Reading List

This is a highly recommended shortlist and we would be happy to pass on a longer reading list for those interested. These links will bounce to with reviews.

7 Summits and Related

Seven Summits

by Dick Bass, Warner Books

5 Big Mountains

by David Schaeffer

Everest, Everest Trek, Ama Dablam, 
Cho-Oyu, Island Peak

High Himalaya

by Art Wolfe, Peter Potterfield, Norbu Tenzing Norgay, Mountaineers Books

Everest; The Mountaineers Anthology Series

Foreward by Tom Hornbein, Peter Potterfield editor, Mountaineers Books


by Walt Unsworth, Mountaineers Books

Classic Hikes of the World

Peter Potterfield, W.W. Norton pub.

Fragile Edge : Loss on Everest

by Maria Coffey, Harbour Pub Co.

Coronation Everest

by Jan Morris, Burford Books

The Violet Shyness of Their Eyes : Notes from Nepal

by Barbara J. Scot, Calyx Books

Everest : The West Ridge

by Thomas F. Hornbein, Mountaineers Books

Eric Shipton: Everest & Beyond

by Edmund Hillary, Peter M.D. Steele, Mountaineers Books

Everest : The Best Writing and Pictures from Seventy Years of Human Endeavour
by Peter Gillman (Editor)

Life and Death on Mt. Everest : Sherpas and Himalayan Mountaineering

by Sherry B. Ortner, Princeton Univ Press

Tigers of the Snow and Other Virtual Sherpas : An Ethnography of Himalayan Encounters

by Vincanne Adams, Princeton Univ Press

Annapurna, First Conquest of an 8000-Meter Peak : (26,493 Feet)

by Maurice Herzog, The Lyons Press

Video Night in Kathmandu : And Other Reports from the Not-So-Far East (Vintage Departures)

by Pico Iyer, Vintage Books

The Snow Leopard (Penguin Nature Classics)

by Peter Matthiessen, Penguin USA (paper)

Trekking in Nepal : A Traveler's Guide

by Stephen Bezruchka, Mountaineers Books

Carstensz Pyramid and Irian Jaya

Under the Mountain Wall: A Chronicle of Two Seasons in Stone Age New Guinea

by Peter Matthiessen, Edward Hoagland

Indonesian New Guinea: West Papua/Irian Jaya (Periplus Adventure Guides)

Aconcagua & Patagonia

Aconcagua - The Stone Sentinel: Perspectives of an Expedition
by Thomas E. Taplin

Death in the Andes

by Mario Vargas Llosa Penguin USA (paper)

In Patagonia

by Bruce Chatwin, Penguin USA (paper)

Aconcagua: A Climbing Guide, Second Edition

by R. J. Secor, Mountaineers Books

Labyrinths; Selected Stories and Other Writings

by Jorge Luis Borges, W W Norton & Co


Bolivia and Peru

Touching the Void: The Harrowing First Person Account Of One Man's Miraculous Survival

by Joe Simpson, HarperCollins (paper)

Peru and Bolivia : Backpacking and Trekking

by Hilary Bradt, Bradt Pub.

Bolivia : A Climbers Guide
by Yossi Brain, Mountaineers Books

The Incas: Empire of Blood and Gold (New Horizons)
by Carmen Bernand

The Ancient Kingdoms of Peru

by Nigel Davies, Penguin USA (paper)



In the Shadow of Denali : Life and Death on Alaska's Mt. McKinley

by Jonathan Waterman, The Lyons Press

Mount McKinley : The Conquest of Denali

by Bradford Washburn, Harry N Abrams

The Ascent of Denali : A Narrative of the First Complete Ascent of Mt. McKinley, Highest Peak in North America
by Hudson Stuck



The Shadow of Kilimanjaro

by Rick Ridgeway, Henry Holt & Co.

Kilimanjaro & Mount Kenya: A Climbing and Trekking Guide

by Cameron M. Burns, Mountaineers Books

The Snows of Kilimanjaro: And Other Stories

by Ernest Hemingway, Scribner

Zombies on Kilimanjaro: A Father/Son Journey Above the Clouds
by Tim Ward



Seven Summits

by Dick Bass, Warner Books

Trekking in Russia and Central Asia : A Traveler's Guide

by Frith Maier, Mountaineers Books

Empire of the Steppes, A History of Central Asia

by Rene Grousset


The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition

by Caroline Alexander, Knopf

Let Heroes Speak: Antarctic Explorers, 1772-1922

by Michael H. Rosove, Naval Institute Press

To Everest Via Antarctica : Climbing Solo on the Highest Peak on Each of the World's Seven Continents

Arctic and Greenland

Walking on Thin Ice : In Pursuit of the North Pole

by David Hempleman, Adams Orion

A Naturalist's Guide to the Arctic

by E.C. Pielou, Univ of Chicago Pr

The Greenlanders

by Jane Smiley, Ivy Books

Greenland Expedition: Where Ice Is Born

by Lonnie Dupre, Creative Publishing international


Mongolia and Central Asia

Travels in Northern Mongolia

by Don Croner, Polar Star Publications

Mongolian Folktales

by Hilary Roe, Metternich Avery Pr

Women of Mongolia

by Martha Avery, Avery Pr

Mongolia: Vanishing Cultures
by Jan Reynolds, Harcourt Brace

The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia

by Peter Hopkirk, Kodansha International

Foreign Devils on the Silk Road: The Search for the Lost Cities and Treasures of Chinese Central Asia

by Peter Hopkirk, Univ. of Massachusetts Press


by Yossi Brain

Ecuador Climbing and Hiking Guide by Rob Rachowiecki, Mark Thurber

The Incas: Empire of Blood and Gold (New Horizons) by Carmen Bernand

Lonely Planet Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands (Country Travel Guide)


Conquest of New Spain (Classics S.)
by B. Diaz Del Castillo

Mexico's Volcanoes
by R. J. Secor

Matterhorn & The Alps

The Ascent of the Matterhorn
by Edward Whymper

Scrambles Amongst the Alps (National Geographic Adventure Classics)
by Edward Whymper

White Spider
by Heinrich Harrer, Hugh Merrick


A Fine Balance

Love and Longing in Bombay
by Vikram Chandra

A River Sutra

The God of Small Things
by Arundhati Roy

North Cascades and Rainier

Mount Rainier: A Climbing Guide
by Mike Gauthier, Bruce Barcott, Mountaineers Books

Selected Climbs in the Cascades
by Jim Nelson, Peter Potterfield, Mountaineers Books

Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills
Don Graydon (Ed.), Kurt Hanson (Ed.), Mountaineers Society, Mountaineers Books

Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue
Andy Selters, Mountaineers Books

The Illustrated Guide to
Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue

Andy Tyson, Mike Clelland, Climbing Magazine

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