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  • Early Days in the Range of Lightby Daniel Arnold

    Counterpoint 2009; US$ 29.95

    It's 1873. Gore-Tex shells and aluminum climbing gear are a century away, but the high mountains still demand your attention. Imagine the stone in your hands and thousands of feet of open air below you, with only a wool jacket to weather a storm and no rope to catch a fall. Daniel Arnold did more than imagine — he spent three years retracing the... more...

  • Sir Edmund Hillaryby Kristine Brennan

    Infobase Publishing 2000; US$ 30.00

    After two years of training with the British Mount Everest Expedition, Edmund Hillary, along with Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, completed the challenging climb to become the first men to reach the summit of the world's highest peak, Mount Everest, on May 29, 1953. But this historic achievement didn't mean the end of Hillary's adventures.... more...

  • Grasping for Heavenby Frederic V. Hartemann; Robert Hauptman

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2010; US$ 35.00

    Mountain climbing is a difficult sport, at best, and its practitioners are unique. Here is a collection of interviews with 15 famed mountain climbers and three historians of the sport. Covering international climbing in all its aspects, including rock-face climbing, ice climbing, and high-summit ascension, these mountaineers relate their experiences,... more...

  • A Test of Willby Warren Macdonald

    Hardie Grant Books 2005; US$ 11.45

    In April 1997, Macdonald and a fellow climber and hiker decided to climb to the summit of Mount Bowen, on an island off the coast of Australia. One night, while his companion was asleep, Macdonald stepped out of the tent to heed a call of nature and wound up lying in a creek, his legs pinned under a massive rock. It was raining, too. Hard. He stayed... more...

  • Traditional Lead Climbingby Heidi Pesterfield

    Wilderness Press 2007; US$ 17.95

    Traditional Lead Climbing is the first and only guidebook intended to teach rock climbers how to lead with gear. Unlike other types of climbing such as sport and direct-aid climbing, ?trad? climbing relies on placing your own gear as you climb from the ground. It?s also one of the more dangerous climbing activities, where expert guidance is a must.... more...

  • Cold Warsby Andy Kirkpatrick

    Vertebrate Publishing 2011; US$ 14.57

    I was aware that I was cold - beyond cold. I was a lump of meat left for too long in a freezer, a body trapped beneath the ice, sinking down into the dark. 'I was freezing to death.' In this brilliant sequel to his award-winning debut "Psychovertical", mountaineering stand-up Andy Kirkpatrick has achieved his life's ambition to become one of the world's... more...

  • Ron Fawcett - Rock Athleteby Ron Fawcett; Ed Douglas

    Vertebrate Publishing 2011; US$ 14.57

    Ron Fawcett is a natural-born climber. In 1969, while still at school in his native Yorkshire, he tied into a climbing rope for the first time and was instantly hooked. From that moment on, it seemed nothing else in his life mattered nearly as much as his next vertical fix. Ten years later, Fawcett was the most famous rock climber in Britain and among... more...

  • Jerry Moffatt - Revelationsby Jerry Moffatt; Niall Grimes

    Vertebrate Publishing 2011; US$ 18.94

    When Jerry Moffatt burst onto the scene as a brash 17-year-old, rock climbing had never seen anyone like him before. Fiercely ambitious, even as a boy Moffatt was focused on one thing: being the best in the world. This is the story of his meteoric rise to stardom, and how he overcame injury to stay at the top for over two decades. Top sport climber,... more...

  • Meetings on the Edgeby Mags MacKean

    Neil Wilson Publishing 2012; US$ 14.57

    Meetings On The Edge is a travel memoir by Mags MacKean, a once-frustrated journalist for the BBC, who took the plunge and abandoned a ten-year career to follow her dream to become a mountaineer. The book explores the impact of a solitary journey as well as unexpected encounters with some fascinating people along the way. The different natural environments... more...

  • Echoesby Nick Bullock; Paul Pritchard

    Vertebrate Publishing 2012; US$ 21.86

    “As I sat cradling the man?s head, with his blood and brains sticking to my hands, I heard a voice – my own voice. It was asking me something. Asking how I had ended up like this, desperate and lost among people who thought nothing of caving in a man?s head and then standing back to watch him die.? Nick Bullock was a prison officer working in a maximum-security... more...