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Chessler Books 1984-2022
38 Years of Mountaineering Books
Over 600,000 climbing books sold since 1984

First Things First:  Why Books are So Important

Books are a great technology

(From Stephen Gaghan. Movie Director of Syriana) 

Books are a great technology. It was a genius technology when writing was invented. It was genius technology 400 years ago and still is today. 

It is very portable. It feeds into a brilliant spatial organizational system. It is known as the bookshelf. That really helps you with your brain. It helps you remember where things are. 

You remember where things are in the book. You remember where words are on the page. You remember where the page is in the book. You remember where the book is on the shelf. You remember where the shelf is in your house.

It works without electricity. It survives most damage, and works if severely damaged. New technology does not make books unusable or obsolete. Books have value to you even if it stays on the shelf. Books spread literacy.


Old Chessler Books Catalogs 1984 to 2004




There is a link to the listings of our old Chessler Books Catalogs in a green tab on top of every page in this website.   



New Memoir of Everest, Annapurna, Seven Summits
          HIGHEST AND HARDEST: 
A MOUNTAIN CLIMBER'S ODYSSEY TO THE TOP OF THE WORLD. 
SIGNED by Chris Kopczynski


 
The delightful story of a strong climber, friend, 
partner and neighbor of John Roskelley, is now in stock. 
Our copies are SIGNED by Chris Kopczynski.




 Chessler Books, who we are and what we do.

Welcome to Chessler Mountaineering Books, 

Since 1984 we have been a complete bookshop and website specializing in books on Mountaineering.  We are probably the most complete bookshop for mountaineering books in the USA and even in the entire world.

If you read or collect books on rock or mountain climbing we are the answer to your dreams. Even spending just a short time browsing our titles will show you that this website is a labor of love. We don't limit our selection to only the most expensive and rare books, or just modern books or bargain books. We carry most of the in-print climbing books from both America and England, and many out-of-print titles as well. 

We have available thousands of books from the recent and ancient past. Most mountaineering books are out-of-print, as only a few dozen new titles get published each year. We usually have copies of many of the old books.   We get in new stock continually and have excellent connections to replace many rare items. We also stock back issues of most mountaineering magazines and journals. 

One of our best sources of books is acquiring collections from our older customers who sell us their books, that in many cases they bought from us 20 to 40 years ago. 

On the top of every page are 45 red and green subject tabs. The RED TABS  are are visited the most.  Books marked $20 & LESS, AUTOGRAPHED, K2, EVEREST, GUIDEBOOKS, RARE & USED, and SALE  are bound to have interesting books for almost everybody.

For the last eight years we have been having an on-going SALE on almost everything we have. I am  in my seventies so it is time to put my house in order. To our surprise these last eight years have been among the most successful we have ever had. We were able to empty our warehouse which filled a 24' x 8'  storage unit, plus our bursting bookstore shelves suddenly became 75% empty!

Three years ago we actually felt we were running low on books. So we started buying books again.  Since January 2020 we have purchased thousands of books, mostly in nice collections here in Colorado and all over the USA.  Despite the forces against doing this, such as the pandemic, we are having our best years this century! I have rented so many U-Haul Trailers that when I pull in, it's all ready for me. Chasing books up in Alaska helped me get closer to completing one bucket list item for me. I want to visit all 50 states. Now I have just Hawaii and North Dakota left. 

So please enjoy browsing this website. If you do not find what you are looking for, phone or email us, and allow us to help you find anything not listed. 

Cheers,

Michael Chessler



Many of our best books are not on our website for long

Every week or two we email our customers a list of our newly described books. Please sign up for our mailing list (see link below) as there is no other way to know what we currently have, or are putting on sale, or even when we are sending emails. Customer response has been terrific.

The only way to get the great books at bargain prices is to get our emails. Many books sell out within 12 hours!

Please get on our mailing list!

We have a gigantic stock of mountaineering books, mostly used, and many new as well. Also, thousands of our books are autographed by the great names of 20th century mountaineering.

We also have hundreds of rock climbing and mountaineering guidebooks both new and historical, back issues of climbing magazines and club journals, topographic maps of the world's mountains, rare collectible maps, older climbing hardware, old fashioned nailed boots, vintage wood handled ice axes, ephemera such as flyers and menus, climbing art, rare photographs, mountain posters, 19th century lithographs, climber's and author's signatures, plus older books on skiing, Polar Exploration, Tibet, adventure travel, California History and similar subjects. 

