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    Mountain Disaster Books

    Or whatever you'd call them. I love reading them. Into Thin Air is the quintessential mainstream example, but I've read a bunch, and would love to read more. In addition to Krakauer's, I've read:

    * The Climb (Anatoli Boukreev), his account of the 96 Everest disaster, since he felt slighted by Krakauer's account of him.

    * Forever on the Mountain, on a 1967 I think group many of whom died on Denali

    * Eiger: Wall of Death, an outstanding account of the first handful of people to try, fail and succeed in climbing the north face of the Eiger

    * K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain, Viesturs' account of a big disaster there

    and probably a few others, currently reading Where You'll Find Me, on the climber who died doing a northern presidential traverse in NH's Whites not too many years ago.

    What else is a must-read in this genre?

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    Touching the Void (Joe Simpson)

    Kiss or Kill (Marc Twight)

    Nanda Devi (John Roskelley)

    Moments of Doubt (David Roberts).

    Also by David Roberts: Deborah, a Wilderness Narrative; and The Mountain of My Fear. Both great books about Alaskan expeditions.

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    Ahh how could I forget Touching the Void! I have read that one. Those others, awesome thank you! I will definitely put them on the list. Some good names in there...

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    I enjoyed Missing in the Minarets
    I'll try to think of others, I know I have some

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    Minus 148 Degrees (Art Davidson; account of the first winter ascent of Denali)

    Annapurna (Maurice Herzog)

    Snow in the Kingdom (Ed Webster)

    You probably read Eiger Dreams by Krakauer. If not, great book about his pre-Everest climbing adventures.

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    Curran: K2 Triumph and Tragedy;
    Wickwire: Addicted to Danger;
    Clark: The Day the Rope Broke.

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    The Last Step by Rick Ridgeway is another great expedition account. First American ascent of K2.

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    A Wall of White - about the 1982 alpine meadows avalanche.


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    The Snowy Torrents.
    https://www.americanavalancheassocia...snowy-torrents

    Not about climbing/skiing, but Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean. His son, John Maclean, has written a number of books about other wildfire disasters. Not quite as well written as Norman’s but might fit on your list. (I get mentioned a fair amount in Fire and Ashes )
    https://smile.amazon.com/John-N-Maclean/e/B001H6QEZQ

    I might think of more later.
    And I guess that I just don't know

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    David Roberts- True Summit. Good account of the other side of the herzog book.

    Gary Hemming: the beatnik of the alps. Good, interesting bio of a 60s climber that maybe forgotten now, but was on the cover of Paris match after rescuing a couple of climbers in the alps (the disaster tie in) Later committed suicide by Jenny Lake. The James salter fiction book “solo faces” is related, and worth a read

    the fall - Simon mawer (fiction)

    the white spider - Heinrich harrer

    theres bios of Mallory, Irving, and 5he recent books too.

    semirelated “the last Englishman” about preww2 mountaineering (haven’t read, in the stack, think I read a fiction book based on the lives though)
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    Surprised to see that no one has posted Not Without Peril by Nicholas Howe. It's been a while since I read it, but I recall it being a great read about various deeply unfortunate events in the Presidential Range.

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    I used to peruse the AAC's annual compilation of Accidents in N. American mountaineering. Interesting insights into what gets people in trouble.

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    Mountains of my life - Walter Bonatti
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    And there will come a day when our ancestors look back...........

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    In the zone by peter potterfield.
    Postcards from the edge by greg child.
    Epic stories of survival by climt willis.
    Kiss or kill by twight.

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    Check out some of the other Joe Simpson books. The Beckoning Silence and Game of Ghosts are both really good.

    Separately Into The Silence by Wade Davis is a great book about the early days on Everest.

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    The Ledge by Jim Davidson. First hand account of fatal crevasse fall on Rainier. Crazy.
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    If you run out of mountain disaster books, don't forget about polar exploration, which has a lot of the same flavor. Shackleton, of course. The Terror is a good piece of fiction in the genre.

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    "Above the Clouds: The Diaries of a High-Altitude Mountaineer" by Anatoli Boukreev is definitely worth to pay attention to

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    give The Tower by Kelly Cordes a read. History, death, feats of climbing and lots of intrigue.
    .....I hope you know that this will go down on your permanent record

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