Every climber likes climbing books, especially ones about climbing history, training for climbing, and guidebooks, which are books of climbing dreams. Here are six books that make great gifts for the climber on your holiday list. Check it once. Check it twice. Then buy a couple great books at greatly discounted prices! Order now for delivery before Christmas.
Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest by Wade Davis. 2012. Vintage. 688 pages. $16.95.
This definitive book, a captivating read, details the attempts on Mount Everest in the 1920s by George Mallory and his fellow adventurers in the chaotic post-World War I world and the ending of British colonialism. This epic story is one of the best climbing historys yet written--perfect for the climber on your gift list.
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Training for Climbing 2 Edition by Eric Horst. 2012. FalconGuides. 282 pages. $18.95.
Eric's book is a must-have for every serious climber who wants to improve and climb harder and better. This
new edition is also an enhanced digital book that can be downloaded onto your computer, iPhone, and iPad. It has links, interactive photos, video, and all the great training content from the first edition.
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Rock Climbing Utah by Stewart M. Green. 2012. FalconGuides. 608 pages. $40.00.
The new second edition of FalconGuide's best-selling climbing guidebook Rock Climbing Utah features more climbing areas, more routes, and route topos and action photos in 4-color photographs. The thick book should be in every climber's traveling library.
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Building Your Own Climbing Wall by Steve Lage. 2012. FalconGuides. 134 pages. $18.95.
If you want to improve your climbing strength and skills, you need to train. This new how-to book from FalconGuides tells you how to plan and make your own indoor or outdoor climbing wall, including seven designs to fit almost any space.
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The Will to Climb: Obsession and Commitment and the Quest to Climb Annapurna--the World's Deadliest Peak by Ed Viesturs and David Roberts. 2012. Broadway. $15.00.
Ed Viesturs, first American to climb the 14 8,000-meter peaks without oxygen, teamed up with David Roberts to explore the fascinating history of Annapurna, one of the most dangerous of the world's high peaks. While Everest get the attention in other books, this engaging account brings to life the preserverence, brutality, and tragedy of high-altitude mountaineering through Viesturs three attempts on Annapurna.
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Climbing the Seven Summits by Mike Hamill. 2012. Mountaineers Books. 352 pages. $29.95.
A comprehensive book on climbing the Seven Summits, the seven highest mountains on the seven continents. Besides being of interest to mountaineers, it is a great gift for armchair climbers who want to know more about why people climb mountains. This coffee table book is filled with great photographs as well as lots of climbing history and facts.
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