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Chessler Books 1984-2024
40 Years of Mountaineering Books
Over 600,000 climbing books sold since 1984


Latest News: July 2024

We are happy to say that we recently acquired some marvelous book collections. The theme of one collection is 300+ books mostly SIGNED by the authors, and sometimes by other climbers in the book. To find these, click on the red ''Autographed'  tab among all the green and red tabs at the top of every page on this website.


 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 many 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 go out-of-print quickly, and only a few dozen new climbing titles get published each year. We usually have copies of most of the recent books, as well as  the old.  Many books of our books are not listed on Amazon!

We get in new stock continually and have excellent connections to replace 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, which 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 visited the most.  

Books are marked:
 
  • $20 & LESS, 
  • AUTOGRAPHED, 
  • K2, 
  • EVEREST, 
  • GUIDEBOOKS, 
  • RARE & USED
  • SALE  

These subjects are bound to have interesting books for almost everybody.

For the last ten years we have been having an on-going SALE on almost everything we have. I am in my late seventies so it is time to put my house in order. To our surprise these last ten years have also been among the most successful we have ever had, even during the pandemic. We were able to empty our warehouse which filled a 24' x 8'  storage unit, plus our bursting bookstore shelves suddenly became 50% empty!

Five 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 new century! 

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



     



Chessler Mountaineering Books
How to use this website:

If this is your first visit to Chessler Books, you can find books to look at by doing a SEARCH or BROWSE.

HOW TO SEARCH or BROWSE OUR INVENTORY 
for a specific book, author, climber or mountain, simply type one or two words into the box labeled Simple Search, just to the left of the place you are reading this right now.  Use the fewest words, such as ''Messner Nanga Parbat''. That will bring you all the books that mention Messner and Nanga Parbat. Some books will be about Messner's climbs of Nanga Parbat, other books may mention him just in passing. 




BOOK WISDOM: WHY BOOKS ARE SO IMPORTANT

BOOKS ARE A GREAT TECHNOLOGY


Books are a great technology. Books existed before writing was invented. Books were spoken for centuries before paper and ink were invented. Books were already a genius technology when writing was invented. It was a genius technology 570** years ago and still is today. 

Books are very portable. They feed into a brilliant spatial organizational system 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.

Books work without electricity. They survive most damage, and still work even if severely damaged. Even when burned they were often memorized. Digital technology does not make physical books unusable or obsolete. Books have value to you even when they stay on the shelf. 

*Mostly From Stephen Gaghan. Movie Director 'Syriana'
**1452: Gutenberg bible


120 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.  We still have a few issues you can buy for reading, reference or collecting.  



Please get on our mailing list!

We have a gigantic stock, thousands, of mountaineering books, used and new. Furthermore, hundreds of our books are autographed by the great names.  

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 many of the great books at bargain prices is to get our emails. Many books sell out within a few hours! Even if you check our website monthly, weekly, even daily, you may miss the rare moments of a rare 19th, 20th and 21st century mountaineering book.

We 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, climbers' and authors' signatures, plus old books on skiing, Arctic and Antarctic exploration, Tibet, adventure travel, California and American history and similar subjects. 

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



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 
 

 
HOE DO I KNOW IF THE SIGNATURES IN THE
BOOKS WE OFFER AUTHENTIC?  


"How can we prove that the signatures on our Books 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. By 2024 fifteen of the climbers shown below have passed away. Photos are copyrighted 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! We still have a few of those very early $5 bills left!


 
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. 
We asked if he ever hammered in a piton. Maybe twice he said. 
 
 

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 Austria-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 gentleman on the left, Madhav Lal Tabdar, was the Nepal Government Secretary, Ministry of Land Reform & Management.
The gentleman on the right next to Brad is Buddhi Narayan Shrestha, who was Director General of the Government Survey Department of Nepal.

The photograph was taken after their 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. He sadly died young in 2024.
 
 
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. For signing books and ice axes for our bookshop we made sizeable donations to Sir Edmund Hillary's Himalayan Trust.
 
 
 
