796.522 Nonfiction mountain climbing narratives
Why are there so many books about climbing rock and mountains? Because there is more to climbing than just climbing and you need to know what that means. The authors, often climbers themselves, make you feel the rock under your toes, the anticipation of an alpine start, and frequently speak about the spiritual and metaphysical parts of their journey, curiously without being religious. These books ponder our human strengths, weaknesses, the illusions fear creates, character, and show us how to suck the marrow out of life even if you choose not to climb.