Ten Books for the Outside Adventurer for Christmas

books for your outside adventurer at ChristmasDo you  have an outside adventurer in your life, whether she/he is a runner, climber, biker, surfer?  Looking for something interesting for them to read in their off season?  Here are ten books in different categories for a Christmas present for your outside adventurer.

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The Tower


Famous climber Cesare Maestri with his partner claimed first ascent on Cerro Torre, a beautiful ice capped peak in Patagonia in 1959.  His partner died on the descent.  Many world class climbers attempted to climb this route in the years following but never were able to duplicate the summit, with the rumor that Maestri did not. Maestri always insisted that he had done it. But  had he?  Kelly Cordes explores this fascinating mystery. Even if you are not a climber, it’s a well written interesting read.  Did he make the first ascent?

Lost in the Wild

This book is two stories: two separate people who became lost in the woods. Spoiler alert, they do both live. It’s a very interesting story to see what little, small mistakes can turn into HUGE problems when you are in the woods alone.  Even though I knew the men were rescued, I was literally on the edge of my seat when the rescuers almost missed him.

Tales from Out There: The Barkley Marathons

If you are an ultra runner or KNOW an ultra runner, you may have seem the documentary “The Barkley: The Race that Eats it Young”.  This book is the history of The Barkley written by Frozen Ed Furtaw. If you are thinking of running The Barkley, you need this book. If you are just interested in Barkley lore, you need to read this book.

Deep Survival

Yes another survival book. They do interest me!  This is a compilation of stories. It goes into the psychological side of survival, meaning why do certain personality traits help you to stand fast and get out of your situation, when other people may simply cave and die?

Personal Record: A Love Affair with Running

Is there a runner in your life?  Runners like to read about running.  This is a collection of stories written by the talented Rachel Toor. I enjoyed them all, especially the one personal story written just after 911.

Micro Adventures

You do not have to travel to Nepal or South Africa to have an adventure! Alistair Humphreys shows you how in this simple book to have an adventure in your backyard or the next town over.   Keep your adventurer close to home!

Everest: Expedition to the Ultimate

Maybe your adventurer is fascinated by Mount Everest. There’s many books on Everest.  I have a few others than could be considered favorites, but Reinhold Messner was the first person to ascend Everest without supplemental oxygen.

Funny Shit in the Woods: The Best of Semi-Rad

Brendan Leonard is my favorite outdoor writer.  His blog posts are the ones that my close friends send to one another, usually with the comment “Brendan hit another one out of the park:.  Brendan has two other books out, but this would be a good compilation to give your wanna be climber/hiker/van lover.

Be Brave Be Strong: A Journey Across the Great Divide

Jill Homer is a writer and adventurer. This is her adventure as a bike rider in the Tour Devide, which is riding your bike-across mountains-from Banff, Alberta to the Mexican Border of the Untied States.  By herself.  (She rode with other bikers at time.) Jill rocks!  I’ve read this book several times over.

Feet in the Clouds: A Story of Fell Running and Obsession

This is about fell running, which is running over mountains, sometimes multiples, on whatever line you want to take down or up the mountain, which may or not follow a trail. Usually the weather is awful. This is a classic running book by Richard Askwith. If you are interested in the running scene outside the United States, this is a good book to own.

Do you have any books to recommend for Santa to bring to me on Christmas Day? Please leave a comment!

8 thoughts on “Ten Books for the Outside Adventurer for Christmas

    1. Kim Post author

      You are welcome! They are all good books to read. I’m actually going to re-read a few of them again after writing this post.

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  1. Leanne

    Not my cup of tea (adventure for me is really not happening!) but my husband loves the outdoors and pushing the limits so I might grab one for him this Christmas.

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    1. Kim Post author

      The Tower is a good selection. Yes, it’s about climbing but you don’t have to be a climber to enjoy. It’s more like Kelly was tracking down a mystery. Really a good read!

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  2. ted

    Thanks for the list – I am always looking for a good read.

    A few of my favorites:
    – No shortcuts to the top (climbing)
    – Swimming to Antarctica (swimming)
    – Assault on Lake Casitas (rowing)

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