Living the Wild Life: Books About the Great Outdoors

Sometimes when the weather is frighteningly cold, it is a bit easier to read about the outdoors rather than actually partake. Here are suggested books for those that enjoy reading about the wild(er) frontier. Some of these reads are about humans communing with nature and others are about battling the elements.

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Based on the true story of a young man from a well-to-do family that disappears unaccompanied into the Alaskan wilderness.

The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert
Gilbert explores the life of Eustace Conway who, at the age of 17, moved into the Appalachian Mountains for two decades to live a life not unlike a frontiersman.

One Man’s Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey by Richard Proenneke Sam Keith
The story of Richard Proenneke who moved to the Alaskan wilderness for a year, built himself a home, and lived off of the land.

Two Coots in a Canoe: An Unusual Story of Friendship by David E. Morine
There are multiple themes that take place in this book. It is the story of two men on a canoe journey down the Connecticut River with Morine’s reflections on both nature and his own personal life.

Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man’s Miraculous Survival by Joe Simpson
The author and his climbing partner summitted a 21,000 ft peak in the Andes when Simpson plunged off of a ledge and broke his leg, leading to a battle to survive.

Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea by Steven Callahan
After his sloop sinks, Steve Callahan is adrift on a small raft in the Atlantic for 76 days with very little food and water.

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
The author’s humorous story of hiking the Appalachian Trail.

The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
Also a major motion picture, The Perfect Storm tells the story of a commercial fishing boat that encounters a terrible tropical storm while out at sea.

Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness by Edward Abbey
Abbey chronicles his adventures as a park ranger for three seasons in the desert in Utah.


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