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Fiction    Push For The Summit

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*** Australian Blood On The Lotus - Novel about a climber, Tibet, CIA, and a few twists...
** Australian Bright Air - Mystery/Thriller
**** Freedom Climbers - 2011 Boardman Tasker prize-winning modern history of Polish Alpinism / Himalayan climbing
* Spurred Ambition - rockclimbing romance (?)
***** The Ascent of Rum Doodle - A classic that every climber should read.
**** Australian The Rope Dancer - A tale of mountaineering gone wrong, injury and recovery, and the search for meaning through living dangerously.
(No Review) The Secret of Wheeler Point - Authentic young adult rock climbing mystery novel
**** Australian The Universe Within - Climbing adventure mystery science philosophy - all rolled together. Author is an Australian climber so draws heavily on Arapiles and other crags.

Narratives    Push For The Summit

***** 17 Down Under - A celebration of moderate grade climbs
(No Review) A Fine Kind of Madness - Mountain Adventures Tall & True
(No Review) A Life on the Edge - Memoirs of Everest & Beyond
**** Above the Clouds - The Diaries of a High-Altitude Mountaineer
(No Review) Against The Wall - Simon Yates, mountaineering on the hardest routes.
***** All Fourteen 8,000ers - The first man to stand on all 14 of the world's 8000-meter peaks
**** Annapurna - First Conquest of an 8000-Meter Peak
***** Annapurna: A Woman's Place - The 1978 all-woman ascent of Annapurna I
(No Review) Ascent: The Climbing Experience in Word & Image - Climbing writing, photography, & art. 16 pages of color photos.
***** Beckoning Silence, The - An assault on the North Face of the Eiger and thoughts on the dark side of mountaineering.
(No Review) Below Another Sky - A mountain adventure in search of a lost father.
(No Review) Best of Rock & Ice, The - Anthology of 25 essays from Rock & Ice Magazine
(No Review) Beyond Risk: Conversations with Climbers - In-depth interviews with 17 of the most influential mountaineers
**** Big Walls: Breakthroughs on the Free-Climbing Frontier - Paul Piana's account of his & Todd Skinner's Big Wall climbs. Inc 93 color photos.
(No Review) Blind Corners - What is it like to have reached the tallest summits on the globe?
***** Boardman Tasker Omnibus, The - Savage Arena, the Shining Mountain, Sacred Summits, Everest the Cruel Way
(No Review) Boundless Horizons - Chris Bonington's autobiography, combines volumes: I Chose To Climb; The Next Horizon; The Everest Years
***** Camp 4: Recollections Of A Yosemite Rockclimber - Yosemite's Camp 4 in the 1960s, back in the day of Harding, Powell, Robbins, Pratt, Chouinard
(No Review) Climb - Stories of survival from rock, snow & ice
(No Review) Climb! The 25th Anniversary Edition - Colorado climbing history, plus 200 B&W photos, 16 pages color photos.
**** Climb, The: Tragic Ambitions on Everest - 1996 Everest Tragedy
(No Review) Climber's Choice - The Best Climbing Writers Present Their Best Work
**** Climbing Free - My Life in the Vertical World. Lynn Hill Autobiography.
**** Close Calls: Climbing Mishaps and near death experiences - Recounts 68 true tales of climbers who let their guard down and lived to tell about it.
***** Conquistadors of the Useless - From the Alps to Annapurna
***** Dark Shadows Falling - Joe Simpson wonders if the essence of the sport has been completely lost.
***** Deep Play - A Climber's Odyssey from Llanberis to the Big Walls
(No Review) Defying Gravity: High Adventure on Yosemite's Walls - Describes early developments in Yosemite climbing
***** Eiger Dreams - Ventures Among Men and Mountains
(No Review) Eiger: The Vertical Arena - History & myth. Explores what the Eiger means to climbers.
(No Review) Eiger: Wall of Death - Interesting history on that great alpine wall
***** El Capitan: Historic Feats & Radical Routes - Traces El Capitan's unique big wall history. 36 duotone photos.
(No Review) EMOTIONAL LANDSCAPES - 168 pages, format 18 x 13cm, colored pictures on all pages, Cover in Velour (woven fabric) to fold out with big panorama, ISBN 3-9502104-0-7
**** Epic - Stories Of Survival From World's Highest Peaks
(No Review) Eric Shipton: Everest & Beyond - Biography of Eric Shipton explorer & mountaineering legend
***** Everest: Eighty Years of Triumph & Tragedy - Featuring major ascents & first-person perspectives. 130 color photos, 50 b/w photos .
**** Everest: Mountain Without Mercy - Story of film-maker David Breashears' Imax photographic expedition to Everest in 96. Inc 125 color photos.
***** Everest: The West Ridge - In 1963 Thomas Hornbein, and his partner Willi Unsoeld committed themselves to world's tallest peak
**** Australian Expeditions - Get inside the skull of Andrew Lindblade
**** Facing Up - 23 year old Briton reaches Everest summit
** Fatal Mountaineer - Life story of Willi Unsoeld, American Himalayan climber
***** Fifty Favorite Climbs: The Ultimate North American Tick List - Fifty of the most accomplished climbers reveal their all-time favorite climbs
**** Flame of Adventure, The - Yates shares his perspective on climbing styles, personal experiences & cultures encountered in his travels.
**** Fragile Edge: A Personal Portrait of Loss on Everest - A deeply personal love story & a penetrating look into the world of professional climbers
**** Games Climbers Play, The - Large climbing anthology. Draws material from climbing periodicals.
**** Ghosts of Everest: The Search for Mallory & Irvine - What they found with George Mallory's body. Did they make it? And if they did, what happened to them?
(No Review) Hazard's Way - Well researched historical novel centering on the UK's Lake District climbing scene 100 years ago.
