The Guardianhad mountaineer Andy Cave compile is list of his Top 10 books on Alpinism. Cave, who is an author himself, defines what makes a great mountaineering book by saying that they should have “genuinely pushed the boundaries of what is possible.” and those books should also “inspire us to seek new challenges in our own lives.”
The books on his list meet those criteria quite nicely. The list if full of classics of the genre, from top to bottom, such as No Picnic On Mt. Kenya by Felice Benuzzi, which clocks in at number 10 on the list. John Krakauer’s classic Into Thin Air shows up at number 8, and Bonatti’s The Mountains of My Life is number 4 on Cave’s list.
Overall, this is an excellent list, and if you’re looking for some summer reading, you could do worse than starting here. The number one book was a bit predictable, but it’s also very deserving. I wont spoil the top spot, but I’m sure that many of you can guess what it is. Especially since The Guardian is a British newspaper. Each of these books deserves a spot in your alpinism library, so hit up Amazon and fill in anything you’ve got missing.
Thanks to Outdoor Ed for this one.
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