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Best Climbing Books: A Literary Ascent to Conquer Mount TBR (To Be Read).




Reading books about climbing isn't just about honing your technical skills—it's about adding a dash of literary flair to your chalk-covered adventures. You see, for every crimp you conquer and every summit you scale, there's a book out there just waiting to inspire you with tales of epic sends and laugh-out-loud mishaps. It's like having a virtual Sherpa whispering words of wisdom in your ear as you navigate the vertical world. Plus, let's be real—while your muscles might get you to the top, it's your mind that'll keep you from screaming like a terrified mountain goat when things get hairy. So grab a book, cozy up with a cup of chalky tea, and prepare to laugh, learn, and maybe even accidentally memorize a few knots along the way. Who knew that reading about climbing could make you a better climber? Now you know. You're welcome.



The Zen of Climbing, by Francis Sanzaro Get ready to harness the power of your brain and biceps because we're diving deep into the philosophical abyss of climbing with none other than Francis "Fingers of Fury" Sanzaro. In his groundbreaking masterpiece, "The Zen of Climbing," Sanzaro flips the script on traditional climbing wisdom, blending sports psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, and even a dash of Taoism into a cocktail guaranteed to leave you dizzy with enlightenment.

Forget about just flexing your muscles; we're here to flex your mind, folks. Because in climbing, it's not just about reaching the summit—it's about convincing your brain that gravity called in sick for the day. Sanzaro breaks down the mental gymnastics of sending routes, from overcoming fear to embracing the absurdity of dangling from a piece of rock like a particularly agile sloth.

Ever wondered why you keep falling off that one pesky problem? It's not just because your grip strength resembles that of a particularly lazy house cat. No, it's because your brain is playing tricks on you, my friend. With insights from neuroscience, Sanzaro reveals the inner workings of your gray matter and how to trick it into thinking you're Spider-Man's more coordinated cousin.

But wait, there's more! We're not just delving into the depths of your psyche; we're also taking a detour through the philosophical wonderland of Taoism. Because let's face it, nothing screams "zen" quite like hanging off a cliff by your fingertips, contemplating the meaning of life between chalky exhales.

So buckle up, fellow climbers, because "The Zen of Climbing" isn't just a book—it's a journey. A journey into the unknown, where your biggest adversary isn't the rock, but the six inches between your ears. So grab your chalk bag, channel your inner philosopher, and let's ascend to enlightenment, one crimp at a time.


The Push, by Tommy Cladwell If you're looking for a book that'll have you gripping the edge of your seat so tightly your knuckles turn chalky white, then "The Push" by Tommy Cladwell is the literary equivalent of a one-way ticket to adrenaline town. Strap in, folks, because this review is about to scale new heights of hilarity and heart-stopping excitement.

First things first, let's talk about Tommy Cladwell's writing style. Picture a blend of Ernest Hemingway and Bear Grylls, with a dash of Terry Pratchett's wit thrown in for good measure. Cladwell doesn't just describe climbing; he makes you feel like you're clinging to the edge of a cliff by your fingertips, contemplating your life choices and wondering if that last burrito was a bad idea.

Now, onto the plot. "The Push" follows the misadventures of Alex, a lovable goofball with the balance of a newborn giraffe and the determination of a caffeinated squirrel. From his humble beginnings as a bumbling beginner to his quest for glory on the world's most treacherous peaks, Alex's journey is equal parts inspiring and side-splittingly funny.

But what really sets "The Push" apart is its cast of characters. From the grizzled mountain guides with hearts of gold to the fellow climbers with more quirks than a Wes Anderson movie, each character leaps off the page with enough personality to fill a climbing gym. You'll find yourself rooting for Alex and his motley crew of misfits as they navigate avalanches, rival climbers, and the occasional rogue mountain goat.

And let's not forget about the action sequences. Cladwell's descriptions of climbing are so vivid, you'll swear you can feel the wind whipping through your hair and hear the distant strains of "Eye of the Tiger" playing in the background. Whether Alex is dangling from a cliff by a frayed rope or facing off against a mountain troll (okay, maybe not that last one), you'll be on the edge of your seat until the very last page.

In conclusion, "The Push" is a must-read for anyone who loves adventure, laughter, and the occasional heart palpitation. So grab your harness, pack some snacks (preferably ones that won't melt at high altitudes), and prepare for the literary thrill ride of a lifetime. Just don't forget to breathe. And maybe bring a spare pair of underwear, just in case.



