One of the true traditions of going on an outdoor adventure is crawling into your sleeping bag at night and curing up with a good book to ready by the light of your headlamp. If you’re looking for some new additions to your library for the next time you’re in need of something to read, you’re in luck. Men’s Journal has published its list of the 50 greatest adventure books of all time, and as you’d expect, there are some great options.
As you would expect, the books on this list are incredibly diverse. Some are biographies, others are first-hand account memoirs, and some are complete works of fiction. The stories span the globe, taking us to just about every corner of the planet, from the frozen expanses of Poles, to tropical destinations closer to the equator. These books introduce us to some of the most interesting people to ever walk the Earth, and some that are completely made-up but are incredibly interesting none the less.
With such a long list, it would be impossible for me to ruin it completely. But some of the famous books that earned a nod include Melville’s Moby Dick, Alfred Lansing’s Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, and The Mountain: My Time on Everest by Ed Viesturs. This is just a small taste of the great books that made this list, but no matter what your definition of adventure is, I think it is safe to say that there is something here for everyone.
On top of that, unless you’re an incredibly fast reader, this list will take some time to get through completely. That would be an adventure in and of itself.
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