We are now offering this climbing book and collectibles bonanza at prices unseen since the 1960s. Please get on our mailing list!

Michael Chessler



If you click on the SALE buttons on top and lower left side of every page, almost every sale item will show. There is also a separate Sale category that is for titles priced at $20 or less.

If you need help or have a question, just e-mail or call us. Contacts are on the lower left of this page.

 
We Ship Orders on Tuesdays and Thursdays 
 

 
ARE THE SIGNATURES IN THE
BOOKS AND ICE AXES WE OFFER AUTHENTIC?  

"How can we prove that the signatures on our Books and Ice Axes are real?" 
 
Here is the evidence, with many of the culprits, caught on camera with PEN IN HAND!  The photos were all taken by Michael Chessler or an assistant.
Photos are copyright by Michael Chessler.

 
The photo above is the first time I, Michael Chessler, met Sir Edmund Hillary. It was in the early 1990s and he actually came to our bookshop, then in Kittredge Colorado. We met with him many times for the next 20 years, when he would autograph books & ice axes for our bookshop. We also went to meet him, in NYC, LA, SF, Banff, and several times to Auckland. He was always very nice to us, and we are proud to have known him. And yes, we made contributions to the Sir Edmund Hillary Himalayan Trust every time we met him.
 
Above is Ed Hillary in Los Angeles in the early 1990s, just after New Zealand honored him by putting his image on the $5 NZ currency. Knowing that Hillary would be asked to autograph the bills, the NZ Parliament passed a law allowing him to do so, because it was defacing the currency! We bought our first lot of $5 bills at the best place to buy NZ money in LA, at the currency exchange window at Pre-TSA LAX of course!


 
The amazing Alex Honnold in November 2015.  Those pitons were all for sale, signed by Alex, on this website. Everything he signed that day has been sold.
 
 
 

Babu Chirri Sherpa, who held the record for ten Everest ascents, and fastest climb from Bascamp to Summit, under 17 hours.
 

Hot Henry Barber. One of the very few climbers whose personal style and superb ability changed and upgraded how everybody after him climbed. I even adopted a delightful habit of his, that he must have picked up on his famous world tour in the seventies. Emulating Henry, I now sign my name with a British "Cheers. " 
 

Chris Bonington, signing books al fresco. His Everest expeditions were often 
done in a grand style that reminded one of the British Raj on Tiger safari.
 

The Man. Climbing's first billionaire. 
 

The Austro-Hungarian Empire. My wife Heinke Forfota was Hungarian, and Kurt Diemberger is Austrian. They loved to chat in German.
 

Heinrich Harrer, a climber who had the nose for finding the best unclimbed peaks and routes in the world. Also, can you believe, the Austrian golf champion too!
 

Tomaz Humar. A sweet person, this was in Snowbird 
in 2002 
the week before the Utah Winter Olympics.
 

Jamling Tenzing, showing me his father's (Tenzing Norgay) Porter Book. The book is signed by Tilman, Shipton, Ruttledge, Lambert, Denman, etc. I offered him a joking $100 for it.
 

Goran Kropp. On his one and only book tour. His slide 
show was the funniest performance I have ever seen!
 
Jeff Lowe. One of America's greatest ice climbers.  
 
Royal Robbins and Tom Frost. Nothing else needs to be said.
 
 
Pete Schoening. He and Andy Kauffman made the first ascent of Gasherbrum I, Hidden Peak. America's only time making a first ascent of an 8000 meter peak.  He also saved his whole team, seven lives in one belay, on K2 in 1953.
 

Madhav Lal Tabdar, Bradford and Barbara Washburn, Roger Bilham, Buddhi Narayan Shrestha. 
Brad was a legendary mountaineer, pioneer of Alaska climbing. Photo taken about 1989.
Barbara made the first female ascent of Denali in June 1947. 
Roger Bilham is Colorado University Professor Emeritus, and a Senior Research Scientist in Geological Sciences CIRES
The man on the left, Madhav Lal Tabdar, was Nepal Government Secretary, Ministry of Land Reform & Management.
The gentleman man next to Brad is Buddhi Narayan Shrestha, who was Director General of the Government Survey Department of Nepal.
The photograph was taken after the signing of the Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) between the Nepal government and the University of Colorado, Boulder, to launch the GPS survey in Nepal to strengthen the geodetic co-ordinate network of Nepal.
 
