Besides exploring the Pacific Northwest, one thing that Jacob and I both absolutely love are books. Small, big, fiction, non-fiction — give us a book and we'll love you forever. Jacob's heart is taken by medieval stories and I love hiking and adventure books. I've narrowed down my giant reading list to bring you a few awesome books about the great outdoors. Some of them I've read, while others are still waiting for me to dive into.
by Cheryl Strayed
Wild is a powerful memoir of heartbreak, perseverance, and strength set against the harrowing landscape of the Pacific Crest Trail. It's beautifully written and brings you on a rollercoaster of emotions as you navigate the world of a courageous young woman with nothing to lose but everything to gain.
After losing her mother to cancer, 22-year-old Cheryl Strayed was left heartbroken, grieving, and broken. As her family broke apart and her marriage crumbled, she spiraled into drugs and sex. Four years later, deciding that she needed to put her life back together, she made the most impulsive decision of her life — she decided to hike over 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. She did this all alone and with no prior experience.
Wild has also been made into a movie that stars Reese Witherspoon. It's one of the few book adaptations that I actually love (I may have watched it three times this month, shh).
by Alastair Humphreys
I haven't read this book yet, but I already LOVE it! Microadventures are all about exploring your local area in the time you're not at your regular, full-time job. It's about making the most of your time at home and not spending all of your money.
Microadventures are going to keep us sane this year! We have a big trip planned for Christmas, which means no road trip in the summer. We'll be learning the art of microadventures, want to join?
by Aspen Matis
Aspen Matis was raped the second night of college and received little support from her family — who discouraged her to speak of the attack — and her school, whose cold “conflict meditation” process bred confusion and shame.
In desperate need of healing, she decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. Throughout her 2,650-mile journey, she was forced to confront her assault and eventually found the freedom and strength to heal.
by Suzanne Roberts
Too often we doubt ourselves and think we have to be experienced to tackle anything as daunting as a thru-hike, especially one that's a month or longer. This inspiring novel follows Suzanne Roberts, who's never backpacked before, and her two girlfriends from college, one who's experienced and athletic and the other who's inexperienced and bulimic, who decide to hike the John Muir Trail. This beautifully real memoir details both the trials and victories of these three young women as they hike through the stunning natural world and learn to find themselves.
What are your favourite hiking and adventure books? Let us know, we're always looking for awesome books to add to our reading list!