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The Bond: Survival on Denali and Mount Huntington: McCartney, Simon
McCartney, Simon The Bond: Survival on Denali and Mount Huntington
2016 US 1st, 8vo, pp.315, photo frontis, 13 color & 13 bw photos, sketch, wraps; new #27218 $21.95
Simon McCartney was a cocky young British alpinist climbing many of the hardest routes in the Alps during the late seventies, but it was a chance meeting in Chamonix in 1977 with Californian ‘Stonemaster’ Jack Roberts that would dramatically change both their lives – and almost end Simon’s. Inspi[read more]

The Bond: Two Epic Climbs in Alaska and a Lifetime’s Connection Between Climbers: McCartney, Simon
signedMcCartney, Simon The Bond: Two Epic Climbs in Alaska and a Lifetime’s Connection Between Climbers
2016 UK 1st, ltd signed ed, 8vo, pp.xv, 333, 66 color & 61 bw photos, sketch, photo eps, gilt-embossed purple cloth; signed on limitation page, dj & cloth new #27197 $74.95
Simon McCartney was a cocky young British alpinist climbing many of the hardest routes in the Alps during the late seventies, but it was a chance meeting in Chamonix in 1977 with Californian ‘Stonemaster’ Jack Roberts that would dramatically change both their lives – and almost end Simon’s. Inspi[read more]

Beyond Limits: A Life Through Climbing: McClure, Steve
signedMcClure, Steve Beyond Limits: A Life Through Climbing
2014 UK 1st, 8vo, pp.248, 69 color & 3 bw photos, black cloth; signed, dj & cloth new #26854 $39.95
The autobiography of Steve McClure, one of the world’s top rock climbers. From his childhood encounters with the sandstone outcrops of the North York Moors right up to his cutting-edge first ascents such as Overshadow (F9a+) at Malham and Mutation (F9a) at Raven Tor, Steve explores his deep passion [read more]

Art of Freedom: The Life and Climbs of Voytek Kurtyka: McDonald, Bernadette
signedMcDonald, Bernadette Art of Freedom: The Life and Climbs of Voytek Kurtyka
2017 UK Ltd Signed ed n/200, 8vo, pp.256, 80 color & 27 bw photos, appendices, dec eps, red cloth; signed on limitation page, dj w/ small corner bump, else dj & cloth new #27289 $79.95
Voytek Kurtyka is one of the greatest alpinists of all time. Born in 1947, he was one of the leading lights of the Polish golden age of mountaineering that redefined Himalayan climbing in the 1970s and 1980s. His visionary approach to climbing resulted in many renowned ascents, such as the comple[read more]

Brotherhood of the Rope: The Biography of Charles Houston: McDonald, Bernadette
signedMcDonald, Bernadette Brotherhood of the Rope: The Biography of Charles Houston
2007 US 1st, Special Edition Hardcover, 8vo, pp.250, photo frontis, 54 bw photos, pictorial cloth; signed McDonald, Bob Bates, Bob Craig, Tom Hornbein, Charlie Houston & Dee Molenaar, issued w/o dj, cloth w/ slight bumps to corners, else new plus 43 minute DVD #27601 $295.00
This was a long-overdue book on one of America’s great mountain heroes. Charlie Houston led an amazingly full life - mountaineer, high-altitude physiologist, family doctor, educator, mentor, and more. Through extensive interviews and research, McDonald traces Houston’s life and career. His early cli[read more]

Brotherhood of the Rope: The Biography of Charles Houston: McDonald, Bernadette
signedMcDonald, Bernadette Brotherhood of the Rope: The Biography of Charles Houston
2007 US 1st, Special Edition Hardcover, 8vo, pp.250, photo frontis, 54 bw photos, pictorial cloth; signed McDonald, Bob Craig, & Charlie Houston, issued w/o dj, cloth w/ slight bumps to corners, else new plus 43 minute DVD #26498 $185.00
This was a long-overdue book on one of America’s great mountain heroes. Charlie Houston led an amazingly full life - mountaineer, high-altitude physiologist, family doctor, educator, mentor, and more. Through extensive interviews and research, McDonald traces Houston’s life and career. His early cli[read more]