***** High - Stories of Survival from Everest and K2.
(No Review) High Adventure - The 50th Anniversary of the Historic Climb
(No Review) High Exposure - An Enduring Passion for Everest and Unforgiving Places
**** In High Places - Autobiography of Dougal Haston's climbing life
*** Into Thin Air - A Personal Account of the 1996 Mount Everest Disaster
***** John Gill: Master of Rock - Shows bouldering like it is: raw, pure, all-encompassing. Includes 160 B&W Photos.
(No Review) Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa - Journey of five trekkers and a guide to the top of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
*** Kiss or Kill - Confessions of a Serial Climber - A collection of short articles Twight has had printed in a variety of publications, which have comments from the author following each.
*** Kurt Diemberger Omnibus, The - Includes Summits and Secrets: The Endless Knot: Spirits of the Air
(No Review) Landmarks: An Exploration of Great Rocks - Rock climbing, rock art, rock environment, around the world
***** Last Step, The: The American Ascent of K2 - Account of the 1978 climb of K2 via the west ridge.
(No Review) Leading Out - Mountaineering Stories of Adventurous Women
* Left For Dead - Beck Weather's extraordinary story about his survival from the 1996 Mt Everest tragedy
(No Review) Mirrors in the Cliffs - Follow up to the anthology Games Climbers Play
**** Mixed Emotions - Mountaineering writings of Greg Child - Selected writings of Greg Child
(No Review) Mountains of the Great Blue Dream - Collection of essays recounts many mountaineering adventures.
***** Nanga Parbat Pilgrimage: The Lonely Challenge - Story of Herman Buhl's training and earlier climbs that lead up to his solo FA of Nanga Parbat
***** Native Stones: A Book about Climbing - autobiographical account of British rockclimbing
(No Review) On Belay! - The Life of Legendary Mountaineer Paul Petzoldt
(No Review) One Man's Mountains - An anthology of Tom Patey's writings. Ranges from accounts of climbing in Scotland, to expedition climbing, to satire and verse.
*** Australian One Step Beyond - Bushwalker and climber, Warren meets with tradedgy.
**** Over the Edge - Climbers Kidnap and Escape into the Mountains of Central Asia
(No Review) Postcards from the Ledge - Collected Mountaineering Wrtings of Greg Child
*** Regions of the Heart - The Triumph and Tragedy of Alison Hargreaves
(No Review) Royal Robbins: Spirit of the Age - Robbins's life and achievements, mainly focused on his years in Yosemite.
***** Australian Sheer Will - The Awe Inspiring Climbs of Mike Groom. Includes 73 colour photos.
(No Review) Sherman Exposed - Slightly Censored Climbing Stories
**** Starlight and Storm - From the 1920s to the 1950s, the race for first ascents in the Alps and Dolomites
*** Stone Crusade - A Historical Guide to Bouldering in America
(No Review) Stone Palaces - A collection of stories, most are about climbing & the people who do it.
(No Review) Stories Off the Wall - Roskelley recounts his climbing career from 1965 through 1992 including his 20 Himalayan expeditions
**** The Second Death of George Mallory - The Enigma and Spirit of Mt Everest
(No Review) Thin Air - Encounters in the Himalayas
***** This Game of Ghosts - Climber Joe Simpson reveals a lifetime of flirtation with danger
**** Australian Totem Pole, The - Devestating accident while climbing Tasmania's famous sea stack.
*** Touching My Father's Soul - A Sherpa's Journey to the Top of Everest by the climbing leader for the IMAX 96 team
***** Touching the Void - The Harrowing First Person Account Of One Man's Miraculous Survival
***** Vertical World of Yosemite, The - Yosemite climbs described by the climbers who made the first ascents
*** View from the Summit - The life story of Sir Edmund Hillary. Autobiography
***** Where The Mountain Casts Its Shadow. - The Personal Costs of Climbing. Winner of Mountain Literature Award at 2003 Banff Mountain Book Festival.
**** Australian White Limbo - The First Australian Climb of Mt Everest
***** White Spider, The - The Classic Account of the Ascent of the Eiger
***** Wildest Dream, The - The Biography of George Mallory
** Australian Wind in My Hair, The - The story of Brigitte Muir, first Australian women to climb the Seven Summits
*** Within Reach: My Everest Story - Pfetzer, 18 at the time of publication, describes his summits of a number of peaks worthy of a climber twice his age

