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The Best Hiking & Memoir Books

“What are the best hiking books?” We looked at 26 top hiking lists, and found 463 different books. Of the 463 books, 46 titles appeared multiple times, and were aggregated into the list below. The books fall into several different categories, there are the books about hiking, books to read on a hike, and a large amount of traveling memoirs. So many memoirs in fact that we decided to alter the title of the article to accurately describe the results. As always you can see our methodology here.

What can be found in a Best Hiking & Memoir Listicle:

  • Covers with backpacker profiles as they look out at nature
  • Jack Kerouac & Jon Krakauer
  • Appalachian Hikes
  • Non-hike related travel stories
  • The word “walk”
  • People failing to complete hikes

 



The Top 46 Hiking Books


46) A Thousand-Mile Walk To The Gulf by John Muir

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A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf by John Muir


45) A Walk for Sunshine: A 2,160 Mile Expedition for Charity on the Appalachian Trail by Jeff Alt

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A Walk For Sunshine- A 2,160 mile expedition for charity on the Appalachian Trail by Jeff Alt


44) Appalachian Trials: The Psychological and Emotional Guide to Successfully Thru-Hiking The Appalachian Trail by Zach Davis

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Appalachian Trials- A Psychological and Emotional Guide to Successfully Thru-Hiking The Appalachian Trail by Zach Davis


43) Are You Experienced? by William Sutcliffe

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Are You Experienced? by William Sutcliffe


42) Around the Bloc: My life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana by Stephanie Elizondo Griest

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Around the Bloc- My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana by Stephanie Elizondo Griest


41) As Far As The Eye Can See: Reflections Of An Appalachian Trail Hiker by David Brill

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As Far as the Eye Can See- Reflections of an Appalachian Trail Hiker by David Brill


40) Becoming Odyssa: Adventures on the Appalachian Trail by Jennifer Pharr Davis

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Becoming Odyssa- Epic Adventures on the Appalachian Trail by Jennifer Pharr Davis


39) Four Corners by Kira Salak

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Four Corners- A Journey into the Heart of Papua New Guinea by Kira Salak


38) Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery

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Grandma Gatewood’s Walk- The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery


37) Hike Your Own Hike: 7 Life Lessons from Backpacking Across America (Wanderlearn) by Francis Tapon

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Hike Your Own Hike- 7 Life Lessons from Backpacking Across America (Wanderlearn) by Francis Tapon


36) Hiking Through: One Man’s Journey to Peace and Freedom on the Appalachian Trail by Paul Stutzman

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Hiking Through- One Man’s Journey to Peace and Freedom on the Appalachian Trail by Paul Stutzman


35) Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

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Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer


34) My Life in France by Julia Child

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My Life in France by Julia Child


33) No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World’s 14 Highest Peaks by Ed Viesturs

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No Shortcuts to the Top- Climbing the World’s 14 Highest Peaks by Ed Viesturs


32) On a Shoestring to Coorg by Dervla Murphy

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On a Shoestring to Coorg- An Experience of Southern India by Dervla Murphy


31) On the Beaten Path: An Appalachian Pilgrimage by Robert Rubin

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On the Beaten Path- An Appalachian Pilgrimage by Robert Rubin


30) On the Road by Jack Kerouac

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On the Road by Jack Kerouac


29) Terra Incognita by Sara Wheeler

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Terra Incognita by Sara Wheeler


28) The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux

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The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux


27) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien


26) The Last Season by Eric Blehm

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The Last Season by Eric Blehm



25) The Mountains of My Life by Walter Bonatti

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The Mountains of My Life by Walter Bonatti


24) The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson

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The Rum Dairy by Hunter S. Thompson


23) The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

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The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway


22) Touching the Void by Joe Simpson

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Touching the Void by Joe Simpson


21) Tracks by Robyn Davidson

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Tracks by Robyn Davidson


20) Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck

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Travels with Charley- In Search of America by John Steinbeck


19) Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman

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Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman


18) Walden by Henry David Thoreau

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Walden by Henry David Thoreau


