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.
By members Of The New Zealand Alpine Club, this is a facsimile edition of the first 27 issues of the Journal. A Limited Edition of 500 numbered sets, complete with original maps and photographs, some folding.
mountaineering, NZAC, journal, complete set, southern alps
VG hardbacks with G+ dust jackets with some handling wear or small edge tears.
$375, a large heavy set so ask for a postal quote to your location please.
New Zealand Alpine Club (Inc.) 1975-1978. 372, 195, 358, 240, 501, 420, 352 and 291pp +maps and photographs.
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.
New Zealand Alpine Club / Moir's Guide Books, 1974 FIRST EDITION, 62+6pp index, folding map.
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
The first ascent of the South-West Face of Everest. ISBN 0340208333VG- hardback with VG unclipped dust jacket tidy under plastic sleeve. Tape residue to endpapers with some offset to the first plate.
ISBN 009910380XG+paperback, lightly rubbed to edges
ISBN 0099103907G+ paperback, lightly rubbed to edges, name to fep
Biography of past foremost guide in the Mount Cook Alpine region.
VG hardback in VG dust jacket.
Reed 1969 first reprint, hard cover, 196pp + plates. [#1796, 2860 ]
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
Reed 1969 first reprint, hard cover, 196pp + plates. [#514 ]
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.
mountaineering ISBN 0140039325G+ paperback with creased covers
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
Wellington Tramping and Mountaineering Club 1968, 92pp [#2795 new zealand, tramping]
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
Random House New Zealand 2002, first printing, 264pp. [#2805 new zealand, adventure, sport, tramping ]
ISBN 0725106808VG softcover with minor stain to bottom edge of a few of the plates
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.
Craig Potton Publishing 2011,264pp + plates.
[#2995, 3595 ]
Biography of New Zealand climber and Alpine Guide.
Maurice Dick 1992 first edition, 164pp.
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.
VG+ hardback in VG+ dust jacket
Hodder 1976, first edition. 177pp + 24 pp colour plate section
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 within New Zealand. For overseas please ask for a quote.
T. Fisher Unwin 1896, xvi, 363pp + frontis., plates. Loose folding map.
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.
VG hardback in VG dust jacket. Jacket price clipped and book has gift inscription at front.
Hodder 1969 FIRST EDITION, 220pp + plates.
mountaineeringG hardback with G dust jacket which is edge chipped with tears etc. Ex library with stamp and reading wear
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.
Reed 1965 First edition, 245pp + plates. Map end papers
A book of full colour reproductions 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.
Everest, 1953, Hillary, Tenzing, first edition
VG hardback in VG dust jacket with intact transparent plastic dust jacket.. Former owner details to free end paper blocked out with white correction tape.
Hodder 1954 first edition, unpaginated approx 120 pages.
VG- hardback in G+ sunned dust jacket. One page has been creased, and there is some edge and surface wear to the dust jacket.
Hodder 1954 first edition, unpaginated approx 120 pages.
Norman Hardie, a New Zealand civil engineer, lived a fascinating life. He paid his way through university as a deer culler. After graduating he worked on hydro-electric projects among the mountains and, with a strong group of friends, made many first ascents on major summits in the Southern Alps.
Eventually London and the Himalayas beckoned, and Norman served as a secretary to the 1953 British expedition to Everest. Two years later he led one of the two summit pairs that made the first ascent of Kangchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world.
Norman played an important part in three expeditions with Sir Edmund Hillary and was a director of his Himalayan Trust. He went to Antarctica three times, including as the leader of Scott Base, and was also involved in many mountain rescues.
The story of Norman Hardie’s eventful life is here told with clarity and honesty, in a fast-moving, often amusing style. Some myths are debunked in this valuable record of a pioneering era in mountain history.
Canterbury University Press 2006, 323pp.
VG softback SIGNED BY AUTHOR
Canterbury University Press 2006, 323pp.
Conquest of the first 8000 metre PeakVG hardback with name to fep, sunned spine ends, no dust jacket
Ama Dablam ISBN 0340256850VG- hardback in VG dust jacket under plastic sleeve. Stain to top corner outer edge of rear few pages (marginal), name to fep
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.
Hodder 1953 FIRST EDITION, xx 300pp + plates.
VG cloth hardback with no dust jacket. Spotting to closed edges.
Hodder 1954 reprint, xx 300pp + plates.
[#3014 / 3268 ]
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
Hodder 1957 paperback, 255pp + plates. [#256 ]
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
Brockhampton Press 1954 FIRST EDITION, 128pp.
Biography of leading guide on the New Zealand Southern Alps during the 1940s and '50s. The man who taught Edmund Hillary to climb ISBN 0723306885VG hardback in VG dust jacket with light edgewear, closed tear at foot of upper joint
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.
