORATION OF THE CAUCASUS.
George THE ALPINE JOURNAL
Gilbert J. and Churchill THE DOLOMITE MOUNTAINS. Excursions through Tyrol, Carinthia, & Fruili in 1861, 1862 & 1863.
Gillman THE WILDEST DREAM
Gribble THE EARLY MOUNTAINEERS.
Hankinson THE FIRST TIGERS.
Haston IN HIGH PLACES.
Hinchliff SUMMER MONTHS AMONG THE ALPS:
Humble THE CUILLIN OF SKYE.
Hunt THE ASCENT OF EVEREST.
Irving A HISTORY OF BRITISH MOUNTAINEERING.
Jones ROCK-CLIMBING IN THE ENGLISH LAKE DISTRICT.
Jones T. and Millburn WELSH ROCK.
Kilgour TWENTY YEARS ON BEN NEVIS.
Kirkpatrick PHYSCHOVERTICAL.
Longstaff THIS MY VOYAGE.
Mason ABODE OF SNOW.
Mason RUNNING WATER.
McCormick AN ARTIST IN THE HIMALAYAS
Moffat TWO STAR RED.
Moore THE ALPS IN 1864.
Morris CORONATION EVEREST.
Mummery MY CLIMBS IN THE ALPS AND CAUCASUS.
Murray UNDISCOVERED SCOTLAND.
Neate MOUNTAINEERING AND ITS LITERATURE.
Norton Lt. Col. THE FIGHT FOR EVEREST: 1924.
Noyce SOUTH COL.
Pares HIMALAYAN HONEYMOON.
Patey ONE MAN'S MOUNTAINS.
Perrin THE VILLAIN.
Pilley CLIMBING DAYS.
Poucher THE MAGIC OF SKYE.
Pye GEORGE LEIGH MALLORY.
Roberts I'LL CLIMB MOUNT EVEREST ALONE.
Scott D. & MacIntyre THE SHISHAPANGMA EXPEDITION.
Shipton BLANK ON THE MAP.
Simpson TOUCHING THE VOID.
Slingsby NORWAY THE NORTHERN PLAYGROUND
Smith THE STORY OF MONT BLANC.
Smythe CAMP SIX.
Soper J., Wilson K. & Crew THE BLACK CLIFF.
Steele ERIC SHIPTON.
Stephen THE PLAYGROUND OF EUROPE.
Sutton G. & Noyce SAMSON. The Life and Writings of Menlove Edwards.
Tasker SAVAGE ARENA
Tilman SNOW ON THE EQUATOR.
Unsworth EVEREST.
Venables A SLENDER THREAD
Venables PAINTED MOUNTAINS
Waller THE EVERLASTING HILLS.
Walton THE PEAKS AND VALLEYS OF THE ALPS.
Ward EVEREST A THOUSAND YEARS OF EXPLORATION.
Whipplesnaith THE NIGHT CLIMBERS OF CAMBRIDGE.
Whymper SCRAMBLES AMONGST THE ALPS IN THE YEARS 1860-69.
Wilson CLASSIC ROCK.
Wright MOUNTAIN DAYS IN THE ISLE OF SKYE.
Young MOUNTAIN CRAFT.
Young ON HIGH HILLS.
Young G.W., Sutton SNOWDON BIOGRAPHY.


DougG - on 03 Oct 2009
In reply to Tony Astill:

Doesn't include:

Murray MOUNTAINEERING IN SCOTLAND.
Al Evans on 03 Oct 2009
In reply to Tony Astill: No Eric Newby there?
A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush.
Al Evans on 03 Oct 2009
In reply to Tony Astill: And Jim Curran
K2 Trumph and Tragedy
Suspended Sentences
jackcarr on 03 Oct 2009 - cpc5-hem17-0-0-cust255.lutn.cable.ntl.com
In reply to Tony Astill:

