It is amazing to read nature books by people who can hear that music. These books are full of insights and wisdom that can only be gleaned from the natural world. Pick one up, find the perfect outdoor reading spot and you’ll start hearing the earth’s music.
The Calling: A Life Rocked by Mountains by Barry Blanchard
Once upon a time, Barry was a poor “half-breed” from a broken family. Armed with guides, dreams, and a naive self-confidence, he began climbing in his native Calgary. Today, he is a record-setting alpinist who has stood at the summits of the world’s most impressive peaks. The Calling is his account of how he started from the very bottom and through sheer determination and skill managed to reach the very top. It’s a gorgeous memoir about how finding nature can help us find our truest selves.
Slow Is Fast: On the Road at Home By Dan Malloy
In 2012, surfer Dan Malloy and two of his friends embarked on the bike ride. They traveled to the California coast (700 miles) and recorded everything they saw along the way. There were a lot of book-worthy experiences during their 50 days of travel.
Arctic Dreams By Barry Lopez
Barry Lopez spent several years with a group of scientists and the Inuit people exploring the Canadian Far North. He put his experiences to paper and wrote the Award-winning Arctic Dreams in 1986. He takes readers into the corners of the world only the bravest have ventured, revealing the landscape’s history, menacing beauty, and transformative impact on the human psyche.
A Mountaineer’s Life By Allen Steck
Allen Steck has had his share of wild adventures. Over the past seven decades, he has dared to go where no mountaineer has gone before, including Mount Maclure and Mount Logan’s Hummingbird Ridge. Speck’s anecdotes about life high up in the air can be motivational for testing the limits of your own strength, endurance, and guts.
The Voyage of the Cormorant By Christian Beamish
Christian Beamish constructed an 18-foot wooden boat that he then sailed, solo, along the Baja coast. So began a life-changing odyssey full of lonely nights in coves and days of surfing, speaking with strangers, or learning from the sea. Readers will find all of the details in Beamish’s The Voyage of the Cormorant, “a colorful and humanistic case study of the daily struggle between reconciling ideals and the hard truths of reality.”
A Walk in the Woods -Bill Bryson
Bryson is comical and sarcastic but he provides a unique perspective. He is a hero for any aspiring travel writer. The author describes his true tale of his adventures in the woods.
Prodigal Summer- Barbara Kingsolver
Barbara Kingsolver possesses the ability to turn fiction work into beautiful reflections on the intricacy of life. The novel weaves several stories into a lovely tapestry that makes you feel a part of each thread.