What books are you reading?

What books are you reading?


Jon Krakauer: Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster




Eiger Dreams is more of a collection of articles he wrote about many different topics. I've read dozens of mountaineering books at this point, but Eiger Dreams captures something special. In itself it inspired me to go to Chamonix and climb there (and it's almost exactly like it's described in the book)


Damn right! Love that book. The stories of the Burgess Brothers, Flyboys of Talkeetna and the guy who invented bouldering are classics to me! It goes beyond climbing definitely and paints a picture of the lives of some colorful people and places for me. Jon's a crazy good writer. Wish he writes more on climbing and the culture around it. But sadly, he is now Krakauernotwriting on Instagram Edit: I think the final essay on his ascent of Devil's Thumb is the best of all!


what this guy said, my favorite 2 Krakauer books


Not exactly an uplifting read, but I just finished *Into Thin Air,* by Jon Krakauer, about the 1996 disaster on Mt. Everest.


Not uplifting, for sure. I was a wreck during the last 90 pages or so. But its a great read.




I’m starting that tonight!


I downloaded it but haven't gotten over Krakauer's yet. Perhaps I'll give it a try soon.


A Day to Die For by Graham Ratcliffe adds a bit more to the whole situation


I finished “My life in climbing” by Ueli Steck. It’s a great book if You want to understand and learn about the immense preparation climbers go through to prepare for mountains. Especially highspeed high altitude climbing. Ueli also has some great examples of climbing discipline when climbing dangerous mountains.


> It’s a great book if You want to understand and learn about the immense preparation climbers go through to prepare for mountains. It's interesting to compare that with Chris Boningtons book about the 1975 expedition to climb the SW face of Everest. He writes that he hadn't trained at all, so he hiked from Lamosanghu instead of flying to Lukla. He literally did two weeks of relaxed hiking as training for climbing an unclimbed face on Everest.


"The Ascent of Rum Doodle" by W. E. Bowman. A great read when you have read way too many 1950's, 60's and 70's books of first ascents of Himalayan peaks. >"The North Wall is a sheer glass-like face of ice broken only by rock, snowfields, ice-pinnacles, crevasses, bergschrunds, ridges, gulleys, scree, chimneys, cracks, slabs, gendarmes, Dames Anglaises, needles, strata, gneiss and gabbro."


i just finished “the last great mountain” by mike conefrey, about the climbing history of Kanchengjunga, up to the first ascent. really cool rundown of the early attempts and the, let’s call them “colourful”, characters involved.


The shining mountain


not without peril by nicholas howe. 150 years of history around accidents and misadventures in the white mountains of NH.


Getting ready to start The White Spider.


K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain by Ed Viesturs is a great book that gives accounts of some of the most significant K2 expeditions in history including (and in light of) the 2008 K2 disaster. I found the stories and his commentary on them really interesting. It worked out perfectly because I finished reading pretty much right as the major winter summit attempts of this year were launching so it was pretty cool to understand the greater context of those. Highly recommend it!


Currently reading "Nanda Devi: The Tragic Expedition" by John Rosskelly. Not too far in yet. Just finished "Denali's Howl" by Andy Hall. Quite enjoyed that one.


Denali howl was interesting


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Annapurna, by Maurice Herzog.


I just bought that book and am a few pages in. So far I’m loving that book!


I'm reading **"I Chose to Climb"** by Chris Bonington right now and really digging it. "Into Thin Air" is an all-time classic but I highly recommend **"Eiger Dreams"** by Jon Krakauer as well. "Eiger Dreams" gets me so hyped to get out into the mountains. A bunch of rad short stories from one of the best outdoor authors. **"Killing Dragons: The Conquest of the Alps**" was a really fun read to understand the roots of Mountaineering, Alpinsin, and Climbing. Basically a history of where it all started, the alps, and the people who started it. The **"Trad Climbers Bible"** is an amazing read. It's marketed/looks like a guide book but it's really a history of Peter Croft and John Long's beginnings as climbers. In between the awesome history and epic stories are great advice for trad climbing and being in the mountains in general. **"The Last Season"** Not really a climbing or mountaineering book per se but it does primarily take place in one of mountaineerings best playgrounds the Sierra. It's about an epic guide who goes missing after leading an extraordinary life in the Sierra. The dude carried Ansel Adams tripod.


At the start of 2020 quarantine, Kelly Cordes made a DIY audiobook recording of his book The Tower and it was an absolute *delight*, a well-told story and he'll throw in some asides like "this is a super cool picture on this page, if you get a chance to check it out." I really enjoyed it. https://kellycordes.com/2020/03/31/audio-book-sort-of/


Cool, I was just searching Audible for The Tower today and was disappointed not to find it. Thanks for mentioning!


I recently finished *The Last Traverse* by Ty Gagne. Planning to start his first book, *Where You'll Find Me*, next.


Both are excellent, I don’t think I put down Where you’ll find me once I started it


Same experience with *The Last Traverse.* I typically read from like 10-midnight to sleep, but this one had me up till 3am for two nights in a row to finish it


Wrapping up Annapurna right now, poor bastards lost their fingers over a picture.


Conquistadors Of The Useless


“No Picnic on Mount Kenya” by Felice Benuzzi A very *sui generis* expedition, if you can call it that. Very good read.


AAC 2020 Accidents in North American Climbing


Freedom of the Hills! Always! Also the navigation and glacier travel Mountaineers books. Want to read Ed Viesturs No Shortcuts to the Top and Touch the Top of the World by Erik Weihenmayer.


I loved Honoring High Places about Junko Tabei.


Fallen Giants Snow Leopard two books by Boukreev


The Boys of Everest - Clint Willis Savage Arena - Joe Tasker Anything by Bonnington Kiss or Kill - Mark Twight To name a few! Edit: formatting


Beyond the Mountain by Steve House


Some straight up classics I've been listening too - Kiss or Kill by Mark Twight - The Ogre by Doug Scott - The Calling by Barry Blanchard - A Life on the Edge by Jim Whittaker A lesser known recommendation - One Day as a Tiger about Alex McIntyre


The calling, Beyond the Mtn, kiss or kill, Eiger dreams, touching the void


A bit of a different take, but I recently finished reading *Climb to Conquer*, a book on the formation and training of the 10th Mountain Division in WWII. It was interesting to note how much we take for granted when climbing now wasn't really widely known a few decades ago - the Army essentially had to figure out what kinds of tents, stoves, and gear to use from near scratch. Also not directly mountaineering related, but in a similar vein - *The Worst Journey in the World* about the Scott expedition to Antarctica was fascinating.


We should have monthly threads like this so that we can discuss the stories from the books we read! Myself reading Stories from the Dirt by John Long which is not exactly about mountains, but after reading a string of books of Bernadette McDonald and Ed Viesturs, I decided to diversify a bit my outdoor literature diet. Saving the thread as I came across many titles that I have not come across before.


No ones mentioned it yet, but it's pretty good so far and I'm about halfway through: The Villian by Jim Perrin about Don Whillans.


50 shades of grey