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Chessler Books 1984-2021
37 Years of Mountaineering Books
Over 600,000 climbing books sold since 1984

Chessler Books, who we are and what we do.

Welcome to Chessler Books. Since 1984 we are the most complete bookshop and website selling books on Mountaineering.  We are the most complete bookshop for mountaineering books in the USA and in the 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 expensive and rare books, or just modern books or bargain books. We carry almost all 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.

One of our best sources of books is buying complete book collections from our older customers who are selling off their shelves of books that in many cases they bought from us 37 years ago. 

On the top of every page are 45 red and green subject tabs. The RED TABS  are those that 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 seven years we have been having an on-going SALE on almost everything we have, as I (Michael Chessler) am  in my seventies so it is time for us clean house. To our surprise these last seven 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!

A year ago we actually felt we were running low on many titles. We let the world know that we were buying books again.  Since January 2020 we have purchased thousands of books in many book collections here in Colorado and all over the USA.  Despite the forces against doing this, such as the pandemic, we are having our best year this century!

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. 


Michael Chessler

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

Every week we send our customers an emailed list of our newly listed books. Please sign up for our mailing list (see below) as there is no other way to know what we are putting on sale, or 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 liquidating 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 


"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.


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