What are the best books about hiking?

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    #1A Walk in the Woods

    A Walk in the Woods

    A Walk in the Woods is an autobiographical novel by Bill Bryson, who wanted to rediscover his country upon his return from Britain. With his friend from college Stephen Katz, the two men hike the 2,100-mile long Appalachian Trail.

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    Amanda Larson
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I'm a sexagenarian who, on a recent vacation, happened to walk out and back on the first three miles or so of the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail (Springer Mtn, GA) and, in a fit of exhilaration, decided then and there that I would, by golly, hike the AT before I died. I was even so foolish to announce this on social media, which provoked a flood of suggestions that, before making any rash decisions, I read Bill Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods." And so I did. Having years ago read and enjoyed his "Notes from a Small Island," I was not surprised that "A Walk" kept me chuckling--sometimes laughing uproariously. Nor was I surprised by Bryson's skillful wordcraft--the man is a masterful phrase turner. And yet there's more. As I was joyfully entertained by his incisive sense of humor, I was simultaneously and seriously learning history, biology, geology (and several other -ologies) as well as being discomfitted by Bryson's documentation of our culture's dismissive practices regarding ecology. Bill Bryson is very witty, to be sure, but he's also very knowledgeable, does thorough research, and subsequently marshals and seamlessly expresses what he's learned. In other words, he's a very good teacher. I much recommend this book. And, yes, I'm still planning to hike the AT."
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    #2A Walk Across America

    A Walk Across America

    A Walk Across America is a memoir written by Peter Jenkins. In this book, the author shares his journey of walking across America. This book was originally published in 1979.

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    Gary Ortiz
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "If you love hiking and reading books, I think A walk Across America is the book for you. The book is written like a journalism but this should not discouraged you. You will travel and explore together with the author while reading this book."
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    #3Girl in the Woods: A Memoir

    Girl in the Woods: A Memoir

    Girl in the Woods: A Memoir is a nonfiction book written by Aspen Matis. In this book, the author narrates her exploration and survival story as she hikes Mexico to Canada. This book was originally published in 2015.

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    Joyce Turner
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Girl in the Woods is less a book about hiking and more of a book about survival. Hiking is certainly an important part of it, but when I think of hiking books, I pass over this one because it really isn't what the story is about. Readers interested in hiking would be better served looking elsewhere unless they want a tale of survival featuring hiking."
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    #4The Blessings of a Good Thick Skirt

    The Blessings of a Good Thick Skirt

    The Blessings of a Good Thick Skirt is a nonfiction book about traveling written by Mary Russell. This was originally published in 1994. In this book, the author shares some of the journeys and experiences of women travelers.

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    Angela Gomez
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Hiking is something that is frequently underestimated. But in The Blessings of a Good Thick Skirt Mary Russell delves into the transcendent, empowering experience hiking can provide for women who crave nature but not at the expense of their femininity. Russell paints daring pictures of women who have gone down paths years and generations before us, and how their steps carved a way for a better future for female hikers today. "
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    #5Five Weeks in the Amazon

    Five Weeks in the Amazon

    Five Weeks in the Amazon is a memoir written by Sean Michael Hayes. In this book, the author shares his adventures in the wild. He also recounts the universal problems that human beings face.

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    Lu Gong
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This book is good on a boring week, really makes the day interesting and makes you thing about how hiking is. I enjoyed reading this book, even if it does not have many good reviews, i still got it and not regret buying it. Recommend this book. "
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    #6Wild Within

    Wild Within

    Wild Within is the first in the Wild at Heart series by Christine W. Hartmann is a young adult fiction book on a story of a protagonist who started a 2600 mile hike across the Pacific Crest Trail.

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    #7Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

    Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

    Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed is an autobiography of the author herself starting from her twenty-two years of age. This book tells a story terrors and pleasures of a strong independent woman.

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    Anthony Williamson
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is a really inspiring book that I was lucky enough to get as a gift from a friend. The writer does a really great job of letting us in on her 1100 mile journey! I highly recommend it."
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    #8AWOL on the Appalachian Trail

    AWOL on the Appalachian Trail

    AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is a nonfiction book written by software engineer David Miller. In this book, the author narrates his journey hiking the Appalachian Trail. This memoir was originally published in 2006.

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    Abel Baltazar
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "i dont really hike too often, but reading this book makes you really want to go out there and also not want to go out there "
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    #9The Middle of Somewhere

    The Middle of Somewhere

    The Middle of Somewhere is a contemporary fiction novel written by Sonja Yoerg. This book was originally published in 2015. It narrates the story of a widow as she hikes into the wilderness.

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    Juan Stanley
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I love hiking but I never knew there was a market for hiking books. Reading The Middle of Somewhere changed my view on hiking forever."
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    #10Grandma Gatewood's Walk

    Grandma Gatewood's Walk

    Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery has received National Outdoor Book Awards for History/Biography in 2014. This nonfiction book is about outdoors and nature.

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    José Guadalupe Macías
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "If you like to read about interesting bits of American History than I can highly recommend this book. The story is unique and is something that I've never heard about, I found inspiration in this woman's accomplishments. It just goes to show that even the smallest person can help make the world a better place."
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    #11Last of the Breed

    Last of the Breed

    Joe Mack is a U.S. Air Force major that after getting imprisoned by some Russians and escaping their prison camp, finds himself alone in the Siberian wilderness. Under these circumstances, he has no choice but to summon his inner Sioux in order to survive and make it to America through the Bering Strait.  

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    Brian Cook
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Good book about survival against all odds. I recommend for the suspense factor."

Summary

Best What are the best books about hiking
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1A Walk in the WoodsBooks 41 Paid
2A Walk Across AmericaBooks 36 Paid
3Girl in the Woods: A MemoirBooks 34 Paid
4The Blessings of a Good Thick SkirtBooks 33 Paid
5Five Weeks in the AmazonBooks 30 Paid
6Wild WithinBooks 30 Paid
7Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest TrailBooks 28 Paid
8AWOL on the Appalachian TrailBooks 24 Paid
9The Middle of SomewhereBooks 23 Paid
10Grandma Gatewood's WalkBooks 22 Paid
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