Here you will find a list of suggested books and movies that will allow you to escape into the mountains from the comfort of home as you plan and prepare for your next adventure outdoors.

These were suggested by club members.

Some of these resources can be found on line. Links are provided where these are known but know that links can change so you may have to search a bit.

Some of these resources are owned by ACC Okanagan and are available for members to borrow.

For more information or to borrow a book or movie contact the ACC OK Secretary and Librarian at:

If you have book or movie suggestions of your own that you wish to share with the club then please complete and submit the form below:


  • Artists of the Rockies by Jane Gooch
  • Ways to the Sky by Andy Selters
  • Every Other Day by RW Sandford
  • A Tale of Two Passes by William Putnam
  • Avalanches and Snow Safety by Colin Fraser
  • Bugaboos Rock–A Climbing Guide by Randall Green and Joe Benson
  • The Bugaboos by Chris Atkinson and Marc Piche
  • The Complete Rock Climber by Malcolm Creasy
  • Extreme Rock and Ice: 25 of the World’s Great Climbs by Garth Hattingh
  • Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue by Andy Selters
  • The Guiding Spirit by Andrew J. Kauffman and William L. Putnam
  • How to Ice Climb by Falcon Guide
  • In the Shadow of Denali by Jonathan Waterman
  • Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
  • Medicine for Mountaineering by The Mountaineers
  • Squamish Select by Randall Green and Joe Benson

Books from the ACC Summit Series

  • The Highest Calling by RW Sandford (2 copies)
  • King of the Spiral Road by Hans Schwarz (2 copies)
  • The Remarkable Life of Sharon Wood by Lynn Martel (2 copies)
  • Beyond the Hills by RW Sandford (2 copies)
  • Expedition Yukon by RW Sandford
  • Route Finding by Lynn Martel (2 copies)
  • Strengths Revealed by RW Sandford
  • Once Upon a Mountain by RW Sandford (2 copies)
  • Among the Great Hills by RW Sandford (2 copies)
  • A Family for the Outfit by Zac Robinson
  • High Ideals by RW Sandford


  • Karabiner ’96 by KMC
  • Kootenay Mountaineer Newsletter Issue 3 and Issue 6


  • The Man Who Skied Down from Everest (1970, Yukihiko Kato)
Here’s a “Climbers” reading list if anyone else just wanted to see a list (and who recommended it:) 
  • Rock Horrors (Janice)
  • Annapurna (Janice and Bill)
  • Three Cups of Tea (Bill)
  • No Way Down: Life and Death on K2 (Bill)
  • Four Against Everest (Bill)
  • The Ascent of Rum Doodle (Sid)
  • My Climbs in the Alps and Caucasus-AF Mummery (sid)
  • The Games Climbers Play-Lito Tejada Flores (sid)
  • A Hiker’s Guide to the Canadian Rockies (Brian)
  • The Space Below My Feet -Gwen Moffat (Megan)
  • High Infatuation: A Climbers Guide to Love and Gravity-Steph Davis (Megan)
  • Freedom of the Hills (Megan)
  • Revelations (Darla’s Dad)

A follow up: In the old days, before dying on Mt Everest was a thing, dying in the Alps was more common. For harrowing adventures consider
“The White Spider” classic tragedy fest. Or you could just watch “the Eiger Sanction” (Sid)

And for a really farcical climbing movie, see “The Vertical Limit”, and its satire: “Things I learned about climbing from Vertical Limit.” Probably somewhere on Youtube. (Sid)

Alex Honold also has a Very funny U-tube video. I watched it last month. In it he “rates” all of the recent Hollywood climbing movies. Mission Impossible, K2, Vertical Limit, etc etc (Andy)