|Thanks to this list, I anticipate doing a lot of this|
in the near future!
This Reader's Choice list encompasses a new set of must-read non-fiction outdoor adventure books, as determined by all of you, in no particular order. Happy reading, and leave a comment if you've read and love any of these:
Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer. (from Heather Balogh and Haley D) - I've read it, but didn't put it on my top ten list because it's such a mainstream favorite. But I agree, it deserves mention. Truly, any of Jon Krakauer's works do, including Under the Banner of Heaven and Eiger Dreams.
High Infatuation: A Climber's Guide to Love and Gravity by Steph Davis. (from Alan McDonald) - I'm ashamed of myself for not putting Steph Davis's book at the top of my original top ten list. I read it several years ago and then passed it on to another climber working to find ways to conquer some of her fears. Steph's accomplishments are too numerous to count, and in addition to being an incredible climber, she's a gifted storyteller.
Savage Summit by Jennifer Jordan. (from Heather Balogh) - I've read this one and agree it belongs on a "not to miss" list. In this book, readers follow five women up the world's most dangerous mountain - K2 - and all of the adventure and tragedy that comes with expeditions there.
Tracks by Robyn Davidson. (from Gretchen B) - Gretchen says, "it's my all time favorite - about a woman trekking solo across Australia with camels in the 70's. She's an incredible writer." It's not a typical outdoor topic by any means, but I love reading books by women who've had incredible adventures. Amazon calls it "a cult classic," which is certainly saying something.
Born To Run by Christopher McDougall. (from Heather Balogh) - Another one I've read and liked, but didn't put on my initial list. Even if you're not a runner, the book is an incredible read. It's a combination of cultural history and modern-day narrative, and it'll definitely get you thinking.
AWOL on the Appalachian Trail by David Miller. (from Justin Wolf) - Though I haven't read this, the title caught my attention right away. Thankfully, it's not about author David Miller getting lost on the AT; rather, it's about his entire journey, start to finish. Given Miller is also the author of "The A.T. Guide," it's definitely a trail he's an authority on. Though with A Walk in the Woods on my personal top ten list, he's got a lot to live up to.
Kook: What Surfing Taught Me About Love, Life, and Catching the Perfect Wave by Peter Heller (from Alan McDonald) - Many of us know that lessons learned during our outdoor pursuits can easily translate to life. As I'm not an avid surfer by any means, I'm looking forward to learning more about what going from "kook," or a beginner surfer, to a master can teach us about life.
A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins. (from Heather Balogh) - Heather chose a book I've had on my to-read list for quite some time, but haven't gotten around to yet. And who wouldn't want to follow a disillusioned man who travels across the country on foot in search of himself?
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. (from Gretchen B) - Truth be told, I've had this one on my to-read list for several years now. Shacklelton's story is one all outdoor adventurers should know; talk about an incredible survival tale.
Halfway to Heaven: My White-knuckled - and Knuckleheaded - Quest for the Rocky Mountain High by Mark Obmascik. (from Alan McDonald) - I'd never heard of this book, but when I looked it up on Amazon, the first line of the book description reads, "Fat, forty-four, father of three sons, and facing a vasectomy, Mark Obmascik would never have guessed that his next move would be up a 14,000-foot mountain." Sold. I can't wait to read this one.
Thanks so much to all of you that weighed in with your recommendations! I've got a full reading list for this winter without a doubt. Have you read any, or all, of these?