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    Default Recommended reading?

    I just received a Kindle Fire from my awesome wife (for just being a great guy, I guess) and I need to start filling it up with books! I'm reaching out to the Whiteblaze community for suggestions. What hiking/outdoor related books are your favorites? Inspires you? Makes you laugh? Makes you think? I'm looking forward to your responses! Thanks In advance.

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    http://www.amazon.com/A.-Digger-Stolz/e/B00BEHD4VU

    Fiction but might as well be true. Light and humorous generally. The second book is better than a quite good first. Hat tip to The Trail Show for the recommendation initially.

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    hiking/outdoor have to go with Into the Wild, The Road is kind of like hiking/survival/make you think but deals with a post-apocalyptic world

    my personal favorites that will make you think- Brave New World, 1984, Atlas Shrugged (I'm a big fan of Orwellian/Negative Utopian books)

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    Some of my favorites

    Mountaineering
    No Shortcuts to the Top - Ed Viesturs
    Into Thin Air - Jon Krakauer (but if you read Into Thin Air, you MUST also read Anatoli Boukreev's "The Climb" as well)
    Not Without Peril - Nicholas Howe
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    Walking With Spring - Earl Shaffer
    Appalachian Hiker - Ed Garvey
    AWOL on the Appalachian Trail - David Miller
    A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson
    Hiking
    The Complete Walker - Colin Fletcher
    Beyond Backpacking - Ray Jardine
    Freezer Bag Cooking - Sarah Kirkconnell

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    Touching the Void by Joe Simpson (gripping account of a trip that goes badly)
    As far as the eye can see by David Brill (old-school AT; excellent account)
    (trailname: Paul-from-Scotland)

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    I read Call of the American Wild by Guy Grieve last week and I really enjoyed it.

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    I'm a fantasy buff. Stephen R Donaldson's Thomas Covenant (10 books).
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    Ed Abbey.......

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    A few of the classics (some will be free)

    Desert Solitaire - Edward Abbey
    A Sand County Almanac - Aldo Leopold
    Walden - Henry David Thoreau
    Silent Spring - Rachel Carson
    Call of the Wild - Jack London
    Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
    Cosmos - Carl Sagan
    Sailing Alone Around the World - Joshua Solcum



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    A Walk in the Woods...laughed my azz off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocMahns View Post
    hiking/outdoor have to go with Into the Wild, The Road is kind of like hiking/survival/make you think but deals with a post-apocalyptic world

    my personal favorites that will make you think- Brave New World, 1984, Atlas Shrugged (I'm a big fan of Orwellian/Negative Utopian books)
    +1 Aldous Huxley...his essay "The Doors Of Perception" is a good read, even without taking Mescaline.
    "It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change". Charles Darwin

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    "Three Hundred Zeroes" by Dennis Blanchard:

    http://www.amazon.com/Three-Hundred-.../dp/1450557465

    And pretty much everything else everyone else says.


    "Your comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.
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    Keep an eye open for perrymk's postings on FREE kindle books for hikers. Often these are only free for a day or two then they go back up in price.
    For example, here's a search for his postings, most of them free kindle books:
    http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/sear...archid=5228340
    A current free book posted by fredmugs, Our Southern Highlanders, by Horace Kephart:
    http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/show...rn-Highlanders
    http://www.amazon.com/Our-Southern-H...rn+highlanders

    Amazon shows you related books below the listing for the book you're looking at, and one is:
    Camping and Woodcraft, by Horace Kephart for 99 cents! Highly recommended, but you ought to have the paper book.
    http://www.amazon.com/woodcraft-hand...d_sim_kstore_1

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    Default Recommended reading?

    Thanks for the suggestions! I'll keep an eye out for the posts about free books. I picked up (downloaded) Our Southern Highlanders. Looking forward to starting that one. I also got a few of the others that were recommended. Thanks again!!!

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    A Walk in the Woods is probably the only real outdoors book I've read (I can't sit still long enough to read much at a time). But I know of a couple others that are great reads and environmental related:

    The End of Country by Seamus McGraw - is about the Marcellus natural gas boom in Pennsylvania and the risks/rewards residents in the shale fields have faced

    Coal River by Michael Shnayerson - is about the impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining on West Virginia residents and the landscape down there
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    Best humorous read has to be "Just Passin' Thru". It's by Winton Porter the previous owner of Mountain Crossings in Georgia. It's about some of the most colorful folks that passed through there early
    in their hikes.

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    Just Passin Thru by Winton Porter
    Becoming Odyssa by Jennifer Pharr Davis

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    I got choked up just reading the title "Old Yeller". Reminded me of another tear jerker dog story, "Where the Red Fern Grows". Dammit! Need a feel good title, STAT!!! Baseball, Hiking, anything but sad, dog(s) die at the end stories!!!

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    Read Racing in the Rain.

    Man.... What a dog story!

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