VG- hardback in VG price clipped dust jacket. Book has minor foxing to endpapers. Small name to fep.
Kaye and Ward 1977, 205pp+ plates.
Inspired by The Compleat Tramper an advocate of ancient equipment, oilskin parkas, woollen long-johns and the like, the Cock & Bull trampers embark on a series of adventures, and disasters, bush-bashing, struggling over the tops, battling leatherwood and sleet.
Humorous accounts of green trampers in the Ruahines, Tararuas, Nelson Lakes, Marlborough, Ureweras, Main Divide, Westland, Fiordland, Stewart Island and more.
new zealand, camping, hiking, tramping, memoir, humour
VG- softback, signed by Julia Millen to title page.
Writes Hill Press 2011, 156pp.
Gwen Mary Moffat lived a bohemian lifestyle in the 1940-50s, mainly as a mountain guide.
As well as private guiding she also worked with the RAF Mountain Rescue Service in North Wales.
She later wrote detective fiction, including a series featuring Melinda Pink.
British, women, climber, autobiography
VG hardback in G+ dust jacket with some creasing.
The Quality Book Club 1961 first thus, 286pp.
VG paperback with a lightly sunned / soiled spine
Penguin 1976, 304pp + plates
ISBN0140039910 [PB# 407 ]
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.
Whitcombe and Tombs 1959 (reprint of the edition revised by W Scott Gilkison and A H Hamilton). 154pp + plates.[#3307, 3988]
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
Hedgehog House 2003 first edition, 232pp.[#2706 exploration, travel]
Peter Mulgrew was on the Himalayan Scientific Expedition led by Edmund Hillary to Makalu in 1960.
Here he details the aftermath of his severe frostbite.
new zealand, mountaineering, everest, himalaya
VG hardback in G+ dust jacket which has short repaired tears at head of spine. Gift inscription to half title page.
Reed 1964 first edition, 199pp + plates.
VG hardback in G dust jacket which has edge tears and chipping and a repaired tear with associated creases at top of front cover
Reed 1965, 199pp + plates.
VG hardback in VG- dust jacket which has edge rubbing and handling soiling
Reed 1965, 199pp + plates. [#1705]
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
The Reprint Society 1955, 249pp + plates. [#2822 adventure sports, mountaineering ]
Alpine Travel in the Canterbury and Westland Ranges, Southern AlpsVG hardback in G+ dust jacket with some wear to edges, small chips, slight fading
Powell recounts over twenty years of his experiences in the bush and mountains of New Zealand. Climbs in the mountains of Tararua, Rakaia, Arthur's Pass, Remarkables, Milford Sound, Mt Aspiring and overseas.
mountaineering, climbing, new zealand
VG hardback in VG dustjacket. Jacket has printer error to image and a few short edge tears.
Reed 1970, 211pp.
A complete guide to the equipment and technique of skydiving. ISBN 0915516160G+ softcover with rubbed wrappers, name stamp to inside cover
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.
VG hardback in VG price clipped dust jacket. Book boards bumped with minor split to bottom edge.
Kaye and Ward 1970 first reprint in new edition, 183pp.
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.
G+ hardback in G+ dust jacket. Ex-Library with stamps and issue slips etc. Some tape rust to reverse of dust jacket.
Hodder 1970286pp + maps and plates.
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.
Mountaineering, Nepal, Andes, Alps, Himalaya
Vintage 2003, 290pp.
In a sequel to his Touching the Void Simpson recounts his childhood and his lifetime spent in the company of climbers on the great mountains around the world.
Poignantly recounts the death of many of his compatriats, and his own close shaves.
Mountaineering, Nepal, Andes, Alps, Himalaya
Vintage 1994, 330pp.
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
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
A trip to the glaciers of the antipodes with an ascent of Mount Cook.
RARE early New Zealand alpine mountaineering title.
Southern alps, Victorian, mountaineering,
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.
MacMillan 1883 FIRST EDITION, xiv + 350 +32pp adverts.
International Himalayan Expedition 1971, a doctor's accountVG hardback with inscription to paste down, spine titling chipped
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
1977-2000 (Nos 30-53)VG light wear where stored in box, minor foxing to the earlier issues.
published in Commemoration of the Silver Jubilee of the Tararua Tramping Club 1919-1944VG softcover in aged wrappers, minor spine wear, name stamp to title [H.E.EVANS]
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
New Zealand mountaineers in the great ranges of the World
VG hardback in VG dust jacket
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.
Whitcombe and Tombs 1969 first edition hard cover, 250pp + plates. [#899 adventure sports]
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.
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.
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.
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.
Macpac 2000, 495pp.
An Expedition to the Peruvian AndesVG hardback in VG dust jacket under plastic sleeve. Tidy ex library copy with discrete stamps, and has issuing slips and tape rust to endpapers.