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To the Top of Denali: Climbing Adventures on North America's Highest Peak: Sherwonit, Bill
Sherwonit, Bill To the Top of Denali: Climbing Adventures on North America's Highest Peak
1990 Alaska Northwest Books Anchorage 1st, 8vo, pp.xvi, 347, photo frontis, 29 bw photos, 2 maps, wraps; near fine #4839 $7.00 $5.95
A good read on some of the attempts to scale ‘The High One’ from the earliest expeditions in 1903 through the first winter solo ascents in 1988 and 1989. To see all of our Sale Items, click here.[read more]

Land of Tempest: Travels in Patagonia 1958-1962: Shipton, Eric
signedShipton, Eric Land of Tempest: Travels in Patagonia 1958-1962
1963 Hodder & Stoughton London 1st, 8vo, pp.224, photo frontis, 24 bw photos, 3 maps, green cloth; signed, dj lightly rubbed, clipped, vg+, cloth w/ Major William D. Hackett bookplate, tight, fine #23882 $595.00
Accounts of four expeditions in the isolated regions of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. This copy has the bookplate of noted mountaineer Bill Hackett. Hackett was the first person to reach five of the Seven Summits, amongst other climbs, long before attempting these peaks became a popular quest. Sig[read more]

The Japanese South Polar Expedition 1910–12: A Record of Antarctica [南極記 Nankyoku-ki]: Shirase, Norbu & the Japanese Antarctic Expedition Support Committee (trans by Lara Dagnell and Hilary Shibata)
signedShirase, Norbu & the Japanese Antarctic Expedition Support Committee (trans by Lara Dagnell and Hilary Shibata) The Japanese South Polar Expedition 1910–12: A Record of Antarctica [南極記 Nankyoku-ki]
2011 UK 1st, 8vo, pp.414, 3 color & 71 bw photos, 4 color & 33 bw illus, 2 color maps, appendicies, red cloth; signed Shibata, issued w/o dj, cloth new #25896 $74.95
Now translated for the first time into English, this is often called the ‘official account’ of the Japanese Antarctic Expedition (JAE) 1910-12. The JAE, under the leadership of army lieutenant Nobu Shirase was the first exploration of Antarctic territory by Japan. After initial scepticism about th[read more]

Everest Calling: The Irish Journey: Siggins, Lorna
Siggins, Lorna Everest Calling: The Irish Journey
2013 UK rev ed, 8vo, pp.x, 214, photo frontis, 103 color & 5 bw photos, sketch, map, appendices, black cloth; dj & cloth new #26485 $35.95
This revised edition of Siggins 1994 edition not only recalls the ground-breaking success of the 1993 Irish expedition which placed the first Irishman atop Everest via the North Ridge, but also chronicles many Everest achievements since – the first summit by an Irishwoman, Clare O’Leary, Pat Falvey’[read more]

Touching the Void: Simpson, Joe
signedSimpson, Joe Touching the Void
1988 Cape London 1st prtg, 8vo, pp.173, 16 color & 7 bw photos, sketch, map eps, black cloth; signed, dj rubbed, clipped, near fine, cloth tight, fine #26499 $495.00
An amazing story of survival on Siula Grande (20,848') in the Peruvian Andes in 1985. Winner of the 1988 Boardman/Tasker Mountaineering Literature Award and published in 13 languages. Selected by Outside Magazine as one of the best 25 adventure books of the past 100 years. This scarce first printing[read more]

Touching the Void: Simpson, Joe
Simpson, Joe Touching the Void
1988 Cape London 1st prtg, 8vo, pp.173, 16 color & 7 bw photos, sketch, map eps, black cloth; dj rubbed, clipped, fine, cloth fine #27134 $375.00
An amazing story of survival on Siula Grande (20,848') in the Peruvian Andes in 1985. Winner of the 1988 Boardman/Tasker Mountaineering Literature Award and published in 13 languages. Selected by Outside Magazine as one of the best 25 adventure books of the past 100 years. This scarce first printing[read more]

signedSingh, Brigadier Gyan Lure of Everest: Story of the First Indian Expedition
1961 Ministry Info & Broadcasting Delhi 1st, 8vo, pp.xi, 212, color frontis, 64 bw photos, 3 maps, sketches, appendices, map eps, tan cloth; signed Richard Irvin, cloth rubbed, vg+ #10120 $39.00
Singh was Principal of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling when he led this first all-Indian attempt on Everest in 1960. Although unsuccessful they did reach 8,625 metres. From the collection of American mountaineer Richard Irvin with his signature. Neate S77, SB S35, Yak S246.[read more]