17) Walkin’ on the Happy Side of Misery: A Slice of Life on the Appalachian Trail by Junis R. Tate

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Walkin' on the Happy Side of Misery- A Slice of Life on the Appalachian Trail by Junius R. Tate


16) Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents by Elisabeth Eaves

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Wanderlust- A Love Affair with Five Continents by Elisabeth Eaves


15) Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean

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Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean


14) Zero Days: The Real Life Adventure of Captain Bligh, Nellie Bly, and 10-year-old Scrambler on the Pacific Crest Trail by Barbara Egbert

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Zero Days- The Real Life Adventure of Captain Bligh, Nellie Bly, and 10-year-old Scrambler on the Pacific Crest Trail by Barbara Egbert


13) A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins

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A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins


12) Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert


11) Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

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Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts


10) The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho


9) The Beach by Alex Garland

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The Beach by Alex Garland


8) The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac

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The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac


7) The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto Guevara

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The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto Guevara


6) West with the Night by Beryl Markham

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West with the Night by Beryl Markham


5) AWOL on the Appalachian Trail by David Miller

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AWOL on the Appalachian Trail by David Miller


4) The Man Who Walked Through Time by Colin Fletcher

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The Man Who Walked Through Time by Colin Fletcher


3) Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

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Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer


2) Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail by Cheryl Strayed

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Wild- From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail by Cheryl Strayed


1) A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson

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A Walk in the Woods- Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson

 



The Additional 417 Books Appearing on a Single List


 

