It hasn't been all that long ago that women were considered too fragile to climb the world's highest mountains.
Mountaineer and scientist, Arlene Blum became a pioneer in the male-dominated world of high altitude climbing and led the first all-women ascent on Annapurna, one of the world's most challenging 8,000 meter peaks, in 1978.
Her gripping account of that climb can be found in Annapurna: A Woman's Place.
More recently, Blum has published a memoir of her life as both climber and academic called Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life.
These are both excellent reads and offer unique insight into the life of a significant figure in high-altitude climbing. Great for a holiday read or a stocking stuffer for the climber in your life.