Great Reads for the Backcountry…while in a lawnchair

When I can’t get outside to run, hike, shoot or generally enjoy a little wilderness time, picking up a great read is a nice way to get an “adventure fix” from the comfort of your home, lawn chair or hammock.

While I generally love my iPad, and the access one has to basically anything and everything, a good book — tactile, the paper, heft, turning of pages — is tough to beat. Also, if you happen to nod off while in a hammock, a book fares much better being dropped into the wet grass, or having a beer spilled on it. (It happens…)

So, here is my list of favorite reads that are, more or less, “backcountry” in nature. Wilderness, adventure, struggle, storms, wild animals, far off peaks and more — they have it all. These are in no particular order, but I do recommend checking out one or all. Enjoy.

  • Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer (1997)
  • The Snow Leopard, by Peter Matthiessen (1978)
  • The Long Walk, by Slavomir Rawicz (1956)
  • Double Helix: Bowhunting African Plains Game, by E. Donnall Thomas Jr. (1999)
  • Adrift, by Steven Callahan (1986)
  • American Buffalo, by Steven Rinella (2009)
  • The Longest Silence: A Life in Fishing, by Thomas McGuane (2001)
  • Touching the Void, by Joe Simpson (1989)
  • One Man’s Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey, by Sam Keith and Richard Proenneke (1999)
  • Grizzly Years, by Doug Peacock (1990)
  • Longbows in the Far North, E. Donnall Thomas, Jr. (1993)
  • Enduring Patagonia, by Gregory Couch (2002)
  • Indian Creek Chronicles: A Winter Alone in the Wilderness, by Pete Fromm (2003)
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