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 for 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)
WALL AND ROOF CLIMBING Geoffrey Winthrop Young 2010 [1905] Paperback New Multiple Copies Available
By: Young, Geoffrey Winthrop   
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SOUTH WITH MAWSON: REMINISCENCES OF THE AUTRALASIAN ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION, 1911-14 Charles Laseron 1957 Hardcover Near Fine
By: Laseron, Charles Francis   
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SCRAMBLES AMONGST THE ALPS IN THE YEARS 1860-69 Edward Whymper 1986 Illustrated ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine-Fine 2 Copies Available
By: Whymper, Edward and John Cleare (color photos)   
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THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING AND TOURING Art Tokle and Martin Luray 1973 1st US ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine
By: Tokle, Art and Martin Luray   
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1970 ASCENT: SIERRA CLUB MOUNTAINEERING JOURNAL Very Good [Not Signed] 2 copies available
By: Sierra Club, Steve Roper and Allen Steck   
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GEORGE MALLORY BIOGRAPHY David Robertson 1969 1st ed Hardcover Near DJ Fine 2 Copies Available
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ON HIGH: THE ADVENTURES OF LEGENDARY MOUNTAINEER BRADFORD WASHBURN Washburn and Smith 2002 1st ed Hardcover Fine 2 copies available
By: Washburn, Bradford and Donald Smith   
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WILDLIFE IN DANGER James Fisher 1969 1st US ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Fisher, James, Noel Simon and Jack Vincent   
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UPON THAT MOUNTAIN Eric Shipton 1943, 1944, 1947, 2nd, 3rd or 4th prtg Hardcover Very Good-Near Fine Multiple Copies Available
By: Shipton, Eric   
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CLIMBER'S GUIDE TO TO DEVILS LAKE, WISCONSIN Sven Olof Swartling 1995 2nd ed Softcover Very Good
By: Swartling, Sven Olof   
Price $19.99
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   
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ABODE OF SNOW: A HISTORY OF HIMALAYAN EXPLORATION AND MOUNTAINEERING Kenneth Mason 1987 2nd US ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Mason, Kenneth   
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TRAIL AND TIMBERLINE 1962 - 1998 As Available Not a Set $5 each
By: Colorado Mountain Club   
Price $5.00 ~ List Price $10.00, You Save $5.00
MOUNTAINEERING WOMEN: STORIES BY EARLY CLIMBERS David Mazel 1994 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Mazel, David   
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THE WALL [Yosemite Novel] 2006 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine SIGNED by Jeff Long Multiple copies available
By: Long, Jeff   
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THE PALLISER EXPEDITION CANADA; AN ACCOUNT OF JOHN PALLISER'S BRITISH NORTH AMERICAN EXPEDITION 1857-1860 Irene M. Spry 1963 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Spry, Irene M.   
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THE RIGHT MOUNTAIN: LESSONS FROM EVEREST ON THE MEANING OF SUCCESS Jim Hayhurst 1996 1st ed Softcover Fine 3 Copies Available SIGNED by Barry Blanchard
By: Hayhurst, Jim   
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ADELBODEN SWISS TOPO MAP 1247 1:25,000 New
By: Swiss Federal Office for National Topography   
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IN HIGH PLACES Dougal Haston 1973 1st US ed Hardcover DJ Fine 3 Copies Available [Not Signed]
By: Haston, Dougal   
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BERGE UND PACKEIS: EIN GEONLANDBUCH [MOUNTAIN AND PACK ICE: A GREENLAND BOOK] 1965 1st ed Hardcover No DJ Fine SIGNED/INSCRIBED by Matthias Koglbauer
By: Koglbauer, Matthias   
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BRITAIN'S MOUNTAIN HERITAGE AND ITS PRESERVATION AS NATIONAL PARKS Arthur Gardner 1942 1st edition Hardcover Very Good
By: Gardner, Arthur   
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ALEX HONNOLD: ALONE ON THE WALL Alex Honnold and David Roberts 2016 1st ed Hardcover DJ New Multiple copies available
By: Honnold, Alex and David Roberts   
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LONELY PLANET BOLIVIA: A TRAVEL SURVIVAL KIT Deanna Swaney 1988 1st ed Softcover Near Fine
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VOICES FROM THE MOUNTAINS: 40 TRUE LIFE STORIES OF UNFORGETTABLE ADVENTURE, DRAMA AND HUMAN ENDURANCE Stephen Venables 2006 Hardcover DJ Fine
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NEPALGANJ NH 44-15 US ARMY MAP SERVICE MAP (U-502) Dailekh, Jajarkot, Lower Bheri River Nepal Fine Multiple Copies Available
By: US Army Map U-502 NH 44-15   
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EVEREST YEARS: A CLIMBER'S LIFE Chris Bonington 1986 1st or 2nd UK imp Hardcover DJ Fine (Not Signed) 2 Copies Available
By: Bonington, Chris   
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CONRAD KAIN: LETTERS FROM A WANDERING MOUNTAIN GUIDE 1906-1933 Zac Robinson 2014 1st ed Fine-New Softcover 3 Copies Available
By: Robinson, Zac and Conrad Kain   
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TIBETAN MARCHES Andre Migot 1955 TBC ed Hardcover Near Fine
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BUGABOOS: AN ALPINE HISTORY 1987 1st ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine INSCRIBED by John Garden
By: Garden, John   
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HYPOTHERMIA KILLER OF THE UNPREPARED Theodore Lathrop 1972 Softcover Pamphlet Near Fine
By: Lathrop M.D., Theodore G.   
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