  • 1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Shultz
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • 26 Gorgeous Hikes on the Western Cote d’Azur
  • 55 Hikes Around Snoqualmie Pass: Mountains to Sound Greenway
  • 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Seattle
  • A Blistered Kind of Love: One Couple’s Trial by Trail
  • A Canyon Voyage: Narrative of the Second Powell Expedition Down the Green-Colorado River from Wyoming, and the Explorations on
    Land, in the Years 1871-72 by Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
  • A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
  • A Field Guide to the Grand Canyon by Stephen R. Whitney
  • A Handful of Honey by Annie Hawes
  • A House in Fez by Suzanna Clarke
  • A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson
  • A Life on the Edge: Memoirs of Everest and Beyond, Jim Whittaker
  • A Long Trek Home: 4,000 Miles by Boot, Raft and Ski by Erin McKittrick
  • A Million Steps by Kurt Koontz
  • A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  • A Pig in Provence by Georgeanne Brennan
  • A Primate’s Memoir: A Neuroscientist’s Unconventional Life Among the Baboonsby David Sapolsky
  • A short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson
  • A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush, Eric Newby (1958)
  • A Slender Thread: Escaping Disaster in the Himalaya, Stephen Venables
  • A Survival Guide to the Camino de Santiago in Galicia
  • A Thousand Days in Tuscany by Marlena De Blasi
  • A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena De Blasi
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • A Thru-Hiker’s Heart, Tales of the Pacific Crest Trail
  • A Trip to the Beach by Melinda Blanchard
  • A Walker’s Journal
  • A Woman Alone: Travel Tales from Around the Globe
  • A Woman’s World by Marybeth Bond
  • A Year in the World by Frances Mayes
  • Above the Clouds: The Diaries of a High-Altitude Mountaineer, Anatoli Boukreev
  • Absurdistan
  • Accidents in North American Mountaineering, Issue 59,The American Alpine Club
  • Addicted to Danger, Jim Wickwire and Dorothy Bullitt
  • Adventure Divas by Holly Morris
  • Alaska Ascents: World-Class Mountaineers Tell Their Stories, Bill Sherwonit, ed.
  • Alaska Traveler by Dana Stabenow
  • All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes by Maya Angelou
  • All Over the Map by Laura Fraser
  • All Roads Lead to Austen by Amy Elizabeth Smith
  • Allen & Mike’s Really Cool Backpackin’ Book
  • Almost French by Sarah Turnball
  • An Italian Affair by Laura Fraser
  • An Umbrian Love Story by Marlena De Blasi
  • Annapurna South Face, Chris Bonnington
  • Annapurna, Maurice Herzog
  • Annapurna: A Woman’s Place, Arlene Blum
  • Appalachian Impressions (DVD)
  • Appalachian Trail Data Book – 2014
  • Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers’ Companion (2014)
  • Arabian Sands, Wilfred Thesiger (1959)
  • Archaeology Geology and Paleobiology of Stantons Cave, Grand Canyon National Park Arizona by Robert C. Euler
  • Arctic Dreams, Barry Lopez (1986)
  • Ascent: The Spiritual and Physical Quest of Legendary Mountaineer Willi Unsoeld, Laurence Leamer
  • Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
  • At Home in France by Ann Barry
  • Avoiding Prison and other Noble Vacation Goals by Wendy Dale
  • Backpack by Emily Barr
  • Barefoot Sisters Southbound by Lucy Letcher and Susan Letcher
  • Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
  • Bella Tuscany by Frances Mayes
  • Below Another Sky: A Mountain Adventure in Search of a Lost Father, Rick Ridgeway
  • Beneath the Rim : A Photographic Journey through the Grand Canyon by C. C. Lockwood
  • Beyond Mount Si: The Best Hikes Within 85 Miles of Seattle
  • Beyond the Limits: A Woman’s Triumph on Everest, Stacy Allison with Peter Carlin
  • Beyond the Mountain, Steve House
  • Black Lamb and Grey Falcon
  • Blind Courage
  • Blood River
  • Blue Highways: A Journey into America
  • Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan
  • Book Lust to Go by Nancy Pearl
  • Born to Run
  • Boundless Horizons: The Autobiography of Chris Bonington, Chris Bonington
  • Breaking Point: Challenge on Alaska’s Mt. Hunter, Glenn Randall
  • Breathless by Nancy K. Miller
  • Brotherhood of the Rope: The Biography of Charles Houston, Bernadette McDonald
  • Buried in the Sky by Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan
  • Burmese Lessons by Karen Connelly
  • Bury Me Standing by Isabel Fonesca
  • Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water
