ADVENTURE AND OUTDOOR SPORTS BOOKS

Used books about climbing, mountaineering, rock climbing, hiking and tramping and other outdoor sports and hobbies.
Includes expeditions to the great peaks of the world.

All these fortunabooks.com prices are in New Zealand dollars.


BISHOP Graham 
The Mount Aspiring Region
A Guide for Mountaineers

This climbing guide to the Mount Aspiring Region, first published in 1974, has since been reissued in revised and enlarged versions. This original edition describes the then known climbing routes from the Matukituki Valley, the Dart Glacier and the Volta Glacier. It includes some photographs, and lots of interesting information about the history and first ascents of most peaks and notable routes. A three page “classification list” is supplied at the end of the book, with a technical grade (on a scale from 0 to 7) for all the routes described in the guidebook.

VG+ softback
$20 C/A
New Zealand Alpine Club / Moir's Guide Books, 1974 FIRST EDITION, 62+6pp index, folding map.
[#3084]





BONNINGTON Chris  
Everest, South West Face

An account of Bonnington's 1972 unsuccessful attempt at the South West Face of Everest.

VG hardback in VG- dust jacket with short tear along upper joint tape repaired, lightly sunned spine
$25 C/C
Hodder 1973 first edition hard cover, 352pp + colour and black and white plates. ISBN 0340169729 [# 896 adv sport]

VG
$7 A/B
Penguin 1975 paperback, 368pp + col. plts. ISBN 0140039333 [PB#1156 adventure sport]


BONINGTON Chris  
Everest the Hard Way

The first ascent of the South-West Face of Everest. ISBN 0340208333

VG- hardback with VG unclipped dust jacket tidy under plastic sleeve. Tape residue to endpapers with some offset to the first plate.
$15 C/D
Hodder 1976 first edition 4to hard cover, 239pp + colour plates. [# 895 adv sport]

VG paperback with reading crease to spine, name to fep
$6 A/B
Arrow 1977, 352pp + col. plts. ISBN 0099159406 [PB#1155 adventure sport]

VG paperback with reading crease to spine, name to fep
$6 A/B
Arrow 1977, 352pp + col. plts. ISBN 0099159406 [PB#1302 adventure sport]


BONINGTON Chris  
I Chose to Climb

ISBN 009910380X

G+paperback, lightly rubbed to edges
$8 C/B
Arrow 1975, 208pp + plates. [#1972 adventure sport]


BONINGTON Chris  
The Next Horizon

ISBN 0099103907

G+ paperback, lightly rubbed to edges, name to fep
$8 C/B
Arrow 1975, 304pp + plates. [#1973 adventure sport]


BOWIE Nan  
Mick Bowie, The Hermitage Years

Biography of past foremost guide in the Mount Cook Alpine region.
ISBN0589002198

VG hardback in VG dust jacket.
$20 C/C
Reed 1969 first reprint, hard cover, 196pp + plates. [#2860 new zealand biography, climbing, mountaineering]

VG hardback in VG dust jacket. Top corner of fep clipped (no loss to map) light rubbing to dust jacket top edge, large chip lower corner of rear panel
$15 C/C
Reed 1969 first reprint, hard cover, 196pp + plates. [#514 new zealand biography, climbing, mountaineering]

VG hardback in VG dust jacket. Has small name to fep
$20 C/C
Reed 1969 first edition, hard cover, 196pp + plates. [# 1796 new zealand biography, climbing, mountaineering]

Good hardback in Good well rubbed and tape stained dust jacket, reading copy only with ex-library stamps and reading wear
$5 C/C
Reed 1969 first reprint, hard cover, 196pp + plates. [# 904 new zealand biography, climbing, mountaineering]


BRIDGE L D  
Mountain Search and Rescue

Complete overview of the equipment and techniques employed by the Mountain Rescue teams at the time. Signed to fep 'L D 'Bill' Bridge 12 Jul 60'

VG- softback with mild spine lean.
$35 C/B
Federated Mountain Clubs of New Zealand 1960 first edition, pictorial paper wrappers over sewn sheets, 225pp +plates. [# 1150 adventure sport]


