Non-Fic Picks: The Great Outdoors

Posted Nov 4, 2016

Inspired by the beautiful weather we’ve been experiencing?  It’s not too late to explore the great outdoors with some of our NEW non-fic picks!

Continental Divide: A History of American Mountaineering by Maurice Isserman

From the Appalachian Mountains to the Alaska Range, climber Maurice Isserman explores mountaineering history from notable peaks and valleys across North America.  To settlers, mountains were considered obstacles to Manifest Destiny, but today they represent transcendence for those seeking sport.  Featuring famous mountaineers like John Muir, Annie Peck, and Charlie Houston and well recognized ranges like the White Mountains, Rocky Mountains, and Yosemite, Isserman conveys the social, cultural, and political importance of mountains in our country.  More than just an ode to elevation, Continental Divide is a ballad to American history.

The National Parks Coast to Coast 100 Best Hikes by Ted Alvarez

Choose your adventure with Backpacker Magazine’s comprehensive guide of National Parks.  Featuring forty-four national treasures from across the United States, The National Parks Coast to Coast 100 Best Hikes includes colorful photographs, detailed descriptions, easy-to-interpret maps, and extensive profiles for easy day hikes, multiday trips and everything in between.  Go cold-weather camping at Crater Lake National Park; hike across the broken earth of Great Basin National Park; kayak to pocket beaches in Everglades National Park; and scramble up the edge of a waterfall at Rocky Mountain National Park – there’s something for everyone plus more in this extensive manual.    

Under the Stars: How America Fell in Love with Camping by Dan White

Camping has become increasingly popular in recent years, but how did the wilderness change from dark and dangerous to relaxing and reinvigorating?  Dan White’s new book Under the Stars explores the history of camping and delves into current camping practices.  Similar to Bill Bryson, White utilizes humor while exploring renowned wild places like the Adirondacks, the Everglades, and the Sierras while touching on key figures like Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and Theodore Roosevelt.  Under the Stars is ideal for armchair traveler and those seeking a seasoned companion in the wild.       

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