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Jan 25, 2013
Day Lily.
Much more fun asking than Googling. Anyone suggest an adrenaline rushing non-fiction book on mountaineering history (think Annapurna or Ed Viesturs books, etc)? Hermann Buhl stories? Fritz Weissner stories?

One for you: "to points unknown" edited by david roberts. The titles something very close to that. Its "short stories" from the greatest adventure writing of the 20th century. It has noel odell, krakauers(?) Story of his solo attempt of the devils thumb and many great other stories.

Thank you
The Stoned Master
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Last Pitch on Baxter's
Maybe not adrenaline rushing, but Roberts' "On the ridge..." is good, as are all his books that I've read any of. Moments of Doubt, if you can find it.
American Rock by Don Mellor, too. Again, perhaps not intense, but well written history.
andyedwards
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beyond the mountain, addicted to danger, confessions of a serial climber, over the edge. I have more but cant remember them Portwood
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Day Lily.
Thanks guys. I've written your suggestions down. Portwood I think you've lied on your profile: my moms a lesbian dude. You weren't at her house last night. Not cool to lie...thanks again guys! The Stoned Master
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+1 for beyond the mountain. Kyle Jackson
From Las Vegas, nv
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Jan 25, 2013
Bouldering at Stanage Edge, England.
Andy Kirkpatrick's 'Cold Wars' will have you alternating between clutching your butt cheeks in terror and spitting your coffee out with laughter.

'Fiva' by Gordon Stainforth is another excellent book detailing a major epic he had climbing in the shadow of the Troll Wall in Norway in the 60s. I read this book in two long sittings, I couldn't put the dan thing down!
Rob Lilley
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Fun moves after the thin face.
The Mountain of My Fear and Deborah: A Wilderness Narrative by David Roberts are awesome

Minus 148 by Art Davidson is a great one too
James Smith
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Day Lily.
Smarty ports I love your picture. There are a lot more books than I thought out there! I'm an avid reader and blown away at my future reading list. Thanks guys. If you have more keep them coming. Ill most likely eventually get to a huge chunk. I'm not interested in many other subjects besides climbing and human genetics/history. The Stoned Master
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Jan 25, 2013
escape from lucania
by david roberts was another of his i really liked that hasn't been mentioned.
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Jan 25, 2013
Day Lily.
How can david roberts write so much and do all that bad ass climbing? I can't even handle climbing and yard work. Its one or the other! The Stoned Master
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Jan 25, 2013
Day Lily.
Anyone read pat aments "master of rock" about john gill. if so your thoughts? The Stoned Master
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Climb!
Enduring Patagonia by Gregory Crouch
The Hard Way - Mark Jenkins
On the Ridge Between Life and Death
Good Morning Midnight - The Story of Guy Waterman
Yankee Rock and Ice by Guy and Laura Waterman
Psychovertical by Andy Kirkpatrick
Kiss or Kill by Mark Twight
Beyond The Mountain by House
Desert Towers by "Crusher"
The Stettner Way (the biography of the Stettner Brothers
Kevin Landolt
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Stairway to Heaven
If you're looking for exciting reading then Joe Simpson's Touching the Void should be close to the top of your list. Martin le Roux
From Superior, CO
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Jan 25, 2013
Sleeping on top of Washington column after climbin...
One of the most amazing books I've read is Glenn Randall's Breaking Point.

Three climbers set out to make the first alpine style ascent (and second overall ascent) of Mount Hunter's SW Spur in Alaska.

They set out with six days of food and ended up taking 13 days, barely surviving.

The amount of suffering they endured is mindblowing.
The book is very hard to find, and worth a pretty penny, but if you can find it, read it!
clint helander
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Smarty Ports/Shants wrote:
^^Reading Kirkpatrick's "Pscycho Vertical" now. It's not bad but so far not classic. Also Tabin and Mellor deserve mention. Got the new Dawes book on the way. Should be amusing for sure.


Psychovertical is a good shout too, more scary big wall antics. Personally, I enjoyed Cold Wars more as I could relate to more of it where as aid climbing might as well be Olympic knitting or something.

Dawes' book is good but you need to approach it with an open mind, it's a bit 'out there'. Worth sticking with though for all the history and an insight in to a great climbing mind.
Rob Lilley
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Jan 25, 2013
Jim Wickwire, Addicted to Danger.

A. Alvarez, Feeding the Rat (not too adrenaline rushy)

Vladimir Shatayev, Degrees of Difficulty. (Some really great stories in there, never look up when you hear someone yell ROCK!)

oh.. and not strictly climbing... but lots of good adventure climbing underground...

Pierre Chevalier, Subterranean Climbers (Nothing like climbing in a cave in France during the war! Petzl and Chevalier can hang it out there like nobodies business.
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The Stoned Master wrote:
krakauers(?) Story of his solo attempt of the devils thumb and many great other stories. Thank you


If you liked Devil's Thumb, you will like Krakauer's Eiger Dreams. That's the collection of stories in which it originally appeared. (Though Devil's Thumb is probably the best story in there.)
Step hen
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Jan 25, 2013
"Mirrors in the Cliffs" and "The Games Climbers Play" are two excellent anthologies.

If you can find a copy, "Four Against Everest" is the story of a very early attempt of the north side of Everest by four rather unlikely climbers.
mark felber
From Wheat Ridge, CO
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Jan 25, 2013
"The White Spider."
"Storm and Sorrow in the High Parmirs."
'Annapurna"
"In the Throne Room Of The Mountain Gods"
"The Hall of the Mountain King"
"The Last Place on Earth"
olddog
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10 points
Jan 26, 2013
Everest, The West Ridge, by Thomas Hornbein.
A real classic.

The Karakoram, Fosco Mariani
Steve Williams
From Denver, CO
Joined Jul 15, 2005
61 points
Jan 26, 2013
The Beckoning Silence by Joe Simpson Howard Snell
From Belen, New Mexico
Joined May 24, 2010
95 points
Jan 26, 2013
The Ledge by Jim Davidson & Kevin Vaughan. Full disclosure: I am one of the co-authors. Jim Davidson
From Fort Collins, Colorado
Joined Nov 22, 2006
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Jan 26, 2013
Day Lily.
Very cool jim davidson. Checking it out man. The Stoned Master
From Pennsylvania
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Feb 9, 2013
Last Pitch on Baxter's
Just read Escape from Lucania.
Great story.
andyedwards
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Feb 14, 2013
Matterhorn Peak, November 2011
Often overlooked! Smoke Blanchard's 'Walking Up and Down Hills'.
Not bloodrushing, but enjoyable and informative amd gets the psych up- especiallly if you climb the Sierra! Great chapter on Norman Clyde.
aran
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Feb 14, 2013
Big Boulder, just a bit downhill from Temple of Ka...
"The Hard Years" ..... Joe Brown

The original stonemaster... post WW2 Brit climbing scene.
Guy Keesee
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