BROOK & DONNELLY   The Windhorse
G+ G+ ex library with stamps etc, DW under plastic sleeve $10 C/C Cape 1986 first edition hard cover,223pp + plates in colour. Mountaineering in Nepal, Kalathar by a blind woman and her guide. ISBN 0224028243 [# 894 explor]

BROWN Joe  
The Hard Years

mountaineering ISBN 0140039325

G+ paperback with creased covers
$5 A/B
Penguin 1975, 252pp+ plates. [PB#1157 adventure sport]


CAPPER D. S. 
Impressions of a Tramping Club

A history of the Wellington Tramping and Mountaineering Club 1947-1968. Includes articles on the Tararua Ranges, Mt Aspiring, mountain huts, climbing, Mt Cook, skiing, Ruapehu.

VG softback, has some minor age browning or foxing otherwise tidy
$45 B/B
Wellington Tramping and Mountaineering Club 1968, 92pp [#2795 new zealand, tramping]





CHAPPLE Geoff 
Te Araroa: The New Zealand Trail

Geoff Chapple has blazed a continuous hiking trail through New Zealand from Cape Reinga to Bluff. He describes the dream of establishing a long pathway, and how his dream became a reality. With a running commentary describing the landscape, the history of the places and the people he encountered tramping through the countryside.This was the first book written about the Te Araroa trail experience. ISBN186941537X

VG softback
$25 B/C
Random House New Zealand 2002, first printing, 264pp. [#2805 new zealand, adventure, sport, tramping ]





DARWIN Chris & John AMY  
The Social Climbers

ISBN 0725106808

VG softcover with minor stain to bottom edge of a few of the plates
$8 C/C
Sun 1991 first edition, 256pp + colour plates. [#905 ]


DEAVOLL Pat 
Wind from a Distant Summit

The story of New Zealand's leading woman mountaineer. Covers her experiences in the Southern Alps, Canadian Rockies, Alaska and Central Asia, China, Karakoram etc.
ISBN9781877517464

VG softback
$25 C/C
Craig Potton Publishing 2011,264pp + plates.
[#2995 ]





DINGLE Graeme with foreword by Edmund Hillary 
Wall of Shadows, the New Zealand Jannu Adventure

An account of the New Zealand 1975 Jannu expedition (25,000 feet) tackling the North face. Mt Jannu is in Eastern Nepal, near Kanchenjunga. Well illustrated with colour photographs. Includes gear lists detailing provisions and equipment used.
ISBN0340214503

VG+ hardback in VG+ dust jacket
$30 B/C
Hodder 1976, first edition. 177pp + 24 pp colour plate section
[#2786 ]





FITZGERALD Edward Arthur 
Climbs In The New Zealand Alps
Being An Account Of Travel And Discovery.

Rare first edition, which was limited to 1,000 copies (unstated).

Fitzgerald’s climbs in the Southern Alps of New Zealand in 1895 with Zurbriggen, J. Clarke and C. Barrow. The party made five first ascents including Mt Tasman. Includes Zurbriggen's account of a new route up Mt Cook. Also relates his trip out to New Zealand from Ceylon, and travel across New Zealand to the Alps. Good descriptions of the climbing of mountains, with the selection of gear, methods of carrying supplies, wet and cold bivouacs etc. 25 x 18cm, 32 black and white photographic plates with tissue guards, 27 drawings.

This copy belonged to Andrew William Rutherford (1842 – 1918) of Mendip Hills, North Canterbury, with a gift inscription of the book to him from (illegible name).

A. W. Rutherford was one of seven brothers who were among the wool kings of the Amuri district. He stood for the Hurunui seat in the General Assembly in 1902 as a Liberal and was endorsed by Premier Richard Seddon. Rutherford won both the 1902 and 1905 elections. He retired from politics in 1908 and in 1910 took his family on a world tour, publishing his experiences as The impressions of a New Zealand pastoralist on tour. Rutherford died of influenza in Christchurch on 11 November 1918 and was buried in the Waiau cemetery.