Jim Whittaker, with Michael Chessler. Jim's real accomplishment was being only the 10th person to summit Everest (he says he was 7th!).
 
Jim Wickwire, with Michael Chessler. Jim was one of the first Americans to climb K2, along with John Roskelley, Rick Ridgeway, and the strong and silent Louis Reichardt.
 
  
Reinhold Messner in our bookshop. More than anybody, he
created and nurtured high standard and ethical alpinism
in the high mountains of the world. Has anybody ever lived
their life so fully to the brim (and the edge) as he has?
  
 
David Breashears. A rock climber phenom who made the transition to Everest climber and film-maker.
 
 
Conrad Anker. A great rock climber who learned how to use an ice axe and crampons.  It's so wonderful to see a self-effacing guy like Conrad become so successful in his business, avocation and private lives. 
  
 
 
Ed Hillary, in our bookshop in the 1990s. We met with him fifteen times in the 1990s and 2000s.
 
 
 
Fred Beckey, whose very name symbolizes the freedom
of climbing
and the climbing life-style.

 
Jon Krakauer. His book Into Thin Air gave an unexpected boost to climbing. Another quiet, self effacing climber who made the big-time.
 
Maurice Herzog. See how he grips a pen with no fingers!
His handwriting was actually excellent and readable!
What a great life he lived!

All above photos, and all photos on this website, are copyright by Michael Chessler.

There are more photos of authors and climbers signing books foir us, just click on the link   Are Your Signed Books Authentic?  above and to the left of this section. 
 

 


