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Monday, November 13, 2017


With Kilimanjaro coming up in March, I have been slowly accumulating the kit I need.  When I was in Houston in October, I found trekking pants, base layer leggings, and a down vest (gilet) at the outlet mall.  On the weekends, we have been taking longer dog walks in the park as I build up the time on my feet.

But the wanderlust is real and I cannot wait for the trip.  I am anxious to plan the next and the next trip after that.  To help satiate me, I have loaded up my Kindle with a few adventure and travel books.  I also reached out to my fitness blogger community for their recommendations too.  Here is a great list of books to inspire you to be more adventurous. 


Non-fiction



Wild: A journey from lost to found by Cheryl Strayed
I have yet to see the film starring Reece Witherspoon but this book is what got me thinking about going on an epic hike.  To help find herself, Strayed hiked the Pacific Crest Trail solo and met some amazing people along the way.




Africa Solo by Mark Beaumont
This book I read before we rode from London to Paris.  Beaumont set a challenge to ride from Cairo to Cape Town (self-supported) as a world record attempt. To do this, he would have to repeatedly have to ride over 100 miles a day in intense African heat.  This book was shortlisted as adventure travel book of the year.  If you are a cyclist, check it out!

Me and Dean at his book signing

Road to Sparta by Dean Karnazes
With the launch of this book, I was lucky enough hear Karnazes speak here in London and talk about his passion for running.  This guy is the original ultramarathon man, running 100s of miles on little sleep all over the world.  He doesn't even have a chair in his office, just gym equipment and a standing desk.  This book explores his Greek heritage and retraces the steps of Pheidippides.




Pants of Perspective by Anna McNuff
McNuff recently founded a Facebook Group called Adventure Queens and from the adventure told in Pants of Perspective, you can see why she wants many other women to go on a life-changing adventure.  It takes a lot of guts to pack up your things, fly around the world and commit to running across an entire country.  After finishing the last chapter, you will be ready to go too!




Cold: Extreme Adventures at the Lowest Temperatures on Earth by Ranulph Fiennes
Last weekend, I went to the European Outdoor Film Tour which featured Simone and Tamara climbing to the top of Kangchenjunga in Himalayas.  Winter is coming so I decided this is the next book I am going to read.



Fiction

End of the World Running Club by Adrian J. Walker
Many people, including Sarah from Dreaming of Footpaths, recommended this book. I actually found it on my own when looking for new running books last spring.  It is a post-apocalyptic thriller that has a out of shape man running through a demolished landscape without any laws to find his family.  This is a #1 bestseller.




Call of the Wild by Jack London
We had to read this in school and it is still a timeless classic.  Read the stories of a wild dog in gold-rush Alaska.  Perfect for animal lovers and those wishing for snow this winter.




Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Written in 1870, this book dives deep into the ocean.  Of course, as a fish nerd, I loved this book.  You will probably find many references from modern day television or film originated in this book.  There is a lot of details about the submarine, so get your engineering hat on.


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