VG Tan buckram, cloth bound, hardback with top edge gilt, leather title labels. Some soiling to cloth boards. Very minor foxing to closed edges and prelims, some plates foxed to edges. Small private library code in India ink to top corner of front endpaper. Collated as complete. The huge colour folding map has been reinforced along some folds with scotch tape.

$595 Includes Courier with signature required postage.
T. Fisher Unwin 1896, xvi, 363pp + frontis., plates. Loose folding map.
[#3102 ]



GILL Michael 
Mountain Midsummer
Climbing in Four Continents

The author was a member of Edmund Hillary's 1960 Himalaya expedition, as well as climbs in New Zealand's Darran Range, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Antarctic etc.
ISBN0340106344

VG hardback in VG dust jacket. Jacket price clipped and book has gift inscription at front.
$20 C/C
Hodder 1969 FIRST EDITION, 220pp + plates.
[#3082 ]





GILLMAN Peter & Dougal HASTON  
Eiger Direct

mountaineering

G hardback with G dust jacket which is edge chipped with tears etc. Ex library with stamp and reading wear
$15 C/C
Collins 1966 first edition hard cover, 183pp + plates in colour and b&w. [#900]


GRAHAM Peter edited by H B Hewitt with foreword by John Pascoe 
Peter Graham: Mountain Guide
An autobiography

The autobiography of Peter Graham 1878-1910, of Westland, who made many first ascents of the Southern Alps and became the chief guide at the Hermitage.

VG hardback in G+ slightly worn dust jacket.
$25 C/C
Reed 1965 First edition, 245pp + plates. Map end papers
[#3009 ]





GREGORY Alfred & Sir John Hunt  
The Picture of Everest

A book of full colour reproductioins of photographs of the British Mount Everest Expedition of 1953. Colour photographs with facing text, taken on the successful British attempt on Everest where Hillary and Tenzing reached the summit

VG- hardback in G+ sunned dust jacket. One page has been creased, and there is some edge and surface wear to the dust jacket.
$20 B/C
Hodder 1954 first edition, unpaginated approx 120 pages. [#2670 mountaineering ]





HERZOG Maurice  
Annapurna

Conquest of the first 8000 metre Peak

VG hardback with name to fep, sunned spine ends, no dust jacket
$10 C/C
Cape 1953 cloth, 288pp + plates and folding map. French Himalayan Expedition 1950, English translation. [# 892]


HILLARY Peter   A Sunny Day in the Himalayas

Ama Dablam ISBN 0340256850

VG- hardback in VG dust jacket under plastic sleeve. Stain to top corner outer edge of rear few pages (marginal), name to fep
$15 C/C
Hodder 1980 first edition hard cover, 166pp + colour plates [#898 ]


HUNT John 
The Ascent of Everest

The official account of the expedition which culminated in Hillary and Tenzing summiting Mount Everest. "This is the story of how, on 29 May, 1953, two men, both endowed with outstanding stamina and skill, reached the top of Everest and came back unscathed to rejoin their comrades. Yet this will not be the whole story, for the ascent of Everest was not the work of one day, nor even of those few anxious, unforgettable weeks in which we prepared and climbed this summer. It is, in fact, a tale of sustained and tenacious endeavour by many, over a long period of time. We of the 1953 Everest Expedition are proud to share the glory with our predecessors." Sir John Hunt

VG cloth hardback with no dust jacket. Small gift inscription to fep.
$20 C/C
Hodder 1953 FIRST EDITION, xx 300pp + plates.
[#3013 ]

VG cloth hardback with no dust jacket. Spotting to closed edges.
$15 C/C
Hodder 1954 reprint, xx 300pp + plates.
[#3014 / 3268 ]





HUNT John  
The Ascent of Everest

Official account of the first successful attempt on summiting Everest where Ed Hillary "Knocked the bastard off"

VG- paperback that has been contact sealed, shows age browning to pages, small area of white out to first page
$5 A/B
Hodder 1957 paperback, 255pp + plates. [#256 ]


HUNT John 
Our Everest Adventure
The Pictorial History from Kathmandu to the Summit

Mainly black and white photos of the 1953 British Everest Expedition, from Kathmandu to Hillary and Tenzing on the summit.