  • Chasing the Devil:
  • Claiming Ground
  • Climb: Stories of Survival from Rock, Snow and Ice, Clint Willis, ed.
  • Climbing Free: My Life in the Vertical World, Lynn Hill
  • Climbing High, Lene Gammelgaard
  • Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller
  • Coming into the Country, John McPhee (1976)
  • Conquistadors of the Useless, Lionel Terray
  • Cosima by Grazia Delleda
  • Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair
  • Cycle Touring in France
  • Cycling in the French Alps
  • Cycling the Canal du Midi
  • Daisy Miller by Henry James
  • Dances With Marmots – A Pacific Crest Trail Adventure
  • Dancing Skeletons by Katherine A. Dettwyler
  • Danger Stalks the Land: Alaskan Tales of Death and Survival, Larry Kaniut
  • Dark Star Safari, Overland from Cairo to Cape Town
  • Dark Summit::The True Story of Everest’s Most Controversial Season, Nick Heil
  • Day Hike! Central Cascades
  • Dead Lucky: Life After Death on Mount Everest, Lincoln Hall
  • DEAD MEN HIKE NO TRAILS
  • Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why, Laurence Gonzales
  • Desert Solitaire, Edward Abbey (1968)
  • Detectives on Everest: The 2001 Mallory & Irvine Research ExpeditionJochen Hemmleb, Eric Simonsson and Dave Hahn
  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller
  • Down the Nile by Rosemary Mahoney
  • Dreams of a Thousand Lives by Karen Connelly
  • Educating Alice by Alice Steinbach
  • Eiger Dreams, Jon Krakauer
  • Eiger: Wall of Death, Arthur Roth
  • Endurance, F.A. Worsley (1931)
  • Epic: Stories of Survival from the World’s Highest Peaks, Clint Willis, ed.
  • Everest: Alone at the Summit, Stephen Venables
  • Everest: The West Ridge, Thomas Hornbein
  • Every Day In Tuscany by Frances Mayes
  • Everything is Going to be Great by Rachel Shukert
  • Extreme Alpinism:Climbing Light, Fast & High, Mark F. Twight
  • Extreme Survivors:
  • Facing the Extreme, Ruth Kocour and Michael Hodgson
  • Fast Times in Palestine by Pamela Olsen
  • Fatal Mountaineer, Robert Roper
  • First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria by Eve Brown-Waite
  • First They Killed My Father
  • Five Miles High, Robert H. Bates and Charles S. Houston, M.D.
  • Forever on the Mountain, James M. Tabor
  • Forty-Something Phoenix by Marlayna Glynn Brown
  • Free Spirit: A Climber’s Life, Reinhold Messner
  • French By Heart by Rebecca S. Ramsey
  • Full Tilt, Ireland to India with a Bicycle
  • Ghosts of Everest: The Search for Mallory and Irvine, Jochen Hemmleb, Larry A. Johnson and Eric S. Simonson
  • Good Morning Midnight: Life and Death in the Wild, Chip Brown
  • Grand Canyon Treks I, II, III by Dr. Harvey Butchart
  • Grand Canyon, a Century of Change, the rephotography of the 1889-1890 Stanton Expedition
  • Granny D: Walking Across America in my Ninetieth Year
  • Great Plains, Ian Frazier (1989)
  • Happier Than a Billionaire by Nadine Hays Pisani
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • Have Mother, Will Travel by Claire and Mia Fontaine
  • Hearing Birds Fly by Louisa Waugh
  • Heart of Darkness:
  • Heidi’s Alp by Christina Hardyment
  • Hermann Buhl:Climbing Without Compromise, Reinhold Messner, Horst Hofler
  • High and Wild: Essays and Photographs on Wilderness Adventures, Galen Rowell
  • High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed, Michael Kodas
  • High Exposure, David Breashears
  • High: Stories of Survival from Everest and K2, Clint Willis, ed.
  • Hiking in The Grand Canyon Backcountry by J. D. Green, Jim Ohlman Editor
  • Hiking the Grand Canyon (A Sierra Club Totebook) by John Annerino
  • Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Holding Fast:The Untold Story of the Mt. Hood Tragedy, Karen James
  • Holiday Walks in Provence
  • Holy Cow by Sarah Macdonald
  • Honeymoon with my Brother:
  • How to Sh*t in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art
  • Hunting Badger
  • I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool For Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail by Gail Storey
  • I’m a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after 20 Years Away by Bill Bryson
  • In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
  • In Beauty May She Walk; Hiking the Appalachian Trail at 60
  • In Patagonia, Bruce Chatwin (1977)
  • In the Shadow of Denali, Jonathan Waterman
  • In the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods, Galen Rowell
  • In the Zone:Epic Survival Stories from the Mounaineering World, Peter Potterfield
  • Incontinent on the Continent by Jane Christmas
