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The Carry Home

by Gary Ferguson Counterpoint (October 20, 2014)

The nature writing of Gary Ferguson arises out of intimate experience. He trekked 500 miles through Yellowstone to write Walking Down the Wild and spent a season in the field at a wilderness therapy program...


The Unsolved Oak Island Mystery 3-Book Bundle: The Oak Island Mystery / Oak Island Family / Oak Island Obsession

by Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe & Lee Lamb Dundurn (March 04, 2014)

This collection tells the complete story of efforts to determine the truth about a mysterious, possibly man-made shaft on Oak Island, Nova Scotia, which became the focus of mystics and treasure hunters.


Canoeing a Continent: On the Trail of Alexander Mackenzie

by Max Finkelstein Dundurn (March 21, 2005)

A personal account of the travels of Max Finkelstein as he retraces, some 200 years later, the route of Alexander Mackenzie, the first European to cross North America.


Inside The Rainbow

by Sandy Sinclair eBookIt.com (April 09, 2011)

INSIDE THE RAINBOW by Sandy Sinclair, Alaskan bush teacher

Not just memoirs of an ol' teacher but the author deals with how the events of the past may be connected to our current life.

Beside the Alaska adventures...


Flirting with Mermaids: The Unpredictable Life of a Sailboat Delivery Skipper

by John Kretschmer Sheridan House (March 01, 2003)

The adventure-laden tales of a sailboat delivery skipper, in his own words. Consistently captivating, John Kretschmer's stories are alternately funny and harrowing.


Titanic Survivor

by Violet Jessop & John Maxtone-Graham Sheridan House (April 04, 2012)

Violet Jessop survived the sinking of both the Titanic and Britannic, and her lively and well-rounded memoir including her first-hand account of the two disasters offers the reader a unique vantage on both the...


The Long Way

by Bernard Moitessier & William Rodarmor Sheridan House (January 01, 1995)

Bernard Moitessier was in the lead and nearing the finish of the Golden Cup—a solo circumnavigation of the world—when he abandoned the race and set his course for a personal journey that would conclude three...


Cycling Home from Siberia

by Rob Lilwall Howard Books (April 05, 2011)

“ It is late October, and the temperature is already –40 degrees . . . My thoughts are filled with frozen rivers that may or may not hold my weight; empty, forgotten valleys haunted by emaciated ghosts;...


Sally Ride

by Lynn Sherr Simon & Schuster (June 03, 2014)

The definitive biography of Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, with exclusive insights from Ride’s family and partner, by the ABC reporter who covered NASA during its transformation from a test-pilot...


Ladies of the Field: Early Women Archaeologists and Their Search for Adventure

by Amanda Adams Greystone Books (September 17, 2010)

The first women archaeologists were Victorian era adventurers who felt most at home when farthest from it. Canvas tents were their domains, hot Middle Eastern deserts their gardens of inquiry and labor. Thanks...


Alaska's First Bush Pilots, 1923-30: And The Winter In Siberia For Eielson and Borland

by Jim Rearden & Richard Wien Alaska Northwest Books (January 14, 2014)

This book follows the careers of Alaska's pioneering pilots, who, with cranky open-cockpit biplanes, started the great change in Alaska's way of travel. Aviation first arrived at Fairbanks, the trade center...


The Source of All Things

by Tracy Ross Free Press (March 08, 2011)

Tracy Ross never knew her biological father, who died after a brain aneurysm when she was still an infant. So when her mother married Donnie, a gregarious man with an all-wheel-drive jeep and a love of hiking,...


Socialist Dreams and Beauty Queens

by Jamie Maslin Skyhorse (March 04, 2014)

Couchsurfer, hitchhiker, and rogue wanderer Jamie Maslin embarks on a couchsurfing adventure to the homeland of “firebrand,” “populist,” “anti-American” president Hugo Chavez: the Bolivarian Republic...


Dangerous Passage: Issues in the Arctic

by Gerard Kenney Natural Heritage (May 29, 2006)

The story of the opening up of the Northwest Passage and the ensuing potential risks to the Arctic environment and Canadian sovereignty are explored.


Arctic Naturalist: The Life of J. Dewey Soper

by Anthony Dalton Dundurn (September 20, 2010)

J. Dewey Soper was the last of the great pioneer naturalists in Canada, spending many years in the Arctic where he discovered the breeding grounds of the blue goose and charted the final unknown region of Baffin...


Heartbreak and Heroism: Canadian Search and Rescue Stories

by John Melady Dundurn (October 01, 1997)

Accounts of some of the most dramatic search-and-rescue operations ever attempted in Canada.