Born Again on the Mountain: A Story of Losing Everything and Finding it Back: Sinha, Arunima
Sinha, Arunima Born Again on the Mountain: A Story of Losing Everything and Finding it Back
2014 India 1st, 8vo, pp.217, wraps; new #26900 $33.95
Sinha was a 24-year-old national-level volleyball player when she was pushed off an Indian train by thieves. A passing train crushed her left leg requiring its amputation. With courage and determination she turned to mountaineering and climbed Island Peak (2012) and then became the first female ampu[read more]

signedSkarja, Tone Jalung Kang
1987 Borec Ljubljana 1st, 8vo, pp.224, 31 color & 34 bw photos, map ep, white cloth; signed Skarja and Silvo Karo, dj fine, cloth fine. #17154 $85.00
Account of the 1985 first ascent of Yalung Kang (8505m) from the north. In Czech with summary in English, no English translation.[read more]

Kangčendzenga: Gora Usode [Kangchenjunga: Mountain of Fate]: Skarja, Tone
Skarja, Tone Kangčendzenga: Gora Usode [Kangchenjunga: Mountain of Fate]
2008 Slovenia 1st, 8vo, pp.224 + 32, 56 color & 13 bw photos, illus eps, pictorial cloth; issued w/o dj, cloth new #25478 $79.00
Škarja, one of Slovenia’s foremost expedition leaders, has written a great book documenting Slovenian climbing on the Kangchenjunga massif. He covers the expeditions to Kangbachen (1965, 1974, 2007), Yalung Kang (1983, 1985), Kangchenjunga (1991), and Siniolchu (1994). A number of subsidiary summi[read more]

Inclement Weather and Lack of Fuel was the Cause of Their Deaths: Skarung, Per
Skarung, Per Inclement Weather and Lack of Fuel was the Cause of Their Deaths
2015 Norway 1st, 4to, pp.109, 11 color & 50 bw photos, 7 bw illus, color map, wraps; new #27559 $24.95
Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen were both experienced expedition leaders with almost identical challenges when they both left for Antarctica in 1910. They established their respective bases in the Bay of Whales and the McMurdo Sound preparing for the final journey to the South Pole in January[read more]

The Life and Adventures of William Lashly: Skinner, George & Valerie
signedSkinner, George & Valerie The Life and Adventures of William Lashly
2013 UK Ltd ed 200, small 8vo, pp.56, 25 bw photos, map, wraps; signed by both authors, new #26575 $11.95
Lashly was born in the Hampshire village of Hambledon on Christmas Day 1867. He left the village school when he was a little over 11 years old and at 21 joined the Royal Navy. By the age of 52 he had served as Stoker on six Naval warships, including HMS Irresistible where he survived when it was min[read more]

Beyond the Summit: Setting and Surpassing Extraordinary Business Goals: Skinner, Todd
signedSkinner, Todd Beyond the Summit: Setting and Surpassing Extraordinary Business Goals
2003 US 1st, 8vo, pp.xi, 194, blue/orange cloth; signed, dj fine, cloth fine #25445 $75.00 $45.00
Skinner uses climbing as a metaphor for business challenges. Part inspiration, part business advice, and part heart-stopping adventure, he tells the story of climbing Trango Tower’s East Face in 1995. This was the first Grade 7 free climb in the world. Tragically, Skinner was killed in 2008 in a [read more]