Brotherhood of the Rope: The Biography of Charles Houston: McDonald, Bernadette
signedMcDonald, Bernadette Brotherhood of the Rope: The Biography of Charles Houston
2007 US 1st, Special Edition Hardcover, 8vo, pp.250, photo frontis, 54 bw photos, pictorial cloth; signed Houston & McDonald, issued w/o dj, cloth new plus 43 minute DVD #24635 $159.00
This was a long-overdue book on one of America’s great mountain heroes. Charlie Houston led an amazingly full life - mountaineer, high-altitude physiologist, family doctor, educator, mentor, and more. Through extensive interviews and research, McDonald traces Houston’s life and career. His early cli[read more]

Freedom Climbers: McDonald, Bernadette
McDonald, Bernadette Freedom Climbers
2011 Canada reprint, 8vo, pp.352, 67 color & 30 bw photos, appendix, black cloth; dj & cloth new #26069 $32.95
Freedom Climbers tells the story of the extraordinary Polish adventurers who emerged from under the blanket of oppression following the Second World War to become the world’s leading Himalayan climbers. Although they lived in a war-ravaged landscape, with seemingly no hope of creating a meaningful [read more]

Freedom Climbers: McDonald, Bernadette
signedMcDonald, Bernadette Freedom Climbers
2011 Canada 1st, 8vo, pp.352, 67 color & 30 bw photos, appendix, black cloth; signed, dj & cloth new #25845 $42.95
Freedom Climbers tells the story of the extraordinary Polish adventurers who emerged from under the blanket of oppression following the Second World War to become the world’s leading Himalayan climbers. Although they lived in a war-ravaged landscape, with seemingly no hope of creating a meaningful [read more]

Only Two For Everest: How a First Ascent by Riddiford and Cotter Shaped Climbing History: McKinnon, Lyn
McKinnon, Lyn Only Two For Everest: How a First Ascent by Riddiford and Cotter Shaped Climbing History
2016 NZ 1st, 8vo, pp.352, photo frontis, 55 color & 102 bw photos, 4 color maps, appendices, wraps w/ French flaps; new #27210 $39.95
The 1951 First New Zealand Himalayan Expedition was initiated by Earle Riddiford who, together with Ed Cotter (Guy Cotter’s father), Edmund Hillary, George Lowe, and Pasang Dawa Lama made the first ascent of Mukut Parbat (7242m), their target peak in the Garhwal Himalaya. Hearing of the success o[read more]

signedMcNair, Matty L. On Thin Ice: A Woman’s Journey to the North Pole
1999 Canada 1st, 8vo, pp.155, 31 color photos, map, appendices, blue cloth; signed, dj & cloth new. #21061 $27.00
In 1997 McNair led the first women’s expedition to the North Pole. This was also the first ‘guided’ expedition to the Pole, using relay teams, and also placed the first Canadian woman at the Pole.[read more]

Shackleton’s Heroes: The Epic Story of the Men Who Kept the Endurance Expedition Alive: McOrist, Wilson
McOrist, Wilson Shackleton’s Heroes: The Epic Story of the Men Who Kept the Endurance Expedition Alive
2015 UK 1st, 8vo, pp.xix, 362, 20 color & 3 bw photos, 6 illus, 4 maps, black cloth; dj & cloth new #26913 $39.99
The figure of Sir Ernest Shackleton, inflated by time and celebrity, has come to personify the heroic age of Antarctic exploration. Whilst the story of his ill-fated 1914-18 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition and his crew’s narrow escape from death is legendary, less well known, and told here in[read more]

Introduction to Rock and Mountain Climbing: Mendenhall, Ruth & John
signedMendenhall, Ruth & John Introduction to Rock and Mountain Climbing
1969 Stackpole Harrisburg 1st, small 8vo, pp.192, frontis illus, figs, orange cloth; inscribed by Ruth & John Mendenhall, dj rubbed, small edge tear, unclipped, good+, cloth fine #27226 $35.00
This is one of several books authored by the Mendenhall’s on climbing and backpacking. This includes what the absolute beginner needs to know, do, have, and take! John Mendenhall (1911 – 1983) is well known in Sierra climbing circles. His first ascent of the NE gully of Laurel Mountain in 1930 is[read more]

Introduction to Rock and Mountain Climbing: Mendenhall, Ruth & John
Mendenhall, Ruth & John Introduction to Rock and Mountain Climbing
1969 Stackpole Harrisburg 1st, small 8vo, pp.192, frontis illus, figs, orange cloth; dj rubbed, faded, unclipped, good+, cloth discolored along bottom edge, vg #13631 $4.95
This is one of several books authored by the Mendenhall’s on climbing and backpacking. This includes what the absolute beginner needs to know, do, have, and take! John Mendenhall (1911 – 1983) is well known in Sierra climbing circles. His first ascent of the NE gully of Laurel Mountain in 1930 is[read more]

