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Best Outdoor Adventure Books: The Ultimate Collection

Our list of some of the best Outdoor Adventure books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way, Predict the Weather, Locate Water, Track Animals―and Other Forgotten Skills (Natural Navigation) (2015)

 Best Outdoor Adventure Books: The Ultimate CollectionWhen writer and navigator Tristan Gooley journeys outside, he sees a natural world filled with clues. The roots of a tree indicate the sun’s direction; the Big Dipper tells the time; a passing butterfly hints at the weather; a sand dune reveals prevailing wind; the scent of cinnamon suggests altitude; a budding flower points south.
Author(s): Tristan Gooley

Lost on Purpose: The Adventures of a 21st Century Mountain Man (2015)

 Best Outdoor Adventure Books: The Ultimate Collection“Lost on Purpose” is the non-fiction adventure narrative of a former technology executive who reinvented himself as a 21st century mountain man. In October/November 2013, Patrick Taylor crossed the Rocky Mountains alone on foot. He passed through one of the largest wilderness areas in the Lower 48 to reach and retrace the route of Lewis & Clark in the winter.
Author(s): Patrick Taylor, Kristin Bryant

The Survival Handbook: Essential Skills for Outdoor Adventure (2012)

 Best Outdoor Adventure Books: The Ultimate CollectionFrom planning an expedition, to packing essential kits, to discovering what to do on a trail, The Survival Handbook is an invaluable tool when you’re in the great outdoors. Among a myriad of outdoor skills, it teaches readers how to make shelters, find water, and spot, catch, and cook wild food.
Author(s): DK Publishing, Colin Towell

The Dehydrator Cookbook for Outdoor Adventurers: Healthy, Delicious Recipes for Backpacking and Beyond (2019)

 Best Outdoor Adventure Books: The Ultimate CollectionHearty meals for the trail―from your dehydrator to your destination.Want to dig into a warm, delicious meal in the wilderness without filling your pack with heavy ingredients? It’s easy with The Dehydrator Cookbook for Outdoor Adventurers.
Author(s): Julie Mosier

Kids’ Outdoor Adventure Book: 448 Great Things to Do in Nature Before You Grow Up (2013)

 Best Outdoor Adventure Books: The Ultimate CollectionNature is a destination, but you don’t have to travel anywhere to find it. Just open the door and step outside.
Author(s): Stacy Tornio, Ken Keffer

Adventure Education: Theory and Applications (2007)

 Best Outdoor Adventure Books: The Ultimate CollectionAdventure Education: Theory and Applications allows students to-get a broad view of adventure education and programming;-explore the role of games, low- and high-element courses, and outdoor pursuits in adventure education; -use key concepts, student activities, and Web-based research to enhance the learning process;-employ real-world examples to explore strategies for adventure education in a variety of settings;…
Author(s): Richard G Prouty, Jane Panicucci, et al.

Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident (Historical Nonfiction Bestseller, True Story Book of Survival) (2014)

 Best Outdoor Adventure Books: The Ultimate CollectionA New York Times and Wall Street Journal Nonfiction Bestseller! — What happened that night on Dead Mountain?The mystery of Dead Mountain: In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain.
Author(s): Donnie Eichar

Adventure North: Black and White (2016)

 Best Outdoor Adventure Books: The Ultimate CollectionAfter accelerating their studies and graduating high school early, two teenagers set off from their hometown in Minnesota to embark on a 2,200 mile canoe journey up the heart of North America. Their destination: the permafrost shores of Hudson Bay. Inspired by a passion for the simple life, where gadgets and schedules are replaced by nature and its harsh beauty, the duo found something that many believe is lost—a true adventure.
Author(s): Sean Bloomfield, Colton Witte

Forest School Adventure: Outdoor Skills and Play for Children (2018)

 Best Outdoor Adventure Books: The Ultimate CollectionFrom essential bushcraft basics and Stone Age skills to joyful outdoor play, Forest School Adventure is packed with ideas to bring your little ones closer to nature and all its magical offerings. The book is divided into four sections―bushcraft, wild food, nature awareness, and games. Learn how to: Young children will be immersed in imaginative, messy play and crafts, while older ones can work on more complex activities like stone tool making and sourcing water.
Author(s): Dan Westall, Naomi Walmsley

101 Outdoor Adventures to Have Before You Grow Up (2019)

 Best Outdoor Adventure Books: The Ultimate CollectionBe an adventurous kid! Conquer a rock wall, go ziplining, create a geocache at your favorite nature hangout, camp without a tent. Most importantly, get your hands dirty. 101 Outdoor Adventures to Have Before You Grow Up offers up season-by-season activities, games, and challenges to get kids in the outdoors and loving it.
Author(s): Stacy Tornio, Jack Tornio

Outdoor Adventure Doodles: Amazing Scenes to Complete and Create (2014)

 Best Outdoor Adventure Books: The Ultimate CollectionGo hiking in the woods, spelunking in caves, mountain climbing, or beach bumming in this 160-page full-color Doodles book. Focused on all things outdoorsy and adventure-inspiring, this bright and energetic activity book encourages you to depict the wonders of nature with helpful prompts. As always, no drawing skills are required!
Author(s): Adrian Barclay

Just for the 2 of You: Romantic Hikes to Share in Boulder (2008)

 Best Outdoor Adventure Books: The Ultimate CollectionNeed the perfect small gift for the hiker in your life? Each full-color, city specific book includes maps and descriptions for the area’s best close-in hikes, plus tons of fun facts, activity suggestions, helpful hints, and local low-down to help you plan the perfect outing.
Author(s): Bette Erickson

The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors (2014)

 Best Outdoor Adventure Books: The Ultimate CollectionCLICK HERE to download a sample from The Adventure Gap “An important new book about a crucial challenge facing the conservation movement” — Spencer Black, vice president, Sierra Club •Chronicles the first all-African American summit attempt on Denali, the highest point in North America •Part adventure story, part history, and part argument for the importance of inspiring future generations to value nature The nation’s wild places―from