Non-Fiction    Push For The Summit

**** A Life in the Vertical - A biography of Wolfgang Gullich
***** Australian Alone Across Australia - One mans trek across a continent.
***** Australian Arapiles - a million mountains - Full colour coffee table book; not a climbing book: it’s a book about a great climbing area.
**** Between a Rock and A Hard Place - A recounting of a harrowing epic and dramatic escape.
***** Classic Rock - Climbing in the UK with large format photography. A best seller.
(No Review) Climbing Glass - Climbing stories and articles by Lyle Closs
***** Climbing High - A womans account of surviving the '96 Everest tragedy.
***** Enduring Patagonia - Alpinist adventure, epics, fear, and freedom in Patagonia.
** Australian First Ascent: The Life and Climbs of Greg Mortimer - Biography of Australian Mountaineer
(No Review) Mountain Photography - Bradford Washburn's 100 large-format mountain photographs
*** Punk in the Gym - Andy Pollitt's Biography
***** Revelations - Autobiiography of Jerry Moffat
***** Australian Rock Climbing In Australia - Stunning coffee table book of photographs
*** Rock Prints - A collection of rock climbing photographs
***** Rocks Around the world - Stefan Glowacz - world tour with photographer in tow
**** Summit 8000 - A thrilling memoir of the spectacular high - altitude mountaineering achievements of Andrew Lock: the only Australian to have summited all fourteen 8000 - metre peaks in the world, including Mount Everest - twice.
***** The Will To Climb - Everest the boy who dared
***** Two Shadows - The inspirational story of one mans triumph over adversity - This captivating autobiography reveals the remarkable story behind a man known for his passion for mountain climbing, his irrepressible and often unique sense of humor, and his fascinating tales of adventure and mis-adventure.
**** Virgin on Insanity - Coming of age on the world's toughest mountains
***** Voices From the Summit - The World's Greatest Mountaineers on the Future of Climbing
(No Review) Australian World Climbing: Images From The Edge - Glossy coffee table book showcasing Simon Carters climbing photos from around the globe.
**** Younghusband (The Last Great Imperial Adventurer) - Biography of Early Himalayan Explorer

