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Selected Books

Bowley, Graham
No Way Down: Life and Death on K2
GV199.44.P18 B68 2010
Another gripping, vividly dramatic account of the worst disaster in the history of K2 mountaineering. K2, a 28,251 foot peak in the Himalayas, is the second-highest mountain on Earth after Mount Everest.
Davis, Steph
High Infatuation: a climber's guide to love and gravity
GV200.D38 2007
Davis, one of the most accomplished climbers in the world, writes on universal themes of life, love, friendship, and personal empowerment as expressed through a career in climbing. By following this young woman's journey, readers learn what it means to live a truly adventurous life.
Kodas, Michael
High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed
GV200.19.S63 K63 2008
Kodas, a journalist with The Hartford Courant and a seasoned climber, has written a very disturbing and fast-paced account of the dark side of climbing Mount Everest (drugs, prostitution, theft and violent crime, and total disregard for human life).
Lewis, S. Peter
Climbing - from Gym to Crag: Building Skills for Real Rock
GV200.2.L45 2000
Getting strong and learning to climb hard routes in the gym doesn't prepare you for climbing outdoors. From building anchors to leading and self-rescue, this Mountaineers Book will teach you how to make the transition safely.
Viesturs, Ed with David Roberts
K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain
GV199.44.P18 V54 2009
Four times as deadly as Everest, K2 has claimed the lives of seventy-seven climbers since 1954, including eleven climbers who died in a single thirty-six-hour period in August 2008, the worst single-event tragedy in the mountain's history and the second-worst in the long chronicle of mountaineering in the Himalaya and Karakoram ranges.
Viesturs, Ed
No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks
GV199.92.V54 A3 2006
This gripping and triumphant memoir follows a living legend of extreme mountaineering as he makes his assault on history, one 8,000-meter summit at a time. This is also available for downloading as an eaudio book.
Weber, Alan
Because It's There: A celebration of mountaineering from 200 B.C. to today
GV200.B42 2003
This definitive and engrossing collection presents forty-three essays, poems, and reminiscences by artist and adventurers to whom climbing is more personal mission than sport.
Wilkinson, Freddie
One Mountain Thousand Summits: The Untold Story Tragedy and True Heroism on K2
GV199.44.P182 W55 2010
An investigation into the August 2008 climbing accident on K2 that claimed 11 lives and the mainstream media's failure to investigate it by ignoring the native Sherpas.


The Alps: The Climb of Your Life
(DVD) GV199.44.A4 A473 2008x
A look at one man's journey as he faces the legendary mountain that took his father's life- a sheer rock and ice wall known as the Eiger, in Switzerland.
(DVD) GV199.44.E85 B595 2008x
A 2006 motion picture that portrays the true-life adventure of six blind Tibetan teenagers on a climbing expedition up formidable Mount Everest.
(DVD) GV199.44.E85 E823 2007x
Three episodes of the television program Nova, originally produced in 1987, 1998 and 1999, covering the early climbing history, the 1996 climbing accident, and the disappearance of George Mallory and Andrew Irvine just below the summit in 1924.
North Face (Nordwand)
A 2008 adventure motion picture, based on a true story, about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps-- the north face of the Eiger. Set in 1936, Nazi propaganda urges German alpinists to conquer the mountain, and two reluctant young climbers, Toni and Andi, attempt a daring ascent, closely followed by two Austrian climbers.
Storm over Everest
(DVD) GV199.44.E85 S7634 2008x
Documents the worst climbing tragedy in Mount Everest's history when a storm in May 1996 led to the death of eight people. Also available as a downloadable video.
Team Everest: A Himalayan Journey
(DVD) GV199.44.E85 T43 2008x
Fourteen Texans with disabilities climb to the base camp of Mt. Everest.
To the Limit
(DVD) GV199.42.C22 Y679845 2007x
A look at climbers Thomas and Alexander Huber as they attempt the speed rock-climbing record by scaling a portion of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley in less than three hours-- a feat that normally takes three days.

Web Sites

  • The Access Fund
    The Access Fund is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to keeping climbing areas open and to conserving the climbing environment.
  • American Alpine Club
    The American Alpine Club was founded in 1902 and is the leading national organization in the United States devoted to mountaineering, climbing, and the multitude of issues facing climbers. It is divided into 14 geographical sections.
  • American Mountain Guides Association
    A nonprofit association that provides education and certification information on rock (including top rope), alpine, and ski mountaineering courses and exams, and lists certified guides.
  • Climbing Magazine
    Includes selected articles from the print edition, equipment review, plus links to Manufacturers/Retailers, Organizations, Grants.
  • The Mountaineers
    The Mountaineers was founded in 1906 in Seattle to explore the surrounding forests and peaks. They publish climbing guides through their Mountaineers Books.

Pittsburgh Region

  • Climb North
    An indoor rock climbing gym in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, PA with a 3,200 sq ft bouldering cave and 18 top rope walls
  • Climb Pittsburgh
    Climb Pittsburgh, formally known as Mountain Dreams, is a project of Venture Outdoors.
  • EXKURSION Outfitters
    Offers rock climbing classes at their location in Monroeville
  • REI
    REI's Pittsburgh location in the South Side Works includes a climbing wall.