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Adventures and Misadventures in the Outdoors

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Barrow's Boys
by Fergus Fleming Details
After the Napoleonic wars, John Barrow launched the most ambitious program of exploration the world has ever seen. For thirty years, he and his teams of elite naval officers scoured the globe on a mission to fill the blanks that littered the atlases of the day.
Between a Rock and a Hard Place
by Aaron Ralston Details
One of the most extraordinary survival stories ever told -- Aron Ralston's searing account of his six days trapped in one of the most remote spots in America, and how one inspired act of bravery brought him home.
Black Wave: A Family's Adventure at Sea and the Disaster that Saved Them
by John Silverwood Details
An exhilarating, true-life adventure of one family's extraordinary sea voyage of self-discovery and survival, tragedy, and triumph.
Into the Wild
by Jon Krakauer Details
Freshly graduated from college with a promising future ahead, Christopher McCandless walked out of his privileged life and into the wild in search of adventure. What happened to him on the way transformed this young wanderer into an enduring symbol for countless people, a fearless risk-taker who wrestled with the precarious balance between man and nature.
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
by Jon Krakauer Details
Heroism and sacrifice triumph over foolishness, fatal error, and human frailty in this bone-chilling narrative in which the author recounts his experiences on an ill-fated, deadly climb.
Lost in Shangri-la : a true story of survival, adventure, and the most incredible rescue mission of World War II
by Mitchell Zuckoff Details
Award-winning former Boston Globe reporter Mitchell Zuckoff unleashes the exhilarating, untold story of an extraordinary World War II rescue mission, where a plane crash in the South Pacific plunged a trio of U.S. military personnel into the jungle-clad land of New Guinea.
No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks
by Ed Viesturs Details
For 18 years, Ed Viesturs pursued climbing's holy grail: to stand atop the world's 14 8,000-meter peaks, without the aid of bottled oxygen. This memoir describes his dangerous and triumphant journey.
Over the edge of the world : Magellan's terrifying circumnavigation of the globe
by Laurence Bergreen Details
Ferdinand Magellan's daring circumnavigation of the globe in the sixteenth century was a three-year odyssey filled with sex, violence, and amazing adventure. Now in Over the Edge of the World, prize-winning biographer and journalist Laurence Bergreen entwines a variety of candid, firsthand accounts, bringing to life this groundbreaking and majestic tale of discovery that changed both the way explorers would henceforth navigate the oceans and history itself.
The Greatest Survival Stories Ever Told
by Lamar Underwood Details
With 17 stories from the survival story genre, this anthology includes Jack London's classic "To Build A Fire" as well as less widely-known contributions from such authors as Maurice Herzog, Diana Preston, and Slavomir Rawicz.
The man who ate his boots : the tragic history of the search for the Northwest Passage
by Anthony Brandt Details
Brandt tells the fascinating whole story of the search for the Northwest Passage, from its beginnings early in the age of exploration through its development into a British national obsession to the final sordid, terrible descent into scurvy, starvation, and cannibalism.
Updated 11/26/2014
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