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Book Reviews - Mountaineering and Climbing

We are providing some of our own personal comments and reviews on many of the climbing, mountaineering and adventure books listed on this website in order to assist your search in figuring out if any of these are interesting. This is an increasingly long list of books that represent some of the best descriptions of climbing. It is sorted by title. The books with *** after the title are my favorites.

In addition, I have also compiled pages for each of the major awards made for mountaineering and outdoor adventure books. These awards showcase biographies, expedition accounts, fiction, children's books, guidebooks and more.
bulletAmerican Alpine Club Literary Award
bulletBanff Mountain Book Festival Awards
bulletBoardman-Tasker Memorial Award
bulletNational Outdoor Book Awards


The Beckoning Silence by Joe Simpson
The Boardman Tasker Omnibus: Savage Arena; The Shining Mountain; Sacred Summits; and Everest The Cruel Way by Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker  
Boundless Horizons: The Autobiography of Chris Bonington by Chris Bonington  
Conquistadors of the Useless: From the Alps to Annapurna by Lionel Terray  
The Crystal Horizon: Everest-The First Solo Ascent by Reinhold Messner  
Dark Shadows Falling by Joe Simpson  
Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains by Jon Krakauer  
Escape from Lucania: An Epic Story of Survival by David Roberts
Everest: The West Ridge by Thomas Hornbein  
Fragile Edge: A Personal Portrait of Loss on Everest by Maria Coffey  
Gorilla Monsoon by John Long  
High Exposure: An Enduring Passion for Everest and Unforgiving Places by David Breashars
The Horizontal Everest: Extreme Journeys on Ellesmere Island by Jerry Kobalenko
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
K2: Triumph And Tragedy by Jim Curran  
Kiss or Kill: Confessions of a Serial Climber by Mark Twight
The Last Step: The American Ascent of K2 by Rick Ridgeway  

Lost in My Own Backyard: A Walk in Yellowstone National Park by Tim Cahill

Mixed Emotions: Mountaineering Writings of Greg Child by Greg Child  
Mountain Photography by Bradford Washburn
Nanda Devi: The Tragic Expedition by John Roskelley  
The Other Side Of Everest: Climbing The North Face Through The Killer Storm by Matt Dickinson and Philip Turner  
Postcards From The Ledge: Collected Mountaineering Writings of Greg Child by Greg Child
Rock Jocks, Wall Rats and Hang Dogs: Rock Climbing on the Edge of Reality by John Long  
Rock Prints by Greg Epperson  
Sherman Exposed: Slightly Censored Climbing Stories by John Sherman  
Shisha Pangma: The Alpine Style First Ascent of the Southwest Face by Doug Scott and Alex MacIntyre
A Slender Thread: Escaping Disaster In The Himalayas by Steven Venables  
Thin Air: Encounters in the Himalayas by Greg Child  
Touching My Father's Soul: A Sherpa's Journey To The Top Of Everest by Jamling Tenzing Norgay, Jon Krakauer, Dalai Lama  
Touching the Void: The Harrowing First Person Account Of One Man's Miraculous Survival by Joe Simpson
White Spider: The Classic Account of the Ascent of the Eiger by Heinrich Harrer  


For other books on our lists of recommended books, follow the links below.
bulletOur Current Book List. The list of books on our current reading list.
bulletMountain Climbing and Outdoor Adventures with the cover graphics.
bulletBooks on Wine Appreciation and Winemaking.
bulletChildren's Books that our boys or their cousins are reading. Click here for the Seattle Children's Theatre recommended booklist.
bulletHistory Books that relate to our family history or that we have enjoyed.
bulletOther Books that we are waiting to categorize.
bulletReturn to TheRagens Books homepage.


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