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Non-Fiction Adventure

Annapurna: a Woman’s Place by Arlene Blum (796.522 Blum)
The dramatic story of the first American ascent of one of the worlds highest peaks.

Around the World in 80 Days by Michael Palin (910.4 Palin)
Michael Palin (of Monty Python fame) circumnavigated the globe following Phillias Fogg’s route from 115 years earlier.

Back from Tuichi by Yossi Ghisberg (918.81 Ghinsberg)
The harrowing life-and-death story of survival in the Amazon Rainforest.

Baghdad Without a Map and Other Misadventures in Arabia by Tony Horwitz (915.6 Horwitz)
Baghdad Without a Map is a wild and comic tale of Middle East misadventure.

Climbing High by Lene Gammelgaard (796.522 Gammelgaard)
A woman’s account of surviving the 1996 Everest Expedition.

Dove by Robin Lee Graham (Bio Graham)
The true story of a 16-year-old boy who sailed his 24-foot sloop around the world to discover adventure and love.

The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition by Caroline Alexander (910.4 Alexander)
Ernest Shackleton's attempt to become the first transcontinental trekker of Antarctica turned into one of the all-time survival stories in the annals of adventure

Ice Blink by Scott Cookman (919.8 Cookman)
The tragic fate of Sir John Franklin’s lost polar expedition.

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer (796.522 Krakauer)
Into Thin Air is a riveting first-hand account of a catastrophic expedition up Mount Everest.

The Hungry Ocean: a Swordboat Captain’s Journey by Linda Greenlaw (799.1 Greenlaw)
Greenlaw pens her account of one memorable fishing trip to the Grand Banks of Newfoundland aboard her ship the Hannah Boden.

Jaguars Ripped my Flesh by Tim Cahill (910.4 Cahill)
Tim Cahill gives new meaning to the words "going to extremes" in this exhilarating--and frequently hilarious--collection of adventure travel writing. Other titles by Tim Cahill include Pass the Butterworms, Pecked to Death by Ducks, Road Fever: a High-Speed Travelogue, and a Wolverine is Eating my Leg.

K2: Triumph and Tragedy by Jim Curran (796.522 Curran)
The story of the disastrous 1986 climbing season on K2, the world’s second highest peak.

The Mammoth Book of Endurance & Adventure edited by Jon E. Lewis (910.4 Mammoth)
Eyewitness stories of danger and discovery from the Age of Exploration’s most intrepid pioneers.

North to the Pole by Will Steger (919.8 Steger)
On March 7, 1986, the Steger International Polar Expedition, made up of seven men and one woman, set out by dogsled to reach the North Pole.

The Perfect Storm: a True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger (910.4 Junger)
The Perfect Storm is the tale of a doomed ship caught in the middle of what some meteorologists have called the storm of the century.

The Pirate Prince: Discovering the Priceless Treasure of the Sunken Ship Whydah by Barry Clifford (910.45 Clifford)
This book is the first-person account of a modern-day treasure hunter’s quest to raise the legendary pirate ship Whydah, originally commissioned as a merchant slaver—sunk off the coast of Wellfleet, Massachusetts, during a raging northeaster on April 26, 1717.

Running North: a Yukon Adventure by Ann Mariah Cook (789.9 Cook)
Together with her husband, 3-year-old daughter, and 32 purebred Siberian huskies, Ann Mariah Cook moved to Alaska from New Hampshire in order to train for the legendary Yukon Quest, the most rigorous sled-dog race in the world. Her tough, thoughtful memoir, Running North, chronicles the ordeals as well as the rewards of their mushers' life.

Sea, Ice and Rock: Sailing and Climbing Above the Arctic Circle by Chris Bonington
An extraordinary adventure by two of the world’s best know pioneers in their field, Chris Bonington, the mountaineer, and Robin Know-Johnston, the sailor.

South to the Pole by Ski by Joseph E. Murphy (919.8 Murphy)
Nine men and two women pioneer a new route to the South Pole.

The Story of a Ship-Wrecked Sailor by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (910.45 Marquez)
Several crew members of a Colombian destroyer were washed overboard and disappeared. Ten days later, one of them turned up half dead on a deserted beach in northern Columbia. This book is an account of that sailor’s ordeal.

Who Goes Out in the Midday Sun? by Benedict Allen (918.11 Allen)
Story of a twenty-two year old Englishman’s thousand-mile trek alone through the Amazon Jungle.