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

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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

Find more adventure and travel related books and guides to add to your reading list

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As you already know, I love a good list!

I’m so glad to be starting out September’s edition of 30 Days of Lists with an awesome group of Listers. There are a bunch of long-time Listers and quite a few first-time Listers! I love how September still feels like a “fresh start” month thanks to all those years of being in school (back when school started after Labor Day!) and having a creative project to “warm up” for holiday crafting really means a lot to me.

It also means a lot to me to have some notes about my life right now in case I never get around to catching up on my scrapbooking. I’m not disciplined enough to keep a daily journal or diary, so having a set of lists 3 times a year to look back on is very special to me. This is the 15th edition of 30 Days of Lists and there is still time to join us. Register here. 

This Week’s Essential Reading


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Happy September!

There is a slight hint that Fall is in the air, but I’m not fooled. September is notoriously hot in Southern California, but it’s nice to pretend that it’s boot weather now that the calendar is flipped.

One thing I can count on is a new edition of 30 Days of Lists.

30 Days of Lists starts today and it’s going to be a great season! If you signed up already, be sure to head over to the private site (info is in the registration PDF you downloaded upon registration). If you haven’t joined us, now is the time! This challenge is all you and there’s no wrong way to make a list.

Instagram is a great way to get an idea of what #30Lists is all about, so here are some of the images we shared on our @30daysoflists account recently:

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I’m really excited about the September edition of 30 Days of Lists starting in a few days, so I want to invite you to join Amy, the registered Listers, and me in a “warm up” list on Instagram today!

This has been a mini-tradition for the past few years, and we really enjoy getting one list out of the way before jumping in head first with the next challenge.

Personally, I think it helps give new Listers an idea of what to expect for the upcoming challenge. They get to see how there really is no wrong way to make a list and that we celebrate the different ways people make their lists…some go digital, some keep things simple, and others go all out and create list books each time around.

We’re all about having fun and tell your ‘right now’ story, so if you think this sounds like something you would like to do, find out more about the September edition of 30 Days of Lists on our website.

My List:

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I decided to use one of the printables we sent out to our newsletter as for my list for today’s Instagram hop so I could include it in my Project Life layout for the month. It’s a simple 3×4 card that I stamped with LIST: and bullet points (using the classic #30Lists stamp set from rukristin) and hand writing the list prompt and my list with a pen.

In case you cannot read my handwriting, I selected…

Books to Read This Year*:

I have a bad habit of buying books faster than I can read them.

How to join the Instagram Hop:

  • Select a list prompt from the list posted on the @30daysoflists Instagram account
  • Write out your list!
  • Snap a pic of your list and share it on Instagram
  • Be sure to use #30Lists in the caption and feel free to tag @30daysoflists in the photo


These list prompts are from our first 30 Days of Lists back in March 2011. Can you believe we’ve been listing for all these years?! We can’t!

Many of our Ambassadors and Sponsors are joining us today by selecting one of the list prompts below and showing off their list on Instagram. We’ll be tagging them in our photo for the day (visit our profile to see it!) and re-gramming their lists throughout the day to show off their awesome lists.

We hope you take a few minutes to visit their accounts to see what other great projects they are sharing. It’s nice to find new inspiration, right?

We cannot wait to see how you’re listing today 

*These links are Amazon Affiliate links. Purchases made through these links may result in a commission for me. I use the money from affiliate links to buy gear, more books, and to donate to local organizations. If you do not wish to shop through affiliate links, simply copy the book title and author and paste the information into your favorite search engine.


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The Patagonia Sale is going on right now and since today is payday, I’ll probably spend all my money stocking up on a few favorites. To be honest, I don’t normally buy Patagonia unless it’s sale time…and when the sale comes around, I know exactly what I’m searching for right away:

  • Patagonia’s barely bikini underwear is my go-to adventure undies. They’re fantastic but I prefer to pay a discounted price. They aren’t on sale this time around, but the barely thong is and I’m considering trying them out
  • I own two pairs of these board shorts and I’m certainly eyeballing a third pair since they’re so comfy
  • I’m really drawn to this down vest (in oxblood) as an extra layer to have while adventuring this fall and winter. I overheat really easily so I like the idea of a vest to keep my core warm without me feeling like I’m baking inside a jacket
  • The best deal? Personally, I think the Merino Thermal Weight Crew baselayer is the best deal for $64. Patagonia uses a Merino wool blend, which means you get faster drying times and great durability

A quick note: I am a Patagonia affiliate, so purchases made through the links above will result in a small commission for me. I use Patagonia products and am sharing pieces I know Campfire Chic readers will enjoy. If you do not wish to shop through affiliate links, simply head over to the main Patagonia website and click “sale” to find some great deals.

This week’s Essential Reading:

  • Ali Edwards is announcing the creative guest designers for 2016 December Daily this week, and I am having a good time following along each morning as the guests are revealed and peeks at their collections are shared on Ali’s website. I’m making notes as to which kits I want to buy so I can save up for the pre-sale
  • Speaking of December paper projects, Crate Paper shared a sneak of their Snow & Cocoa line and it’s pretty adorable. The colors and patterns are something I can see myself reaching for throughout the winter, not just in December. I’m adding it to my shopping list
  • Now’s the time to jump into Megan’s Pocket Your Year scrapbooking workshop. There are daily (yes, DAILY) challenges going up on the challenge site to help scrappers like you and me get more of our stories in our albums. Pocket scrapbooking is a great way to tell stories in creative ways that also doesn’t have to be overwhelming, which is exactly what I need right before heading into the holiday season
  • Registration for 30 Days of Lists is still going strong! If you haven’t signed up yet, don’t hesitate! Register here


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