G+ hardback in G+ dust jacket. Light age browning or foxing to book and to a lesser extent to dust jacket, jacket under plastic sleeve has been price clipped, small burn to front plastic sleeve and dust jacket under it only the size of a small cigarette tip
$20 B/C
Brockhampton Press 1954 FIRST EDITION, 128pp.
[#3101 ]





MAHONEY Michael  
Harry Ayres: Mountain Guide

Biography of leading guide on the New Zealand Southern Alps during the 1940s and '50s. The man who taught Edmund Hillary to climb ISBN 0723306885

VG hardback in VG dust jacket with light edgewear, closed tear at foot of upper joint
$40 C/B
Whitcoulls 1982 first edition hardcover, 160pp + plates. [#300]


MESSNER Reinhold 
The Challenge
Two men alone at 8000m.

Messner gives an account of two Himalayan mountaineering expeditions, the South Face of Lhotse, and the ascent of Hidden Peak with Peter Habeler. Includes colour photographs.
ISBN0718211596

VG- hardback in VG price clipped dust jacket. Book has minor foxing to endpapers. Small name to fep.
$25 C/C
Kaye and Ward 1977, 205pp+ plates.
[#3129 ]





MOFFAT Gwen  
Space Below my Feet

An early woman climber. ISBN 0140039910

VG paperback with a lightly sunned / soiled spine
$5 B/B
Penguin 1976, 304pp + plates [PB# 407 adv sport]


MOIR George M.
Edited by Gerard Hall-Jones
 
Moir's Guide Book; Southern Section. Queenstown District - Routeburn - Hollyford Southwards.
cover image of Moir's Guidebook 1959 edition southern section

Moir's Guide Book to the Tramping Tracks and Routes of the Great Southern Lakes and Fiords of Otago and Southland. A Tramper's Guide to the Southern Lakes.

VG softback
$30 C/B
Whitcombe and Tombs 1959 (reprint of the edition revised by W Scott Gilkison and A H Hamilton). 154pp + plates.[#3307]





MONTEATH Colin 
Under a Sheltering Sky, Journeys to Mountain Heartlands

Colin documents with colour photography twelve journeys to polar and mountain heartlands in Tibet, Bhutan, Alaska, Mongolia, Nepal, Greenland, Patagonia, New Zealand, the Chinese Karakoram and Antarctica. Large format. ISBN0473095572

VG+ hardback in VG+ dust jacket
$50 D/D
Hedgehog House 2003 first edition, 232pp.[#2706 exploration, travel]





MULGREW Peter  
No Place for Men

Himalayan Scientific Expedition by Hillary to Makalu,1960. Details the aftermath of Mulgrew's severe frostbite.

VG hardback in G dust jacket which has edge tears and chipping and a repaired tear with associated creases at top of front cover
$15 C/C
Reed 1965 hard cover, 199pp + plates. [# 890 adv sport]


VG hardback in VG- dust jacket which has edge rubbing and handling soiling
$15 C/C
Reed 1965 hard cover, 199pp + plates. [#1705]





NOYCE Wilfrid 
South Col; One Man's Adventure on the Ascent of Everest, 1953

Wilfrid Noyce was the first member of the 1953 Everest expedition to accomplish the ascent of the South Col, the small plateau just below the summit. This memoir captures the numbing feeling of intense cold, the shriek of high winds, and the austere beauty of glacier and snowfall and stone.

G+ hardback with no dust jacket
$8 C/C
The Reprint Society 1955, 249pp + plates. [#2822 adventure sports, mountaineering ]





PASCOE John  
Unclimbed New Zealand

Alpine Travel in the Canterbury and Westland Ranges, Southern Alps

VG hardback in G+ dust jacket with some wear to edges, small chips, slight fading
$30 C/C
Allen & Unwin 1954 third impression hard cover, 244pp + plates, adverts and folding map. [#1775 ]


POYNTER Dan  
Parachuting, The Skydivers' Handbook

A complete guide to the equipment and technique of skydiving. ISBN 0915516160

G+ softcover with rubbed wrappers, name stamp to inside cover
$10 B/B
Parachuting Publications 1978 revised edition, 179pp illustrated. [#1120 ]


REBUFFAT Gaston, translated by Eleanor Brockett. 
Between Heaven and Earth.
Photographs by Pierre Tairraz.

