Over the past few months, longtime Alpinist contributor Steve House has traveled the world. Not to the Himalayas or Alaska this time, but to bookstores, auditoriums and mountain festivals. The famous climber is spreading the word about his latest writing project, Beyond the Mountain.

The memoir spans Steve's obsessive climbing career, from fledgling youth to accomplished alpinist, shaped by a dream: to climb the world's biggest alpine face. After years of preparation and a near-death experience, Steve returned to Nanga Parbat's Rupal Face for one of the most famous ascents of all time. Written with humility, honesty and introspection, Beyond the Mountain is an emerging classic. It won the 2009 Boardman Tasker Prize and Best Mountain Literature Book at the 2009 Banff Mountain Book Festival.

Steve's 288-page hardcover, which includes over 80 photos, can be purchased at patagonia.com or amazon.com.