Since the beginning of mountaineering, mountain literature has inspired generations of climbers and has given rise to a few epic films.

127 Hours. The 2010 movie compared to the 2004 book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Danny Boyle, 2010
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Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Aron Ralston, 2004

Everest. The 2015 movie compared to the 1997 book, Into Thin Air
Baltasar Kormákur, 2015
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Into Thin Air
Jon Krakauer, 1997

Seven Years in Tibet. The 1997 movie compared to the 1953 book
Jean-Jacques Annaud, 1997
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Seven Years in Tibet
Heinrich Harrer, 1953

Alive. The 1993 movie compared to the 1974 book
Frank Marshall, 1993
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Alive
Piers Paul Read, 1974

Touching the Void. The 2003 movie compared to the 1988 book
Kevin Macdonald, 2003
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Touching the Void
Joe Simpson, 1988

The Eiger Sanction. The 1975 movie compared to the 1972 book
Clint Eastwood, 1975
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The Eiger Sanction
Trevanian, 1972

The Climb. The 2017 movie compared to the 2010 book, Un tocard sur le toit du monde
Ludovic Bernard, 2017
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Un tocard sur le toit du monde
Nadir Dendoune, 2010

K2. The 1991 movie compared to the 1983 book
Franc Roddam, 1991
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K2
Patrick Meyers, 1983

6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain. The 2017 movie compared to the 2009 book, Crystal Clear
Scott Waugh, 2017
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Crystal Clear
Eric Le Marque, Davin Seay, 2009

Beyond the Rocks. The 1922 movie compared to the 1906 book, Beyond The Rocks: A Love Story
Sam Wood, 1922
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Beyond The Rocks: A Love Story
Elinor Glyn, 1906

The Mountain. The 1956 movie compared to the 1952 book
Edward Dmytryk, 1956
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The Mountain
Henri Troyat, 1952

Into Thin Air: Death on Everest. The 1997 movie compared to the 1997 book, Into Thin Air
Robert Markowitz, 1997
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Into Thin Air
Jon Krakauer, 1997

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“Each time I work with an author, I say to them, 'A book and a movie are different things.'”

JASON REITMAN (Filmmaker)