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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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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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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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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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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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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 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
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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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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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West with the Night
Beryl Markham - 2013-01-22 (first published in 1942)
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If the first responsibility of a memoirist is to lead a life worth writing about, Markham succeeded beyond all measure. Born Beryl Clutterbuck in the middle of England, she spent her life defying all expectations of how a woman should live and what a single person can achieve.Markham and her father moved to Kenya when she was a girl, and she grew u...
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The Long Walk
Slavomir Rawicz - 2016-04-01
Wind, Sand, and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman
The Martian by Andy Weir
Adrift by Steven Callahan
AWOL on the Appalachian Trail by David Miller
The Journals of Lewis and Clark by Meriwether Lewis
Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer
The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon
Becoming Odyssa by Jennifer Pharr Davis
The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin
My Journey to Lhasa by Alexandra David-Neel
Lost in the Jungle by Yossi Ghinsberg
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
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
Running Home by Katie Arnold
Braving It by James Campbell
No Shortcuts to the Top by Ed Viesturs
Your Very Own Robot by R. A. Montgomery
The Magic of the Unicorn by Deborah Lerme Goodman
Young Men and Fire by Norman MacLean
The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen
Skeletons on the Zahara by Dean King
On Trails by Robert Moor
Annapurna by Arlene Blum
Alone on the Wall by Alex Honnold
Running the Amazon by Joe Kane
The Road to Oxiana by Robert Byron
Alone on the Ice by David Roberts
Roughing It by Mark Twain
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
The Emerald Mile by Kevin Fedarko
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Marching Powder by Thomas McFadden
Mountaineering by The Mountaineers
Bushcraft 101 by Dave Canterbury
Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat
North by Scott Jurek
Mawson's Will by Lennard Bickel
Voyage for Madmen by Peter Nichols
The Last Englishman by Keith Foskett
Journeys of a Lifetime by National Geographic
Miles from Nowhere by Barbara Savage
That Wild Country by Mark Kenyon
The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz
Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart by Carrot Quinn
The Abominable Snowman/Journey Under the Sea/Space and Beyond/The Lost Jewels of Nabooti by R. A. Montgomery
Shackleton's Boat Journey by Frank Arthur Worsley
Thirst by Heather Anderson
Breaking Trail by Arlene Blum
Microadventures by Alastair Humphreys
Sixty Meters to Anywhere by Brendan Leonard
100 Hikes of a Lifetime by Kate Siber
The Mountains of My Life by Walter Bonatti
Classic Krakauer by Jon Krakauer
High Adventure by Edmund Hillary
On the Nose by Hans Florine
Dino Lab by Anson Montgomery
My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir
Found by Bree Loewen
Farthest North by Fridtjof Nansen
News from Tartary by Peter Fleming
Gipsy Moth Circles the World by Francis Chichester
The Volunteer Traveler's Handbook by Shannon O'Donnell
Full Tilt by Dervla Murphy
No Picnic on Mount Kenya by Felice Benuzzi
The Pursuit of Endurance by Jennifer Pharr Davis
Annapurna by Maurice Herzog
Beyond the Trees by Adam Shoalts
Maiden Voyage by Tania Aebi
Love with a Chance of Drowning by Torre Deroche
Great Plains by Ian Frazier
Into the Heart of Borneo by Redmond O'Hanlon
Stranger in the Forest by Eric Hansen
K2, The Savage Mountain by Charles Houston
She Explores by Gale Straub
The Man Who Walked Through Time by Colin Fletcher
Blue Latitudes by Tony Horwitz
In the Land of White Death by Valerian Albanov