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.
+1 for Terray's Conquistadors of the Useless, my favorite. Rebuffat's Starlight and Storm, is worthy for tales of many N. face ascents in the Alps. Long's Gorilla Monsoon, is great for short stories of wild and sometimes crazy days.
Arctic/Antarctic adventures: Simon's North to the Night, is one of the better solo tales out there. +1 for any of the Shackleton voyage epics.
"No Picnic on Mt. Kenya" is a great story. During WWII, a group of Italian prisoners of war break out of a British POW camp for an attempt on Mt. Kenya.
"Adrift" is not mountaineering literature, but it's a great story.
Shackleton's epic actually does involve a certain amount of mountain/glacier travel, along with lots of other adventures. "South" is Shackleton's account of the expedition. "Endurance", by Alfred Lansing, tells the story from a more detached viewpoint, and shows just how modest Shackleton was in telling his own story.
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
Yes to both, Seems that most of the greatest literature and epic climb adventures were all written in the 70's to late 80's...Such a great collection there to choose from. Can't go wrong with any Dave Roberts books.
For the first time in my life I am reading Muir`s writings. His writing titled `My First Summer in the Sierra` is mind blowingly phenomenal! His descriptions are so vivid. His passion, child like innocence is infectious.
When he trys to startle the Brown Bear during the first day or two of exploring Yosemite Falls but to his surprise the bear doesn't run but stands his ground is a great story. How Muir describes the different flowers brushing over the bear as he walks away or how he talks about man versus beast is great.
If you haven't read his works (as I have not read even the majority) at all. Do so, it will not be a waste of your time.