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Hiking Adventure Books that will Inspire you for Your Next Hike

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These hiking books are not only incredibly interesting but can also offer great advice if you are looking to do a hike in the future. These hiking books cover a range of areas so if you are looking for a trail in particular you may find it below!


Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart by Carrot Quinn

This product was recommended by Chad Lubinski from Hiker Trash Nation

This is the best book because it details Carrot’s experience hiking the Pacific Crest Trail down to (nearly) the minute. Carrot’s experiences are once in a lifetime, and her writing makes you feel, smell, and taste everything she did. This is truly an inspirational book. I bought a copy for my mother and sister; they both were immensely captured by it.


Balancing on Blue By Keith Foskett

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Hiking the entire Appalachian Trail is a dream for many hikers. In this book, Keith Foskett shares his five-month journey on the Trail from start to finish. Even though his strength was tested and his spirits were dragged low, he managed to keep his humor and accomplish his goal. This inspiring true story will help you have the faith that you, too, can stay strong and accomplish difficult tasks.


Escape from Lucania by David Roberts

This product was recommended by Julien Heron from Outdoors Generations

Expertly written by famed mountain author, David Roberts, Escape from Lucania tells the tale of Harvard Mountaineering Club members, Brad Washburn and Bob Bates as they head into the Saint Elias Mountains for a shot at summiting the highest then-unclimbed peak in North America in 1937, Lucania. Nestled on the border of Alaska and the Yukon and surrounded by a dense fortress of rugged glaciated terrain, all previous expeditions had tried and failed to summit this formidable peak. After a near-crash landing on the slushy ice at the base of the peak, Washburn and Bates were left alone, without the rest of their supplies or the other two members of their climbing party. The duo soon hatched a plan to hike out to the nearest settlement, some eighty miles away as the crow flies. Along the way, they continued on with the initial goal of their expedition, despite the constant onslaught of snowstorms, avalanches, and tricky navigation before crossing some of the most remote and difficult terrains in all of North America in a mad dash to escape from Lucania with their lives and an epic story to tell. Although it’s one of the lesser-known hiking books, Escape from Lucania truly embodies the spirit of adventure that so many seek when they head out into the mountains.


A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

This product was recommended by Vasyl Nikitash from TopTravelPoint

Hilarious, yet honest, A Walk in the Woods is the story of how one man tries to reacquaint himself with his home country after living abroad for twenty years. Upon his return to the United States, Bryson sets himself the challenge of hiking the length of the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine so he can reconnect with some of the wild places of North America. Along the way, Bryson finds more than just stunning scenery as the cast of characters that accompany his journey provide ample comedic relief to life on the trail. But as he makes his way every northward from Georgia, Bryson experiences firsthand the tenuous place that the Appalachian Mountains hold as one of the last vestiges of wilderness among the rapidly expanding metropolises of the United States’ eastern seaboard. As he makes a desperate plea for preservation and appreciation for the landscape of the Appalachian Trail, by the end of it all, Bryson got much more than he bargained for when he initially set off on a walk in the woods.


Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

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Through impassioned, poetic prose, in Desert Solitaire, famed environmentalist Edward Abbey tells the story of his years of working as a ranger in Arches National Park in the late 1950s. Although it was first published in 1968, Abbey’s words still hold truth and meaning today for all those who find peace in the outdoors. Desert Solitaire is Abbey’s reflections on the ever-changing landscape of wilderness in the United States as human development and the sprawls of civilization inch ever closer to some of the last remaining vestiges of nature in North America. As he meanders his way through the vast southern Utah desert and its winding canyons, Abbey tells the story of how he sought out the purest forms of nature amidst a world that’s rapidly turning into a concrete jungle all around him. This book is suggested for readers because of its elegant prose and historical relevance to the world of environmental conservation.


My Israel Trail by Aryeh Green

This product was recommended by Tim Bigknee from SightsAndInsights

This book is about far more than hiking, it’s a deep dive into life, searching for meaning after loss, and eventually healing after loss. Aryeh Green chronicles his 680-mile journey across the entire Israel Trail following a devastating divorce. The book is a fantastic blend of obstacles that were overcome while hiking and personal growth on a meaningful level. He covers difficulties that he overcame while trekking and the unique perspectives that helped him move forward. The descriptions in the book are superb and you’ll quickly be thrown into the beautiful scenery and meaningful emotional growth.


Only Pack What You Can Carry by Janice Holly

This product was recommended by Janice Holly Booth from The anxious Adventurista

It’s not just hiking in this solo adventure travel book, but where the hiking leads: to canyoneering in the slot canyons of Utah; straight into the middle of an elusive herd of Tule Elk in Northern California; paragliding off a mountain in British Columbia, and so much more. All of the beauty, inspiration, danger and challenge of being in the wilderness or setting off on an adventure is captured in this book by the author, who embarked on all her adventures alone. That in itself is inspiring, but the lessons she learned along the way can be applied to make anyone’s – and everyone’s – life more fulfilling.


Boss Up!: This Ain’t Your Mama’s Business Book by Lindsay Teague Moreno

This product was recommended by Lindsay Teague Moreno from Lindsay Teague Moreno

Boss Up! will help you put your business on the map and the ideas you’ve previously only dreamed about into the marketplace. It will help you overcome your fears and guilt to find a fulfillment that changes you and your families for the better. And it will help you break free of the hard and boring and allow you to have fun along the way. In Boss Up! Lindsay helps you gain the confidence to know that having ambition doesn’t make you a bad mother or wife. That it’s okay to have a desire for something more than endless sippy cups, clean-ups, Band-Aids, and groundings. That no matter your education or experience, you can tap into your passions and create businesses that give you increased flexibility, fulfillment, and financial security. And Lindsay doesn’t just do this through commiserating but, instead, through giving you the tools for change. Using the lessons she learned on her own path to success, Lindsay shares real, solid business principles with ten distinct success philosophies that you will encounter on the journey to entrepreneurship.


Wild by Cheryl Strayed

This product was recommended by Alan Josephs from A5 Travel Books

This is the story of Cheryl Strayed, a 26-year-old devastated by thedeath of her mother and the end of her marriage who decided to hike the 1,100Pacific Crest Trail as a journey of self-discovery. She had very little experienceoutdoors so of course it was an extremely challenging endeavor; she battledhunger, thirst, extreme temperatures, blisters, bears and rattlesnakes as shehiked from the Mojave Desert north through California and Oregon intoWashington. Her memoir covers flashbacks to what in herlife led her astray, and the awareness and fulfillment that came as sheconquered physical obstacles along the way.


Trespassing Across America by Ken Ilgunas

This product was recommended by Alan Josephs from A5 Travel Books

In September 2012, Ken Ilgunas strapped on his backpack and set off ona 1,700 mile walk along the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. This wasn’t a designated hiking route, so his route took him through miles ofopen but private property across the Great Plains. It is a very readablememoir about a remarkable journey and an experience that taught him much aboutboth global warming and a person’s physical and mental limits. The bestparts of the book are his funny interactions with the people he meets along theway and his insights into the economic challenges of these communities. His reflection on climate change is balanced, bringing up importantquestions on what really can and should be done to help drive solutions forall.

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