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About Us

Chessler Books

Chessler Books was started in 1984 by Michael Chessler in New York City. Our primary interest has always been books about mountaineering and rock climbing, but we also carry books on polar exploration, and other adventure travel and sports activities.
 
At first we sold only used and rare mountaineering books, but quickly added climbing guidebooks and in-print narratives. In 1987 we moved to Colorado and quickly grew to where we were soon selling 20% of the mountaineering books in America. In the 1980s and 1990s we issued paper catalogs. In 2003 we did our last catalog and transitioned into selling over the Internet. Most of our sales now are from this website, and we also list books on eBay (as chesslerbooks) and other websites.
 
Climbing has been a passion of Michael Chessler since he was a teenager, who learned how to climb in the 1960s with the Brooklyn College Open Road Club at the Shawangunks in New York. He also got some winter experience in New Hampshire's White Mountains, especially on winter climbs of Mount Washington in the 1960s, and ice climbs in the Adirondacks. In 1971 he moved to California, worked in outdoor shops in Los Angeles, and climbed and skied in the Sierra Nevada almost every weekend. In 1974 he became Sales Manager of Sierra West in Santa Barbara, and started seriously collecting mountaineering books. By the time he moved back to New York in the 1980s and started Chessler Books, he had over 5000 mountaineering books on hand.
 
With the advent of the internet, many bookshops throughout the world had a difficult time adapting to on-line competition. We adopted several changes that allowed us to thrive. We import many books from the UK, India, Australia, New Zealand and Europe that are usually unavailable in the USA. We now maintain an inventory of used and rare mountaineering books that is larger and more comprehensive than any other specialist bookseller. We stock EVERY climbing guidebook and EVERY climbing DVD that we can get.
 
And perhaps most interesting, we get many authors and climbers to autograph the books they have written or are mentioned in. In many cases, we sell these books at the same price as unsigned books. We usually keep a large inventory of these books, so they are available for years after publication. It has enabled us to create a type of bookshop like no other in the world, with thousands of books signed by the leading people in our field.
 
Some of the climbers we have had the pleasure of getting books autographed by include Edmund Hillary, Reinhold Messner, Heinrich Harrer, Anderl Heckmair, Maurice Herzog, Chris Bonington, Stephen Venables, Jim Whittaker, Tom Hornbein, Barry Bishop, Ed Viesturs, Jon Krakauer, David Breashears, Steve House, Royal Robbins, Tom Frost, Warren Harding, Layton Kor, Yvon Chouinard, Jim Bridwell, John Bachar, Lynn Hill, Catherine Destivelle, Paul Petzoldt, Charles Houston, Bob Bates, Bradford Washburn, Pat Ament, etc.
 
If you have a special book you are looking for but do not see it listed on this website, please e-mail us as it may be listed but not under the name you remember, or we may have it not yet cataloged. There are 10,000 books on this website (Winter 2015-2016) and still have thousands more to list.
 
This is an image of Michael Chessler actually climbing in the 1980s.
 
 
 
Michael Chessler