Inspire Your Next Adventure with These 9 Great Outdoor Books

Until we can safely get outside again, thumbing through the pages of these readers might be the next best thing

Inspire Your Next Adventure with These 9 Great Outdoor Books


Geoff Nudelman

Geoff is a lifestyle journalist and copywriter chasing after great stories from his home base of Portland, OR.

As the old adage goes, “there’s nothing like getting lost in a good book,” especially when most of us are under orders to stay home for the time being.

The good thing is, there's no shortage of excellent options out there to satisfy even the most indecisive reader (photography buffs, we’ve got you covered too).

Dig into the following nine titles over the next few weeks to bring a bit of the outdoors indoors, while getting inspired for your next adventure once the all-clear is given.



Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life - William Finnegan

One of surfing’s marquee memoirs also happens to be an awesome cultural read. It’s made a number of must-read lists for examining the intersection of surfing, self-discovery, and world travel.

Turquoise Coast - Assouline

Assouline has a reputation for producing over-the-top, gorgeous books about all sorts of aspirational topics. This coffee table book is no different. The wide photos and bold colors of the Turkish coastline are dangerously addictive (this is part of a larger global series - you’ve been warned).
Price: $95 $71 SHOP NOW



Climbing Rock: Vertical Explorations Across North America - Jesse Lynch & Francois Lebeau

Photographer Francois Lebeau documents 22 of the best climbing areas in North America alongside simply stunning photography and relatable stories of sessions at many. For those out there dreaming of returning to a project or even just the gym, this beautiful hardcover book will deliver hours of entertainment and abatement.
Price: $37 SHOP NOW

Wanderlust USA - Cam Honan

One of the biggest things we’re missing right now is hiking - the ability to just get up and go wherever we please. For now, we can relive some of those treks - and plan new ones - through Honan’s detailed accounts of the best hikes across the country. Honan should know: he’s logged more than 60,000 trekking miles across six continents.
Price: $35 SHOP NOW


The Man Behind the Maps - James Niehues

Ski season was cut short this year in North America, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start day dreaming about next season’s turns. Chances are, you’ve navigated some of Niehus’ stunning ski resort maps before—this book brings together more than 200 of his best maps from his 30-year career spent handpainting each map with incredible accuracy and perspective.
Price: $90 SHOP NOW

Being Green - Tanner Pendleton

Being Green captures an authentic and aesthetic vision of contemporary snowboarding, unseen by the public at large. Made during the years around the Vans Snowboarding team’s first full-length film, "Landline," photographer, filmmaker, and project editor Tanner Pendleton lays bare an intimate story of transformation as a close-knit group of professional snowboarders travel the world, grow into their own, and share a familial bond through shared experience.
Price: $50 SHOP NOW



Still Sideways: Riding the Edge Again after Losing My Sight - Devon Raney

Raney’s inspiring first-hand account of continuing on after a devastating surfing accident is one that should help build perseverance through these trying times. Raney essentially developed a new style of snowboarding that bridged success into other parts of his life inspiring hope and sustaining grit along the way.
Price: $28 SHOP NOW

Into the Planet: My Life as A Cave Diver - Jill Heinerth

You know what sounds good right now? Getting lost in a book about getting lost in underwater caves. Heinerth was the first person to deep dive into an Antarctic iceberg and is generally regarded as one of the world’s top ocean divers.
Price: $12 SHOP NOW


How to Send Smoke Signals, Pluck a Chicken, & Build an Igloo: Plus 75 Additional Skills You Never Knew You Needed - Michael Powell

While you’re stuck inside, why not take the time to learn a few new skills? Learn about everything from digging yourself out of an avalanche to proper terms for crossing a desert.
Price: $9 SHOP NOW

Published 04-21-2020