Alone on the Wall, by Alex Honnold Strap on your climbing shoes and get ready for a literary adventure that'll leave you hanging (literally). "Alone on the Wall" by Alex Honnold is the kind of book that makes you want to reach for the nearest handhold and conquer your fear of heights—preferably from the safety of your living room.

First things first, let's talk about Alex Honnold. If Spider-Man and Mike Muir (lead singer of Suicidal Tendencies) had a love child, it would be him. This guy is the epitome of cool under pressure, with a side of "I'll climb that sheer cliff face with nothing but my bare hands and a chalk bag, thank you very much."

Now, onto the book itself. Picture this: a tale of adventure, danger, and more sweaty palms than a nervous introvert at a speed-dating event. Honnold takes you on a journey through some of the most breathtaking (and downright terrifying) climbs of his career, all while casually dropping nuggets of wisdom like he's discussing the weather.

But what sets "Alone on the Wall" apart from your average adventure memoir? It's the sheer audacity of Honnold's feats. We're talking about a guy who climbs without ropes, without safety nets, and apparently without a fear gene. It's like watching a superhero movie, except instead of CGI, it's all too real.

And let's not forget the humor. Honnold's writing is as sharp as his climbing skills, with witty anecdotes and self-deprecating humor that'll have you chuckling between clenched teeth. Because let's face it, when you're dangling off a cliff by your fingertips, laughter is the best medicine.

So whether you're a seasoned climber looking for inspiration or just someone who enjoys a good adrenaline rush from the comfort of your armchair, "Alone on the Wall" is a must-read. Just be prepared to develop a sudden urge to scale the nearest mountain—or at the very least, invest in a sturdy pair of hiking boots.


Into Thin Air, by John Krakauer Buckle up, fellow armchair adventurers, because we're about to take a harrowing journey up Mount Everest with John Krakauer's 'Into Thin Air'—the book that makes your morning commute feel like a leisurely stroll in the park.

Krakauer, our intrepid guide through the icy abyss of Everest, doesn't just recount his trek up the world's tallest mountain—he turns it into a page-turning thriller that'll have you gripping your hot cocoa with white-knuckled intensity. With each chapter, you'll find yourself teetering on the edge of your seat, praying that the next avalanche doesn't come crashing into your living room.

But fear not, dear reader, for amidst the frozen wasteland of Everest, Krakauer injects a healthy dose of humor that'll thaw even the frostiest of hearts. From his witty observations about fellow climbers to his self-deprecating musings about the absurdity of climbing a mountain taller than your average Monday morning commute, Krakauer's humor shines through like a beacon of warmth in a blizzard of adrenaline.

And let's not forget the cast of characters that Krakauer encounters on his quest for the summit—each one more eccentric than the last. From the seasoned Sherpas with a knack for cooking up gourmet meals at 29,000 feet to the wealthy amateurs who treat Everest like their own personal playground, it's like a reality TV show set on the world's deadliest mountain.

But amidst the occasional cringe-worthy decision (seriously, who thought climbing Everest was a good idea?), 'Into Thin Air' also serves as a poignant reminder of the fragility of life and the indomitable human spirit. So grab your oxygen tank and your sense of humor, because with 'Into Thin Air,' the only thing thinner than the air on Everest is the line between bravery and sheer insanity.



The Climbing Bible, by M.Mobråten, S. Christophersen

Ah, gather 'round, fellow climbers and enthusiasts of vertical endeavors, for I have returned from the mountaintop (or rather, my cozy reading nook) with tales of "The Climbing Bible." This literary masterpiece isn't just a book—it's a sacred text for those who worship at the altar of chalk and carabiners.

First things first, let's talk about the cover. It's like a siren's call to climbers everywhere, beckoning them with promises of epic sends and craggy conquests. And let me tell you, dear reader, the contents do not disappoint.

From the very first page, you're sucked into a whirlwind of beta, belay techniques, and more knots than a sailor's wet dream. It's like cramming a lifetime's worth of climbing knowledge into your brain in one fell swoop, except instead of feeling overwhelmed, you're giddy with excitement.

But here's the best part: "The Climbing Bible" isn't just informative—it's downright hilarious. Picture this: you're reading about proper footwork techniques, and suddenly, you're snorting with laughter at a witty remark about looking like a baby giraffe on roller skates. It's like having a seasoned climbing buddy whispering words of wisdom (and the occasional bad joke) in your ear as you tackle your latest project.

