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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)
DER KAMPF UM DEN DACHSTEIN: DIE GESCHICHTE SEINER EROBERUNG [THE BATTLE FOR THE DACHSTEIN: THE STORY OF ITS CONQUEST] Rudolf Lehr 1971
By: Lehr, Rudolf   
Price $29.99 ~ List Price $99.95, You Save $69.96
DENALI DIARY: LETTERS FROM MOUNT McKINLEY [Denali Basecamp Manager] Frances Randall 1987 1st ed New Paperback Multiple Copies Available
By: Randall, Frances   
Price $3.99 ~ List Price $10.00, You Save $6.01
EVEREST: GODDESS OF THE WIND Ronald Faux 1978 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Faux, Ronald   
Price $4.99 ~ List Price $35.00, You Save $30.01
MUNDIK NI 43-3 US ARMY MAP SERVICE MAP (U-502) Karakoram West. Masherbrum, Biafo and Baltoro Glaciers, Skardu, Indus Fine Multiple Copies Available
By: US Army Map U-502 NI 43-3   
Price $9.95 ~ List Price $15.00, You Save $5.05
LE ROI DES MONTAGNES [The King of the Mountains] Edmond About 1903 Hardcover Fine
By: About, Edmond, Adapted and Edited by Ernest Weekley   
Price $9.99 ~ List Price $250.00, You Save $240.01
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
HAMISH MACINNES: THE FOX OF GLENCOE Hamish MacInnes 2021 1st ed New Hardcover 2 copies available
By: MacInnes, Hamish   
Price $79.95
EVEREST THE HARD WAY: THE FIRST ASCENT OF THE SOUTH WEST FACE Chris Bonington 1976 1st UK ed or 2nd prtg Hardcover DJ Near Fine-Fine Multiple Copies Available
By: Bonington, Chris   
Price $39.95 ~ List Price $100.00, You Save $60.05
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
MOUNTAINS: MAPPING THE EARTH'S EXTREMES Reinhold Messner 2016 1st ed Hardcover DJ New Multiple copies available
By: Messner, Reinhold, Stefan Dech and Nils Sparwasser   
Price $19.99 ~ List Price $55.00, You Save $35.01
PROGRESS IN SNOWMELT INVESTIGATIONS AT THE FRASER EXPERIMENTAL FOREST: THE 1950 SNOWMELT SEASON REPORT NO. 3 (Colorado) 1952 1st ed Softcover Fine
By: USFS & Bureau of Reclamation   
Price $1.99 ~ List Price $50.00, You Save $48.01
A LIFE ON THE EDGE: MEMOIRS OF EVEREST AND BEYOND 1999 1st ed New Hardcover DJ SIGNED by Jim Whittaker 3 Copies Available
By: Whittaker, Jim   
Price $29.95 ~ List Price $90.00, You Save $60.05
THE GEOGRAPHICAL JOURNAL February 1938 Vol 91 No 2 Fine; Salween and Tsangpo Basins Ronald Kaulback; Karakoram by Kenneth Mason; Trans-Sahara Routes;
By: Royal Geographical Society   
Price $19.99 ~ List Price $50.00, You Save $30.01
THE GODS ARE ANGRY [Novel] Wilfrid Noyce 1957 1st UK ed Hardcover Fine SIGNED by Wilfrid Noyce [Rare]
By: Noyce, Wilfrid   
Price $250.00
10 KEYS TO CLIMB EVEREST Pat Ament 1999 1st ed Softcover New
By: Ament, Pat   
Price $4.99 ~ List Price $14.95, You Save $9.96
CORDILLERA HUAYHUASH PERU Hans Kinzl, Erwin Schneider 1954 ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine Multiple Copies Available
By: Kinzl, Hans and Erwin Schneider   
Price $75.00 ~ List Price $250.00, You Save $175.00
TO THE TOP OF THE WORLD [EVEREST] Brian Blessed 1995 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Blessed, Brian   
Price $9.99 ~ List Price $35.00, You Save $25.01
THE LURE OF THE MOUNTAINS Herbert T. Maeder 1975 1st ed Hardcover Hardcover DJ Near Fine
By: Maeder, Herbert T.   
Price $9.99 ~ List Price $30.00, You Save $20.01
GREAT FIGURES OF NINETEENTH-CENTURY HIMALAYAN EXPLORATION Kenneth Mason 1956 Softcover Very Good
By: Mason, Kenneth   
Price $1.99 ~ List Price $19.95, You Save $17.96
MOUNTAINEERS: GREAT TALES OF BRAVERY AND CONQUEST Ed Douglas 2011 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine Multiple copies available
By: Douglas, Ed, Royal Geographical Society, The Alpine Club, Smithsonian   
Price $29.95 ~ List Price $49.95, You Save $20.00
ACONCAGUA: THE STONE SENTINEL: PERSPECTIVES OF AN EXPEDITION Thomas Taplin 1992 Hardcover DJ Like New
By: Taplin, Thomas   
Price $39.95 ~ List Price $75.00, You Save $35.05
SIERRA CLUB BULLETIN VOL. XXXVIII NO. 8 October 1953 Softcover Very Good-Fine Multiple Copies Available
By: Sierra Club   
Price $5.00 ~ List Price $10.00, You Save $5.00
ARABIAN SANDS Wilfred Thesiger 1959 1st US ed Hardcover Near Fine 2 Copies Available
By: Thesiger, Wilfred   
Price $9.95 ~ List Price $30.00, You Save $20.05
EVEREST THE WEST RIDGE 1965 1st edition Large Format Hardcover Dust Jacket SIGNED by Tom Hornbein and James Whittaker Multiple copies available
By: Hornbein, Thomas F.   
Price $295.00
K2: THE SAVAGE MOUNTAIN 1955 1st UK ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine SIGNED by Charles Houston & Bob Bates
By: Houston, Charles and Robert Bates   
Price $295.00 ~ List Price $500.00, You Save $205.00
INTO THIN AIR: A PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF THE MOUNT EVEREST DISASTER LARGE ILLUSTRATED EDITION1998 Hardcover Fine SIGNED by Jon Krakauer
By: Krakauer, Jon   
Price $250.00 ~ List Price $350.00, You Save $100.00
MOUNTAIN RECREATION Bruce Jenkinson 1976 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Jenkinson, Bruce   
Price $1.99 ~ List Price $20.00, You Save $18.01
ANTARCTICA (Science Program) Roy Gallant 1962 Softcover Near Fine
By: Gallant, Roy   
Price $9.00
CANADIAN ALPINE JOURNAL 1921/22 One left
By: Alpine Club of Canada   
Price $275.00
A MINI-GUIDE TO SELECTED FREE CLIMBS OF NORTHERN ARIZONA (Rock & Ice Guide) Larry Coats Softcover Near Fine
By: Coats, Larry   
Price $9.95