  • Indian Creek Chronicles: A Winter Alone in the Wilderness
  • Indonesia Etc.. Exploring the Improbable Nation
  • Jasmine and Fire by Rosemary Mahoney
  • John Muir : Nature Writings: The Story of My Boyhood and Youth; My First Summer in the Sierra; The Mountains of California;
  • Stickeen; Essays
  • Just a Little Run Around the World
  • K2-The Savage Mountain, Charles Houston and Robert Bates
  • K2, Triumph and Tragedy, Jim Curran
  • K2:Life and Death on the World’s Most Dangerous Mountain, Ed Viesturs with David Roberts
  • K2:The 1939 Tragedy, Andrew J. Kaufman and William Lowell Putnam
  • K2:The Story of the Savage Mountain, Jim Curran
  • Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez
  • Kiss or Kill – Confessions of a Serial Climber, Mark Twight
  • Kon-Tiki, Across the Pacific by Raft
  • Kon-Tiki, Thor Heyerdahl (1950)
  • Last Breath: Cautionary Tales from the Limits of Human Endurance, Peter Stark
  • Last Man in the Tower:
  • Last Season, Eric Blehm
  • Latest or any edition of “The Best American Short Stories” (2013 edition edited by Elizabeth Strout)
  • Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest, Beck Weathers
  • Life at the Extremes: The Science of Survival, Frances Ashcroft
  • Life is a Trip by Judith Fein
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • Listening for Coyote: A Walk Across Oregon’s Wilderness
  • Living My Life by Emma Goldman
  • Lonely Planet: Better Than Fiction
  • Lonely Planet: On the Edge by Cecil Kuhne
  • Loop Hikes I, II by George Steck
  • Lord of the rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Lou Whitaker: Memoirs of a Mountain Guide
  • Love with a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche
  • Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard
  • Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know
  • Marching powder by Rusty Young
  • Marcus of Umbria by Justine van der Leun
  • Minus 148º: First Winter Ascent of Mt. McKinley, Art Davidson
  • Missing in the Minarets: The Search for Walter A. Starr, Jr., William Alsup
  • Mixed Emotions: Mountaineering Writings of Greg Child, Greg Child
  • Moments of Doubt: And Other Mountaineering Writings, David Roberts
  • Motorcycle diaries by Ernesto ‘ Che’ Guevara
  • Mountain Girl
  • Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, 6th Ed., Don Graydon and Kurt Hanson, eds.
  • Mr. Nice by Howard Marks
  • Mud, Sweat and Tears
  • Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan
  • My Invented Country by Isabel Allende
  • My Journey to Lhasa, Alexandra David-Neel (1927)
  • Nandi Devi: The Tragic Expedition, John Roskelley
  • Nanga Parbat Pilgrimage: The Lonely Challenge, Hermann Buhl
  • Nine Hills to Nambonkaha by Sarah Erdman
  • Nine Lives
  • No Touch Monkey by Ayun Halliday
  • No Way Down: Life and Death on K2 Graham Bowley
  • Not Without Peril: 150 Years of Misadventure on the Presidential Range of New Hampshire, Nicholas Howe
  • Nothing to Declare by Mary Morris
  • Off the Rails by Lisa St Aubin de Terán
  • Off the Road: A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim’s Route into Spain
  • Off the Wall: Death in Yosemite, Michael P. Ghiglier and Charles R. Farabee, Jr.
  • Official Guide to Hiking the Grand Canyon by Scott Thybony
  • Old Glory, Jonathan Raban (1981)
  • On the Rez
  • On the Ridge between Life and Death: A Climbing Life Reexamined, David Roberts
  • Once Upon a River
  • One Man’s Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey
  • One Mountain Thousand Summits:The Untold Story of Tragedy and True Heroism on K2 Freddie Wilkinson
  • Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
  • Overland Track
  • Paris in Love by Eloisa James
  • Paris to the Past by Ina Caro
  • Paris Was Ours by Penelope Rowlands
  • Passionate Nomad by Jane Fletcher Geniesse
  • Peter Pan” by J.M. Barrie
  • Postcards from the Ledge: Collected Mountaineering Writings of Greg Child, Greg Child
  • Pyrenean Haute Route: High-level trail through the Pyrenees
  • Rambles in Germany and Italy by Mary Shelley
  • Remember The Carrot: A Change Of Pace On The Appalachian Trail
  • Return to Paris by Colette Rossant
  • Royal Road to Romance
  • Running the Amazon, Joe Kane (1989)
  • Sailing Alone Around the World, Captain Joshua Slocum (1900)
  • Scrambles Amongst the Alps, Edward Whymper
  • Sea and Sardinia by D.H. Lawrence
  • SEAsoned by Victoria Allman
  • Second Wind by Cami Ostman
  • Sense and Sensibility” by Jane Austen
  • Seven years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer
