This is a list of my favorite climbing related books. I’ll be updating it as time goes on. So, be sure to check back to see what new ones I’ve added. Also, if you have a favorite that isn’t on my list, send the title my way, and I’ll check it out!
Alone on the Wall by Alex Honnold with David Robert
I knew about Alex Honnold before I read the book. I was already psyched by what he was doing, so when he posted that he had written a book, and it had just been released, I immediately bought it. This was the first non-fiction book I went out and bought that wasn’t required for a class. Why I love this book? Well, I mentioned in the blog post about myself that I had some epiphany and steered my life in a different direction. Now, you know the reason I did it. Alone on the Wall, besides being well written, made me understand what I had been missing. It reminded me that there was a deeper calling inside me that not only deserved, but demanded to be heard. This books lets you see and be a part of the climbing dream (well mine anyways). My copy traveled to Africa, Europe, and out to California with me. It’s filled with my reviews (the origin of this site), sketches for my van conversion, a to-do list of climbs, and a sugar packet wrapper from… I’m not actually sure where . The point is even if you don’t want to live out of a van, this book puts you inside the head of one of the world’s top climbers. And for those 234 pages, that’s the only place you’ll want to be.
Why We Climb by Chris Noble
I found out about this book, because a bunch of climbers I follow such as Conrad Anker and Alex Honnold posted about it. So, of course since they endorsed it, I looked it up and thought it sounded awesome. See, Noble uses interviews with top climbers to try to figure out why some of us are called to climb not just for exercise or for fun (although that’s part of it), but because it feels like it is what we are meant to do. Our purpose in life to put it simply. How rad is that? Now, as I type this post for the first time (2/19/17) I’m only 52 pages in. However, when I started reading, I would dog-ear pages (yes I do that) so I could go back and find text that stood out to me. Well, eventually I decided to pull out the highlighter, so I didn’t dog-ear every single page of the book (see even I draw the line somewhere). Seriously, this book is awesome, and I haven’t even gotten to the interviews yet. Needless to say, I’m pumped to continue reading!