I'd stick another Venables and Shipton or two in there, and both of Mick Fowler's books.
wee jamie on 03 Oct 2009
In reply to Tony Astill: Frank Smythe, The Spirit of the Hills - my favourite mountain book (and therefore my favourite book). Anyone with a passion for wild places should read it.
wee jamie on 03 Oct 2009
In reply to Tony Astill: You could also add Gordon Stainforth's Eyes to the Hills, and Cuillin. Jeremy Ashcroft's 'Britain's Highest Peaks' was hugely inspirational to me when I was younger. And where's COLD CLIMBS!!!
Deri Jones - on 03 Oct 2009
In reply to Tony Astill: Paul Pritchard - Deep Play.
Bulls Crack - on 03 Oct 2009
In reply to Tony Astill:

You can't leave out E A Bakers' Moors, Crags Caves of the High peak and neighbourhood 1903? - first recorded climbing in the Peak and very amusing on occasion.
Rob Exile Ward on 03 Oct 2009
In reply to Bulls Crack: Colin Kirkus - Let's Go Climbing! (Not that I've ever been able to get hold of a copy.)
Doug on 03 Oct 2009
In reply to Tony Astill: Andrew Greig
# Men on Ice (1977)
# Summit Fever: The Story of an Armchair Climber (1985)
# Kingdoms of Experience: Everest, the Unclimbed Ridge (1986)

Mick Fowler
On thin ice
Vertical pleasure

& there's a few more titles by Bonington, Cave, Tasker, Haston WH Murray & probably others missing

isn't there a book by Vic Saunders? and do the two books by Maria Coffrey count ?
Tony Astill - on 04 Oct 2009
In reply to DougG:
Thanks Doug
I'll add your suggestion/s to the database and we'll see which books get the most votes.
Some of these books can be viewed on my website where I shall eventually publish the final list of the best of British mountaineering books as voted for by their readers.
best wishes
Tony Astill

newhey - on 04 Oct 2009
In reply to Tony Astill:

Is this a vote for British Mountaineering, or mountaineering by Brits?
I would add Mike Cawthorne - Hell of a Journey, an fantastic book about winter walking in Scotland.
Tony Astill - on 04 Oct 2009
In reply to Bulls Crack:

Thankyou for your suggestion/s has been added to the database where I record those books which receive the most votes.
Some of these books can be viewed on my website where I shall eventually publish the final list of the best of British mountaineering books.
best wishes
Tony Astill
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Tony Astill - on 04 Oct 2009
In reply to newhey:
The writer has to be British and the book has to be of the mountains or mountaineering, but not just in the British Isles
Marc C - on 04 Oct 2009
In reply to Tony Astill: No Barford - JEQ Barford - Climbing in Britain? Saw a copy in Hebden fleamarket last week - an inspiration to many climbers (including Joe Brown).
Marc C - on 04 Oct 2009
In reply to Marc C: Also Alan Hankinson's 'Mountain Men' (his history of the development of climbing in Snowdonia - the Society of Welsh Rabbits - certainly inspired me).
Siward on 04 Oct 2009
In reply to Marc C: Not enough Tilman. I would add Nepal Himalaya, or Nanda Devi for example.
Pittsburgh Windmill on 04 Oct 2009
In reply to Tony Astill: Martin Moran - Scottish Winter Mountains.
A Chorlton Climber - on 04 Oct 2009
In reply to Tony Astill:
The Ascent of Rum Doodle by W. E. Bowman.
Hilarious book
A Chorlton Climber - on 04 Oct 2009
In reply to Tony Astill: and...
Colin Kirkus - Let's Go Climbing!
Frank4short - on 04 Oct 2009
In reply to Tony Astill: No mention of Paul Prtichard's books? Deep Play has to be one of the best described books about climbing, at least that i've read. Totem Pole is also moving but for very different reasons.
Bulls Crack - on 04 Oct 2009
In reply to Tony Astill:

And of course 'Touching my Void' by J B Trousersmith; a classic exploration of the motivation and meaning behind probing inaccessible places.
ericoides - on 04 Oct 2009
In reply to Tony Astill:

Engel MOUNTAINEERING IN THE ALPS
Irving THE ROMANCE OF MOUNTAINEERING
Kennedy and Hudson WHERE THERE'S A WILL THERE'S A WAY
McLewin IN MONTE VISO'S HORIZON
Ruttledge EVEREST: THE UNFINISHED ADVENTURE
Tuckett A PIONEER IN THE HIGH ALPS
Tyndall THE GLACIERS OF THE ALPS AND MOUNTAINEERING IN 1861
Tyndall HOURS OF EXERCISE IN THE ALPS
Martin W on 04 Oct 2009
In reply to Rob Exile Ward:
> (In reply to Bulls Crack) Colin Kirkus - Let's Go Climbing! (Not that I've ever been able to get hold of a copy.)

