Outdoor Adventure Books
If you can’t be out there having a good time, the next best thing is to enjoy a good adventure book. Here is a list of some of our favorites and links to purchase them if you so desire. Don’t worry – no spoilers here!
The Man Who Walked Through Time
By Colin FletcherColin Fletcher is a man who loves to walk. On a brief visit to the Grand Canyon he decides to be the first man to walk it end to end. The book describes his two month journey through the canyon and his attempt to understand how the geology, wildlife and traces of man all fit together. This is one of those great books that takes you inside the head of the author to the point where you feel you are there with him. If you like to hike, you’ll love this book!
A Walk in the Woods
By Bill BrysonThis book is a very humorous account of an attempt to through hike the Appalachian Trail. Bill and his friend Katz are hopelessly out of their element and yet manage to make their way along the trail in spite of an endless string of comical hardships. Not an outdoor adventure book in the strictest sense, but a great read for people who enjoy hiking and can find humor in the odd things that happen on the trail.
127 Hours – Between a Rock and a Hard Place
By Aron RalstonThis is one of my all time favorite adventure books – I read it cover to cover in one sitting. The book outlines the experience of Aron Ralston who was trapped in a remote slot canyon when his hand was pinned by a boulder. The story of his eventual escape is intertwined with interesting stories that help you get to know who Aron is and how he ended up in this predicament. Not for the squeamish! I have met him personally and he is a genuine person with a great story to tell.
Touching the VoidBy Joe Simpson
One of the most amazing stories of determination in the face of unbelievable hardship that you will ever read. After a difficult but successful climb in the Peruvian Andes, Joe Simpson suffers a serious injury that puts his survival and that of his partner Simon Yates in doubt. Through heroic efforts, the pair make it further than they thought possible before a no-win life and death situation arises. What happens from that point on will blow your mind.
Whatever You Do, Don’t Run
By Peter Allison
Not an outdoor adventure book in the strictest sense, but a great book about someone who loves being outdoors. Peter is a guide in tourist camps in Africa and he shares humorous and amazing stories about his adventures. A light and enjoyable read.
By Steven Callahan
While sailing his small boat across the Atlantic, Steven finds himself on a quickly sinking boat in the middle of nowhere. His story of survival and hardship for two months in a small life raft is both inspirational and at times heartbreaking. Steven does a good job bringing you into the raft with him and explains every detail of how he thinks through and solves problems.
The Worst Journey in the World
By Apsly Cherry-Garrard
The author volunteered to go to the Antarctic with Robert Falcon Scott in 1910. An amazing story as Cherry-Garrard and two other men go on a midwinter expedition through darkness and extremely low temperatures in preparation for the ill-fated attempt on the South Pole. Simply a great story!
Points Unknown: The Greatest Adventure Writing of the Twentieth Century (Outside Books)
Book (W. W. Norton & Company)
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My dughter is not at that age yet. She's reading Charlotte's web and wizard of Oz a tthe moment. When I was that age, I read scifi (sounds like not what she wants), and outdoor adventure stuff. And startign to sneak into my aprents 'private' books. Everythign you wanted to knwo... and I had *the* chapter of The Naked Ape committed tomemory. And Hemingway, believe or not.
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