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Our Legends and Lore titles expose readers to the sheer magnitude of the world’s great mountains, and the audacious human spirit it takes to climb them.

This series features people who have contributed significantly to the world of mountaineering, as well as less well-known individuals whose adventures deserve more notice. Through their stories, we expand readers’ ideas of what is possible.

Share the world’s stunning mountain landscapes and the most intrepid climbers with generations to come.

JOIN THE FOUNDERS CIRCLE - gifts of $2,500 and above

Founders will receive the following in recognition of their support:

The West Ridge

•  An autographed hardbound copy of Everest: The West Ridge
•  Your name listed in all Legends and Lore titles, as a Founders Circle member
•  Invitations to attend special events; priority access to authors whenever possible
•  Three copies of each new Legends and Lore title as it is produced
•  One copy of all previosly published Legends and Lore titles
•  A lifetime 50% discount on all Mountaineers Books titles
•  Your name in the Mountaineers Books annual report


JOIN LEGENDS AND LORE SUPPORTERS - gifts of $500 to $2,499

Supporters will receive the following for their support:

•  Your name in the next four Legends and Lore titles produced
•  Two copies of each Legends and Lore title produced in the following year
•  Invitations to attend special events
•  A 50% discount on all Mountaineers Books titles for 12 months
•  Your name in the Mountaineers Books annual report



For more information on the LEGENDS AND LORE series, benefits of sponsorship, or how you can support future work, please contact us at mbooks@mountaineersbooks.org.

LEGENDS AND LORE titles available today recognize explorers who made significant contributions to mountaineering history, and all are written by climbers who were grateful for and fascinated by these forerunners of our passion for high places.

Currently available in the Legends and Lore series:

The Bond

The Bond
by Simon McCartney

Night Naked


Extreme Eiger
by Erhard Loretan


by Ang Tharkay with Basil P. Norton

Extreme Eiger


Extreme Eiger
by Peter and Leni Gillman

My Father Frank

My Father, Frank: The Forgotten Alpinist
by Tony Smythe

That Untravelled World


That Untravelled World: An Autobiography
by Eric Shipton
My Life at the Limit My Life at the Limit, by Reinhold Messner Free Spirit Free Spirit, by Reinhold Messner
Top of the World On Top of the World, by Mirella Tenderini and Luree Miller On Belay On Belay: The Life of Legendary Mountaineer Paul Petzoldt , by Raye Ringholz
The Duke of the Abruzzi The Duke of the Abruzzi: An Explorer's Life, by Mirella Tenderini and Michael Shandrick The Last Step The Last Step: The American Ascent Of K2, by Rick Ridgeway
Everest 1953 Everest 1953: The Epic Story Of The First Ascent, by Mick Conefrey Illusion Dweller Illusion Dweller: The CLimbing Life of Stimson Bullitt, by Stimson Bullitt
Mountain of My Fear The Mountain of My Fear and Deborah: Two Mountaineering Classics, by David Roberts Roskelley The Roskelley Collection: Stories Off the Wall, Nanda Devi, and Last Days, by John Roskelley
Through A Land of Extremes Through a Land of Extremes: The Littledales of Central Asia, by Elizabeth and Nicholas Clinch Freedom Climbers Freedom Climbers: The Golden Age of Polish Climbing, by Bernadette McDonald
Everest the West Ridge Everest: The West Ridge, by Thomas Hornbein (50th Anniversary Edition) A Life On The Edge A Life on the Edge: Memoirs of Everest and Beyond, by Jim Whittaker (50th Anniversary Edition)
Minus 148 Minus 148˚: First Winter Ascent of Mt. McKinley, by Art Davidson    




In order to mine a depth of knowledge and experience, we have developed an informal advisory group that provides guidance, recommendations, and outside perspective related to the LEGENDS AND LORE series:


Nick Clinch

Nick Clinch was the leader of expeditions that put the first climbers on top of Vinson Massif, Hidden Peak, and Masherbrum. He has served as the American Alpine Club president and was recipient of the 2006 AAC Gold Medal. He and his wife Betsy live in Palo Alto, California.



Thomas Hornbein

Tom Hornbein was the first, with Willi Unsoeld, to reach the summit of Mount Everest via the West Ridge. Tom joined the University of Washington School of Medicine faculty where he served as chair of the Department of Anesthesiology from 1978 to 1993. He and his wife Kathy now reside in Estes Park, Colorado.



Bernadette McDonald

Bernadette McDonald is the author of four books on mountaineering. Based in Banff, Alberta, she founded the Banff Centre for Mountain Culture in 1997 and served as its Vice President until 2006.



Jim Moss

Jim Moss is an attorney and risk management consultant. He founded the National Outdoor Book Awards (NOBA) and is currently chair of the AAC Library Committee. He lives in Colorado.



Jake Norton

Jake Norton is a professional climber and photographer who played a key role in the 1999 discovery of Mallory's remains on Everest. His photographs have been published in national and international publications and are featured in Eddie Bauer's 'First Ascent' line. He lives in Colorado.



Geoff Powter

Geoff Powter is a psychologist, climber, and writer based in Canmore, Alberta and was editor of the Canada Alpine Journal for thirteen years. For more than two decades, he has interviewed the likes of Charles Houston, Brad Washburn, and Stephen Venables as part of the Banff Mountain Book Festival.



David Roberts

David Roberts is the author or coauthor of more than twenty books on mountaineering and adventure. His essays and articles have appeared in National Geographic and The Atlantic Monthly, among many other publications. He lives in Massachusetts.



Matt Samet

Matt Samet was senior editor at Rock and Ice and editor-in-chief at Climbing magazine. He is the author of The Climbing Dictionary, Death Grip, and the forthcoming Crag Survival Handbook. He lives in Colorado.



Karin Steinbach

Karin Steinbach is a German editor, translator, and writer of mountaineering titles. She has authored or coauthored biographies of Peter Habeler, Alexander Huber, and Ueli Steck. She lives in Switzerland.



Jim Wickwire

Jim Wickwire with his companion Louis Reichardt, was one of the first two Americans to climb K2, and has climbed with some of the most notable climbing partners in the history of mountaineering. A retired attorney, he is also author of Addicted to Danger. Jim lives with his wife Mary Lou in Seattle, Washington.



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