5 Inspiring Books You Should Read while in the Mountains

5 Inspiring Books You Should Read while in the Mountains

Is there anything more relaxing than sitting on your deck, the fall leaves gently drifting through the air, the cool crisp mountain air on your skin. If there is anything better ,we aren't sure what it is. This week we have five inspiring books that you are sure to fall in love with this fall while on the your fall mountain vacation. 

A Thousand-Mile Walk To The Gulf- John Muir

John Muir is sort of the godfather of the on-foot adventure. At 28, after losing and then regaining his eyesight in an accident, he set out on a solo walk from Indiana to the Gulf of Mexico. This account of his adventures was compiled from the journal he kept during his months on the trail — a journey he was ill-prepared for at the time, but that set the stage for his lifelong love of the natural world. Wandering the United States in the aftermath of the Civil War, Muir faced disease, starvation, and the darkest side of humanity; but he also discovered the restorative power of nature, and the beauty of a world left undisturbed by man. Muir is a cannot-miss writer and adventurer for anyone preparing to hit the trail, and A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf is a beautiful place to start.

Wild, From Lost To Found On The Pacific Crest Trail-Cheryl Strayed

Don't take any packing tips from this memoir. But do let the savvy and resilient narrator, Cheryl Strayed, inspire you to hike into the furthest reaches of your human spirit, as she does in Wild , a memoir about her 1,000-plus mile journey along the Pacific Crest Trail. But I don't need to tell you that — if you've missed the never-ending and well-deserved buzz about Wild , and its equally captivating film adaptation, then it might be time to venture off the trail and plug back in long enough to read a tweet or two.

A Walk in the Woods- Bill Bryson

Laughter wrapped up in a journey of personal reflection is the name of the game in this wonderfully inspiring book. You might be familiar with Bill Bryson and his long career as a writer, if you're not, than you should be. 

The books was recently released as a major motion picture, but as they say the "book is better" and that is very true in this case. Whether you are an avid hiker or just looking for a little inspiration to shake up your life or to get on the trail A walk in the woods is sure to inspire you while enjoying your Asheville mountain vacation. 

Buried In The Sky- The Extraordinary Story Of The Sherpa Climbers On K2's Deadliest Day

Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan tell the story of two of the most resilient and skilled Himalayan sherpas in the world. 

During the summer of 2008, when 11 mountain climbers perished on K2 (the highest point in Pakistan), and considered one of the deadliest peaks in the world — sherpas Chhiring Dorje and Pasang Lama survived. This book delves into the spirit of survival that courses through us all. 

 Not only does the book tell the story of that infamous climb, it also takes back through the lives of these two sherpas from their impoverished and war-torn childhoods, to their careers accompanying climbers through the Karakoram Range. 

Cold Mountain-Johnathan Frazier

This book is perhaps one of my favorite books of all time and simply had to be on any list of books about the North Carolina mountians. 

The novel is about a soldier’s perilous journey back to his beloved near the Civil War's end. At once a love story & a harrowing account of one man’s long walk home, Cold Mountain was Charles Frazier's breakthrough novel, that became a major motion picture. 

The book is based on local history & family stories passed down by Frazier’s great-great-grandfather, Cold Mountain is the tale of a wounded Confederate soldier, Inman, who walks away from the ravages of the war & back home to his prewar sweetheart, Ada. 

Charles Frazier writes with a vivid and descriptive style that lets the reader melt into the story. 

What's your favorite book to read on vacation? Let us know in the comments below. 

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5 Inspiring Books You Should Read while in the Mountains

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