The Best Adventure Travel Books Ever Written


If you enjoy backpacking, or reading about backpacking, then you likely have a thirst for adventure. There’s a good chance that it’s more than just a thirst. Perhaps it’s something your body needs in order to feel right. If that’s the case, then you’re far from alone. Tens of thousands of others feel the same way. The problem is that it’s impossible for all of these people to live their adventures at once. Since that’s the case, considering most people have to work to earn a living, there is one alternative that can take you on a journey even though you’re not physically there. That alternative is to read adventure travel books. Some of the top adventure travel books are listed below.

Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains by Jon Krakauer

Jon Krakauer is one of the most popular writers in this genre. However, Eiger Dreams is far from one of his best known books. That’s likely because it’s a bunch of smaller stories packed into one book. Reading this collection of true stories about people surviving in the wilderness is nothing short of breathtaking. In this collection, you will likely enjoy the K2 and The Devils Thumb stories the best. Krakauer was wise to put The Devils Thumb story. It leaves the reader with a lasting impression.

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

We’re going on a Krakauer kick to begin. He deserves the accolades. This book was based on handwritten notes left behind by the late Christopher Johnson. Christopher was beyond a non-conformist. He didn’t want to have anything to do with the real world, and he wanted to see if he could make it on his own in the Alaskan wilderness. The biggest problem here is that he chose Alaska, which is much more challenging terrain than anywhere in the continental United States. If you happened to see the movie, erase it from your mind. That story was very loosely based on what really took place, which is often the case. If you want the real story, then you need to read the book.

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

This is the last Krakauer book we’ll mention, but it most definitely has to be mentioned. This is the story of a team of climbers getting stuck on the top of Everest during the most dangerous storm ever recording on the mountain. That’s what you call bad timing. It’s a terrifying yet page-turning book. You get to see who was a hero versus a coward, who was poised versus who panicked, and who ended up dead versus alive.

A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson

If you have never read this classic, then you’re truly missing out on one of the most entertaining adventure travel books ever written. Bill Bryson and his best friend attempt the 2,100-mile journey from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail. There’s a lot of humor in the book, but it’s the characters and the culture of the AT that really make this book so great. Also, did they make it the whole way? You will have to read it to find out.

On The Beaten Path: An Appalachian Pilgrimage by Robert Alden Rubin

Sticking with the theme of the Appalachian Trail, this is another winner. This story is much deeper, though, and it focuses more on inner conflict as well as what the trail can offer someone in their life. You might be surprised by the answer.

Touching The Void by Joe Simpson

This is a potentially tragic story about Joe Simpson and his friend getting caught in a blizzard while on a climb. It gets to the point where Joe’s friend much cut the rope that Joe is hanging on in order to save his own life. Find out who survived.

In Search Of Captain Zero by Allan C. Weisbecker

This is yet another story about two good friends. In this case, it’s about two best friends who used to surf together, but one of them went missing. Allan follows all the clues throughout the and eventually finds his best friend in Costa Rica, but is he the same man he used to be?

  • Barry O'Leary
    Posted at 18:15h, 20 October

    Thanks for sharing. I haven’t read any of those, but they’re on my list. I’d definitely add ‘An idiot abroad’ by Karl Pilkington maybe not a classic, but absolutely hilarious.

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