All 14 Eight-Thousanders: Messner, Reinhold
signedMessner, Reinhold All 14 Eight-Thousanders
1988 Cloudcap Seattle 1st, 4to, pp.247, color frontis, 143 color & 76 bw photos, 19 maps/drawings, 8 tables, blue cloth; signed Messner, Kurt Diemberger, & Robert Schauer, dj unclipped, fine, cloth fine #21960 $195.00 $124.00
Messner, the first to climb all 14 of the world’s 8000m peaks (Everest, K2, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Cho Oyu, Nanga Parbat, Annapurna, Gasherbrum I & II, Broad Peak, Shishapangma), describes each of his climbs and his philosophies. This is the true first edition! An import[read more]

All 14 Eight-Thousanders: Messner, Reinhold
Messner, Reinhold All 14 Eight-Thousanders
1989 Crowood Wiltshire 2nd, 4to, pp.247, color frontis, 143 color & 76 bw photos, 19 maps/drawings, 8 tables, blue cloth; dj unclipped, fine, cloth tight, fine #27625 $24.95
Messner, the first to climb all 14 of the world’s 8000m peaks (Everest, K2, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Cho Oyu, Nanga Parbat, Annapurna, Gasherbrum I & II, Broad Peak, Shishapangma), describes each of his climbs and his philosophies. An important book and a good reference so[read more]

Annapurna: 50 Years of Expeditions in the Death Zone: Messner, Reinhold
signedMessner, Reinhold Annapurna: 50 Years of Expeditions in the Death Zone
2000 US 1st, 8vo, pp.173, 42 color & 96 bw photos, 2 maps, blue cloth; signed, dj fine, cloth fine #21075 $110.00
To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the first ascent of an 8000m peak, Messner reconstructs the history of climbing on Annapurna. Included are not only the historic first ascent but also Bonington’s expedition on the South Face (1970), Loretan and Joos’ traverse (1984), and Messner’s ascent [read more]

Annapurna: 50 Years of Expeditions in the Death Zone: Messner, Reinhold
Messner, Reinhold Annapurna: 50 Years of Expeditions in the Death Zone
2000 US 1st, 8vo, pp.173, 42 color & 96 bw photos, 2 maps, blue cloth; dj new, cloth w/ bottom edge mark, else new. #20168 $24.95 $9.95
To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the first ascent of an 8000m peak, Messner reconstructs the history of climbing on Annapurna. Included are not only the historic first ascent but also Bonington’s expedition on the South Face (1970), Loretan and Joos’ traverse (1984), and Messner’s ascent [read more]

Der 7. Grad: Extremstes Bergsteigen [The Seventh Grade: Extreme Mountain Climbing]: Messner, Reinhold
signedMessner, Reinhold Der 7. Grad: Extremstes Bergsteigen [The Seventh Grade: Extreme Mountain Climbing]
1977 BLV Munchen 2nd, 8vo, pp.156, 4 color & 18 bw photos, map, wraps; signed, wraps w/ publicity card glued to ffep & description clipping glue to title page, fine #25900 $75.00
This is Messner's fifth book and the first with accounts of his early Alpine climbs and training. He advocated the Seventh grade as a natural extension of the Sixth, which used to be the absolute limit of potential climbing. This was published in English in 1974 as ‘The Seventh Grade’. In German. [read more]

Diamir: König der Berge - Schicksalsberg Nanga Parbat [Diamir: King of the Mountains – The Fate Mountain Nanga Parbat]: Messner, Reinhold
Messner, Reinhold Diamir: König der Berge - Schicksalsberg Nanga Parbat [Diamir: King of the Mountains – The Fate Mountain Nanga Parbat]
2008 Germany 1st, 4to, pp.292, 133 color & 67 bw photos, bw map, map eps, blue cloth; dj & cloth new #25090 $69.00
A beautiful, large-format, book on the history of Nanga Parbat. Using archival material, historical photos, and spectacular aerial photos, Messner tells the history of climbing on this great peak from 1895 to 2005. Here are the stories of attempts and ascents from Mummery (1895), the pre-war Germa[read more]

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