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.”

98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive by Cody Lundin, Desert Solitare by Edward Abbey, Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, Call of the Wild by Jack London, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson — all suggested by Kasey Warhurst (@kaseywarhurst) because “it’s a smart book about keeping yourself alive in case of an emergency whether in the front or backcountry” & “each touch into an individual aspect of why a person would enjoy going outside.”
Skywalker: Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Walker — suggested by Harold Stinnette (@niphotographer) because it is a “great description of his AT adventure and of the people he met.”
Death, Daring, & Disaster: Search and Rescue in the National Parks by Charles R. “Butch” Farabee — suggested by Western National Parks Association (@wnpa1938) because they have “great narratives, varying lengths of stories so you can always find one to read.”
North to the Pole by Will Steger with Paul Shurke, Travels in Antarctica by Sara Wheeler, Pure Land by Annette McGivney, WILD by Cheryl Strayed, Almost Somewhere by Suzanne Roberts, Paddling My Own Canoe by Audrey Sutherland, Girl in the Woods by Aspen Matis, Lost in the Wild by Cary J. Griffith — all suggested by Eva Barahona (@hikingthenorth) because “I love the cold and I love the way Steger shares his pain, excitement, and expectations on this specific North Pole expedition. And the story begins here in Minnesota. I haven’t read the other books yet, they are in my books to read list but wanted to share with you guys!”

Now that we just need to get our hands on these books so we can soak up all the adventure inspiration! Of everyone who suggested books it turns out 60% opted for ‘good ol’ paperback books’ with only 40% opting for audiobooks. Both sound like good options that’ll be sure to get you settled into camp.