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kfc6936


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im looking for some no fiction rock climbing books. i already own freedom of the hills. is there any top reads that any body out there has found


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John Long's Anchors book is a must-read

Training
How to climb 5.12
Self Coached Climber (worth it's weight in gold)

Bouldering
Better Bouldering by John Sherman
Stone Crusade

Stories
Slightly Censored Climbing Stories
Master of Stone
Eiger Dreams


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I'll add On the Ridge between life and death: A Climbing Life Reexamined by David Roberts.


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'Canyon Country Climbs', Earl Wiggins

kick ass book, especially if you like the desert


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knieveltech wrote:
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John Long's Anchors book is a must-read

Training
How to climb 5.12
Self Coached Climber (worth it's weight in gold)

Bouldering
Better Bouldering by John Sherman
Stone Crusade

Stories
Slightly Censored Climbing Stories
Master of Stone
Eiger Dreams

This is very good book for training.

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onceahardman


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If you can find it:

Master of Rock, The Biography of John Gill by Pat Ament

Not all climbing, but great adventures:

Gorilla Monsoon by John Long

I had a great book by Dougal Haston, but I don't recall the title.

EDIT: In High Places by Dougal Haston

If you do any climbing in the Eastern USA:

Yankee Rock and Ice can't reall the author right now, but great history of easterm climbing...early New Hampshire, Gunks, 'Dacks.


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alexnees


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I can't recommend "Enduring Patagonia" by Greg Crouch highly enough. If you're at all interesting in mountaineering, or the motivation behind climbing, or Patagonia, you should really check this one out. Best treatment of alpinism I've ever read.


mr.rock


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Read Free Spirit. It's the autobiography of Reinhold Messner, one of the greatest mountaineers ever. I go back and reread parts of that book so many times.


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knieveltech wrote:
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John Long's Anchors book is a must-read

Training
How to climb 5.12
Self Coached Climber (worth it's weight in gold)

Bouldering
Better Bouldering by John Sherman
Stone Crusade

Stories
Slightly Censored Climbing Stories
Master of Stone
Eiger Dreams
I would take 'How to climb 5.12' off the list, but I would add 'Rock Warrior's Way.'


mushroom


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Horst's Training for Climbing is a phenominal book with all kinds of information on how to train for climbing

Chounaird's Ice Climbing book is an awesome book about the history and evolution of ice climbing.

I would second John Long's Anchors

On Rope - it's a book about vertical caving published by the NSS is an amazing book. I dunno if you cave, but it teachs you all the best things to know about fixed lines and rebelays and stuff. Alpine Caving is worth checking out too.

the 90s book Performance Rock climbing is worthless if your have the modern Horst book.

I have a bit of an addiction of searching around amazon.com for new and used previous edition climbing guides. I got guides to most major areas and I spent usually $3-$5 each plus 3.99 shipping. If you ever have to go there, it'll be worth getting the currently one for better maps and beta, but it's worth having the old ones just so you can plan for trip ans open your mind up to all the wonderful clibming there is.


MikeSaint


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Kiss or Kill- Confessions of a Serial Climber by Mark Twight.


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Fall of the Phantom Lord by Andrew Todhunter - very interesting biography of Dan Osman

Climbing Free by Lynn Hill - Autobiography

High Infatuation by Steph Davis - Autobiography

Camp 4 by Steve Roper - Chronicals the golden years in Yosemite Valley.

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zealotnoob


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Here's another vote for Climbing Free and Enduring Patagonia. I was also a fan of No Shortcuts to the Top and Eiger Dream (which was too short!). Oh and...the one by John Harlin Jr...anyone remember the title?


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Savage Summit - biographies of all the women who have climbed K2. excellent read!

Rock Warriors Way - just an awesome book for training yourself how to approach climbing and life in general.


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onceahardman wrote:
Yankee Rock and Ice can't reall the author right now, but great history of easterm climbing...early New Hampshire, Gunks, 'Dacks.

Guy and Laura Waterman


sticky_fingers


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High Infaturation by Steph Davis - Autobiography

I just checked amazon and google, but didn't find it. Is this a joke or fo' real? Please to be telling more about this book...

Oh yah, not sure if you'll (OP) will like it, but while looking for the Self Coached Climber, I found a book by Katie Brown which is pretty much just a bunch of interviews.


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Partner gandolf


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Is this a joke or fo' real? Please to be telling more about this book...

check this out - http://www.mountaineersbooks.org/...details.cfm?SKU=0658

I saw a slide show presentation by Steph Davis that covered alot of this book and it looked interesting, but I haven't read it yet.

To the OP - any book by John Long. I really like his writing style.


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shimanilami


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I'm shocked nobody's suggested "Touching the Void", which has got to be one of the best climbing stories ever told.


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White Spider-Harrer
awesome history of a truly proud route

Camp 4 (name says it all. very cool to read before my first trip and then experience those places, cliffs, routes...)
Steve Roper

Mirrors of the Cliff
Jim Perrin
collection of short stories by climbers of all types, walks of life

The Good, the Great and the Awesome by Peter Croft
We read nearly the whole thing out loud, laughing riotously while driving from Lone Pine back to Tuolomne. It is a guidebook, but really so much more.


onceahardman


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Roger that...touching the void...maybe the most gripping story I've ever read.


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