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



 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 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, 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 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 of mountaineering books, used and new as well. 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 momentses of 20th and 21st 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, 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 
Michael 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 
 

 
ARE 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 2023 twelve of the climbers shown below have passed away. 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! 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 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 the 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 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)
A CLIMBER'S GUIDE TO THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS OF CANADA NORTH Putnam, Jones, Kruszyna 1979 6th ed 2nd prtg Softcover Near Fine
By: Putnam, William Lowell, Robert Kruszyna and Chris Jones   
Price $9.99 ~ List Price $35.00, You Save $25.01
ATLANTA WEEKLY MAGAZINE February 26, 1984 THE 1983 MEN AND WOMEN ON EVEREST EXPEDITION
By: Atlanta Weekly, Journal and Constitution   
Price $9.99 ~ List Price $35.00, You Save $25.01
MOUNTAIN WORLD 1955 Hardcover DJ Near Fine Multiple Copies Available
By: Swiss Foundation for Alpine Research   
Price $40.50 ~ List Price $75.00, You Save $34.50
CIRCLING THE SACRED MOUNTAIN: A SPIRITUAL ADVENTURE THROUGH THE HIMALAYAS Thurman and Wise 1999 Paperback Very Good 3 Copies Available
By: Thurman, Robert and Tad Wise   
Price $8.95 ~ List Price $18.00, You Save $9.05
KENYA MAP 1:1,100,000 Fine
By: Nelles Verlag   
Price $9.95 ~ List Price $20.00, You Save $10.05
1971 ASCENT: THE SIERRA CLUB MOUNTAINEERING JOURNAL Fine Rare Last Copy
By: Sierra Club, Steve Roper and Allen Steck   
Price $195.00
WITH BARE HANDS: THE STORY OF THE HUMAN SPIDER Alain Robert 2008 Hardcover DJ New
By: Robert, Alain   
Price $19.99 ~ List Price $34.95, You Save $14.96
THIS GAME OF GHOSTS Joe Simpson 1993 1st US ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine-Fine Multiple Copies Available [Not Signed]
By: Simpson, Joe   
Price $4.99 ~ List Price $24.95, You Save $19.96
CLIMBER'S GUIDE TO DEVILS LAKE [Wisconsin] Widule and Swartling 1979 3rd prtg Softcover Fine
By: Widule, William and Sevn Olof Swartling   
Price $19.99
THE NEW ZEALAND ALPINE JOURNAL VOL XV NO 41 JUNE 1954 Near Fine SIGNED by Ed Hillary
By: New Zealand Alpine Club   
Price $95.00
ESCAPE ROUTES: FURTHER ADVENTURE WRITINGS 1997 Advanced Reading Sample SIGNED by David Roberts and Jon Krakauer
By: Roberts, David with Foreword by Jon Krakauer   
Price $95.00 ~ List Price $150.00, You Save $55.00
UPON THAT MOUNTAIN Eric Shipton 1943, 1944, 1947, 2nd, 3rd or 4th prtg Hardcover Very Good-Near Fine Multiple Copies Available
By: Shipton, Eric   
Price $3.99 ~ List Price $50.00, You Save $46.01
GEOPHYSICAL MEASUREMENTS ON THE KASKAWULSH AND HUBBARD GLACIERS, YUKON TERRITORY Pamphlet Near Fine INSCRIBED by Garry Clarke
By: Clarke, Garry K.C., Arctic Institute of America   
Price $19.99 ~ List Price $30.00, You Save $10.01
TO BE BRAVE MY LIFE VOL 1 2009 1st ed Softcover Fine SIGNED or INSCRIBED by Royal Robbins 2 Copies Available
By: Robbins, Royal   
Price $125.00 ~ List Price $200.00, You Save $75.00
ROCK CLIMBING LEAVENWORTH AND INDEX: A GUIDE Carlstad and Brooks 1976 1st ed Softcover Very Good-Near Fine 2 Copies Available
By: Carlstad, Rich and Don Brooks Photos by Tom McMackin   
Price $9.99 ~ List Price $25.00, You Save $15.01
SOUTH COL: ONE MAN'S ADVENTURES ON THE ASCENT OF EVEREST Wilfrid Noyce 1954 1st UK ed Hardcover DJ Very Good 3 Copies Available
By: Noyce, Wilfrid   
Price $29.99 ~ List Price $50.00, You Save $20.01
ST. HELENS THE CHANGING MOUNTAIN Larry Ikenberry 1980 Softcover Near Fine
By: Ikenberry, Larry   
Price $1.99 ~ List Price $15.00, You Save $13.01
LEOMANN TREKKING MAP INDIA #7: GARHWAL: GANGOTRI, HAR-KI-DUN AND MUSSOORIE Fine 2 Copies Available
By: Leomann Maps UK   
Price $9.95 ~ List Price $20.00, You Save $10.05
ALL 14 EIGHT-THOUSANDERS 1999 3rd ed Hardcover DJ Fine Multiple Copies Available SIGNED by Reinhold Messner
By: Messner, Reinhold   
Price $69.99 ~ List Price $150.00, You Save $80.01
GUIDE TO LUCERNE, THE LAKE, AND ITS ENVIRONS J.C. Heer 1896 5th ed Softcover Good
By: Heer, Jakob Christoph   
Price $9.00 ~ List Price $19.95, You Save $10.95
LA CONQUISTA DEL K2: SECONDA CIMA DEL MONDO [Ascent of K2] Ardito Desio 1st Italian Edition Hardcover DJ Near Fine
By: Desio, Ardito   
Price $21.00
MOUNT MCKINLEY CLIMBER'S GUIDE The Mountaineers 1981 1:25,000 Map and Guide in Envelope Fine
By: Mountaineers   
Price $65.00
JAPANESE ALPINE NEWS VOLUME 4, MAY 2003 In English
By: Japanese Alpine Club Journal   
Price $4.95 ~ List Price $24.95, You Save $20.00
THE ALPS Shiro Shirahata 1980 1st US edition Extra Large Hardcover DJ Fine 3 copies available
By: Shirahata, Shiro   
Price $39.95 ~ List Price $125.00, You Save $85.05
THE MATTERHORN Guido Rey 1908 2nd UK ed Hardcover Near Fine
By: Rey, Guido   
Price $70.00 ~ List Price $250.00, You Save $180.00
ON EDGE: THE LIFE AND CLIMBS OF HENRY BARBER Chip Lee 1982 1st ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine SIGNED by Henry Barber Multiple Copies Available
By: Lee, Chip   
Price $29.99 ~ List Price $75.00, You Save $45.01
CANADIAN ALPINE JOURNAL 2001 3 copies available
By: Alpine Club of Canada   
Price $9.99 ~ List Price $35.00, You Save $25.01
CANADIAN ALPINE JOURNAL 1967 3 copies available
By: Alpine Club of Canada   
Price $19.99 ~ List Price $50.00, You Save $30.01
EVEREST A MONTAINEERING HISTORY Walt Unsworth 1981 1st US ed Hardcover DJ Fine 3 Copies Available SIGNED by Kurt Diemberger
By: Unsworth, Walt   
Price $9.99 ~ List Price $60.00, You Save $50.01
COLORADO'S MOUNTAIN PLAYGROUNDS Union Pacific 1929 reprint Softcover Near Fine
By: Union Pacific System   
Price $30.00