Outdoors

Outdoors: 10 Books You Must Read

From incredible nature writing to valuable technical guides, here are ten books that deserve a spot on every self respecting outdoors enthusiast’s book shelf.

Peterson’s Field Guides

A set of trusty outdoor guidebooks is a must have for every nature enthusiast, and Peterson’s Field Guides are considered by many naturalists to be the most comprehensive available. You can take your pick of the different Peterson’s Field Guides for whatever outdoor topics interests you the most, such as wildflowers and mushrooms or insects and birds. Peterson Field Guides are small enough to fit one in your jacket pocket before you head out the door and are intuitively indexed so that you can easily identify your findings while you are on the go.

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is nature writing at its finest and a superb reminder of just how much there is to see in the natural world if practice a little bit of mindfulness and take a moment to explore the world around us.

The Well-fed Backpacker by June Flemming

Whether you are traveling light for a multi-day excursion or preparing a hearty meal for a hungry family at the end of a day’s hiking, June Flemming’s guide to packing for and preparing camping cuisine reminds readers that enjoying the outdoors doesn’t mean you have to survive on jerky and trail mix.

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Join Bill Bryson as he hikes the 2100 mile long Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine and across 300 incredible pages. A must read for anyone who has wondered what it is like for the average person to take on the famous white blazed trail from start to finish.

Into the Wild by John Krakauer

Into the Wild chronicles the real life story of a young man by the name of Christopher McCandless as he intentionally abandons civilization in order to test his grit and survive in the Alaskan wilderness. Krakauer reveals a spirit driving the heart of young McCandless that anyone who has harbored a lifelong love of the outdoors will understand.

Every Living Thing by Rob Dunn

Winner of the 2008 National Outdoor Book Award, Every Living Thing is an investigation of modern man’s obsession with discovering, examining and cataloging every living thing on earth. Any outdoor enthusiast can relate to this drive to explore the natural world, and Dunn’s insights will linger with you on into many of your subsequent outdoor excursions.

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

Hiking and Backpacking: Essential Skills to Advanced Techniques by Victoria Logue

While the aesthetic and spiritual rewards of immersing oneself in wilderness are considerable, hiking and backpacking also requires some technical skills that are essential for having a safe and fun excursion, especially if you are planning on an extended stay or exploring unfamiliar trails. Logue’s guide to backpacking techniques is a little dry, but it is one of the most informative resources on the subject available.

How to Stay Alive in the Woods by Bradford Angier

Bradford Angier’s short but invaluable guide to wilderness survival is a must to anyone who is thinking about spending any time in the backcountry. However, How to Stay Alive in the Woods also offers powerful lessons on self reliance and natures bounty.

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