Honed: A Twin’s Biography of the Unforgettable Rob Slater: Slater, Rich
signedSlater, Rich Honed: A Twin’s Biography of the Unforgettable Rob Slater
2011 US 1st, 8vo, pp.254, 45 bw photos, appendices, pictorial cloth; signed, issued w/o dj, cloth new #25976 $29.99
Rob Slater was one of the top aid climbers of his day, making the first ascent of Wyoming Sheep Ranch on El Capitan. He established an impressive climbing career extending from the Grand Teton to the Flatirons, Yosemite, and Fisher Towers. In 1995 Rob reached the summit of K2, along with Alison Ha[read more]

With Friends in High Places: An Anatomy of Those Who Take to the Hills: Slesser, Malcolm
Slesser, Malcolm With Friends in High Places: An Anatomy of Those Who Take to the Hills
2004 UK 1st, 8vo, pp.256, 19 color & 1 bw photos, 4 maps, appendices, cloth; dj & cloth new. #24044 $31.95
This autobiographical account, Slesser’s first mountain book in 30 years, spans 64 years of mountain exploration in every continent. It is the story of the joy of discovery shared with friends in high places. Here we have Greenland (1952, 1958, 1969), Dougal Haston, Robin Smith, Tom Patey, the ill[read more]

Paul Preuss: Lord of the Abyss – Life and Death at the Birth of Free-Climbing: Smart, David
Smart, David Paul Preuss: Lord of the Abyss – Life and Death at the Birth of Free-Climbing
2019 Canada 1st, 8vo, pp.247, map frontis, 2 color & 36 bw photos, 19 illus, red cloth; dj & cloth new #27667 $31.95
In the months before his death in 1913, from falling more than 300 metres during an attempt to make the first free solo ascent of the North Ridge of the Mandlkogel, Paul Preuss’s public presentations on his climbing adventures filled concert halls in Austria, Italy, and Germany. George Mallory, t[read more]

American Alpine Club LibrarySmith, Albert The Story of Mont Blanc
1974 Gastons-West Col Reading 1st thus, 8vo, pp.xii, 219, 8 ads, frontis, text illus, green cloth; dj rubbed, vg, cloth w/ King blindstamp, fine #24951 $69.00 $62.10
Smith was an English writer who had a passion for Mont Blanc. He climbed the mountain in 1851 and produced an illustrated lecture which ran for six years and made him a rich man. A reprint of 1853 first edition. Neate S8. King, Benjamin E (Tom) (1929 – 1985) – AAC member who wrote ‘In the Shad[read more]

Shadow of the Matterhorn: The Life of Edward Whymper: Smith, Ian
signedSmith, Ian Shadow of the Matterhorn: The Life of Edward Whymper
2011 UK 1st, 8vo, pp.336, 26 color & 16 bw photos, 34 illus, illus eps, blue cloth; signed, dj & cloth new #25704 $49.95
When just 25 years of age, Edward Whymper crowned a meteoric climbing career with the first ascent of the last great unclimbed summit in the Alps, the Matterhorn. However, this triumph came with a notoriety and a lasting sorrow due to the catastrophic accident on the descent. Whymper then turned h[read more]

Great Endeavour: Ireland's Antarctic Explorers: Smith, Michael
Smith, Michael Great Endeavour: Ireland's Antarctic Explorers
2010 Ireland 1st, 8vo, pp.x, 255, photo frontis, 44 color & 81 bw photos, 1 color & 7 bw illus, 14 color maps, map eps, blue cloth; dj & cloth new #25609 $53.95
This is the first single volume to salute Ireland’s unique link with Antarctic discovery, spanning 200 years of daring exploits in the frozen wastes. It includes many previously unknown stories and photographs of early explorers and discloses why so many Irish heroes, caught up in Ireland’s fight f[read more]

Shackleton: By Endurance We Conquer: Smith, Michael
signedSmith, Michael Shackleton: By Endurance We Conquer
2014 Ireland 1st, 8vo, pp.xi, 443, 50 bw photos, 9 maps, blue cloth; signed, dj & cloth new #26819 $39.95
Ernest Shackleton is one of history’s great explorers, a tenacious and charismatic personality who became a dominant figure in Antarctic discovery. His incredible adventures on four expeditions to the Antarctic have captivated generations. He was a restless adventurer from an Irish background with a[read more]

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