Outside Magazine's 
Twenty Five Essential Books for the Well Read Explorer

Outside Magazine for January 2003 provided the following list noting that it "is devoted to books that offer the truest inspiration, the deepest reflection, the strongest provocation. These are books that seize imaginations and rattle sedentary lives.

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1 Antoine de Saint-Exupery Wind, Sand and Stars. 1939
2 Ashley Cherry-Garrard The Worst Journey in the World. 1922
3 Beryl Markham West With the Night. 1942
4 Peter Matthiessen The Snow Leopard. 1978
5 Edward Abbey Desert Solitaire. 1968
6 F.A. Worsley Endurance. 1931
7 Captain Joshua Slocum Sailing Alone Around the World. 1900
8 Jon Krakauer Into the Wild. 1996
9 John McPhee Coming Into the Country. 1976
10 Wilfred Thesiger Arabian Sands. 1959
11 Joe Simpson Touching the Void. 1988
12 Walter Bonatti The Mountains of My Life. 2001
13 Bruce Chatwin In Patagonia. 1977
14 Barry Lopez Arctic Dreams. 1986
15 Eric Newby A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush. 1958
16 Robyn Davidson Tracks. 1980
17 Bernard Moitessier The Long Way. 1971
18 Joe Kane Running the Amazon. 1989
19 Norman Maclean Young Men and Fire. 1992
20 Ian Frazier Great Plains. 1989
21 Thor Heyerdahl Kon-Tiki. 1950
22 Alexandra David-Neel.  My Journey to Lhasa. 1927
23 Sebastian Junger  The Perfect Storm. 1997
23 Piers Paul Read Alive. 1974
24 Bill Bryson A Walk in the Woods. 1998
25 Jonathan Raban Old Glory. 1981

 
 
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