Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Outdoor Recreation. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.
1. There and Back: Photographs from the Edge
The Academy Award – winning director of Free Solo and National Geographic photographer presents the first collection of his iconic adventure photography, featuring some of the greatest moments of the most accomplished climbers and outdoor athletes in the world, and including more than 200 extraordinary photographs. Filmmaker, photographer, and world-class mountaineer Jimmy Chin goes where few can follow to capture stunning images in death-defying situations. There and Back draws from his breathtaking portfolio of photographs, captured over twenty years during cutting-edge expeditions on all seven continents—from skiing Mount Everest, to an unsupported traverse of Tibet's Chang Tang Plateau on foot, to first ascents in Chad’s Ennedi Desert and Antarctica’s Queen Maud Land. Along the way, Chin shares behind-the-scenes details about how he captured such astounding images in impossible conditions, and tells the stories of the legendary adventurers and remarkable athletes he has photographed, including Alex Honnold, the star of his Academy Award–winning documentary film Free Solo ; ski mountaineer Kit DesLauriers; snowboarder Travis Rice; and mountaineers Conrad Anker and Yvon Chouinard. These larger-than-life images, coupled with stories of outsized drive and passion, of impossible goals with life or death stakes, of partnerships forged through incredible hardship, are sure to inspire wonder and awe.
- Author: Jimmy Chin
- Publisher: Ten Speed Press (November 16, 2021)
- Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
- ISBN: 978-1984859501
- Dimensions: 9.5 x 12 inches
2. MeatEater's Campfire Stories: Close Calls
Gather around for campfire stories with the MeatEater crew as they share 16 harrowing true tales of survival, grit, and misfortune in the great outdoors - an immersive audio experience from the host of the long-running Netflix series and top-ranked wilderness podcast. In Campfire Stories: Close Calls , Steven Rinella invites seasoned hunters, anglers, adventurers, and outdoor professionals to share their tales of perilous adventures in the natural world, from run-ins with black bears and grizzlies to bad falls and severe hypothermia. With humor and heart, the storytellers describe how they survived disastrous encounters with weather, wildlife - and even a criminal cartel. Whether set in urban forests or atop remote Alaskan peaks, the tales in Campfire Stories: Close Calls are rich with lessons on how to stay safe in nature, delivered in a conversational tone that conjures the feeling of sitting around a campfire sharing adventure stories with friends. Campfire Stories: Close Calls features tales from MeatEater crew members Steven Rinella Janis Putelis Brody Henderson Garret Smith Seth Morris Maggie Smith and Edbo Genet with additional stories by Andy Bergin Buck Bowden Chad Converse Jerry Dunlop Greg Fonts Jake Grzyb Sam Lawry Greg Litzinger Joe and Joey Nowicki Alex Reynaud Thad Robison Bobbie Scopa and Avery Shawler.
