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SuperLee1985 - on 12 Oct 2017
My birthday is coming up soon and I need to give my family some gift ideas.

I really enjoyed reading Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold's books so I figured a few more would be very welcome.

I've heard good things about Andy Kirkpatrick's Psychovertical and Andy Pollitt's Punk in the Gym so they are already on the list, any others I should add?

Preferably books with more of a climbing focus than a mountaineering focus.

Cheers

Lee
spenser - on 12 Oct 2017
In reply to SuperLee1985:

Psychovertical has lots of mountaineering in but is excellent.
Fiva by Gordon Stainsforth is again mountaineering but an excellent tale of what can only be described as a proper epic.
Revelations by Jerry Moffatt is good.
Deep Play by Paul Pritchard also has a very good story to tell.
afx22 - on 12 Oct 2017
In reply to SuperLee1985:

I've read Ron Fawcett's, Johnny Dawes', Jerry Moffat's and Ben Moon's books in the last few months.

I enjoyed and took most from Jerry Moffat's book. There were moments in Johnny Dawes' book that had me in stitches. The other two were worth reading but I'd recommend Jerry's the most.
Big Ger - on 13 Oct 2017
In reply to SuperLee1985:

Punk In The Gym, by Andy Pollitt.


Mark Kemball - on 13 Oct 2017
In reply to SuperLee1985:

Rather historical now, but Gwen Moffatt's "Space Below my Feet" is a very good read.
graeme jackson - on 13 Oct 2017
In reply to SuperLee1985:

more historical (but essential IMO) reading
Murray. Mountaineering in Scotland
Bonington. I chose to climb
Allanfairfechan - on 13 Oct 2017
In reply to SuperLee1985: Walter Bonatti - On the Heights and The Great Days (Brilliant reads). Andy Pollitt's Punk in the Gym very good as are Andy Kirkpatricks Psychovertical and Cold Wars. Andy Cave's Coming up to breathe and Mick Fowlers Vertical pleasure also very very good. - should keep you going oh and Joe Browns The hard years great too - apparently Jim Perrin writing a new biography which should be good. That reminds me his Menlove is possibly the best and most moving of all.....

Tony Jones - on 13 Oct 2017
In reply to SuperLee1985:

Just a thought...

If it doesn't need to be biographical in nature (and you don't already have a copy) how about asking for a secondhand copy of Hard Rock.

Whet your appetite here.

https://www.thebmc.co.uk/hard-rock-the-film-ken-wilson-bmc
AP Melbourne on 22:29 Thu
In reply to Big Ger:

> Punk In The Gym, by Andy Pollitt.

Cheers Big G but only if SuperLee1985 enjoys S&DnR&R and wants to do The Bells, The Bells! with me.
Revelations otherwise.
Rob Seymour - on 23:30 Thu
In reply to SuperLee1985:

Master of Stone, Pat Ament's photo essay and biography of John Gill.
climber34neil - on 05:26 Fri
In reply to SuperLee1985:

Echos , Nick Bullock
Tears of a Dawn , Julian lines
Eric Jones autobiography ( fabulous book!!)
Totem pole , Paul Pritchard
The official guide to British rock climbing, Gill Kent
Pete livsey biography
Hanging on, Martin boysen
The villain Jim Perrin
Mooncat - on 08:42 Fri
In reply to SuperLee1985:

Feeding The Rat, still my favourite climbing book.
Jono.r23 - on 09:18 Fri
In reply to SuperLee1985:
I've read Jerry's, Rons and am halfway into punks in the gym. All brilliant. If you only read one then go with Revalations. Couldnt put it down
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Cloverleaf - on 10:27 Fri
In reply to SuperLee1985:

Jules Lines' biography's a good read, as is Joe Brown's.

Joe Simpson and Andy Cave's books are great if you haven't already read them.

A slightly left field one was Brian Blessed's account of Everest.
full stottie on 11:05 Fri
In reply to SuperLee1985:
Lots of great books covered already, but some not mentioned above unless I've missed them:

A Canvas of Rock by Mark Radtke
Beyond Limits by Steve McLure
Deep Play by Paul Pritchard
On the Nose by Hans Florine

Plenty of climbing action in all of the above

also these classics;
Games Climbers Play - Ken Wilson Ed
Welsh Rock by Trevor Jones and Geoff Milburn

Dave
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Mike C on 16:29 Fri
In reply to SuperLee1985:

Surprised nobody has mentioned thee two:
One Man's Mountain by Tom Patey
Always A Little Further by Alastair Borthwick
Older books but classics.
maxsmith - on 16:35 Fri
In reply to Mike C:

Walter Bonatti - Mountains of my life

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