Amazing photographic record of climbs in the Alps. Colour but mainly black and white, and including folding panoramas. Rebuffat put up more than 40 new routes in the Alps, and Tairraz is the great-grandson of Joseph Tairraz, a pioneer alpine photographer who was taking plate cameras to the Alps in the 1860s.
ISBN0718205138

VG hardback in VG price clipped dust jacket. Book boards bumped with minor split to bottom edge.
$25 B/C
Kaye and Ward 1970 first reprint in new edition, 183pp.
[#3120 ]





SHIPTON Eric 
That Untravelled World
An autobiography
cover image of That Untravelled World, An autobiography

Autobiography of one of the most important 20th century Himalayan explorers. Shipton was involved with most of the Everest expeditions during the 1930s and later, and continued exploring and climbing including the Karakoram, Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia and China.
ISBN0340043301

G+ hardback in G+ dust jacket. Ex-Library with stamps and issue slips etc. Some tape rust to reverse of dust jacket.
$15 C/C
Hodder 1970286pp + maps and plates.
[#3395 ]





SIMPSON Joe 
The Beckoning Silence

Joe Simpson gives an account of his love-hate relationship with extreme climbing, and more so with his fascination with the Eiger. Gives a good history of the Eiger's North Face. ISBN9780099422433

VG softback
$8 C/B
Vintage 2003, 290 pages. [#2585 mountaineering, biography ]





SMYTH Frank  
The Adventures of a Mountaineer

European and Himalayan climbs. Biographical account of climbs in the Alps, Dolomites, Mont Blanc, Kangchenjunga, Kamet and Everest.

G hardback with G+ dust jacket under plastic sleeve, ex library with reading wear, stamps etc. $15 C/C
Dent 1949 reprint, 228pp + plates. Good reading copy. [# 901 adv sport]


SMYTH Frank  
The Kangchenjunga Adventure

Himalayan mountaineering.

G+ hardback in G+ dust jacket which is rubbed and lightly soiledm with edge wear and light chipping, clothe boards sunned, fep pasted down, rear fep missing
$15 A/B
Hodder and Stoughton Black Jacket edition1946 first edition thus cloth, 344pp + plates. [# 1047 adventure sports]


SPOTSWOOD GREEN William 
The High Alps of New Zealand

A trip to the glaciers of the antipodes with an ascent of Mount Cook. RARE early New Zealand alpine mountaineering title. Tissue guarded frontis. and four maps including the folding map of Tasman Glacier present.

Original red cloth with black borders to the upper board and blind ones to the lower board, spine has black and gilt panelling and tooling as well as a gilt mountain motif towards the tail. A little faded to the spine, and with some minor splitting at head. The corners of the boards are lightly rubbed. With the original black endpapers, front paste down has book plate of G C T Burns. Both hinges have split and the book block was detached. This has been repaired with archival tape.
$200 C/C
MacMillan 1883 FIRST EDITION, xiv + 350 +32pp adverts
[#3015 ]




















STEELE Peter  
Doctor on Everest

International Himalayan Expedition 1971, a doctor's account

VG hardback with inscription to paste down, spine titling chipped
$9 C/C
Reader's Union 1973, 222pp + plates. [# 891 ]


TARARUA Tramping Club and GREIG B D A  
Tararua, Annual Magazine of the Tararua Tramping Club

1947 -1976 (nos 1-29) These are from the collection of Colin Tutte and the 1969 issue has a 50th anniversary commemorative crossing of the Tararuas card presented to Colin who participated int the tramp.

