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6 Must-Read Climbing Books

6 Must-Read Climbing Books
20 March 2020

With most of us spending more time indoors than usual, now's the time to get through that mega list of books you said you'd read years ago! With so many titles to choose from it can get a little overwhelming, which is why we've put together a list of 6 must-read climbing books to add to your collection that will help keep you sane during these difficult times.


Alone On The Wall

alone on the wall book cover

Author: Alex Honnold

Available on: Kindle, Audible

Known for the BAFTA and Oscar-winning film Free Solo, Alex Honnold is a world-renowned free solo climber. This read explores Alex's best climbing achievements to date and will take you on an adventure like no other, from the famous Half Dome in Yosemite to El Sendero Luminoso, Mexico. Alex is sure to leave you hanging on the edge of your seat with his dangerous, yet exhilarating truths of climbing with no ropes or support.

alone on the wall book cover

Author: Alex Honnold

Available on: Kindle, Audible

Known for the BAFTA and Oscar-winning film Free Solo, Alex Honnold is a world-renowned free solo climber. This read explores Alex's best climbing achievements to date and will take you on an adventure like no other, from the famous Half Dome in Yosemite to El Sendero Luminoso, Mexico. Alex is sure to leave you hanging on the edge of your seat with his dangerous, yet exhilarating truths of climbing with no ropes or support.


The Push: A Climber's Journey of Endurance, Risk and Going Beyond Limits

the push book cover

Author: Tommy Caldwell

Available on: Kindle, Audible

Dubbed ‘The most daring free climber on the planet’, Tommy Caldwell describes his thrilling adventure free-climbing Yosemite’s almost vertical Dawn Wall. This gripping memoir takes you on the journey of a boy with a passionate mountain-guide father who was determined to ingrain toughness in his son to a teen whose obsessive nature drove him to the top of the sport-climbing circuit. This vertigo-inducing read is the perfect pass-time for climbing enthusiasts and thrill-seekers alike.


the push book cover

Author: Tommy Caldwell

Available on: Kindle, Audible

Dubbed ‘The most daring free climber on the planet’, Tommy Caldwell describes his thrilling adventure free-climbing Yosemite’s almost vertical Dawn Wall. This gripping memoir takes you on the journey of a boy with a passionate mountain-guide father who was determined to ingrain toughness in his son to a teen whose obsessive nature drove him to the top of the sport-climbing circuit. This vertigo-inducing read is the perfect pass-time for climbing enthusiasts and thrill-seekers alike.


Tides: A Climber's Voyage

Tides: A climber's Voyage

Author: Nick Bullock

Available on: Kindle, Audible

Nick Bullock is a retired prison officer now living in a small green van, flitting from Llanberis, Wales to the French Alps. With more time on his hands than ever, he is able to climb whenever he wants. Tides is a treasure vault of Nick's adventures and antics with some of the worlds best-known climbers including Steve House, Kenton Cool and many more.

tides: a climber's voyage

Author: Nick Bullock

Available on: Kindle, Audible

Nick Bullock is a retired prison officer now living in a small green van, flitting from Llanberis, Wales to the French Alps. With more time on his hands than ever, he is able to climb whenever he wants. Tides is a treasure vault of Nick's adventures and antics with some of the worlds best-known climbers including Steve House, Kenton Cool and many more.


Psychovertical

Psychovertical book cover

Author: Andy Kirkpatrick

Available on: Kindle

Metro magazine stated that Andy Kirkpatrick makes Ray Mears look like Paris Hilton. Andy's first autobiography will give you all the highs and lows of his thirteen-day ascent of Reticent Wall on El Capitan in California, the most difficult big-wall climb ever soloed by a Briton!

'Climbs like this make no sense... the chances of dying on the route are high' 

Psychovertical book cover

Author: Andy Kirkpatrick

Available on: Kindle

Metro magazine stated that Andy Kirkpatrick makes Ray Mears look like Paris Hilton. Andy's first autobiography will give you all the highs and lows of his thirteen-day ascent of Reticent Wall on El Capitan in California, the most difficult big-wall climb ever soloed by a Briton!

'Climbs like this make no sense... the chances of dying on the route are high'


1001 Climbing Tips

1001 climbing tips

Author: Andy Kirkpatrick

Available on: Kindle

1001 Climbing tips is a great read if you're looking to improve your climbing skills. It'll take you on a journey from the basics all the way to tackling large multi-pitch climbs. 

'1001 Climbing Tips is a refreshing take on the climbing guide genre. Irreverent, it has a laugh on virtually every page, but also some extremely useful advise and some points of genuine interest. The panel are grateful for tip 974 "Never drink your own urine"' - Paul Pritchard, 2016 Banff Mountain Book Competition Jury

1001 climbing tips

Author: Andy Kirkpatrick

Available on: Kindle

1001 Climbing tips is a great read if you're looking to improve your climbing skills. It'll take you on a journey from the basics all the way to tackling large multi-pitch climbs. 

'1001 Climbing Tips is a refreshing take on the climbing guide genre. Irreverent, it has a laugh on virtually every page, but also some extremely useful advise and some points of genuine interest. The panel are grateful for tip 974 "Never drink your own urine"' - Paul Pritchard, 2016 Banff Mountain Book Competition Jury


Space Below My Feet

space below my feet

Author: Gwen Moffat

Available on: Kindle, Audible

Immerse yourself in this thrilling read where Gwen Moffat tells her unique story of leaving her post in the Army and going on to tackle the World's toughest climbs and becoming the first woman to qualify as a mountain guide.

'A story of climbing and compulsive love of mountains... magnificent' -  Observer.

space below my feet

Author: Gwen Moffat

Available on: Kindle, Audible

Immerse yourself in this thrilling read where Gwen Moffat tells her unique story of leaving her post in the Army and going on to tackle the World's toughest climbs and becoming the first woman to qualify as a mountain guide.

'A story of climbing and compulsive love of mountains... magnificent' -  Observer.


 

beth dean

About the Author:

Beth Dean - Outdoor Expert

Camping with her family when she was younger, Beth quickly realised her love for the outdoors. Now, a few years down the line, Beth has developed a passion for all things health and fitness and is out running her favourite routes whenever she can.


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