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Adventure Books

A continually growing list of some of our favourite Non-Fiction Adventure Books. They range from epic alpine feats to daring sea kayak adventures and reflections on life lived on the edge.

Please support your local bookstore and do not purchase these on Amazon!

These are listed in alphabetical order and are not ranked, rated, or categorized – they are all worth a read, but some definitely more so than others!



In Some Lost Place: The first ascent of Nanga Parbat’s Manzeno Ridge by Sandy Allan

John Clarke by Lisa Baile

The Calling: A Life Rocked by Mountains by Barry Blanchard

Sacred Summits by Peter Boardman

The Push by Tommy Caldwell

Adrift: Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea by Steven Callahan

Inside: One Woman’s Journey Through the Inside Passage by Susan Marie Conrad

The Tower by Kelly Cordes

Sea Kayaker’s More Deep Trouble by Christopher Cunningham

Rowing to Latitude by Jill Fredston

On Polar Tides: Paddling and Surviving the Coast of Northern Labrador by Nigel Foster

Amazon Woman: Facing Fears, Chasing Dreams, and a Quest to Kayak the Whole Amazon by Darcy Gaechter

Nothing is Impossible by Diane Gionet-Hache

Fearless by Joe Glickman

Cape Horn is not a Gift! The First Circumnavigation of South America by Freya Hoffmeister



My Third Continent Book 1 & 2 by Freya Hoffmeister

Alone on the Wall by Alex Honnold

Beyond the Mountain by Steve House

Troll Wall: The untold story of the British first ascent of Europe’s tallest r… by Tony Howard

Kabloona in the Yellow Kayak by Victoria Jason

Cold Wars: Climbing the fine line between risk and reality by Andy Kirkpatrick

Physcovertical by Andy Kirkpatrick

Unknown Pleasures: Collected writing on life, death, climbing, and everything… by Andy Kirkpatrick

Classic Krakauer: Essays on Wilderness and Risk by Jon Krakauer

Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains by Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer



Night Naked by Erhard Loretan

Solo by Vicki McAuley

Alpine Warriors by Bernadette McDonald

Art of Freedom: The Life and Climbs of Voytek Kurtyka by Bernadette McDonald

Freedom Climbers by Berndatte McDonald

Tomaz Humar by Bernadette McDonald

Riverman: An American Odyssey by Ben McGrath

One Day as a Tiger: Alex MacIntyre and the Birth of Light and Fast Alpinism by John Porter

To Be a Warrior: The Adventurous Life and Mysterious Death of Billy Davidson by Brandon Pullan

The Bold and Cold: A History of 25 Classic Climbs in the Canadian Rockies by Brandon Pullan

Deborah by David Roberts

The Mountains of My Fear by David Roberts

On the Ridge Between Life and Death: A Climbing Life Reexamined by David Roberts

Shishapangma: The alpine-style first ascent of the South-West Face by Doug Scott

The Ogre by Doug Scott

Up and About by Doug Scott



Alone Against the North by Adam Shoalts

Beyond the Trees by Adam Shoalts

The Whisper on the Night Wind by Adam Shoalts

Touching the Void by Joe Simpson

Paddle to the Arctic by Don Starkell

Paddle to the Amazon by Don Starkell

Ueli Steck (Legends and Lore) by Ueli Steck

Keep Australia on Your Left by Eric Stiller

Warnings Against Myself: Meditations on a Life in Climbing by David Stevenson

Paddling North by Audrey Sutherland

Karakoram by Steve Swenson

The Impossible Climb by Mark Synnott

Everest the Cruel Way by Joe Tasker

Savage Arena by Joe Tasker

Conquistadors of the Useless by Lionel Terray



Cold Oceans by Jon Turk

Crocodiles and Ice: A Journey into Deep Wild by Jon Turk

In the Wake of the Jomon by Jon Turk

The Raven’s Gift by Jon Turk

Kiss or Kill: Confessions of a Serial Climber by Mark Twight

Rowing the Northwest Passage by Kevin Vallely

Arctic Crossing by Jonathon Waterman

Chasing Denali by Jonathon Waterman

In the Shadow of Denali by Jonathon Waterman

Kayaking the Vermilion Sea by Jonathon Waterman

On Island Time: Kayaking the Caribbean by Scott B. Williams

At Home in Nature by Rob Wood



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