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    Chris K
    BPL Member

    @cmkannen-2-2

    Thought it might be fun to compile a “definitive” list of backpacking books. A list to start below. Some are not explicitly about backpacking but are still worth including due to backpacking playing a role in the narrative. What would you include?

    Wild by Cheryl Strayed

    The High Sierra: A Love Story by Kim Stanley Robinson

    The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac

    Freedom by Sabastian Junger

    The Book of the Bivvy by Ronald Turnbull

    Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart by Carrot Quinn

    The Lost Grizzlies by Rick Bass

    A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

    Multiple books by:

    Ray Jardine

    Colin Fletcher

    John Muir

    J.R.R. Tolkien?

    #3793816
    Rob P
    BPL Member

    @rpjr

    Chris Townsend

    #3793818
    Jerry Adams
    BPL Member

    @retiredjerry

    Locale: Oregon and Washington

    Jon Krakauer

    Into the wild, into the void,…

    I also like his story about a variant of the Mormon church

    #3793821
    Matthew / BPL
    Moderator

    @matthewkphx

    Mike Clelland

    The Last Season by Eric Blehm

    #3793823
    MJ H
    BPL Member

    @mjh

    J.R.R. Tolkien? 

    They blue blazed a huge chunk of the trail. Can’t count that.

    #3793828
    Glen L
    BPL Member

    @wyatt-carson

    Locale: Southern Arizona

    Good to The Dharma Bums on your list, one of my favorite backpacking books and really my favorite Kerouac.

    Craig Childs has some very good books that include backpacking and wilderness travel. Soul of Nowhere, House of Rain, The Way Out are a few favorites.

    David Roberts wrote quite a few good books. In Search of the Old Ones and Sandstone Spine and his journey over the length of Comb Ridge with some friends and rather heavy packs are a couple. He wrote some good mountaineering books too.

    #3793833
    Jerry Adams
    BPL Member

    @retiredjerry

    Locale: Oregon and Washington

    To build a fire by Jack London

    I like how when the human dies of hypothermia, the dog then goes back to the settlement without problem

    and other Jack London stories

    #3793837
    Monte Masterson
    BPL Member

    @septimius

    Locale: Southern Indiana

    #3793839
    Mina Loomis
    BPL Member

    @elmvine

    Locale: Central Texas

    Thirst

    Mud, Rocks, and Blazes

    both by Heather Anderson

    #3793840
    Bob K
    BPL Member

    @seventy2002

    The Places in Between by Rory Stewart

    #3793841
    jscott
    BPL Member

    @book

    Locale: Northern California

    Moments of Doubt, David Roberts. This is more about climbing/mountaineering than backpacking, but very good. A lot more considered and complex than the usual climbing books.

    Camp 4, Steve Roper

    I’ll think of others soon. Krakauer is really good, as Jerry says. So is The Last Season, already mentioned.

    #3793853
    Alex H
    BPL Member

    @abhitt

    Locale: southern appalachians or desert SW

    I concur on Fletcher, Townsend and Childs

    Skurka’s Gear Guide

    Abbey and Thoreau

    #3793867
    Mark Verber
    BPL Member

    @verber

    Locale: San Francisco Bay Area

    I won’t repeat what others have posted.  I would add

    Several books by Paul Stutzman https://www.paulstutzman.com/books

    Ray Jardine

    Mountaineering: The Freedom Of the Hills

     

     

    I would also include books not about backpacking but about the world we are walking in: McPhee, Barry Lopez, etc.

     

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