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Adventure Books for Adventurous People

Need some inspiration for your next adventure? Want to learn more about kayaking, biking, or long trips? I’ve compiled a list of some of the top rated adventure books out there for all of you to check out. I have read some of them myself, and all of them have lit a little fire in me to get get outside and have more fun.


  • INSIDE: One Woman’s Journey Through the Inside Passage by Susan Conrad

    Susan Conrad’s Inside was one of the books that Casey and I read before setting out for our own Inside Passage journey. It is beautifully written, spiritual, and just a feel good book that shows some hardships and challenges of not only a journey up the Inside Passage, but through life as well

  • Paddling North: A Solo Adventure Along the Inside Passage by Audrey Sutherland and Yoshiko Yamamoto

    There are 22 years of experiences packed into this book. Audrey Sutherland is so aware of the world around her and shares it in such an engaging way. For the naturalist and adventurer, this book is for you. Side note: Sutherland is considered the Grandmother of ocean touring, logging tens of thousands of miles of kayak and canoe trips on oceans around the planet.

  • The Pacific Alone: The Untold Story of Kayaking’s Boldest Voyage by Dave Shively

    This book is about a man who crossed from California to Hawaii by kayak. After 63 days at sea, he finally makes it. Although I have not read this book yet, it has been on my list for a while. The longest crossing we paddled during the Inside Passage was 7 miles. To cross the ocean in a kayak is a legendary act.

  • Fifty Places to Paddle Before You Die: Kayaking and Rafting Experts Share the World s Greatest Destinations by Chris Santella

    Want to gain inspiration through beautiful images? This book shows us the best places to go paddling in the world. It includes travel tips and insight on the destinations.


  • 50 Shades Of The USA: One woman’s 11,000 mile cycling adventure through every state of America by Anna McNuff

    What a read! Reading this book will be a journey of it’s own. What stands out the most from this book is the overwhelming kindness from others Anna meats along the way. This book will make you want to bike across the country just to meet people!

  • Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road by Kate Harris

    I am so excited to read this book. I am in a few book clubs and this one comes up again and again. The author describes it best as “the chronicle of Harris’s odyssey and an exploration of the importance of breaking the boundaries we set ourselves; an examination of the stories borders tell, and the restrictions they place on nature and humanity; and a meditation on the existential need to explore—the essential longing to discover what in the universe we are doing here.” Sounds amazing, right!?

  • The Divide: A 2700 Mile Search For Answers by Nathan Doneen

    This book was an easy read. The author, Nathan, shares his time on the Great Divide Mountain bike route. He shares his encounters, his questions to his commitment, and the hardships. If you’re looking for a new adventure, this book can give it to you.

Other Adventures

  • Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart: An Adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail by Carrot Quinn

    This is my current book club read, and it is a good one! Carrot is a young author who brings emotion to life. This book is a little different than the typical PCT book and is worth checking out.

  • The Sun’s a Compass: A 4,000-Mile Journey into the Alaskan Wilds by Caroline Van Hemert

    This is a story of a biologist’s human-powered journey from the Pacific Northwest to the Arctic to rediscover her love of birds, nature, and adventure. She travels by foot, canoe, ski, raft, and rowboat. I’m looking forward to reading this book.

  • Ruthless River: Love and Survival by Raft on the Amazon’s Relentless Madre de Dios by Holly FitzGerald

    The ultimate survival story; a wild ride—the wildest—down a South American river in the thick of the Amazon Basin; a true and thrilling adventure of a young married couple who survive a plane crash only to later raft hundreds of miles across Peru and Bolivia, ending up in a channel to nowhere, a dead end so flooded there is literally no land to stand on. Their raft—a mere four logs—separates them from the piranha-and-caiman-infested water until they finally realize that there is no way out but to swim.

Have any books we should add to the list? Let us know! Email

Brooke grew up spending her time on the lakes, rivers, and forests of Michigan. She graduated from Central Michigan University in 2015 with a degree in Outdoor Recreation and Environmental Science all while spending almost every weekend biking, rock climbing, skiing or ice climbing. She spends her summers guiding for Crystal Seas and TerraTrek in hopes of sharing her love of exploring the outdoors.

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