Even if you’ve never been the mountains before, there’s something totally encapsulating about an epic tale of adventure, heroism and survival in some of the harshest climates on earth.
We’ve picked some of the best mountaineering books out there. If films are more your thing, check out our guide to the best mountaineering documentaries.
TOUCHING THE VOID BY JOE SIMPSON
In 1985, Joe Simpson and Simon Yates climbed the 6,344m peak Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes – and nearly died on the descent. It’s an epic tale of courage and survival that will have you gripped until the very end.
It was made into a hugely popular mountaineering documentary in 2003, but we would definitely recommend reading the book first.