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Touching the Void
The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival
Joe Simpson - 2004-02-03 (first published in 1988)
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Touching the Void is the heart-stopping account of Joe Simpson's terrifying adventure in the Peruvian Andes. He and his climbing partner, Simon, reached the summit of the remote Siula Grande in June 1985. A few days later, Simon staggered into Base Camp, exhausted and frost-bitten, with news that that Joe was dead.What happened to Joe, and how the ...
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Penny Smith
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Lands of Lost Borders
A Journey on the Silk Road
Kate Harris - 2018-08-21
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NATIONAL BESTSELLERWINNER OF THE RBC TAYLOR PRIZE WINNER OF THE EDNA STAEBLER AWARD FOR CREATIVE NON-FICTION "Every day on a bike trip is like the one before--but it is also completely different, or perhaps you are different, woken up in new ways by the mile."As a teenager, Kate Harris realized that the career she most craved--that of a generalist ...
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The Worst Journey in the World
Apsley Cherry-Garrard - 2021-01-27 (first published in 1922)
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The Worst Journey in the World is a memoir of the 1910–1913 British Antarctic Expedition led by Robert Falcon Scott. It was written by a member of the expedition, Apsley Cherry-Garrard, and has earned wide praise for its frank treatment of the difficulties of the expedition, the causes of its disastrous outcome, and the meaning (if any) of human su...
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Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
Alfred Lansing - 2015-04-28 (first published in 1959)
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The harrowing tale of British explorer Ernest Shackleton's 1914 attempt to reach the South Pole, one of the greatest adventure stories of the modern age. In August 1914, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the Endurance and set sail for Antarctica, where he planned to cross the last uncharted continent on foot. In January 1915, after battling ...
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The Kon-Tiki Expedition
Thor Heyerdahl - 1996-04-30 (first published in 1948)
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Kon-Tiki is the record of an astonishing adventure -- a journey of 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean by raft. Intrigued by Polynesian folklore, biologist Thor Heyerdahl suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by an ancient race from thousands of miles to the east, led by a mythical hero, Kon-Tiki. He decided to prove his t...
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Simon Kuestenmacher
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A Woman's Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback
Robyn Davidson - 1995-05-30 (first published in 1980)
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NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURERobyn Davidson's opens the memoir of her perilous journey across 1,700 miles of hostile Australian desert to the sea with only four camels and a dog for company with the following words: “I experienced that sinking feeling you get when you know you have conned yourself into doing something difficult and there's no going ba...
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In Patagonia
40th Anniversary Edition
Bruce Chatwin - 2017-11-28 (first published in 1977)
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When Bruce Chatwin’s In Patagonia was published in 1977 it heralded the arrival of a startling new talent in British literature. Critics were surprised and spellbound by a story of an adventure which blurred the boundaries between travel writing, biography, history and memoir. All readers recognised its timeless quality – Auberon Waugh went as far ...
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Richard Branson
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Desert Solitaire
A Season in the Wilderness
Edward Abbey - 1971-01-01 (first published in 1968)
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First published in 1968, Desert Solitaire is one of Edward Abbey’s most critically acclaimed works and marks his first foray into the world of nonfiction writing. Written while Abbey was working as a ranger at Arches National Park outside of Moab, Utah, Desert Solitaire is a rare view of one man’s quest to experience nature in its purest form.Throu...
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Maria Popova
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Wind, Sand, and Stars
Antoine de Saint-Exupery - 2019-05-23 (first published in 1939)
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Exupery was a prize-winning novelist, professional mail pilot, airborne adventurer, war correspondent, commercial test pilot, and the author of a popular children's book The Little Prince. Wind, Sand, and Stars more than all the others is a synthesis of his skill as a writer and his life as a flier. It is a collage of anecdotes, speculations and pe...
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A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush
Eric Newby - 2010-12-21 (first published in 1958)
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When Eric Newby, fashion industry worker and inexperienced hill walker, decided after 10 years in haute couture he needed a change he took 4 days training in Wales then walked the Hindu Kush. This is his account of an entertaining time in the hills!...
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Cheryl Strayed
Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman
West with the Night by Beryl Markham
The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz
Thirst by Heather Anderson
Becoming Odyssa by Jennifer Pharr Davis
The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
Lost in the Jungle by Yossi Ghinsberg
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Emerald Mile by Kevin Fedarko
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
Adrift by Steven Callahan
AWOL on the Appalachian Trail by David Miller
The Journals of Lewis and Clark by Meriwether Lewis
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Running Home by Katie Arnold
Braving It by James Campbell
Found by Bree Loewen
Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer
Young Men and Fire by Norman MacLean
Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon
Full Tilt by Dervla Murphy
The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin
She Explores by Gale Straub
My Journey to Lhasa by Alexandra David-Neel
Roughing It by Mark Twain
Fablehaven Complete Set by Brandon Mull
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling
The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
Following Atticus by Tom Ryan
Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales
Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum
Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger
Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart by Carrot Quinn
No Shortcuts to the Top by Ed Viesturs
Your Very Own Robot by R. A. Montgomery
Breaking Trail by Arlene Blum
The Magic of the Unicorn by Deborah Lerme Goodman
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen
Skeletons on the Zahara by Dean King
On Trails by Robert Moor
Annapurna by Arlene Blum
The Unwanteds Collection by Lisa McMann
Running the Amazon by Joe Kane
The Road to Oxiana by Robert Byron
Alone Against the North by Adam Shoalts
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan
The Heroes of Olympus Hardcover Boxed Set by Rick Riordan
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Paperback Boxed Set by Rick Riordan
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Last of the Breed by Louis L'Amour
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia
Marching Powder by Thomas McFadden
Miracle in the Andes by Nando Parrado
Mountaineering by The Mountaineers
Bushcraft 101 by Dave Canterbury
Trials of Apollo, The 3-Book Paperback Boxed Set by Rick Riordan
Masterminds by Gordon Korman
One Man's Wilderness by Sam Keith
Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat
North by Scott Jurek
Mawson's Will by Lennard Bickel
Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini
Voyage for Madmen by Peter Nichols
The Land of Stories Complete Paperback Gift Set by Chris Colfer
The Pants Of Perspective by Anna McNuff
The Last Englishman by Keith Foskett
Beyonders The Complete Set by Brandon Mull
Miles from Nowhere by Barbara Savage
That Wild Country by Mark Kenyon
The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz
Walking the Nile by Levison Wood
Wings of Fire Boxset, Books 1-5 by Tui T. Sutherland
My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir
In Search of the Castaways by Jules Gabriel Verne
Keeper of the Lost Cities Collection Books 1-5 by Shannon Messenger
Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation by Stuart Gibbs
Horizon by Barry Lopez
No Picnic on Mount Kenya by Felice Benuzzi
Journeys of a Lifetime by National Geographic
Annapurna by Maurice Herzog
Leave Only Footprints by Conor Knighton
Maiden Voyage by Tania Aebi