- Author: Steven Rinella
- Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Hunting & Fishing, Fishing
3. Endure: How to Work Hard, Outlast, and Keep Hammering
Endure is the ultimate audiobook on the necessity of setting higher goals and expecting more from yourself every day - written by the man that Joe Rogan calls the “best bowhunter in the world”. At 20 years old, nothing great was happening in Cameron Hanes’ life. Living in a small town where dreams were dismissed and bouncing between the homes of divorced parents, he carried low expectations and no hope for a life of fulfilled potential. He wasn’t looking down the road, nor was he imagining ever being able to impact the outside world. Discovering bowhunting changed everything. For over three decades, Cam’s called himself an average guy who has experienced tremendous bowhunting success only through hard work and dedication. Endure chronicles the lessons he has learned and compels listeners to raise their expectations of themselves. If he can do it, anyone can. Cameron inspires us to have the work ethic, endurance, and resiliency needed to push our limits and break the barriers that keep us from our true purpose. From the unforgiving mountains to the rugged running trails to the thrill of extreme bowhunts, Endure takes us to places of risk, challenge, and adventure so that we can realize the impossible isn’t too far out of reach. Truly exceptional people don’t excel because of their outstanding abilities. They become exceptional because they’re obsessed with improvement. Greatness arrives when you keep hammering day after day. Showcasing the skills Cameron has used with the goal of becoming the ultimate predator, Endure redefines hard work and inspires listeners to cultivate the grit, discipline, and dedication needed in order to maximize each day of life. This audiobook isn’t about bowhunting. It’s about believing in yourself and becoming the best you can possibly be. A Macmillan Audio production from SMP
- Author: Cameron Hanes
- Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Hunting & Fishing, Hunting
4. Prepper's Long-Term Survival Guide: Food, Shelter, Security, Off-the-Grid Power and More Life-Saving Strategies for Self-Sufficient Living
Prepare your home and family for any life-threatening catastrophe with this step-by-step survivalist guide filled with techniques, strategies, and DIY projects from a lifelong prepping expertThe preparation you make for a hurricane, earthquake or other short-term disaster will not keep you alive in the event of widespread social collapse caused by pandemic, failure of the grid or other long-term crises. Government pamphlets and other prepping books tell you how to hold out through an emergency until services are restored. This book teaches you how to survive when nothing returns to normal for weeks, months or even years, including: Practical water collection for drinking and hygieneStoring, growing, hunting and foraging for foodFirst aid and medical treatments when there’s no doctorTechniques and tactics for fortifying and defending your homeCommunity-building strategies for creating a new society
- Author: Jim Cobb
- Publisher: Ulysses Press (March 8, 2020)
- Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Hiking & Camping
- ISBN: 978-1612432731
- Dimensions: 6 x 0.47 x 9 inches
5. Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival
“With advice on not just getting along, but truly reconnecting with the great outdoors, Dave Canterbury’s treasure trove of world-renowned wisdom and experience comes to life within these pages.” —Bustle A New York Times Bestseller in Sports and Travel! The ultimate resource for experiencing the backcountry! Written by survivalist expert Dave Canterbury, Bushcraft 101 gets you ready for your next backcountry trip with advice on making the most of your time outdoors. Based on the 5Cs of Survivability--cutting tools, covering, combustion devices, containers, and cordages--this valuable guide offers only the most important survival skills to help you craft resources from your surroundings and truly experience the beauty and thrill of the wilderness. Inside, you'll also discover detailed information on: Choosing the right items for your kit. Manufacturing needed tools and supplies. Collecting and cooking food. Protecting yourself from the elements. With Canterbury's guidance, you'll not only prepare yourself for any climate and situation, you'll also learn how to use the art of bushcraft to reconnect with nature in ways you've never imagined.
- Author: Dave Canterbury
- Publisher: Adams Media; 1st edition (September 1, 2014)
- Genre: Reference, Encyclopedias & Subject Guides
- ISBN: 978-1440579776
- Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.44 inches
6. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
The #1 New York Times –bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany, the inspiration for the PBS documentary The Boys of '36 , broadcast to coincide with the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 80th anniversary of the boys' gold medal race. Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936. The emotional heart of the story lies with one rower, Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not for glory, but to regain his shattered self-regard and to find a place he can call home. The crew is assembled by an enigmatic coach and mentored by a visionary, eccentric British boat builder, but it is their trust in each other that makes them a victorious team. They remind the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together - a perfect melding of commitment, determination, and optimism. Drawing on the boys' own diaries and journals, their photos and memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, The Boys in the Boat is an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times - the improbable, intimate story of nine working-class boys from the American west who, in the depths of the Great Depression, showed the world what true grit really meant. It will appeal to readers of Erik Larson, Timothy Egan, James Bradley, and David Halberstam's The Amateurs .
