7 Good Outdoor/Adventure Books

Believe it or not, I actually enjoy reading. The following 7 books are some of my favorites. A couple of them are well-known, the others may not be, I don’t know what you read or like.

Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer


One of my favorite books. Some people consider Chris McCandless reckless and irresponsible, others look at him as a type of martyr, you be the judge. The movie is pretty damn good too, especially Eddie Vedder’s (Pearl Jam) soundtrack. The book gives a lot more information than the movie does so even if you’ve seen the movie, I highly suggest you give this bad Larry a read.

Heroes of the Frontier – Dave Eggers


Not quite the same adventure as some of the other books in the list, but still an awesome book. Dave Eggers is a phenomenal writer and his wit is appreciated throughout the book. The story is about a Mother who takes her two weird kids and runs (not actually runs) away to Alaska to avoid her ex. They rent an old busted ass RV and have a few adventures. One of the reasons I enjoy this book so much is because Eggers does a great job of painting a picture of the area and Alaskan towns, making me feel like I’m right there on the unorthodox family vacation.

The Last Season – Eric Blehm


A true story about former backcountry ranger Randy Morgenson and his disappearance. Blehm does a great job of making this feel like a thriller from start to finish and does a great job of providing Randy’s back story with information both good and bad. The majority of the book describes Morgenson’s job as a backcountry ranger in King’s Canyon  and Sequoia National Park as well as a few parts that describe Morgenson’s relationship with Ansel Adams. If you don’t know who Ansel Adams is, you can get out of here.

Into Thin Air – Jon Krakauer


Jon Krakauer’s personal account of the tragedy that occurred on Mt. Everest in 1996 when 8 climbers were killed and several others stranded by a rogue storm. The story is gripping and heartbreaking but forces you to keep reading. Theres a reason Krakauer is a New York Times Bestseller.

One Mountain Thousand Summits – Freddie Wilkinson


In one of the most deadly Himalayan climbing accidents, 11 climbers died in August of 2008 while on K2. Freddie Wilkinson tells the story through interviews with the climbers and 4 of the surviving Sherpas that were on the trip. If you enjoy mountaineering or books in general, you’ll love this.

Wild – Cheryl Strayed


Another popular one. I’m sure you’ve seen the movie, but, as usual, the book is better. This tells the story of 26-year-old Cheryl Strayed’s 1,110 mile solo journey of the Pacific Crest Trail. She was by no means a perfect wife or person in general but she admits her flaws in the book and flashes back to several occasions where she exhibits that lack of perfection and I love it. Her writing is witty but concrete and I felt like I had a lot in common with Cheryl. Definitely an awesome book to read.

Van Life – Foster Hunting


Just a good fuckin’ book about some dope ass vans. Filled with interviews with people who live that sweet van life. Also has tons of pictures of funky old vans in some BEAUTIFUL locales. Definitely a good coffee table book.


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