I am working on updating the Adventure and Travel Book page here on Campfire Chic and wanted to highlight some of the outdoor adventure books I have on my bedside table and in my to-be-read pile. I’m calling this my Fall 2016 Outdoor and Adventure Reading List in hopes to trick myself into actually finishing these books at some point. I would like to read them before December 1st, but we’ll see how that goes.
My Fall 2016 Outdoor Adventure Books Reading List
Funny Shit in the Woods (and other stories) by Brendan Leonard
Brendan writes one of my favorite blogs, Semi-Rad.com, and this book is a collection of the best stories featured on his site. This is a great book to have on hand when you need to laugh or to share with friends when they think you’re crazy as you chat excitedly about your upcoming backpacking trip as you methodically disguise your toilet paper bag with Hello Kitty themed duct tape. Paperback / Kindle
Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail by Suzanne Roberts
I may have mentioned this book here before, but it’s a review book that I started but abandoned for a biography I was reading at the time. Now that I’m almost done with Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart (see below) I think this will be my next book. The John Muir Trail, or JMT, is near part of the Pacific Crest Trail and goes from Mount Whitney to Yosemite Valley and can be done in a few weeks time. It sounds like it will be a little like Wild as far as an unprepared young woman heading out on a thru-hike and writing a book about it. (Review Copy) Paperback / Kindle
Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy (Volume 1) written by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis
Actually, I need Volume 2 Lumberjanes: Friendship to the Max (and all the ones after that). I really really really liked this introduction to the series. It follows the adventures of 5 fast friends who are attending a summer camp for badass lady types. The book looks like it is in a scout handbook, which is super clever. They fight monsters and have real problems like really needing to pee and trying to obey your camp counselor even though you just want to save the day. Paperback/Kindle
Bishop Area Rock Climbs: The Climbing Guide to the Eastern Sierra – South by Peter Croft and Marty Lewis
This book is a classic resource for anybody looking to climb in the Eastern Sierras. This isn’t exactly a book to be read from cover to cover (although, I bet some people do). My hope is I read this as I’m on my way to Bishop or another climbing location this fall. After climbing in Bishop this spring, all I want to do is get back out there and climb some more. I suggest purchasing this book at a guide shop/local shop when you get into town, but it is available on Amazon.
The Rock Climber’s Training Manual: A Guide to Continuous Improvement by Michael L. Anderson and Mark L. Anderson
While the answer to “how do I train to be better at rock climbing?” is “climb more,” the one resource I see recommended over and over again is this training manual. It’s written like an honest to goodness textbook. The authors include the science behind their training recommendations, include information on topics like nutrition, and encourage you to avoid just jumping into your training regimen without forming goals and understanding how to train to reach those goals. This is the type of book I read during my undergrad (I have a B.S. in Kinesiology) and I love that this doesn’t include a one-size-fits-all training program. Buy this on their website instead of other options because you’ll get a better deal and because their website does a better job of detailing what is included in this book.
Clear to Lift by Anne A. Wilson
This is not like the other books included on the Adventure and Travel Book page, this one is a novel. It looks like this book is based on the author’s experiences as a search-and-rescue pilot specializing in high-altitude technical mountain rescue. It’s based in California’s Sierra Nevada and the author knows her stuff. She served nine years as an active duty U.S. Navy helicopter pilot. (Review copy) Hardcover/Kindle
Sixty Meters to Anywhere by Brendan Leonard
From substance abuse treatment to journalism degree, Brendan Leonard talks about how a climbing rope (sixty meters in length) from his brother helped him change his life. Yes, this is the second book by Brendan on this list, but after you read some of his posts on Semi-Rad.com, you’ll know why it’s easy to want to read everything he writes. He also shares handdrawn charts, graphs, and notes on his Instagram, which are funny because they’re true. Paperback/Kindle
Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart: An Adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail by Carrot Quinn
I should be finishing this one any day now! I enjoy reading it as a way to relax at the end of the day. I’m not going to write much here because I plan on writing a review post. What I will say: if you like reading travel journals you’ll like this book. Like Almost Somewhere, this is based in California but on the Pacific Crest Trail. This is less about how to hike the PCT and more about what it’s like being on the trail day in and day out. The information you should have before stepping on the trail is there, but it’s not written like a dry text. Paperback/Kindle