- Author: Daniel James Brown
- Genre: History, Americas, United States, State & Local
7. Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 'Who would have thought something as simple as changing the way we breathe could be so revolutionary for our health, from snoring to allergies to immunity? A fascinating book, full of dazzling revelations' Dr Rangan Chatterjee There is nothing more essential to our health and wellbeing than breathing: take air in, let it out, repeat 25,000 times a day. Yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with grave consequences. In Breath , journalist James Nestor travels the world to discover the hidden science behind ancient breathing practices to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. Modern research is showing us that making even slight adjustments to the way we inhale and exhale can: - jump-start athletic performance - rejuvenate internal organs - halt snoring, allergies, asthma and autoimmune disease, and even straighten scoliotic spines None of this should be possible, and yet it is. Drawing on thousands of years of ancient wisdom and cutting-edge studies in pulmonology, psychology, biochemistry and human physiology, Breath turns the conventional wisdom of what we thought we knew about our most basic biological function on its head. You will never breathe the same again.
- Author: James Nestor
- Publisher: Penguin Life (July 8, 2021)
- Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Alternative Medicine
- ISBN: 978-0241289129
- Dimensions: 5.08 x 0.71 x 7.8 inches
8. 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)
Turn every walk into a game of detection—from master outdoorsman Tristan Gooley, New York Times -bestselling author of The Secret World of Weather and The Natural Navigator When 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 country or city, along a coastline, or by night, this is the ultimate resource on what the land, sun, moon, stars, plants, animals, and clouds can reveal—if you only know how to look! Publisher’s Note: The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs was previously published in the UK under the title The Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs.
- Author: Tristan Gooley
- Publisher: The Experiment; Illustrated edition (July 31, 2015)
- Genre: Science & Math, Astronomy & Space Science
- ISBN: 978-1615192410
- Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
9. Total Survival: How to Organize Your Life, Home, Vehicle, and Family for Natural Disasters, Civil Unrest, Financial Meltdowns, Medical Epidemics, and Political Upheaval
Knowing that no survival book can cover every conceivable aspect of surviving in every conceivable situation, in Total Survival , veteran survivalist James C. Jones delivers tips that cover the most likely needs of readers and for which there is useful and practical instruction. His goal is to share a variety of practical survival skills, principles, and ideas in an easy-to read format that will aid the reader in becoming stronger, safer, and more self-reliant. The ten principles of survival that Jones sets out are derived from analysis of true survival accounts. Studies of why some people survived fires, plane crashes, assaults, and other deadly situations while others in the same situations perished confirm that these principles made the difference. Although the data and concepts in Total Survival are derived from accounts of acute disasters—such as tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, and epidemics—they apply equally well to chronic disasters, such as economic decline, shortages, unemployment, climate change, and personal family or health issues. In reality, all of life is a survival challenge, and a survival emergency is just a high-intensity life test. These ten survival principles are the key to success in everyday life, especially during an emergency.
- Author: James C. Jones
- Publisher: Skyhorse (February 26, 2019)
- Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Sports & Outdoors
10. Sprinting Through No Man's Land: Endurance, Tragedy, and Rebirth in the 1919 Tour de France
The inspiring, heart-pumping true story of soldiers turned cyclists and the historic 1919 Tour de France that helped to restore a war-torn country and its people. On June 29, 1919, one day after the Treaty of Versailles brought about the end of World War I, nearly seventy cyclists embarked on the thirteenth Tour de France. From Paris, the war-weary men rode down the western coast on a race that would trace the country’s border, through seaside towns and mountains to the ghostly western front. Traversing a cratered postwar landscape, the cyclists faced near-impossible odds and the psychological scars of war. Most of the athletes had arrived straight from the front, where so many fellow countrymen had suffered or died. The cyclists’ perseverance and tolerance for pain would be tested in a grueling, monthlong competition. An inspiring true story of human endurance, Sprinting Through No Man’s Land explores how the cyclists united a country that had been torn apart by unprecedented desolation and tragedy. It shows how devastated countrymen and women can come together to celebrate the adventure of a lifetime and discover renewed fortitude, purpose, and national identity in the streets of their towns.
- Author: Adin Dobkin
- Publisher: Little A (July 1, 2021)
- Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, History