Simon McCartney was a young alpinist climbing the hardest routes in the Alps, but a chance meeting with Californian Jack Roberts dramatically changed both their lives. They risked everything to make the first ascents in Alaska. The Bond is their story.
The Sacred Combe takes a broken man out of his City life to tackle the unlikely task of combing a vast, venerable library in a country pile for a lost letter, amidst a collection of striking characters each lost too.
On the anniversary of his friend Byrd’s death on the mountain which had been the boys' paradise, Wolf Truly reaches for the summit again, not planning to come home. But he meets three women who change his story for ever.
Imagination, range, intelligence - you could take these as the defining qualities of this book. And there’s more. There’s a prose style and rhythm that’s lucid, pliant, natural, versatile, exact, evocative, distinguished by an understated lyricism, and matched time and again to that breath-taking breadth of material.
This inspiring adventure describes hospital chaplain Walter Glover’s trek to Everest Base Camp and Mount Kilimanjaro after training in the flat terrain of Indiana. His trips raised $130,000 to fight childhood obesity. The book also tells of Glover’s spiritual journey.
There is something deeply primitive in mankind that fires the urge to explore, to search for the unknown whether it is beyond an horizon, over an ocean or, maybe, up a mountain. This desire, which includes rock faces, was possibly driven out of the necessity to search for food or minerals but, as modern society changed, so did the motive and-rock climbing came into being as a recreation using just body-strength and willpower.
Rich with vivid personal stories of lumber tycoons, loggers, volcanologists, and conservationists, Eruption delivers a spellbinding narrative built from the testimonies of those closest to the disaster, and an epic tale of our fraught relationship with the natural world.
A magnificent, deeply researched history, Continental Divide tells a story of adventure and aspiration in the high peaks that makes a vivid case for the importance of mountains to American national identity.
In the 1930's, a promising young alpinist from Munich struggles to stay above the fray and the base instincts of the valley that threaten to destroy all that he knows, and remain in that higher, more peaceful Reich of the high Alps.
In Wild Country, Mark Vallance traces his story, from childhood influences like Robin Hodgkin and Sir Jack Longland, to two years in Antarctica, before his fateful meeting with Ray Jardine, the man who invented Friends, in Yosemite.
Outwardly, 'Britain's most experienced teenage Alpinist' is a brave young mountaineer. But he's not experienced at all; at least not in the way he really wants to be. He seeks manhood in the mountains, yet he believes he will only truly gain it by losing something.
Glen Denny’s photographs taken in Yosemite in the 1950s and ’60s are known around the world. Now, his true tales of colorful characters and a legendary locale, brotherhood and sky-high quests, make the Golden Age of rock climbing come alive.
A Step Too Far is Tim Hurrell’s personal record of the 1982 Kuksar Expedition in which he and Steve Brodrick reached the 6493m summit - the first and still, to date, the only mountaineers to do so.
Memoirs from a life of extremes; the underclass of the city, life forged through poverty, violence and drugs. A connection through rock and ice to a new life; the life of a climber, simple in need, rich in experience.
A detailed study of the dawning of mountaineering in Scotland, leading up to WW1. The first comprehensive record of this legendary era, which saw standards of climbing unsurpassed until the 1940s. Contemporary illustrations.
Mons Graupius mixes beautiful prose, a spitfire snob of a female protagonist, and the adventure of mountaineering—all set in the summits of Scotland.
Take a group of mountaineers with ropes and improvised stretcher. Add 50 years of invention, professional purpose and ingenuity of 24/7/365 volunteers. You get the commitment, humour, tribulations and adventures of the people of OVMRO. What could possibly go wrong?
The autobiography of the only British climber and adventurer to have conquered Everest twelve times and the greatest high-altitude mountaineer of a generation, Kenton Cool.
In English at last Catherine’s story shows why she took the climbing world by storm. The first woman to solo Eiger's north face, she climbedin winter in 17 hours. Climbs include Bonatti Route on north face of Matterhorn and southwest pillar of Aiguille du Dru.
The engrossing story of the seasons the author spent climbing 4000m mountains in the Alps. The words and photos encapsulate the alpine experience in all its beauty, in the pain and exhilaration, danger and humour shared with each climbing partner.
In The Mountain, geographers Bernard Debarbieux and Gilles Rudaz trace the origins of the very concept of a mountain, showing how it is not a mere geographic feature, but ultimately an idea that has evolved over time.
Alone on the Wall is a book about the essential truths of risk and reward, and the ability to maintain a singular focus, even in the face of extreme danger.
On 24 September 1975, Doug Scott and Dougal Haston became the first Britons to summit Everest. In Up and About, the first volume of his autobiography, Scott tells his story from war-time Nottingham to the summit of the world.
Punk in the Gym is the revelatory and raw autobiography of British climber Andy Pollitt. As close to a Hollywood A-lister as the climbing world will ever get, he had the looks, and seemingly had it all.
In Climbing Days, Dan Richards is on the trail of his great-great-aunt, Dorothy Pilley, a prominent and pioneering mountaineer of the early twentieth century. Using her 1935 memoir, Climbing Days, as a guide, Dan follows in Dorothy’s footholds, scaling summits in Spain and Switzerland. What emerges is a beautiful portrait of a trailblazing woman, up to now lost to history - but also a book about that eternal question: why do people climb mountains?
The Round is not only a history of the Bob Graham Round, but also an exploration of the what, why and how of this classic fell endurance challenge. After covering the genesis of the BGR in detail, it documents its development from a more-or-less idle challenge to its present status as a rite of passage for endurance runners.
A fond and fascinating tribute to George Finch (1888-1970), mountaineer, scientist, inventor and polymath, who pioneered the use of the artificial oxygen that enabled Everest to finally be conquered thirty years after his own attempt.
In the Shadow of Ben Nevis tells Ian Sykes’s story from childhood during WWII, to his time with the RAF mountain rescue and the British Antarctic Survey, before he established Nevisport and was a key player developing Nevis Range.
Andreas lives his whole life in the Austrian Alps, where he arrives as a young boy taken in by a farming family. He is a man of very few words and so, when he falls in love with Marie, he doesn't ask for her hand in marriage, but instead has some of his friends light her name at dusk across the mountain. When Marie dies in an avalanche, pregnant with their first child, Andreas' heart is broken. He leaves his valley just once more, to fight in WWII - where he is taken prisoner in the Caucasus - and returns to find that modernity has reached his remote haven. . .
An Invitation… To the Life of Your Dreams is a mountain-conquering inspirational fiction of love, life and adventure. It empowers readers through a journey of transformation and discovery, from modern London to the ancient wisdom of Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), China.
Photographer and writer Jamie Grant captures the magic of an Antarctic summer on the remote, mountainous island of South Georgia. Mixing images and prose this is an intimate study of wildlife, conservation and wilderness at the ends of the world.
With essays detailing noteworthy climbing sites throughout the western United States, infused with excursions to the Alps and a trip to the Bugaboos, Warnings Against Myself opens up the beautiful, obsessive world of mountain climbing to climbers and non-climbers alike.
From long alpine ridges to steep north faces, climbers have pushed standards in the Canadian Rockies. Bold and Cold presents a narrative history by the people who risked life and limb to establish these long, difficult and sometimes scary climbs.
Of Mountains and Men tells the story of three young students – William Bell, Ian McKean, and James Ogilvie – killed together on the Matterhorn in 1948. In unearthing the stories of their lives, Mateo Cabello explores motivation and passion for mountains.