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6 Great Hiking Outdoor Adventure Books to Read [PICS]

Here are some of the best and most inspiring hiking outdoor adventure books you just have to read.

If you need some encouragement and inspiration to hit the trails this summer, read one of these best hiking outdoor adventure books and pack your bags.

They will draw out your emotions and excitement about love, life, and hiking.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail


Wild is a number one national bestseller about a woman who decides to walk the Pacific Crest Trail by herself with no previous hiking or training. She lost her mother, her marriage fell apart, and when she felt she had nothing more to lose, she takes all of her problems to the trail.

She walks over 1,000 miles of the PCT from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon up to Washington State on a life healing journey.

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

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Bill Bryson takes you along on A Walk in the Woods throughout this awesome outdoor adventure book. He teaches of the history and ecology of the Appalachian Trial, stretching from Georgia to Maine, and describes his encounters with the people he meets along the way. Look for the movie coming out this Labor Day Weekend.

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail

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Grandma Gatewood’s Walk is the winner of the 2014 National Outdoor Book Awards for History/Biography. Ben Montgomery tells the story of Emma “Grandma” Gatewood. She is the first woman to walk the entire Appalachian Trail, and did it three times.

She left her home in Ohio with a change of clothes and less than $200 and walked the trail. She survived rattlesnakes, severe weather, and other dangerous encounters along her journey. When she was finished, she proclaimed some parts of the trail to be lousy and difficult to walk. Her critique led to maintenance that ultimately saved the Appalachian Trail.

The Man Who Walked Through Time: The Story of the First Trip Afoot Through the Grand Canyon

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Colin Fletcher is the author of The Man Who Walked Through Time and is a self-proclaimed “compulsive walker.” His visit to the Grand Canyon in 1963 inspired him to endure a two-month walk the length of the Grand Canyon below the rim.

His story is also a unique look at the Grand Canyon before it became a mass tourist attraction.

The Middle of Somewhere

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The Middle of Somewhere is about a young woman who takes on the John Muir Trail to try and escape her past. It is just the solitude she is looking for.

But when her boyfriend decides to tag along, she has to decide to admit her mistakes and confront her fears, of journey into the future alone.

A Walk Across America

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Peter Jenkins tells his story of how cynicism in 1970s society drove him out on his own in A Walk Across America. He tells of his experiences learning life lessons from a mountain-dwelling hermit, the turmoil he caused when he stayed with a black family in North Carolina, and the intense hardships he endured while working in a Southern mill.

“I loved this book. It made me want to pack by bags and go..” – Rachel, goodreads

Pick up these books now and get your hiking stuff ready because when you read these best hiking outdoor adventure books, you’ll want to go hiking even more than before.


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