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Outside Magazine's 'The 25 Essential Books for the Well-Read Explorer' Reading List

Hang up the backpack and pull down a book.


Once fall settles in, many of us put away the kayaks, hang up the backpacking gear and shorten our hikes to quick jaunts nearby. We look anxiously at the weather forecast for any hint of snow, dreading the days stuck inside until winter hits.

To help while away the days until it's time to wax the skis and get out the snowshoes, Outside Magazine put together a list of 25 of the most exciting, inspiring and reflective non-fiction adventure stories written in the past 100 years.

Following the reading list will take you down the Mississippi River in a drift boat, along the Appalachian Trail with a couple of old guys, into a plane crash in the heart of the Andes and on a fishing boat sinking in a stormy sea.

The list contains some well-known works like Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild, as well as some more obscure titles like My Journey to Lhasa by Alexandra David-Neel. By the time you get through all 25 books, adventure season will be upon us once again.