Instructional    Push For The Summit

**** Advanced Rock Climbing - How to Rock Climb Series
**** Advanced Rockcraft - Informative book covering 'leading' & 'old fashioned hard aid'
**** Basic Rockcraft - Royal Robbins instructional manual
(No Review) Better Bouldering - How to Rock Climb Series
**** Big Wall Climbing: Elite Technique. - One of a series of eight Mountaineers Outdoor Expert books
***** Big Walls - How to Rock Climb Series
***** Climb On - Skills for more efficient climbing - How to rockclimb series.
***** Climber's Handbook, The - Practical handbook for all types of climbing. Includes 300 illustrations of techniques, equipment, and locations.
(No Review) Climbing : Training for Peak Performance - For climbers of all ages, abilities, and interests who wish to improve their performance.
**** Climbing Anchors - How to Rock Climb Series
***** Climbing Big Walls - Basic to advanced instruction for climbing Big Walls.
(No Review) Complete Guide to Rope Techniques, The - A Comprehensive Handbook for Climbers
***** Downward Bound: A Mad! Guide to Rock Climbing - Introduction to climbing, history, and lots of humour.
***** Espresso Lessons - Mental Training
**** Extreme Alpinism - Physical, psychological, and technical aspects of alpine climbing at the bleeding edge
*** Flash Training - How to Rock Climb Series
(No Review) France - Sites Naturels D'escalade - Its actually a map of France indicating climbing sites
(No Review) Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue - Reading Glaciers, Team Travel, Crevasse Rescue Techniques, Routefinding, Expedition Skills
(No Review) Gym Climb - How to Rock Climb Series
*** How to Climb 5.12 - How to Rock Climb Series
(No Review) How to Ice Climb! - How to Rock Climb Series
(No Review) How to Rappel! - How to Rock Climb Series
**** How to Rock Climb! - How to Rock Climb Series
**** I Hate to Train Performance Guide for Climbers, The - How to Rock Climb Series
(No Review) Knots for Climbers - How to Rock Climb Series
(No Review) Learn Rock Climbing in a Weekend - Shows the novice step-by-step how to master the fundamental skills of rock climbing
***** More Climbing Anchors - How to Rock Climb Series
(No Review) Mountaineering First Aid - A Guide to Accident Response and First Aid Care
**** Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills - The Bible for climbers and mountaineers
***** Performance Rock Climbing - Training for climbing
**** Rock Warriors Way, The - Mental Training for Climbers
***** Australian Rockclimbing: Getting Started - Instructional book for beginner climbers.
***** Self-Rescue - How to Rock Climb Series
***** Skills for More Efficient Climbing - Techniques, illustrations, and inspirational stories for moving faster up the rock
**** Sport Climbing - How to Rock Climb Series
(No Review) Toproping - How to Rock Climb Series
***** Training for Climbing - The definitive guide to improving your climbing performance.
***** World Mountains - The worlds great mountains by the world's great mountaineers

Guides (Australian)    Push For The Summit

(No Review) Climb Point Perp - Photo topo climbing guide
*** Australian Climb Tasmania - Selected Best Climbs - Guidebook
***** Australian Memory of a Journey. Rock Climbing on Ben Lomond - Read the title
***** Australian Sydney Bouldering - The essential guide to bouldering in Sydney
***** VCC 2006 Mt Buffalo Rock Climbing Guide - Awesome Granite in an alpine environment!

Guides (International)    Push For The Summit

(No Review) Climber's Guide to Smith Rock - Climbing somewhere in Central Oregon
(No Review) Escalade Les Calanques - Climbing around Marseille, France
***** Europe Sport Vertical - Overview of climbing crags in Europe
**** Frenchman Coulee - guide near Vantage, Washington State
***** Golden bay Climbs - A Rockclimbers Guide to Paynes Ford ,Pohara and other Golden Bay Climbs
**** Lowland Outcrops - The essential guide for rock (and ice) around central and southern Scotland
**** Orpierre - Val de Meouge - Climbing guide to Orpierre, France
**** Parois de légende (Légendary cliffs) - International multi-pitch routes
(No Review) The Gunks Guide - Guide to the Shawangunks, New York
***** THE MEXICAN ROCK CLIMBING GUIDE BOOK (North) - The two guide books include 130 rock climbing areas (sport, trad, multipitch and bouldering) in Mexico. These two books, time, and a few pesos are all a climber needs for an awesome winter road trip.
***** THE MEXICAN ROCK CLIMBING GUIDE BOOK( South -Central) - The two guide books include 130 rock climbing areas (sport, trad, multipitch and bouldering) in Mexico. These two books, time, and a few pesos are all a climber needs for an awesome winter road trip.
(No Review) The Trad Guide to Joshua Tree - 60 Favorite Climbs from 5.5 to 5.9 - Full-color, very detailed guidebook to 60 easy to moderate Trad climbs at Joshua Tree.

123 of 178 books, 127 of 203 movies reviewed. 562 total reviews.


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