There are many reasons as to why we should consider reading books on climbing while the gyms are closed. The most noteworthy and relevant one, perhaps, is that it can help us understand the sport at a deeper level. When we’re cooped up with nothing to do, they can stimulate our minds and offer a perspective beyond scrambling up an uninviting rock. Which lends itself to the explanation that the art of scaling rocks promises nothing more than the climb itself. They provide us with a revelation wherein we come to understand and accept that, at the end of the day, it’s only a rock we’re getting on and that it means absolutely nothing and yet it does mean the world to us.
A good book on a subject we love helps spark our sense of adventure, while cautioning us to be careful in matters that are critical to any successful adventuring. It can expose us to history and geography we never knew.
The practical application of it all, though, can only be understood when you’re out on a rock. So do remember, that reading alone won’t make you a climber, it’s mostly the climbing you do or in my opinion the assimilation of the latter and the former that will…
Here’s a list of some of the best climbing books you can pick up in the time of COVID-19. In case, we have forgotten to mention your personal favorites, feel free to share them with us and we will be happy to add them to the list below. Non-Climbing Books are also welcomed.
1) Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills
a) Widely regarded as the Bible of Mountaineering.
2) Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountain
a) A collection of essays and articles published between 1982 and 1989 in Outside Magazine by Jon Krakauer
3) Into Thin Air
a) One of the finest personal/journalistic accounts of the Everest 1996 disaster. It also carefully outlines the birth of commercial expeditions.
4) Annapurna - Maurice Herzog
5) Nanda Devi - Eric Shipton
6) Alone On The Wall - Alex Honnold
7) The Push - Tommy Caldwell