Jul 28, 2009 at 11:48 pm #1238168
@150mphLocale: Los Angeles
Sometimes, I like to bring a book on long trips, and could you use some input on new material. Maybe something related to the lure/spiritual high of natural things/mountains/wilderness. Recently read (at home) some heavier stuff I'd recommend:
What have you enjoyed that's worth the weight?Jul 29, 2009 at 12:09 am #1517230
@foundLocale: Sacramento, CA
Grizzly Years: In Search of the American Wilderness by
Doug PeacockJul 29, 2009 at 12:13 am #1517231
One of my absolute favorite books is A Walk Across AmericaJul 29, 2009 at 6:00 am #1517263
@kamperdaveLocale: VA, DC, MD
I'm just listening to this on my commute to/from work and I've found it very entertaining. Some of the anecdotes have actually made me laugh out loud as I'm driving down the road, which I'm sure worries my fellow commuters.
It's about the AT obviously so an entirely different type of terrain, but maybe that's a good thing?
-DaveJul 29, 2009 at 8:52 am #1517312
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@prestonpattonLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
Deep Survival is good, although it might not be appropriate, depending on how spooked you get…!
I recommend anything by Bill Bryson. He has a good, conversational writing style.
Another recommendation: A World Transformed: Firsthand Accounts of California Before the Gold Rush, by Joshua Paddison. Great reading about a very different California.Jul 29, 2009 at 9:56 am #1517334
@biointegraLocale: Puget Sound
Why? Because it is one the best treatise on a foundational book that every thinking person should read. Clark is also a joy to read. His style is that of refreshing clarity – what the mountain air does for your body, this book does for your mind + spirit.
Of course, take along the Gospel according to John, as well, if not a compact Bible. I print out sections sometimes, so that I only have what another work is referring to, in order to save weight. I also keep the whole bible on my PDA phone @ 4.5 oz. (and multi-use).Jul 29, 2009 at 11:03 am #1517363
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@aroth87Locale: Missouri Ozarks
I enjoyed all of Jon Krakauer's books, even "Under the Banner of Heaven", which isn't hiking related. Bill Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods" is one of my absolute favorites. Reading it makes me think I might actually enjoy hiking the AT. I really like "The Last Season" as well, it makes me wish I had the time and money to visit the Yosemite/Sequoia NP area.
To contribute to the thread, I like the writings of Sigurd Olson. He is known more for his work in the Boundary Waters/Quetico but he is a great nature writer. Reading his works takes me right back to the week I spent canoeing with my dad in the Boundary Waters and stirs the urge to go back.
And finally, as a general comment, I have never actually finished "The Man Who Walked Through Time" by Colin Fletcher. I just can't ever get into his writing style.
AdamJul 29, 2009 at 2:23 pm #1517417
@prestonpattonLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
Another book along the lines of Deep Survival (re: "not for the faint of heart or easily spooked while reading at night") is David Quammen's Monster of God: The Man-Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind.
Quammen is a very good writer who wrote The Song of the Dodo (another good book) and numerous other non-fiction books with an environmental bent to them.Jul 29, 2009 at 2:31 pm #1517419
How about reading something by John Muir. It's been so long that I can't recommend a specific book.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=john+muir&x=0&y=0Jul 29, 2009 at 2:31 pm #1517420
The Climb by Anatoli Boukreev and Left for Dead by Beck Weathers are great ones. If you've read Into Thin Air by John Krakauer you'll like them– those two books are different perspectives from the same expedition.Jul 29, 2009 at 3:23 pm #1517434
@lori999Locale: Central Valley
Secor's High Sierras. History, and research for the next peak to bag or next trail/route to conquer.Jul 29, 2009 at 6:30 pm #1517478
"When I am in the wilds, alone, with all the majesty of the natural world arrayed before me, I am reminded that it all exists due to the supreme and wondrous noodly appendages of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, in all his meatball-filled glory."
RAmen.Jul 30, 2009 at 12:50 am #1517531
i would suggest The Tracker, its by Tom Brown j.r.
i realy loved this book infact it some how gave me a differnt perspective of the wilderness and is what got me in to camping. its a great book and its not to big, even if you dont bring it read it some time.
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