We have recently had a visitor who was on a homeward bound trip following a walking hike to the highest walkable Himalayan peak. I was reminded of the great mountain books that are out there for reading:
I recommend the following books:
Touching the Void: http://www.amazon.com/Touching-Void-Story-Miraculous-Survival/dp/0060730552%3FSubscriptionId%3D14H876SFAKFS0EHBYQ02%26tag%3Dhubp012-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3D0060730552
Dark shadow Falling: http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Shadows-Falling-Joe-Simpson/dp/0898865905/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_5
Into Thin Air: http://www.amazon.com/Turtleback-School-Library-Binding-Edition/dp/0613663616/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1332681829&sr=1-1
The White Spider: http://www.amazon.com/The-White-Spider-Heinrich-Harrer/dp/0874779405/ref=pd_sim_b_5
I also can recommend the film “Touching the Void” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0379557/.
I recommend it because it is real and gritty and because a friend’s husband worked on it.