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Mountaineering & Climbing

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  • Into Thin Airby Jon Krakauer

    Pan Macmillan UK 1999; US$ 13.63

    Jon Krakauer's acclaimed account of a disastrous expedition on Mt EverestThis is the true story of a 24-hour period on Everest, when members of three separate expeditions were caught in a storm and faced a battle against hurricane-force winds, exposure, and the effects of altitude, which ended the worst single-season death toll in the peak's history.In... more...

  • The Mammoth Book Of Everestby Jon E. Lewis

    Little, Brown Book Group 2015; Not Available

    This selection of the very best writing on Everest begins with the first attempts and continues, via Mallory's failed bid and Hillary and Tenzing's triumph, to the disasters of recent years. It features 35 white-knuckle accounts of climbing on the world's highest mountain, with all the tragedy and triumph of humankind's striving for the top of the... more...

  • Darkness Descendingby Ken Jones

    Quercus 2015; Not Available

    In January 2003, Ken Jones, an adventurer and former British Special Forces soldier, was caught in a devastating avalanche as he climbed deep in the frozen wilderness of Romania's Carpathian Mountains. Swept over the edge of a 75-foot cliff, he plummeted to the rocks below. Against all odds, he survived the fall--regaining consciousness shrouded... more...

  • Lydia Bradey: Going Up is Easyby Laurence Fearnley

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 12.73

    In 1988, Lydia Bradey became the first woman to climb Mount Everest without supplementary oxygen. She made the ascent alone and to date she is the only New Zealander to have made an oxygen-free ascent. Her climb was a truly remarkable achievement but also an internationally controversial one. Going Up is Easy details for the first time the events surrounding... more...

  • Escape from Lucaniaby David Roberts

    Simon & Schuster 2010; US$ 16.95

    In 1937, Mount Lucania was the highest unclimbed peak in North America. Located deep within the Saint Elias mountain range, which straddles the border of Alaska and the Yukon, and surrounded by glacial peaks, Lucania was all but inaccessible. The leader of one failed expedition deemed it "impregnable." But in that year, a pair of daring young climbers... more...

  • Unjustifiable Risk?by Simon Thompson

    Cicerone Press 2010; US$ 29.17

    A social, economic and cultural history of British rock climbing and mountaineering charting the conditions that gave rise to the sport, and the achievements and motives of those who have shaped its development over 200 years. Today's climbers share a desire to escape from urban society but what makes them take that unjustifiable risk? more...

  • Mountaineersby Royal Geographical Society; The Alpine Club

    Dorling Kindersley Ltd 2011; Not Available

    An epic guide to the most intrepid mountaineers in history Written in association with the Royal Geographical Society and The Alpine Club, Mountaineers tells the story of the pioneers who first conquered the giddy heights of our planet. Full of great tales of endurance and perseverance, more than 100 of the top mountaineers are profiled,... more...

  • Kingdoms Of Experienceby Andrew Greig

    Canongate Books 2009; US$ 13.29

    In March 1985, Mal Duff led a new expedition to conquer Everest by the unclimbed north-east ridge.The last attempt by a Chris Bonington team had ended in failure and tragedy - with the deaths of two great climbers, Joe Tasker and Pete Boardman. Everyone knew the risks as well as the excitement of the challenge. In this extraordinary book, Greig chronicles... more...

  • Summit Feverby Andrew Greig

    Canongate Books 2009; US$ 22.46

    When poet Andrew Greig was asked by Scottish mountaineer Mal Duff to join his ascent of the Mustagh Tower in the Karakoram Himalayas, he had a poor head for heights and no climbing experience whatsoever. The result is this unique book. Summit Fever has been loved by climbers and literary critics alike for its refreshing candour, wit, insight and the... more...

  • Last Hours on Everest: The gripping story of Mallory and Irvine?s fatal ascentby Graham Hoyland

    HarperCollins Publishers 2013; Not Available

    An expert mountaineer cracks Everest?s most intriguing mystery - did Mallory and Irvine reach the summit before they perished on its slopes? more...