You can order the 2004 paperback edition by Ripping Yarns from/through Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/1904466176/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&qid=1254685801&sr... Amazon actually list it as temporarily out of stock but a couple of their marketplace sellers also list it.

Worryingly, though, the Ripping Yarns web site seems to have disappeared. It would be a shame if they have gone out of business, I have bought some excellent stuff from them in the past.
robdan - on 04 Oct 2009
In reply to ericoides: Yes, McLewin IN MONTE VISO'S HORIZON is great also kep my copy on hand for reference and a great read.
Postmanpat on 04 Oct 2009
In reply to Tony Astill:

Dennis Gray, ROPE BOY
Stuart en Écosse - on 05 Oct 2009
In reply to Tony Astill:

David Craig: Native Stones
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Doug on 05 Oct 2009
In reply to Tony Astill: Thanks for your email, I didn't realise this was almost a commercial post; - might have treated it differently had I known

And do you know your French competitor (http://www.librairie-des-alpes.com/ ) ?

I suspect they would contest your claim to be the "leading specialist of mountaineering books" (but I haven't seen your shop/stock)
Pursued by a bear - on 05 Oct 2009
In reply to Tony Astill:

> I'll add your suggestion/s to the database and we'll see which books get the most votes.
> Some of these books can be viewed on my website where I shall eventually publish the final list of the best of British mountaineering books as voted for by their readers.

So are you after suggestions so you can compile a comprehensive list, or trying to get people to vote for whichever book is their favourite from the hopefully comprehensive list you're compiling as you go along? Trying to do compile a list and hold a poll independently would seem a more sensible approach.

T.

KeithAlexander - on 05 Oct 2009
victorclimber - on 05 Oct 2009
In reply to Tony Astill: Got to be...... Always a Little Further...Alastair Borthwick...one of the great books on the Early days
Tom Last - on 05 Oct 2009
In reply to Tony Astill:

Mountain Days and Bothy Nights - Dave Brown and Ian Mitchell
Alexander Borthwick - Always a Little Further
Deep Play - Paul Pritchard
A Dream of White Horses - Ed Ward Drummond
Vertical Pleasures - Mick Fowler
Mountaineering in Scotland - Murray
Lorraine McCall on 06 Oct 2009
In reply to Tony Astill:
Gwen Moffat - Space beneath my feet. Very inspirational.
Jeremy Ashcroft - on 06 Oct 2009
In reply to wee jamie: My head will now not fit through the door!
wee jamie on 06 Oct 2009
In reply to Jeremy Ashcroft: Ah ha! The man himself. Thanks for a great book. It was the first book that showed me what the Scottish mountains looked like. And now I live and paint amongst them, and have done for eight years. Some of the photos really grabbed me as well - the Brenva Face from CMD arete being one. I know these places very well now, but back then they were images of huge, mysterious peaks that daunted and bewildered me.

Cheers, Jamie
climber123 - on 08 Oct 2009
In reply to Tony Astill: The cuillen by Ben Humble
graeme jackson - on 08 Oct 2009
In reply to Tony Astill:
can't believe you've missed Hamish Mcinness. Look beyond the ranges and callout.
Tony Astill - on 22 Oct 2009
In reply to newhey:
This is to determine which are the 'best', most popular, mountaineering books written by British authors.
I shall log all responses on a database of mountaineering books and will update the 'best' list from time to time.
Tony Astill - on 22 Oct 2009
In reply to climber123:
There are already several Skye titles in this list of mountaineering books, but I'll include Humble too
frost - on 22 Oct 2009
In reply to Tony Astill: alverez; feeding the rat, wilson; game climbers play

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