  • Shattered Air: A True Account of Catastrophe and Courage on Yosemite’s Half Dome, Bob Madgic
  • Siddhartha
  • Sideways on a Scooter by Miranda Kennedy
  • Skywalker: Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail – Bill Walker
  • Small Feet, Big Land: Adventure, Home, and Family on the Edge of Alaska by Erin McKittrick
  • Snow Sense: A Guide to Evaluating Snow Avalanche Hazard
  • Solemates: Lessons on Life, Love & Marriage from the Appalachian Trail – Randy Motz
  • Some Girls by Jillian Lauren
  • Somebody’s Heart is Burning by Tanya Shaffer
  • Sometimes the Appalachian Trail Is…
  • South: The story of Shackleton’s 1914-1917 expedition
  • Spanish Recognitions by Mary Lee Settle
  • Stalking the Wild Dik-Dik by Marie Javins
  • Starlight and Storm, Gaston Rebuffat
  • Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall by Anna Funder
  • Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain
  • Stokes Guide to Animal Tracking and Behavior
  • Stranger in the Forest:
  • Stumbling Thru: Hike Your Own Hike – A. Digger Stolz
  • Summit Fever, Andrew Greig
  • Summoning the Mountains: Pilgrimage into Forty
  • Surprised by Oxford by Carlyn Weber
  • Survival of the Fittest: Understanding Health and Peak Physical Performance, Mike Stroud
  • Surviving Denali: A Study of Accidents on Mount McKinley 1903-1990, Jonathan Waterman
  • Surviving the Extremes: A Doctor’s Journey to the Limits of Human Endurance
  • Take a Hike Seattle
  • Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Goldmen Gelman
  • Ten Million Steps: Nimblewill Nomad’s Epic 10-Month Trek from the Florida Keys to Quebec
  • The A.T. Guide
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain
  • The American Alpine Journal:The World’s Most Significant Climbs
  • The Appalachian Trail : How to Prepare for & Hike It
  • The Appalachian Trail Backpacker : Trail-Proven Advice for Hikes of Any Length
  • The Appalachian Trail: Onward to Katahdin
  • The Art of Happiness” by H.H. the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler
  • The Ascent of Denali, Hudson Stuck
  • The Barefoot Sisters Southbound – Lucy and Susan Letcher
  • The Beckoning Silence, Joe Simpson
  • The Best Women’s Travel Writing by Lavinia Spalding
  • The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz
  • The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad
  • The Boys of Everest: Chris Bonington and the Tragedy of Climbing’s Greatest Generation, Clint Willis
  • The Canadian Rockies SuperGuide
  • The Carpet Wars
  • The Cat Who Went to Paris by Peter Gethers
  • The Cathar Way, A Walker’s Guide to the Sentier Cathare
  • The Circle & What is the What by Dave Eggers
  • The Climb Up to Hell, Jack Olsen
  • The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest, Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt
  • The Cloud Garden
  • The Clumsiest People in Europe by Favell Lee Mortimer
  • The Complete Walker IV
  • The Controlled Flood in Grand Canyon by Robert H. Webb
  • The Cruelest Journey by Kira Salak
  • The Crystal Horizon, Reinhold Messner
  • The Dan Brown books (by Dan Brown)
  • The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test:
  • The Endless Knot:K2, Mountain of Dreams and Destiny, Kurt Diemberger
  • The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons by John Wesley Powell
  • The Falling Season: Inside the Life and Death Drama of Aspen’s Mountain Rescue Team, Hal Clifford
  • The fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  • The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the Worldby Eric Weiner
  • The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost by Rachel Friedman
  • The Gr5 Trail: Through the French Alps: Lake Geneva to Nice
  • The Grand Canyon: Intimate Views by Robert C. Euler
  • The Hall of the Mountain King: The True Story of a Tragic Climb, Howard H. Snyder
  • The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling
  • The Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou
  • The Hidden Canyon: A River Journey by John Blaustein
  • The Hiker’s Bible by Robert Elman
  • The Hill: A True Story of Tragedy, Recovery, and Redemption on North America’s Highest Peak , Ed Hommer
  • The Hunger games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
  • The Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown
  • The Invisible Circus by Jennifer Egan
  • The Killing Fields
  • The Kite Runner
  • The Lady and the Monk by Pico Iyer
  • The Lady in the Palazzo by Marlena De Blasi
  • The Last Step: The American Ascent of K2, Rick Ridgeway