Check Out These Great Titles:
(Click On Image Or Title To View Details)
THE FIRST ASCENT OF MT. CONFEDERATION [Canada] John D Mendenhall 1948 Softcover Pamphlet Fine
By: Mendenhall, John D.   
Price $10.00 ~ List Price $15.00, You Save $5.00
THE ALPS Irving 1940 1st US ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine
By: Irving, R.L.G.   
Price $4.99 ~ List Price $9.95, You Save $4.96
AT GRIPS WITH EVEREST Stanley Snaith 1945 2nd UK ed Hardcover Near Fine
By: Snaith, Stanley   
Price $19.99 ~ List Price $99.95, You Save $79.96
BACKPACKING AND OUTDOOR GUIDE Richard Dunlop 1979 Paperback Near Fine
By: Dunlop, Richard   
Price $2.99
NO TIGERS IN THE HINDU KUSH Philip Tranter 1968 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Tranter, Philip   
Price $25.00 ~ List Price $40.00, You Save $15.00
SONS OF THE PROFITS (Seattle) William C. Speidel 1967 1st ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine
By: Speidel, William C.   
Price $15.00 ~ List Price $50.00, You Save $35.00
THE CROSSING OF ANTARCTICA : ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE EPIC JOURNEY THAT FULFILLED SHACKLETON'S DREAM George Lowe 2014 1st ed Hardcover Fine Multiple copies available
By: Lowe, George, Huw Lewis-Jones. Intro by Ranulph Fiennes   
Price $19.95 ~ List Price $50.00, You Save $30.05
RETURN TO THE ALPS Max Knight and Gerhard Klammet 1971 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Knight, Max, Photos by Gerhard Klammet   
Price $9.99 ~ List Price $45.00, You Save $35.01
THE ALPS Ronald Clark 1973 1st US ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Clark, Ronald   
Price $19.99 ~ List Price $45.00, You Save $25.01
REINHOLD MESSNER FREE SPIRIT: A CLIMBER'S LIFE 1991 1st UK ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine SIGNED by Reinhold Messner
By: Messner, Reinhold   
Price $79.95 ~ List Price $150.00, You Save $70.05
CREATION OF THE TETON LANDSCAPE 1979 Love and Reed Softcover Very Good
By: Love, J.D. and John C. Reed   
Price $9.99 ~ List Price $15.95, You Save $5.96
THE GREAT DIVIDE Bryce S. Walker 1973 Hardcover Near Fine
By: Walker, Bryce S., Time-Life Books   
Price $30.00 ~ List Price $40.00, You Save $10.00
KLUBHUTTEN-ALBUM DES SCHWEIZER ALPEN-CLUB [MOUNTAIN HUT ALBUM OF THE SWISS ALPINE CLUB] 1911 1st ed Softcover Near Fine
By: Swiss Alpine Club   
Price $20.00 ~ List Price $60.00, You Save $40.00
MOUNTAINEERING, THE FREEDOM OF HILLS Peggy Ferber 1975 3rd ed Hardcover Good
By: Ferber, Peggy (Editor)   
Price $5.00 ~ List Price $15.00, You Save $10.00
MOUNTAIN EXPERIENCE: THE PSYCHOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY OF ADVENTURE Richard Mitchell 1985 Softcover Near Fine 2 Copies Available
By: Mitchell, Richard   
Price $9.99 ~ List Price $25.00, You Save $15.01
DIRETTISSIMA: THE EIGER ASSAULT Peter Gillman and Dougal Haston 1966 1st US ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine-Fine
By: Gillman, Peter, Dougal Haston and Chris Bonington (Photos)   
Price $45.00 ~ List Price $90.00, You Save $45.00
A HAESTA TINDI JARDAR [ON THE HIGHEST PEAK ON EARTH, The Ascent of Everest] John Hunt 1954 Hardcover Near Fine. In Icelandic
By: Hunt, John   
Price $25.00 ~ List Price $99.95, You Save $74.95
THE SNOWDONIA NATIONAL PARK W.M. Condry 1966 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Condry, W.M.   
Price $9.99 ~ List Price $29.95, You Save $19.96
THE GRAND CANYON Paul C. Johnson 1971 1st ed Softcover Near Fine
By: Johnson, Paul C.   
Price $5.00 ~ List Price $20.00, You Save $15.00
AT THE SHARP END Paul Nunn 1988 1st UK ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Nunn, Paul   
Price $9.99 ~ List Price $34.95, You Save $24.96
ANNAPURNA SOUTH FACE 1971 1st US ed or UK Reprint Hardcover DJ Near Fine Multiple Copies Available SIGNED by Chris Bonington
By: Bonington, Chris   
Price $40.00 ~ List Price $50.00, You Save $10.00
SIERRA CLUB BULLETIN VOL. XXIV NO. 3 June 1939 Softcover Good-Near Fine Multiple Copies Available
By: Sierra Club   
Price $5.00 ~ List Price $10.00, You Save $5.00
TRAVELER'S COMPANION: A COLLECTION FROM HARPER'S MAGAZINE 1991 Hardcover DJ Fine Multiple Copies Available
By: Harper's Magazine   
Price $4.99 ~ List Price $14.95, You Save $9.96
FINNISH NEPAL TOPO MAP #6 KABELLI KHOLA 2 Fine Multiple Copies Available
By: Nepal Topo Map   
Price $4.99 ~ List Price $19.95, You Save $14.96
MOUNTAIN WORLD 1960/1961 Hardcover DJ Near Fine-Fine Multiple Copies Available
By: Swiss Foundation for Alpine Research   
Price $67.50 ~ List Price $75.00, You Save $7.50
LADAKH-ZANSKAR SOUTH TREKKING MAP 1:150,000 Updated 2008 Fine
By: Editions Olizane   
Price $12.95 ~ List Price $30.00, You Save $17.05
PERSEUS IN THE WIND Freya Stark 1949 2nd prtg Hardcover DJ Near Fine
By: Stark, Freya   
Price $4.99 ~ List Price $25.00, You Save $20.01
THE EVEREST: THE EPIC OF GREAT MOUNT EVEREST Francis Younghusband 1986 Hardcover DJ Good
By: Younghusband, Francis   
Price $5.99 ~ List Price $10.00, You Save $4.01
ON THE HEIGHTS Walter Bonatti 1964 1st UK ed Hardcover DJ Fine Multiple Copies Available
By: Bonatti, Walter   
Price $350.00 ~ List Price $750.00, You Save $400.00
THE WILDEST DREAM: MALLORY: HIS LIFE AND CONFLICTING PASSIONS Peter Gillman 2000 1st UK edition New 2 copies available Winner of the Boardman Tasker Prize
By: Gillman, Peter and Leni   
Price $45.00


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