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No Picnic on Mount Kenya

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by Felice Benuzzi
A rediscovered mountaineering classic and the extraordinary true story of a daring escape up Mount Kenya by three prisoners of war. When the clouds covering Mount Kenya part one morning to reveal its towering peaks for the first time, prisoner of war Felice Benuzzi is transfixed. The tedium of camp life is broken by the beginnings of a sudden idea - an outrageous, dangerous, brilliant idea. There a...
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Psycho Vertical

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by Andy Kirkpatrick
Psycho Vertical is Andy Kirkpatrick’s award-winning biography that won him the *Boardman Tasker Prize* of 2008. Having already earned a reputation as an accomplished mountaineer and big-wall climber, he took on a thirteen-day ascent of Reticent Wall on California’s El Capitan (the hardest big-wall climb ever soloed by a Briton), a climb around which he has decided to frame this, his autobiography.
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Touching The Void

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by Joe Simpson
In "Touching the Void", Joe Simpson recounts his harrowing account of his ascent of the 21,000ft Siula Grande peak in the Peruvian Andes with his climbing partner Simon Yates. After reaching the summit in June 1995, Yates staggered into Base Camp, exhausted and frost-bitten, with news that his friend Simpson was dead.
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Ascent of Rum Doodle

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by W.E. Bowman
The Ascent of Rum Doodle is an outrageously funny spoof about the ascent of a 40,000-and-a-half-foot peak and has been a cult favourite since its publication in 1956. Led by the reliably under-insightful Binder, a team of seven British men including Dr Prone (constantly ill); Jungle the route finder (constantly lost), Constant the diplomat (constantly arguing) and 3,000 Yogistani porters, set out to conquer...
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Annapurna - The First Conquest of an 8000 Metre Peak

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by Maurice Herzog
Since first publication, when it sold 400,000 copies, “Annapurna” has acquired classic status. It is the enthralling account, by the leader of the French expedition, of the first conquest of Annapurna - at that time, and at more than 8,000 metres, the highest mountain ever climbed.
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Into The Silence

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by Wade Davis
In 1924, an expeditionary team headed by George Mallory attempted to conquer Everest. Britain was reeling from the effects of the First World War, and there was a hope that scaling the world's highest mountain would hand a much-needed boost to the nation's psyche.
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Facing Up

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by Bear Grylls
Account of the ascent that made Bear Grylls the youngest person to climb Everest and return alive.
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Addicted to Adventure: Between Rocks and Cold Places

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by Shepton, Bob
Bob Shepton is an ordained minister in the Church of England in his late 70s, but spends most of his time sailing into the Arctic and making first ascents of inaccessible mountains. No tea parties for this vicar. Opening with the disastrous fire that destroyed his yacht whilst he was ice-bound in Greenland, the book travels back to his childhood growing up on the rubber plantation his father managed in Mala...
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The White Spider

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by Heinrich Harrer
A classic of mountaineering literature, The White Spider tells the story of the harrowing first ascent of the Eiger's North Wall, one of the most legendary and terrifying climbs in recorded history. Heinrich Herrer, author of Seven Years in Tibet, was a member of the four-man party that scaled the previously untouchable North Wall of the Eiger in 1938.
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The Death Zone

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by Matt Dickinson
Everest Base Camp 10th May 1996: "Glancing into the sky she became one of the first people to see what was sweeping up from the lower valleys towards Everest¿great billowing lilac clouds¿they stood watching as the apocalyptic vision crept silently and swiftly towards them". A day later, eight climbers were dead and many more would die later, victims of one of the most terrible storms to hit Everest.
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One Man's Everest

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by Kenton Cool
The story that emerged from the Everest base camp on 21st May 2013 was remarkable even in its bare essentials. A British climber had marked the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of the world's highest peak by climbing not just Everest but the two huge mountains next to it, all in one go. It was an astonishing feat of endurance. Kenton Cool and his Sherpa partner, Dorje Gylgen, had gained and lost ten ver...
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Last Hours on Everest

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by Hoyland Graham
Dawn broke fine on that fatal day. A couple of thousand feet above the tiny canvas tent the summit of the world's highest mountain stood impassively, waiting for someone to have the courage to approach. Inside the ice-crusted shelter, two forms lay still as death. Then there was a groan, a stirring, and eventually the slow scratch of match against sandpaper. Low voices shared the high-altitude agonies of wa...
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The Man Who Cycled the Americas

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by Mark Beaumont
The Man Who Cycled the Americas tells the story of Mark Beaumont’s 15,000 miles and eight months’ long journey from Anchorage in Alaska to Ushuaia on the Tierra del Fuego, scaling along the way the highest peaks of the Americas: Mount McKinley and Aconcagua.
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This Game of Ghosts

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by Joe Simpson
Touching the Void was Joe Simpson's account of his near fatal accident on Peru's Siula Grande. He never expected to be in the same situation again. However fate had other ideas and later in the Himalayas another near fatal fall forced him to again examine why he should be so lucky when so many of his climbing friends and colleagues are not. This Game of Ghosts is the sequel to Touching the Void, and continu...
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The Beckoning Silence

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by Joe Simpson
Since the epic tale of his survival in the Andes, recounted in Touching the Void, Simpson has lived a life full of adventure but haunted by death. Insisting that he played a simple game on a dangerous stage because it seemed the best way of living, Simpson analyses his fascination with the mountains. Simultaneously enticed and intimidated, fascinated and repelled he examines what compels people to put thems...
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Learning to Breathe

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by Andy Cave
At the age of sixteen, Andy Cave followed in his father's and grandfather's footsteps and became a miner - one of the last recruits into a dying world. Every day he would descend 3,000 feet into Grimethorpe pit. But at weekends Andy escaped from the pithead to a very different world - testing his nerve on the cliffs and mountains around Britain, and forging endearing friendships with his new companions. End...
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No Way Down

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by Graham Bowley
No Way Down: Life and Death on K2 tells of the horrifying and inspiring events that happened on the world’s second highest mountain on August 1st 2008. As an exhausted band of climbers celebrate reaching the summit of K2 beneath a beautiful clear blue sky, far below them their ropes are swept away by the collapse of an ice shelf.
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The Mountains of My Life

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by Walter Bonatti
The Mountains of My Life collects Walter Bonatti's classic writings detailing his exploits on numerous expeditions to different mountains of the world, as well as the real story behind the controversy over the events on K2 that changed his life. Bonatti is one of the greatest mountaineers of all time, and these awe-inspiring writings capture the adventure, audacity and magnitude of his craft.
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Thin White Line

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by Andy Cave
In 1997 Andy Cave climbed the north face of Changabang in the Himalayas and attained something most climbers dream of but at a huge cost: the harrowing process claimed the life of his friend and climbing partner. This trauma prompted him to examine his relationship with the mountains and confront the question of whether he would ever have the courage to face such a challenge on them again. Thin White Line t...
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Storms of Silence

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by Joe Simpson
From an avalanche that wiped out his base camp to an encounter with a band of Khampas fleeing the Chinese occupation of Tibet, Joe simpson draws upon his own experiences to write this moving and far reaching book. / The book's major theme is the nature of aggression. A skinhead in a Sheffield bar sets the reader up for the genocide that is modern Tibetan history ¿ what makes Joe Simpson stand out is his bel...
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