This page is my
list of climbing websites I often visit plus lists of books, magazines
and other miscellaneous sites on climbing. While there are many
sites on adventure and climbing, many have become platforms for selling
something or making political statements. I always prefer the first hand
reports from individual climbers who are on a climb over the large sites.
If you have a personal site and want it considered for listing, please contact me.
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Community Climbing Websites
The best site for the Colorado 14ers. Excellent route descriptions
and trip reports posted in a timely manner. Run by
Coloradoan Bill Middlebrook
UK based site for European climbers
A nice site for rock climbers. Clean forum with no-nonsense
posts and discussions but with occasional serious "attitude" problems.
Strong site with good forum that has a focus on rock climbing.
- Summitpost: A site with good climbing
community for climbers.
General Climbing News
Adventure Blog: An excellent, must read, daily blog for a
variety of adventures. Run by individual Kraig Becker.
Very well written and an excellent source for climbing in the Karakorum.
run by individual Raheel Adnan
A Russian originated site that creates some
original content. I like them for their coverage of what
the tough Russian climbing community is up
Another Russian site. These guys are crazy strong!
Wide coverage from the Poles to Everest.
Covering the international climbing scene out of Italy
Another Italian site with good coverage on international climbing.
Use google Translate.
Adventure Journal: Nicely laid out website covering unique adventure
Mountain Health and Training
Climbing Reference Sites
- 8000ers.com: A very
nice site devoted to the 8000m mountain. You can download tables
with statistics covering summits, deaths, Sherpas and more
Database: The final word on if you summited a Himalayan
mountain. Run by Ms. Elizabeth Hawley and Richard Salisbury
- Mount Everest
The British Story: History, facts and summiteers list relating
to the British and Mount Everest. Annually covers Everest for UK teams
The best site for the Colorado 14ers. Excellent route descriptions
and trip reports posted in a timely manner. Run by Coloradoan Bill
- Chris Davenport: Skied all the Colorado 14ers
- Climbing Life: Estes Park base team who guides and posts interesting updates
on Colorado climbing
- Colorado Fourteener Initiative:
Amazing organization that helps maintain Colorado's mountain trails.
- Colorado Mountain Club:
Organization best known for basic classes but also does good conservation
and advocacy work.
8000m Mountains, 7 Summits
the 7 Summits: Excellent site prompting excellent book
by High Altitude guide Mike Hammill. Lot's of first hand information.
Climber: Sean Swarner's 7 summits site.
Rest of Everest: A unique look at climbing
Everest North. Jon has produced a series of
podcasts with high quality video and casual
narration of the expedition.
General Personal Sites
of Adventure: Professional climber and speaker, Jim Davidson
Horrell: Everest summiter and climber, Horell's articles
are well researched and written.
Roach: The father of Colorado 14er climbing, best known for his
books on 14ers. Also the second person to summit the 7 Summits.
Bill Burke's site for his Everest climbs
- TA Loeffler:
A great woman from Newfoundland chronicling all her adventures
- Ed Viesturs:
The most famous American climber. He has made a career of climbing
all the 8,000m mountains without supplemental oxygen.
- Andrew Locke: Australian climber with 13 of the 14 highest mountains
- Conrad Anker: One
of the world's best high altitude climber and supporter of Nepal
- Simone Moro:
One of Italy's premier climbers
House: Premier climber of all styles
- Ueli Steck:
Swiss speed climber.
- Reinhold Messner:
Perhaps the greatest high altitude climber ever
Magazines and Associated Websites
- Alpinist: Slickly
produced climbing magazine of extreme climbs
- Climbing : The website
for the climbing magazine. Good how-to articles.
- Rock & Ice:
Pure rock and ice climbing with great pictures.
Quick read style of reporting on the latest.
Gear Companies (please see my gear
page for extensive detailed information
on gear I like and use)
Ledge: The story of my friend, Jim Davidson and Mike Price fall into
a crevasse on Rainier; only one survived
Shortcuts to the Top: Ed Viesturs's book about his summits of
the 14 8000m mountains without supplemental O's. A very good read.
Fourteen 8,000ers - Reinhold Messner: One of the greatest Alpinists,
this account of his conquest of all the 8,000+ meter mountains without
bottled oxygen makes it a perfect coffee table book. Beautiful pictures
Thin Air - Jon Krakauer: The book that brought notoriety to Everest
climbs based on 12 deaths in1996.
Climb - Anatoli Boukreev: The other side of the '96 disaster
as told by the Russian Guide. I think his story is better.
Exposure - David Breashears: The story of a great climber's life
including his Imax film about Everest.
Other Side of Everest - Matt Dickinson: Another Everest '96 book
but told from the North Face.
- Hall & Ball:
Kiwi Mountaineers from Mount Cook to Everest -Colin Monteath
:An excellent account of the history of two pioneers in high-altitude
guiding. Nice pictures. Their company, Adventure Consultants, continues
Snow Leopard - Peter Matthiessen: The classic about Nepal, Sherpas
and all the wonderment of the area.
- The Mountaineers Book-
A publisher dedicated to books about mountains. A great site with loads
of info. Check out the Reading room for previews.
the World's 14 Highest Mountains - Richard Sales and John Cleare:
Another coffee table book. Excellent climbing accounts with great
The History of the Himalayan Giant - Roberto Mantovani: Magnificent
pictures make this a must own book for Everest lovers. The detailed
history of attempts on the mountain make for great reading but the
pictures are stunning.
- The Savage Mountain- Jim Wickwire tells the incredible story
of the 1953 American expedition to K2
Last Step Rick Ridgeway: The story of the first successful American
climb of K2 in 1978.
My 1st choice for clothing. I have Patagonia gear I
bought a decade ago - it works like new and I use it
Hardware : My 1st choice for tents and bags.
I have slept in MH tents on all 7 summits.
- Black Diamond:
My 1st choice for climbing hardware. Their ice tools
simply do the job.
Solid, high-quality 'biners, ascenders, harnesses, etc.
A solid choice for merino wool base layers and tops
- Arc'teryx :
Excellent, but expensive, gear. I used one of their
lightweight jackets on Everest and some bibs on Ama Dablam
and found the quality incredible.
Face : One of the "mothers" of the
sport. Making a comeback for serious climbing gear.
Stinger: Natural, organic sports nutritional
that give s along lasting natural boost
Gear lab: Solid reviews without fluff. Very useful
price vs. value chart
Real world test posted after extensive use
Gear Junkie: A well written, but busy, daily review
of the latest in gear.
Gear Caster: A well written site for gear reviews
without all the clutter of the Gear Junkie.
- REI :
Good source for comparing prices and buying on-line.
I have a local store that I use all the time - like
- Moose Jaw:
A nice site to buy climbing gear at good prices,
they run 20% discounts all the time. They have outstanding
A general purpose outdoor shopping site (pronounced "all
trek"). I have never ordered anything from them but
they seem to have links on every climbing site. A
quick check showed some good prices. I will probably
always check them for future purchases. I would appreciate
hearing about any experiences with them.
Great prices with a sense of humor. Steep and Cheap
is a companion service.
- Steep and
Cheap: a must have for your PC. A slider window
appears when a new deal is available. I am always
buying something through these guys - can't pass
up a good deal!
Trading Post: excellent customer service
- Sunny Sports: great prices almost all the time
- Campmor: New gear at used
- TravelCountry: Name
brands at good prices