Many of us are feeling a little cooped up at the moment and missing those big days out on the trail, so what better way to combat this than a list of gripping books to keep you motivated during isolation! Just because you can’t head out and explore at the moment, doesn’t mean you can’t still feel the adventure through some of these awesome stories. 

This Road I Ride

Sometimes It Takes Losing Everything to Find Yourself
By Juliana Buhring

This Road I Ride is the story of one woman’s journey around the world by bicycle. With little experience and in the depths of depression from losing a loved one, Juliana built up the courage to circumnavigate the globe in memory of a man she loved. You can get it here

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High and Low

How I Hiked Away from Depression Across Scotland
By Keith Foskett

This is the relatable story of a solo thru-hiker’s journey through the epic landscapes of Scotland whilst trying to understand and overcome his mental health. Get your own copy here

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Mind of a Survivor

What the Wild Has Taught Me About Survival and Success
By Megan Hine

Reading this edge of the seat autobiography about a professional Outdoor Survivalist and her experience in the wild will have you geared up and pumped up for all of your next adventures! Get a copy here

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Blind Descent

The Quest to Discover the Deepest Cave on Earth
By James M. Tabor

This story follows the captivating journey of Bill Stone and Alexander Climchouk as they travel down the world’s deepest cave system to find the bottom of the Earth. Check it out here.

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How I Walked from Mexico to Canada One Summer
By Gail Francis

Just before her 40th birthday, Gail Francis quit her job and set out on one of the world’s longest tracks – The Pacific Crest Trail. Read through her journey of survival, determination and friendship along her 2,700 mile adventure by foot.

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The Push

A Climbers Search for the Path
By Tommy Caldwell 

The Push follows legendary climber Tommy Caldwell through the highlights of his hectic climbing adventures and the hardest challenge of his life. This is a must read! You can pick up a copy here.

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Some Stories

Lessons from the Edge of Business and Sport
By Yvon Chouinard

For over 80 years Yvon Chouinard has been a leader, whether that be inadvertently helping to make Rock Climbing a sport in America or leading the ethical and much loved global brand, Patagonia. In this autobiography, you will read Yvon’s stories on adventure, business excellence and environmental activism. Check it out here.

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Alone on the Wall

By Alex Honnold

If you’re into adrenaline rushes and extreme sports, this is the book for you! Follow professional Free Solo Climber, Alex Honnold through his stories of Rock Climbing and Free Soloing adventure around the world! You can get a copy here

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A Walk in the Woods

By Bill Bryson

Follow the funniest Travel Writer, Bill Bryson along with his buddy Stephen Katz as they hike along the worlds longest continuous footpath – The Appalachian Trail. You can get a copy here. 

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Epic Hikes of the World

By Lonely Planet 

Are you looking for your next big hike? Look no further than this guide book of Epic Hikes of the World! Get your own copy here

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Mind Over Mountain

A Mental and Physical Climb to the Top
By Robby Kojetin 

Mind Over Mountain is a journey from the seat of a wheelchair to the summit of the Highest Mountain on Earth. Follow Robby Kojetins journey from a simple mistake at a rock climbing gym to his epic mountaineering expedition. Check it out here

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It’s Not About the Summit
By Ellis James Stewart 

This is a remarkable account of a lifelong goal altered in tragic circumstances two years running by the two worst disasters in Mount Everest’s history. Throughout it all, Ellis Stewart shows a sense of humility and compassion sharing a heartfelt and emotional twenty year journey. You can get a copy here.

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We hope that these books will help to keep you inspired for your next adventure, big or small. Never stop planning and dreaming of that next journey.

Let us know your favourite inspiring outdoor books in the comments below and tag us on Instagram in all of your adventure planning.
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About The Author


Some 80 years ago, a young bushwalker's dissatisfaction with the limited and heavy bushwalking equipment available prompted him to design and make his own. Before long, word spread, and Paddy Pallin's lightweight, functional designs were soon in demand among fellow bushwalkers. From its early days the company has concentrated on supplying bushwalkers, travellers and adventurers with the highest quality and most advanced products and knowledge. Since 1930 the company has grown to become Australia's leading supplier of specialist outdoor and travel gear. The company, still owned by the Pallin family, now has thirteen stores throughout Australia as well as online, mail order and corporate sales divisions. We are using our vast wealth of knowledge, and experience, to build an online community where we can share our stories, reviews and tech tips to help you research and plan your next adventure.

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