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Adventures and Misadventures in the Outdoors

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Amazon Extreme: Three Ordinary Guys, One Rubber Raft, and the Most Dangerous River on Earth
by Colin Angus Details
The true story of three enthusiastic (but inexperienced) adventurers who attempt to become the first team to raft the entire length of the Amazon River all 4,007 miles -- and (barely) live to tell about it.
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.
Darkest Jungle : The True Story of the Darién Expedition and America's Ill-Fated Race to Connect the Seas
by Todd Balf Details
In the 1850s, many saw the Darien wilderness in eastern Panama as the perfect spot to build a great canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Ships from three continents raced to this largely unexplored region, but the 27-man U.S. Darien Exploring Expedition got there first. Misled by faulty maps and unable to find any gap in the mountains, the explorers enduring oppressive equatorial heat and one unforeseen problem after another.
Godforsaken Sea: Racing the World's Most Dangerous Waters
by Derek Lundy Details
This is the story of the 1996-1997 Vendee Globe race, in which 14 men and one woman sailed around the world alone. All of the action is presented from the sailors' points of view.
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.
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.
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.
Updated 12/19/2011
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