There are so many reasons to read books. To learn, to become inspired, to share stories. Books are beautiful…but how do you decide which book to read? How do you go about creating an exciting book list full of stories that will inspire adventure? A good place to start is with your friends & the like-minded adventurers in your life. That is exactly what we did to get you started on a summer reading list focused on getting outdoors.
We asked our #hikerchat community to help us create a book list full of their favorite adventure books & this is what they came up with!
The #HikerChat Adventure Reading List
The Pants of Perspective by Anna McNuff — suggested by Becky Crimp (@lovecatlily) because she finds it to be “inspirational and awesome”.
Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose — suggested by Todd Nystrom (@Todd_the_Hiker) because “the story of the Lewis & Clark expedition is amazing and inspiring, especially given the technology and resources at their disposal in the early 19th century.”
The Old Ways by Robert MacFarlane, Roughing It by Mark Twain, Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, Gossip from the Forest by Sara Maitland — all suggested by Laura Latham (@frogmomblog) because “I love how these books about outdoor adventures describe nature with masterful storytelling and inspire me to look at nature differently. They are also devoid of gadgets, electronics or modern life and the narrators show an amazing knowledge of bushcraft and plants as medicine/food, as well as human stories.”
The Lost Explorer by Conrad Anker and David Roberts, The Wonder of it All: 100 Stories from the National Park Service by various authors — both suggested by National Parks Podcast (@NatlParkPodcast) because “it is a fascinating case made for why Mallory may have not been the first to summit Everest.” & “well, we kind of love all things National Parks, and bonus these are stories from Rangers.”