Buffalo Bill's Life Story: An Autobiography

by William Fredrick Cody Dover Publications (November 06, 2012)

Thrilling yarns of buffalo hunts, Indian life, and riding with the Pony Express abound in this exciting memoir of life in the Old West. Illustrations by N. C. Wyeth.


The Indian Equator: Mark Twain's India Revisited

by Ian Strathcarron Dover Publications (June 26, 2013)

In 1895 Mark Twain conducted a year-long around-the-world lecture tour that formed the basis for Following the Equator. A modern-day journalist recounts Twain's passage through India and offers his own intriguing...


Memoirs of a Buccaneer: Dampier's New Voyage Round the World, 1697

by William Dampier Dover Publications (July 06, 2012)

This fascinating travel and adventure book tells of pirate life and offers a rare look at the 17th-century botany and anthropology of Central and South America and the East Indies. 7 illustrations.


Journey to the Sun

by Gregory Orfalea Scribner (January 14, 2014)

The fascinating narrative of the remarkable life of Junípero Serra, the intrepid priest who led Spain and the Catholic Church into California in the 1700s and became a key figure in the making of the American...


The Explorer Gene

by Tom Cheshire & James Cameron Atria Books/Marble Arch Press (December 03, 2013)

The remarkable account of an extraordinary family of explorers who spurred innovation and accomplished incredible feats—even when the popular consensus was against them.

On May 27, 1931, Auguste Piccard became...


Cold: Extreme Adventures at the Lowest Temperatures on Earth

by Ranulph Fiennes Simon & Schuster UK (November 07, 2013)

There are only few human beings who can adapt, survive and thrive in the coldest regions on earth. And below a certain temperature, death is inevitable.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes has spent much of his life exploring...


The Mountain

by Ed Viesturs & David Roberts Touchstone (October 08, 2013)

In national bestseller The Mountain, world-renowned climber and bestselling author Ed Viesturs and cowriter David Roberts paint a vivid portrait of obsession, dedication, and human achievement in a true love...


Lowell Thomas Jr.: Flight to Adventure, Alaska and Beyond

by Lowell Thomas, Jr. & Lew Freedman Alaska Northwest Books (September 22, 2013)

Lowell Thomas Jr., now eighty?nine, is a famed Alaskan who made his mark as a Bush pilot and by serving in state government, but who also has had a lifetime's worth of adventures that have taken him around the...


The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain's Journey

by Linda Greenlaw Hachette Books (August 01, 2001)

The term fisherwoman does not exactly roll trippingly off the tongue, and Linda Greenlaw, the world's only female swordfish boat captain, isn't flattered when people insist on calling her one. "I am a woman....


Twelve Years A Slave

by Solomon Northup HarperTorch (September 11, 2013)

First published in 1853, Twelve Years a Slave is the narrative of Solomon Northup’s experience as a freeman sold into slavery, having spent twelve years in bondage before finally escaping. Northup’s memoir...


No Way Down: Life and Death on K2

by Graham Bowley HarperCollins e-books (June 29, 2010)

No Way Down is both a gripping read and a clear-eyed investigation of the hubris, politics, and bad luck that brought on one of the worst disasters in modern mountaineering history.” — Michael Kodas,...


You Can't Win

by Jack Black, Joe Coleman & William S Burroughs Feral House (June 21, 2013)

This underground sensation, with heretofore unpublished material by the author, will be released as a movie in 2013.


Bradford Washburn, An Extraordinary Life: The Autobiography of a Mountaineering Icon

by Bradford Washburn & Lew Freedman WestWinds Press (May 01, 2013)

Here at last is the thrilling memoir of the legendary mountaineer Bradford Washburn, one of the last surviving explorers and adventurers of the twentieth century. Drawing from decades of memories, journals,...


Over the Edge of the World

by Laurence Bergreen HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

The riveting story of Ferdinand Magellan’s historic 60,000-mile ocean voyage—now updated with a new introduction commemorating the 500th anniversary of his journey.

“Prodigious research, sure-footed prose...


Into the Abyss: An Extraordinary True Story

by Carol Shaben Grand Central Publishing (May 21, 2013)

Only four men survived the plane crash. The pilot. A politician. A cop... and the criminal he was shackled to.

On an icy night in October 1984, a commuter plane carrying nine passengers crashed in the remote...


The Magical Stranger

by Stephen Rodrick Harper (May 14, 2013)

The Magical Stranger is a moving story of love and sacrifice, fathers and sons, heroism and duty, soldiers and the families they leave behind.

On November 28, 1979, squadron commander and Navy pilot Peter Rodrick...


Emperor Of The North

by James Raffan HarperCollins Publishers (August 01, 2010)

The adventure-filled story of the legendary Hudson’s Bay Company is inextricably linked to the formation of a Canadian nation stretching from sea to sea to sea. In an absorbing and lively new book on The Bay,...


