Take a Trip Into the Wild: A Book List

Get lost in the wilderness with these titles!

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Finding Everett Ruess: The Life and Unsolved Disappearance of a Legendary Wilderness Explorer by David Roberts

“Traces the life of the early twentieth-century adventurer, writer, and watercolor artist, describing his early years as a child prodigy, his solitary journeys through the American Southwest, and his mysterious 1934 disappearance in Navajo country.”

The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition by Caroline Alexander

Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston

Call of the Wild by Jack London

Scott of the Antarctic: A Life of Courage and Tragedy by David Crane

In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terribble Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides

“On July 8, 1879, the USS Jeannette set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds in the grip of “Arctic Fever.”The ship sailed into uncharted seas, but soon was trapped in pack ice. Two years into the harrowing voyage, the hull was breached. Amid the rush of water and the shrieks of breaking wooden boards, the crew abandoned the ship. Less than an hour later, the Jeannette sank to the bottom,and the men found themselves marooned a thousand miles north of Siberia with only the barest supplies. Thus began their long march across the endless ice-a frozen hell in the most lonesome corner of the world. Facing everything from snow blindness and polar bears to ferocious storms and frosty labyrinths, the expedition battled madness and starvation as they desperately strove for survival.

With twists and turns worthy of a thriller, In The Kingdom of Ice is a spellbinding tale of heroism and determination in the most unforgiving territory on Earth.”

The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless

Adrift: Seventy Six Days Lost at Sea by Steven Callahan

Batavia’s Graveyard by Mike Dash

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger

Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom by Ken Ilgunas

“In this memoir, Ken Ilgunas lays bare the existential terror of graduating from the University of Buffalo with $32,000 of student debt. Ilgunas set himself an ambitious mission: get out of debt as quickly as possible. Inspired by the frugality and philosophy of Henry David Thoreau, Ilgunas undertook a 3-year transcontinental journey, working in Alaska as a tour guide, garbage picker, and night cook to pay off his student loans before hitchhiking home to New York.

Debt-free, Ilgunas then enrolled in a master’s program at Duke University, determined not to borrow against his future again. He used the last of his savings to buy himself a used Econoline van and outfitted it as his new dorm. The van, stationed in a campus parking lot, would be more than an adventure—it would be his very own ‘Walden on Wheels.'”

The Final Frontiersman: Heimo Korth and His Family, Alone in Alaska’s Arctic Wilderness by James Campbell

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