Tales of Adventure

Reading a book at the beach


Here are some books that I’ve enjoyed about tales of adventures and survival (or perhaps less favorable outcomes) on the trail, in the backcountry and beyond.  Many are available in Kindle format, or can be checked out of your local library.  Feel free to add your own or comment on any of these below in the comments.  Guess you can tell I enjoy reading this genre…maybe one of these days I’ll write my own!

Abbey, Edward, Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness

Blehm, Eric, The Last Season

Bryson, Bill, A Walk in the Woods:  Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

Dolnik, Edward, Down the Great Unknown: John Wesley Powell’s 1869 Journey of Discovery and Tragedy Through the Grand Canyon

Fletcher, Colin, The Man Who Walked Through Time: The Story of the First Trip Afoot Through the Grand Canyon

Ghiglieri, Michael P., Over The Edge: Death in Grand Canyon

Gonzales, Laurence, Deep Survival

Jourdan, Carolyn, Bear in the Back Seat: Adventures of a Wildlife Ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Junger, Sebastian, The Perfect Storm

Krakauer, Jon, Into the Wild

Krakauer, Jon, Into Thin Air

Ralston, Aron, Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Read, Piers Paul, Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors

Strayed, Cheryl,  Wild

More Ideas for Reading

25 Essential Books for the Well-Read Explorer

The 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Times

New Travel/Adventure Books, Summer 2014

Adventure Films

If reading is not your thing, but you like movies of adventure and survival that keep you on the edge of your seat or inspire you, try one of these.

127 Hours


Cast Away


The Edge

Grizzly Man

Into the Wild

Life of Pi

Mile, Mile and a Half

The Perfect Storm

The River Wild

Vertical Limit

The Way


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