The South Pole: An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the Fram, 1910-1912

by Captain Roald Amundsen & Roland Huntford Cooper Square Press (November 21, 2000)

The first explorer to reach the South Pole recounts the rigors of his expedition.


Pelletier

by Stephanie Anderson Melbourne Books (July 01, 2012)

This book tells the story of a French cabin boy, Narcisse Pelletier, and his life with the Uutaalnganu people of north-east Cape York from 1858 to 1875. Even though it is all but forgotten in Australia, and...


Peak Performance: The First Welsh Woman to Climb Everest

by Tori James Accent Press (December 20, 2012)

The youngest British woman and first Welsh woman to climb Everest


From the Plains of Africa to the Jungles of Parliament

by Barry Inc. Turner eBookIt.com (November 28, 2012)

In the first part of the book, the author regales us with real-life adventures as a Game Warden in the Mkomazi Game Reserve in Northern Tanzania. The work chronicles encounters with such luminaries as Patrick...


A Place Beyond: Finding Home in Arctic Alaska

by Nick Jans Alaska Northwest Books (November 15, 2012)

In A Place Beyond, Nick Jans leads us into his "found" home-the Eskimo village of Ambler, Alaska, and the vast wilderness around it. In his powerful essays, the rhythms of daily arctic life blend with high adventure-camping...


Moondust

by Andrew Smith Harper Perennial (July 02, 2019)

In time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing comes this edition of journalist Andrew Smith’s Moondust, now updated with a new Afterword, that tells the fascinating story of twelve astronauts...


White Fever: A Journey to the Frozen Heart of Siberia

by Jacek Hugo-Bader Counterpoint (October 01, 2012)

No one in their right mind travels across Siberia in the middle of winter in a modified Russian jeep, with only a CD player (which breaks on the first day) for company. But Jacek Hugo-Bader is no ordinary traveler....


Nomad

by Emma Reddington & Sian Richards Artisan (October 15, 2019)

A reclusive designer living in a custom tiny house in the middle of the Montana wilderness. A couple who traded their expensive Bay Area apartment for a slip at a nearby marina, where they live on a docked sailboat....


John Gill: Master of Rock

by Pat Ament, Yvon Chouinard, John Gill & Dave Rearick Vertebrate Digital (November 15, 2018)

John Gill: Master of Rock is a captivating look into the life, achievements and ethos of boulderer John Gill. This new edition of the classic title is complete with photographs, personal impressions of Gill...


Quest into the Unknown

by Tony Howard Vertebrate Digital (April 04, 2019)

We are all climbing where we are and with the gear we use in no small part due to Tony Howard’s quest for adventure.

Tony Howard rose to fame in 1965 as a member of a group of young climbers from northern England...


The Shipwreck of the Whaleship Essex

by Owen Chase & Kenneth Kamler Skyhorse (June 06, 2017)

The Shipwreck of the Whaleship Essex is the harrowing narrative of an unfortunate vessel’s calamitous encounter with a great white whale, and the crew’s perilous fight for survival on the open sea. This...


You Want To Go Where?

by Jeff Blumenfeld Skyhorse (June 17, 2009)

Christopher Columbus needed a sponsor for a dangerous expedition but the King of Portugal wasn't interested. He repackaged his proposal for the Queen of Spain. She put Columbus on retainer and the rest is history....


The Rainforest Survivors

by Raffaele Paul Skyhorse (November 13, 2018)

Even in our hyper-connected world, there are tribes scattered across the far reaches of the globe who still live much the same way that their ancestors did thousands of years ago. Having had minimal contact...


Challenging the Pacific

by Maud Fontenoy Arcade (November 07, 2011)

Just two years after rowing solo across the North Atlantic at the age of twenty-five, Maud Fontenoy was ready for a new challenge—crossing the Pacific Ocean. Leaving from Lima, Peru, and traveling 4,400 miles...


Captain Bligh's Portable Nightmare

by John Toohey Skyhorse (March 19, 2019)

At dawn on April 28, 1789, Captain William Bligh and eighteen men from HMS Bounty were herded onto a twenty-three-foot launch and abandoned in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Thus began their extraordinary...


Boone

by Robert Morgan Algonquin Books (September 23, 2008)

The story of Daniel Boone is the story of America—its ideals, its promise, its romance, and its destiny. Bestselling, critically acclaimed author Robert Morgan reveals the complex character of a frontiersman...


Up: My Life’s Journey to the Top of Everest

by Ben Fogle & Marina Fogle William Collins (October 18, 2018)

My eyes lifted to the horizon and the unmistakable snowy outline of Everest.

Everest, the mountain of my childhood dreams. A mountain that has haunted me my whole life. A mountain I have seen hundreds of times...