  • The Life of Pi” by Yann Martel
  • The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • The Long Way, Bernard Moitessier (1971)
  • The Lost City of Z
  • The Lost Explorer: Finding Mallory on Mount Everest, Conrad Anker and David Roberts
  • The Lost Girls by Jennifer Baggett
  • The Middle of Somewhere
  • The Motion of the Ocean by Janna Cawrse Esarey
  • The Mountain of My Fear and Deborah: A Wilderness Narrative, David Roberts
  • The Munros and Tops: A Record-Setting Walk in the Scottish Highlands
  • The Naked traveller by Trinity
  • The New Appalachian Trail
  • The Other Side of Everest, Matt Dickinson
  • The Pacific Crest Trail
  • The Piano Tuner:
  • The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
  • The Rescue Season, Bob Drury
  • The River Queen by Marry Morris
  • The Road from Coorain by Jill Ker Conway
  • The Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam
  • The Robert Louis Stevenson Trail: A Walking Tour in the Velay and Cevennes, Southern France
  • The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost
  • The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry by Kathleen Flinn
  • The Sierra High Route: Traversing Timberline Country
  • The Snow Leopard, Peter Matthiessen (1978)
  • The Source of All Things
  • The Spice Necklace by Ann Vanderhoof
  • The Theroux books
  • The Thousand Mile Summer
  • The Twilight books Stephenie Meyer
  • The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide: Tools and Techniques to Hit the Trail
  • The Villan: a Portrait of Don Whillans, James Perrin
  • The Walk West: A Walk Across America 2
  • The Walking People: A Native American Oral History by Paula Underwood
  • The White Death: Tragedy and Heroism in an Avalanche Zone, McKay Jenkins
  • The White Spider: The Classic Account of the Ascent of the Eiger, Heinrich Harrer
  • The White Tiger
  • The Wild Places:
  • The Worlds Most Dangerous Places
  • The Worst Journey in the World, Apsley Cherry-Garrard (1922)
  • Thin Air: Encounters in the Himalayas, Greg Child
  • This Game of Ghosts, Joe Simpson
  • Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations…One School at a Time, Greg Mortenson and David Oliver
    Relin
  • Three Hundred Zeroes: Lessons of the heart on the Appalachian Trail
  • Tibet’s Secret Mountain:The Triumph of Sepu Kangri, Chris Bennington and Charles Clarke
  • TIE: Alive, Piers Paul Read (1974); The Perfect Storm, Sebastian Junger (1997)
  • Tightwads on the Loose: A Seven Year Pacific Odysseyby Wendy Hinman
  • To the Top of Denali, Bill Sherwonit
  • Touching My Father’s Soul: A Sherpa’s Journey to the Top of Everest
  • Tour of the Queyras: A Circular Walk in the Southern French Alps – GR 58 and GR 541
  • Tout Sweet by Karen Wheeler
  • Traveling with Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd, Ann Kidd Taylor
  • Travels in a Thin Country by Sara Wheeler
  • Travels on My Elephant:
  • Travels With Myself and Another
  • Traversa: A Solo Walk Across Africa, from the Skeleton Coast to the Indian Ocean
  • Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • TREK – A Journey on the Appalachian Trail (DVD)
  • Trekking in the Vosges and Jura: The GR5 and Other Walks and Treks
  • Ultimate High: My Everest Odyssey, Goran Kropp
  • Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose
  • Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
  • Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Very New Orleans by Diana Hollingsworth Gessler
  • Walk (DVD)
  • Walking in Provence: Alpes Maritimes, Var, Vaucluse and Northern Provence
  • Walking in the Dordogne
  • Walking the Amazon
  • Walking the World
  • Walking with Spring – Earl V. Shaffer
  • Walks in The Cathar Region, Cathar Castles of Southwest France
  • Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit
  • We Aspired: The Last Innocent Americans, Pete Sinclair
  • What About Your Saucepans? by Lindsay de Feliz
  • What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim by Jane Christmas
  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames” by David Sedaris
  • Where I Was From by Joan Didion
  • White Winds: America’s Most Tragic Mountaineering Expedition
  • Wilderness of Awes
  • Wind, Sand, and Stars, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • Without A Map by Meredith Hall
  • Without Reservations by Alice Steinbach
  • Zaatar Days, Henna Nights by Maliha Masood
  • Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

The 26 “Best Hiking Book” Lists Consulted

 

 

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