Five stories of climbing

image-medium (5)Five mountain books, some full of tragedy and often a mystery as to what motivates the climbers.

Touching the void – Joe Simpson

Joe Simpson and his partner, Simon Yates, tackled the unclimbed West Face of the remote 21,000 ft Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes. In June 1985 they achieved the summit before disaster struck. In Touching the Void they tell their truly remarkable story of a fight for survival

The Mystery of Mallory and Irvine by Tom Hozel and Audrey Salkeld

This is the story of the greatest mystery in mountaineering. On 8 June 1924 George Mallory and Andrew Irvine set off from camp, bound for the summit of Everest. Noel Odell watched as they made it towards the top, but they were never seen alive again. What happened to them?

No Way Down Life and Death on K2 by Graham Bowley

Following the stories of climbers from around the world, ‘No Way Down’ weaves a tale of human courage, folly, survival and loss at the top of one of the highest and most dangerous mountains in the world

Shipton and Tiltman: the great decade of Himalayan Exploration by Jim Perrin

Using unpublished diaries,  Jim Perrin tells the story of the greatest exploring partnership in British history. In the 1930s Tilman and the younger Shipton pioneered many routes in Africa and the Himalayas and found the key to unlocking Everest. They crossed Africa by bicycle, explored China with Spender and Auden, journeyed down the Oxus River to its source and, with no support, opened up much of the Nepalese Himalaya

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer –   Into Thin Air is a riveting first-hand account of a catastrophic expedition up Mount Everest. In March 1996, Outside magazine sent veteran journalist and seasoned climber Jon Krakauer on an expedition led by celebrated Everest guide Rob Hall. Despite the expertise of Hall and the other leaders, by the end of summit day eight people were dead. Krakauer’s book is at once the story of the ill-fated adventure and an analysis of the factors leading up to its tragic end. Written within months of the events it chronicles, Into Thin Air clearly evokes the majestic Everest landscape. As the journey up the mountain progresses, Krakauer puts it in context by recalling the triumphs and perils of other Everest trips throughout history. The author’s own anguish over what happened on the mountain is palpable as he leads readers to ponder timeless questions Other books by Krakauer in our stock