VG softbacks
$20 each B/A
The following issues have small pen note to front cover; 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, the 1967 issue is also water damaged ($10), 1969, 1970, 1975. Tararua Tramping Club stapled wrappers 8vo approx 85pp + adverts and plates and folding maps. 1972-1973 is a single issue. [#2621 adventure sport, new zealand]


TARARUA Tramping Club edited by Anne McCALLUM Anne  
Tararua, Annual Magazine of the Tararua Tramping Club

1977-2000 (Nos 30-53)

VG light wear where stored in box, minor foxing to the earlier issues.
$15 each B/B
Tararua Tramping Club stapled wrappers, c 48pp, b&w photos etc, 1977-78 are b&w covers, the rest are colour photocovers. 1985 and later are closer to folio size [SP 9]


TARARUA Tramping Club and GREIG B D A  
Tararua Story, Jubilee of a Mountain Club

published in Commemoration of the Silver Jubilee of the Tararua Tramping Club 1919-1944

VG softcover in aged wrappers, minor spine wear, name stamp to title [H.E.EVANS]
$30 B/B
Tararua Tramping Club 1946 sewn wrappers 4to, 108pp+ plates and folding map at rear. [SP 8]


TARARUA Tramping Club  
Generally Tramping

A story of change within the Tararua Tramping Club 1919-1994. A historical survey of the club.

VG sunned spine, crease bottom corner lower cover
$15 B/B
Tararua Tramping Club, 1994 stapled wrappers near folio, 88pp. [SP 10]


TEMPLE Philip 
The World at Their Feet

New Zealand mountaineers in the great ranges of the World

VG hardback in VG dust jacket
$25 C/C
Whitcombe and Tombs 1969 first edition hard cover, 250pp + plates. [#2280 adventure sports]

VG hardback in VG- dust jacket which is chipped or rubbed to edges. Tape stain to feps, name to half title.
$25 C/C
Whitcombe and Tombs 1969 first edition hard cover, 250pp + plates. [#899 adventure sports]




TEMPLE Philip
Castles in the Air, Men and mountains in New Zealand

VG VG- rubbing and small splits to spine ends and corners of DW with sunned spine

$40 C/C [NZ 63]

John McIndoe 1973 first edition hardcover 4to, 168pp well illustrated in colour and B&W with photographs and reproduced paintings. A complete history of men in the New Zealand mountains, mountaineers, explorers, climbers, guides, farmers, musterers etc.


TERRAY Lionel  
Conquistadors of the Useless, from the Alps to Annapurna and beyond

Autobiography of Lionel Terray famed for the second ascent of North Face of Eiger (1947) and a dramatic rescue on it in 1957. Translated by Geoffrey Sutton. Includes climbing in the Alps, North Face Eiger, world war two in the Alps with mountain troops, Annapurna, Makalu, Chacraraju and his time guiding. 80 photographs in b&w.

VG hardback in VG dust jacket, tidy ex library, shelf mark to DW and book spine. light tape residue where DW sleeve attached to boards.
$200 C/C
Gollancz 1963 first edition hardcover, 351pp + plates. Ex-library but with tidy placement of stamps and little wear or marking. [SP 16]


ULLMAN James Ramsay  
Kingdom of Adventure, Everest

A Chronicle of Man's Assault on the Earth's Highest Mountain. Anthology of writings by those who participated in the various expeditions upto the 1940's, includes Younghusband, Shipton, Mallory. Travellers as well as climbers. Himalayan mountaineering.

VG hardback in VG dust jacket with name to fep, faint tape stains to paste downs, DW lightly edge chipped at spine ends with small stain lower panel.
$30 C/C
Collins 1948 first edition cloth, 320pp + plates. [SP 21]


VOSTINAR Ivan and Tim WETHEY 
South Island Rock

A guide to the best rock climbing areas in the South Island (of New Zealand). 2500+ routes 1800+ boulder problems, includes photos maps, diagrams and training, access and equipment tips. the definitive work for outdoors rock climbing in the South Island. 120 x 165 x 20mm format printed on glossy paper.
ISBN0473070812

VG+ softback
$30 A/C
Macpac 2000, 495pp.
[#3267 ]





WALL David  
Rondoy

An Expedition to the Peruvian Andes

VG hardback in VG dust jacket under plastic sleeve. Tidy ex library copy with discrete stamps, and has issuing slips and tape rust to endpapers.
$15 C/C
John Murray 1965 first edition cloth, 176pp + plates. [#902]

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