Nothing can top a great read. Listed below is a pretty comprehensive list of books by or about women on the rock or in the mountains. Some have reviews, some don't. Check back for we'll be adding reviews and more books as we find them!

Just Released: "A Day In The Life, 5 Women Who Climb."

Paul Dusatko's directing efforts in "A Day In The Life" focus on uncovering parallels: the parallels between overcoming the obstacles of climbing and overcoming the obstacles of real life. "A Day In The Life" beautifully explores the subject matter by entering the lives of 5 women climbers: Beth Rodden, Tiffany Campbell, Stephanie Forte, Roxanna Brock, and Brandi Mulligan. Each woman represents a different age, personality, and lifestyle. From the 40-hour office cubicles, to the 1,000-foot walls of Red Rocks, Nevada, the intimate details of each woman's strength becomes crystal clear. This vibrant mixture of femininity and raw determination combine in harmony to create a film that delivers hope, encouragement, and inspiration

Annapurna: A Woman's Place

Annapurna: A Woman's Place Annapurna: A Woman's Place
Arlene Blum
Sierra Club Books; San Francisco. 1980, 1998.

Wonderful story of the first American ascent of the Himalayan peak Annapurna, which also happened to be the first women's ascent. The 20th Anniversary Edition is currently available, signed editions particularly at MW.
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Mountaineering Women

Mountaineering Women - Stories by Early Climbers
Edited, with an Introduction by David Mazel
Texas A&M University Press. 1994.

Quick bios and excerpts from some inspiring women. Stories by Meta Bravoot, Mary Mummery, Fanny Bullock Workman, Annie Smith Peck, Mirium O'Brien, Gwen Moffat.

Adventurous Women

Adventurous Women: The Inspiring Lives of Nine Early Outdoorswomen
Dorcas S. Miller
Pruett Publishing Company; Boulder Colorado. 1999.

Quick bios and excerpts from some inspiring women. Annie Smith Peck is included.

Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills

Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills
Edited by Don Graydon and Kurt Hanson
The Mounaineers; Seattle, Washington. 1960, 1967, 1974, 1982, 1992, 1997.

The end all, be all of climbing references. Known to many as the "Bible". This book has everything you could ever need to know. It's great for the beginner or the climber who has been at it for decades.
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To the Summit

To the Summit: A Woman's Journey into the Mountains to Find Her Soul
Margo Chisholm and Ray Bruce
Avon Books; New York. March 1997.


The Climb of my Life

The Climb of my Life: A Miraculous Journey from the Edge of Death to the Victory of a Lifetime
Laura Evans
HarperCollins; San Francisco. 1996

An inspiring tale by Laura Evans. We follow her from her initial bouts of cancer to the top of a mountain. The makings of Expedition Inspiration.


The Magnificent Mountain Women; Adventures in the Colorado Rockies
Janet Robertson
University of Nebraska Press; Nebraska. 1991.

Give Me the Hills
Mirium Underhill
Chatham Press, distribuated by Viking Press; ??. 19??.

A Woman's Reach: Mountaineering Memoirs
Nea Morin
New York. 1963.

Beyond Limits

Beyond the Limits: A Woman's Triumph on Everest
Stacey Allison
Delta Trade. 1993.

The Call of Everest: the First Ascent by an Indian Woman
DK Khullar
Vision Books of Print

Leading Out

Leading Out: Women Climbers Reaching for the Top
Rachel da Silva
Seal Press, 1992.

Leading Out

Leading Out: Mountaineering Stories of Adventurous Women (2nd Edition)
Rachel da Silva
Seal Press, 1998.
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Women Climbing

Women Climbing: 200 Years of Achievement
Bill Birkett and Bill Peascod
Mountaineer Books, 1990.

Off the Beaten Track: Women Adventurers and Mountaineers in Western Canada
Coyote Books

Women on the Rope: The Feminine Share in Mountain Adventure
Cicely William
Pub, Taylor, & Francis

Tents in the Clouds: The First Women's Himalayan Expedition
Monica Jackson, Elizabeth Stark
London, 1956.

Regions of the Heart: The Triumph and Tragedy of Alison Hargreaves
David Rose and Ed Douglas

Facing the Extreme
Ruth Anne Kocour
St. Martin's Press, 1998.

The Wind in My Hair
Brigitte Muir

Climbing High

Climbing High: A Woman's Account of Surviving the Everest Tragedy
Lene Gammelgaard
Seal Press, 1999.
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