11 Best Climbing Books to Read Right Now

Whether you’re an experienced climber or just starting out, there’s always something new to learn. And what better way to expand your knowledge and find inspiration than through reading? Here are the best climbing books you should add to your reading list.

11 Best Climbing Books to Read Right Now

The Importance of Climbing Literature

Climbing literature can provide valuable insights into the sport and inspire personal growth. From action-packed memoirs to instructional guides, there’s a book for everyone.

Whether you’re a seasoned climber or just starting out, reading climbing literature can be a great way to expand your knowledge and improve your skills. Not only can you learn about technical aspects of climbing, but you can also be inspired by the personal stories of other climbers.

Expanding Your Climbing Knowledge

For those interested in technical aspects of climbing, instructional books are a great resource. They offer tips on everything from proper gear usage to advanced techniques that can help push your limits. Check out the following climbing books:

The Rock Warrior’s Way by Arno Ilgner

The Rock Warrior's Way: Mental Training For Climbers

This book offers advice on mental training and exercises to enhance focus and concentration while climbing.

You can find this book here.

Training for the New Alpinism by Steve House and Scott Johnston

Training for the New Alpinism: A Manual for the Climber as Athlete

A comprehensive guide on the principles of training for alpine climbing and mountaineering.

You can find this book here.

How to Climb 5.12 by Eric J. Hörst

How to Climb 5.12, 3rd (How To Climb Series)

This book is a great resource for climbers looking to improve their technical skills and push their limits.

You can find this book here.

Reading these instructional books is an excellent way to absorb the knowledge of experienced climbers and trainers. You can learn new techniques and gain a deeper understanding of the sport.

Inspiring Personal Growth and Adventure

Climbing literature can also be a great source of inspiration for climbers. The following climbing books tell personal stories of adventure, perseverance, and self-discovery:

Alone on the Wall by Alex Honnold and David Roberts

Alone on the Wall (Expanded Edition)

An autobiographical account of Honnold’s solo climbing feats, including his stunning free solo of Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan.

You can find this book here.

No Shortcuts to the Top by Ed Viesturs and David Roberts

No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks

A gripping personal account of Viesturs’ quest to become the first American to climb all fourteen of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen.

You can find this book here.

Eiger Dreams by Jon Krakauer

Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains

An entertaining collection of outdoor adventure stories, including accounts of some of the toughest climbs in the world.

You can find this book here.

The stories found in these books can help motivate climbers to push through challenges and grow in their personal lives as well as in sport. They can inspire you to set new goals and challenge yourself to reach new heights.

Reading climbing literature can also help you connect with the climbing community. You can gain insight into the experiences of other climbers and feel a sense of camaraderie with those who share your passion for the sport.

Overall, climbing literature is an essential resource for climbers of all levels. It can provide valuable knowledge and inspire personal growth and adventure. So pick up a book and start exploring the world of climbing literature today!

The Classics: Timeless Climbing Books

Some of the best climbing literature can stand the test of time. These classic climbing books continue to be revered and revered for their incredible stories and valuable insights:

Touching the Void by Joe Simpson

Touching the Void

Simpson’s harrowing account of a real-life ordeal in the Andes has inspired climbers and non-climbers alike since its publication in 1988. The book tells of Simpson’s climb with Simon Yates, which ends in disaster when Simpson falls and breaks his leg. Yates is forced to make the tough decision to cut the rope, sending Simpson plummeting into a crevasse.

Simpson miraculously survives his fall and the grueling journey back to basecamp alone. Touching the Void is an unforgettable account of survival in the harshest of conditions.

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Into Thin Air

Another classic from Jon Krakauer, this book tells the story of the 1996 Everest disaster, which claimed the lives of eight climbers. Krakauer was on the mountain that day as a journalist for Outside magazine and was among those who survived. The book presents a gripping and in-depth account of the tragedy and has become a must-read classic.

You can find this book here.

The White Spider by Heinrich Harrer

The White Spider : Story of the North Face of the Eiger

This book by Heinrich Harrer is a classic that details the first successful ascent of the north face of the Eiger. The book is a combination of Harrer’s personal experiences and an account of the history of attempts on the Eiger’s north face. Engaging, informative, and insightful, The White Spider is still a must-read for any climber, beginner or expert.

The Climb by Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt

The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest

However, these are not the only timeless climbing books that have left their mark on the world of mountaineering. “The Climb” by Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt is a gripping account of the 1996 Everest disaster from the perspective of Boukreev, a Russian mountaineer. The book is a fascinating insight into the mind of a climber and the decisions they make under extreme pressure.

Eiger Dreams by Jon Krakauer

Another classic is “Eiger Dreams” by Jon Krakauer. This book is a collection of essays that explore the world of mountaineering and the people who are drawn to it. From the adrenaline junkies to the quiet contemplative types, Krakauer’s writing captures the essence of what it means to be a climber.

Annapurna by Maurice Herzog

Annapurna: The First Conquest of an 8,000-Meter Peak

Annapurna” by Maurice Herzog is another classic that has stood the test of time. This book tells the story of the first successful ascent of an 8,000-meter peak and the incredible challenges faced by the climbers. Herzog’s writing is vivid and engaging, making it a must-read for anyone interested in the history of mountaineering.

These timeless classics are not only entertaining but also educational. They offer valuable insights into the world of mountaineering and the human spirit. They inspire readers to push themselves to their limits and to never give up, no matter how difficult the challenge may seem.

In conclusion, whether you’re looking to enhance your technical skills, seek inspiration, or learn about the history of climbing, these books offer something for everyone. Reading these books can expand your knowledge and provide invaluable motivation, inspiration, and a deeper appreciation for the sport.

YouTube video
Eddison Monroe
Latest posts by Eddison Monroe (see all)