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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.

1. 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. To help you understand nature as he does, Gooley shares more than 850 tips for forecasting, tracking, and more, gathered from decades spent walking the landscape around his home and around the world. Whether you’re walking in the…
Author(s): Tristan Gooley

2. 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. The sacrifices – vocationally, financially, emotionally – are measured against the benefits by the author in a refreshingly honest, humorous, and inspirational fashion. If you liked “Wild” (and who…
Author(s): Patrick Taylor, Kristin Bryant

3. 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. And if there’s an emergency, it shows which essential first-aid techniques to use when, how to mount a rescue, and even how to get yourself found. Now in Paperback! #188,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #434 in Hiking & Camping Instructional Guides #72…
Author(s): DK Publishing, Colin Towell

4. 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. Just prep your favorite recipes from the book to dehydrate at home―to savor when you’re far from home.This dehydrator cookbook includes easy instructions for cooking, dehydrating, storing, and reconstituting all kinds of foods. Try recipes for Lemony Lentil Salad, Salmon and Roasted Sweet Potato Hash, Porter-Infused Chili…
Author(s): Julie Mosier

5. 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. A fun, hands on approach to getting involved in nature, The Kids’ Outdoor Adventure Book is a year-round how-to activity guidebook for getting kids outdoors and exploring nature, be it catching fireflies in the cool summer evenings; making birdfeeders in the fall from peanut butter, pine cones, and seed; building a snowman in 3 feet of fresh winter snow; or playing duck, duck, goose with friends in a meadow on a warm spring day. The…
Author(s): Stacy Tornio, Ken Keffer

6. 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; and-learn core skills for effective facilitation and leadership preparation in adventure programming.With Adventure Education: Theory and Applications, adventure…
Author(s): Richard G Prouty, Jane Panicucci, et al.

7. 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. Eerie aspects of the mountain climbing incident—unexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and elevated levels of radiation found on some of their clothes—have led to decades of speculation over the true…
Author(s): Donnie Eichar

8. 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. Follow the pair up the flooding Minnesota River and through the prairie plains of North Dakota, across man-sized waves on Lake Winnipeg, and down the foaming rapids of the Canadian north. The…
Author(s): Sean Bloomfield, Colton Witte

9. 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. The idea of a forest school―an outdoor program that uses the woods and forests as a…
Author(s): Dan Westall, Naomi Walmsley

10. 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. With a striking visual style meant for big kids, this is the perfect book for that middle-age group who aren’t little anymore, but haven’t yet hit those teenage years. #654,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #38 in Whitewater Kayaking #46 in Canoeing Travel Guides #50 in Sea Kayaking Would…
Author(s): Stacy Tornio, Jack Tornio

11. 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! #838,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #13484 in Children’s Activity Books (Books) #197 in Children’s Camping Books (Books) #965 in Children’s Drawing Books (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for…
Author(s): Adrian Barclay

12. 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. #4,170,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #81 in Boulder Colorado Travel Books #8410 in Hiking & Camping Excursion Guides (Books) #4568 in West Mountain United States Travel Books Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Bette Erickson

13. 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 national and state parks to national forests, preserves, and wilderness areas―belong to all Americans. But not all…
Author(s): James Mills

Best Outdoor Adventure Books: The Ultimate Collection

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some outdoor adventure books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Hike It Baby: 100 Awesome Outdoor Adventures with Babies and Toddlers

Author(s): Shanti Hodges
Publisher: Falcon Guides, Year: 2018, Size: 13 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2224984

DadVentures: Amazing Outdoor Adventures for Daring Dads and Fearless Kids

Author(s): Alex Gregory
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, Year: 2018, Size: 9 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2224997

North Carolina Adventure Weekends: A Traveler’s Guide to the Best Outdoor Getaways

Author(s): Jessie Johnson, Matt Schneider
Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press, Year: 2017, Size: 18 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2228172

Guy on Fire 130 Recipes for Adventures in Outdoor Cooking

Author(s): Guy Fieri
Publisher: HarperCollins E-books, Year: 2014, Size: 17 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1548669

Outdoor Adventure and Social Theory

Author(s): Elizabeth C.J. Pike, Simon Beames
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2013, Size: 792 Kb, Download: pdf
ID: 1437760

The kids' outdoor adventure book : 448 great things to do in nature before you grow up

Author(s): Keffer, Ken; Riordan, Rachel; Tornio, Stacy
Publisher: Falcon Guides;Globe Pequot Press, Year: 2013, Size: 10 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2088419

Alpine skiing

Author(s): Ronald W Kipp
Publisher: Human Kinetics, Year: 2012, Size: 12 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1196796

Risk Management in Outdoor and Adventure Programs: Scenarios of Accidents, Incidents, and Misadventures

Author(s): Aram Attarian
Publisher: Human Kinetics, Year: 2012, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1197365

The Survival Handbook: Essential Skills for Outdoor Adventure

Author(s): Colin Towell
Publisher: DK, Year: 2012, Size: 45 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1321604

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are absolutely chart-busters according to USA Today, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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