And let's not forget about the illustrations. Whoever said a picture is worth a thousand words clearly never laid eyes on the doodles in this book. They're like stick-figure masterpieces, guiding you through complex techniques with the finesse of a fingerboard maestro.

But perhaps the true beauty of "The Climbing Bible" lies in its ability to inspire. As you turn each page, you can feel your fingertips tingling with anticipation, itching to grab hold of the nearest crimp and shout, "I am a climber, hear me roar!"

In conclusion, dear readers, "The Climbing Bible" isn't just a book—it's a beacon of hope for climbers everywhere. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just getting started on your vertical journey, this book will have you laughing, learning, and itching to chalk up your hands and tackle the nearest rock face. So grab your harness, dust off your shoes, and prepare to be enlightened. Amen, and happy climbing!



Mastery, by George Leonard Hold onto your yoga mats, folks, because "Mastery" by George Leonard is like a rollercoaster ride through the wacky world of self-improvement, complete with twists, turns, and enough zen wisdom to make a Buddhist monk blush.

Leonard takes us on a journey from clueless novice to enlightened master, all while serving up a hefty dose of humor that's as refreshing as a cold glass of kombucha after a hot yoga session. Forget about stuffy self-help books that take themselves too seriously—this one's a breath of fresh air in a room full of incense and affirmation stickers.

With Leonard as our guide, we embark on a quest for mastery that's equal parts inspiring and downright absurd. Picture this: you're attempting to master a new skill, whether it's karate, painting, or the ancient art of making the perfect avocado toast. But just when you think you've got it all figured out, life throws a curveball faster than you can say "Namaste," and suddenly, you're back at square one, wondering if you'll ever be as zen as that guy who does yoga in the park at sunrise.

But fear not, dear reader, for Leonard is here to reassure us that mastery isn't about perfection—it's about embracing the journey, warts and all. Sure, you might fall flat on your face a few (hundred) times, but as long as you pick yourself up, dust off your yoga pants, and keep on truckin', you're well on your way to becoming a master of whatever floats your boat.

And let's not forget about Leonard's delightful prose, which reads like a cross between a self-help book and a stand-up comedy routine. With witty anecdotes, hilarious metaphors, and enough dad jokes to fill a library, "Mastery" is as entertaining as it is enlightening. It's like the lovechild of Tony Robbins and Tina Fey, and trust me, you won't be able to put it down (unless you're attempting to master the art of levitation, in which case, good luck).

So whether you're a seasoned self-help junkie or just someone looking for a good laugh, "Mastery" is the book for you. Strap in, hold on tight, and get ready to laugh, cry, and maybe even learn a thing or two about what it truly means to master the art of life.



Climb: A Guide to High Adventure, by Jacob D. Nuttall Get ready to strap on your harness and chalk up, because Jacob D. Nuttall's "Climb: A Guide to High Adventure" is about to take you on a journey that's equal parts exhilarating and side-splittingly hilarious.

From the moment you crack open this book, you'll be greeted by Nuttall's infectious enthusiasm for all things climbing. It's like having your very own hype man whispering sweet nothings about carabiners and crimps into your ear.

But don't be fooled by the serious-sounding title—this isn't your average climbing guide. Nuttall's wit and humor shine through on every page, transforming what could've been a dry recitation of climbing techniques into a laugh-out-loud adventure.

Want to learn how to tie a figure-eight knot? Prepare to giggle your way through Nuttall's step-by-step instructions, complete with puns so cheesy they'd make a Swiss fondue jealous.

Curious about the best climbing destinations around the world? Nuttall's got you covered, with recommendations so tongue-in-cheek, you'll be googling "Mount Doom" before you know it.

And let's not forget about the illustrations—oh, the illustrations! Nuttall's doodles are like a cross between a Renaissance masterpiece and a child's crayon drawing, adding an extra layer of charm to an already delightful read.

But perhaps the true genius of "Climb" lies in Nuttall's ability to capture the essence of climbing culture—the camaraderie, the absurdity, and the unbridled joy of defying gravity with nothing but your fingertips and a healthy dose of bravado.

So whether you're a seasoned climber looking for a good laugh or a newbie hoping to conquer your fear of heights (or at least learn how to tie a knot without getting tangled in your own rope), "Climb: A Guide to High Adventure" is the book for you. Just be prepared to laugh so hard, you might accidentally drop your belay device.


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