I just finished reading Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival, written by Joe Simpson. This book is his account of what happened when he and a friend climbed a mountain in the Peruvian Andes and suffered extreme hardship and life threatening events. Without a doubt, Joe Simpson, has the creative writing ability to capture the physical difficulty and psychological anguish they suffered. His writing will carry you into the frigid, icy cold of the mountain and you'll be hanging on to the rope for dear life too.
This is the first mountaineering book I have ever read and there were many terms I was not acquainted with. Wisely, the publisher printed a list of terms in the book that helps the reader comprehend key descriptions and narratives.
After finishing the book, I was able to watch the movie documentary that was made of the event. It was visually spectacular with actual footage of the mountain and recreations of events. The movie is true to the story and would substitute for reading the book as it captures the book's essence.
I highly recommend reading this book and watching the movie afterwards.