adventure book recommendations


A list of some of my favorite adventure books.


Lands of Lost Borders by Kate Harris
Harris decides to take on the Silk Road with her childhood friend, but it’s a tough route with challenges neither one expected. It is her insights into the nature of adventure and breaking the boundaries we create for ourselves that is the true highlight of this adventure tale.

Fill Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle by Dervla Murphy
Considered a classic in adventure/travel writing, Murphy’s memoir of her cycle across the continent is funny and insightful. Her descriptions of Afghanistan and Pakistan had me googling the places she had visited, and her spirit in traveling with just her bike Roz inspires me to keep pushing forward on the solo adventures.



The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird by Joshua Hammer
This is one of the most interesting books about subjects you might never expect to be fascinating – birding and fly tying. Just trust me.


Becoming Odyssa: Adventures on the Appalachian Trail by Jennifer Pharr Davis
I did love Wild by Cheryl Strayed, but I loved Pharr Davis’ memoir even more for the insights into the long distance hiking experience that she writes about.



Higher Love: Climbing and Skiing the Seven Summits by Kit Deslauriers
Deslauriers was the first person to climb and ski the seven summits – the highest summits on each continent. Her memoir is a fascinating tale of pushing hard and overcoming obstacles in the quest to do something no one else has ever done.



Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long Distance Swimmer by Lynne Cox
A book that has stuck with me for years, Cox has swimming stories that you won’t soon forget. From five miles in the Bering Strait to a crossing of the Strait of Magellan, her stories will have you dreaming of creating your own swim adventure.

About The Author

About The Author

Teri Smith is starting her third act as a photographer, writer and adventure seeker in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more here.