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    Ascent of rum doodle,

    "spy on the roof of the world" sydney wignall,

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    Love that book!

    Try Into Thin Air by John Krakauer ( not sure of the spelling).

    Touching the Void by Joe Simpson

    The Climb by Anatoli Boukreev (sp).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Mgn View Post

    Into Thin Air by John Krakauer
    just bought that book for reading on my kili trip

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    Krakauer's book is a good read, but it's worth reading Boukreev's (less well-written) account of the same incident which was published as a response to Krakauer's.

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    Mountain days and bothy nights is good ,Rock and roll mountains good fun too, deflates the elitism that can creep in here and there.

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    May the Fire Always Be Lit - A biography of Jock Nimlin

    "Jock Nimlin is best known as a pioneering climber of the 1920s and 30s who made many first ascents, particularly at Arrochar but also of Raven's Gully on Buachaille Etive Mor. He was a legend amongst the working-class climbing fraternity in those years, remarkable for his climbing ability, his physical toughness and his total commitment to the outdoor life. With his encyclopaedic knowledge of the Scottish highlands and an innate talent as a communicator - both around the bothy fire and in the written word - he was a seminal figure in Scottish mountaineering.

    Later in life these skills were put to use when he became the first field officer for the National Trust for Scotland and organised field-trips to the Cairngorms in search of semi-precious stones (another of his passions) and sea voyages to St Kilda.

    Jock was also a life-long socialist with a deep sense of social justice. His father died when Jock was only ten and poverty was a close companion during his childhood. He grew up under the influence of the Red Clydesiders and the Independent Labour Party, but he never became embittered politically, always maintaining his pawky Glaswegian humour and a balanced outlook."

    See here and here.

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    Let's go Climbing - Colin Kirkus.....frying bread in vaseline, riiight

    At the Rising of the Moon - Dermot Somers

    The Mountains of my Life - Bonatti....not a 'comfortable' read...

    The Wild Places - Robert Macfarlane

    Menlove - Jim Perrin

    The Games Climbers Play - Ken Wilson

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    No Shortcuts to the Top - Ed Viesturs, a good read about his 8000m exploits (without bottled oxygen).

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    A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush - Eric Newby

    Both funny and true. And beautifully written.

    One of my favourite ever books of any sort whatever.

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    Always a Little Further - Alastair Borthwick

    He was from the same circles as Jock Nimlin iirc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt C View Post

    Always a Little Further - Alastair Borthwick

    He was from the same circles as Jock Nimlin iirc?

    Yep, I think so. Borthwicks articles are quoted in "May the Fire Always be Lit". He entitledone interview with Jock Nimlin "The Greatest Dare-Devil in the Open Air Movement"! It is hard to conceive how tough these guys were.

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    "Mountains of the Mind" is a good read if a bit too wordy. The follow up book "Wild" is anything but.

    I found "Epic - Stories of Survival from the World's Highest Peaks" a good read. Basically its a collection of extracts from climbing books. Some stories are funny, some harrowing. Most of the stories are pretty famous already.
    It leaves you wanting more so you end up reading the individual books.

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    check the Boardman Tasker short list for a huge choice

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    In order of merit :H.W.Tilman The Seven Mountain-Travel Book. Camping&Woodcraft Horace Kephart. Burn on the Hill E Allan. Barrows Boys Fergus Fleming

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    Tilman as above plus his sailing version. Also Shipton in the same series.

    Games Climbers Play and Mirrors in the Cliffs. Spencer Chapmans pair of books

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    John Muir,s Eight Wilderness Discovery Book. Cheers

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    Kiss or Kill: Confessions of a Serial Climber by Mark Twight. A collection of hardhitting, no holds barred essays/articles written for magazines etc with "looking back at the article" commentaries written several years later. It won the Banff mountain book festival in 2001.

    A bit melodramatic in parts and probably not for you if you don't like hearing that at the end of the day you're a bit of a sissy in comparison to the author... I love it, have about 3 copies and force it on anyone who mentions mountaineering/outdoors literature!

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    The Winding Trail, an anthology for walkers and backpackers. Edited by Roger Smith forward by John Hillaby. This book is a must for all interested in Trails ,Trailwalking and all such outdoor activities.Over eighty stories written by adventurers over the past hundred and sixty years. Cheers.

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