Monday, September 15, 2008

The 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time

Here is a list of The 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time as composed by National Geographic Adventure magazine. I have read over thirty of them so far and own about half of the remaining ones. The rest are out-of-print and will take some doing to find. Ever since I read the original article and saw the dozen or so that I had already read, I knew I was going to have to read all the rest. I haven't yet been disappointed.


(Read) 1. The Worst Journey in the World, by Apsley Cherry-Garrard (1922)
(Read) 2. Journals, by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark (1814)
(Read) 3. Wind, Sand & Stars, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1940)
(Read) 4. Exploration of the Colorado River, by John Wesley Powell (1875)
5. Arabian Sands, by Wilfred Thesiger (1959)
(Read) 6. Annapurna, by Maurice Herzog (1952)
(Read) 7. Desert Solitaire, by Edward Abbey (1968)
8. West With the Night, by Beryl Markham (1942)
(Read) 9. Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer (1997)
(Read) 10. Travels, by Marco Polo (1298)
(Read) 11. Farthest North, by Fridtjof Nansen (1897)
(Read) 12. The Snow Leopard, by Peter Matthiessen (1978)
(Read) 13. Roughing It, by Mark Twain (1872)
14. Two Years Before the Mast, by Richard Henry Dana (1840)
(Read) 15. South, by Ernest Shackleton (1919)
(Read) 16. A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush, by Eric Newby (1958)
(Read) 17. Kon-Tiki, by Thor Heyerdahl (1950)
(Read) 18. Travels in West Africa, by Mary Kingsley (1897)
19. The Spirit of St. Louis, by Charles Lindbergh (1953)
(Read) 20. Seven Years in Tibet, by Heinrich Harrer (1953)
(Read) 21. Journals, by James Cook (1768-1779)
(Read) 22. Home of the Blizzard, by Douglas Mawson (1915)
(Read) 23. The Voyage of the Beagle, by Charles Darwin (1839)
24. The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, by T.E. Lawrence (1926)
25. Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa, by Mungo Park (1799)
26. The Right Stuff, by Tom Wolfe (1979)
(Read) 27. Sailing Alone Around the World, by Joshua Slocum (1900)
28. The Mountain of My Fear and Deborah: A Wilderness Narrative, by David Roberts (1968, 1970)
29. First Footsteps in East Africa, by Richard Burton (1856)
(Read) 30. The Perfect Storm, by Sebastian Junger (1997)
(Read) 31. The Oregon Trail, by Francis Parkman (1849)
32. Through the Dark Continent, by Henry M. Stanley (1878)
33. A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains, by Isabella L. Bird (1879)
(Read) 34. In the Land of White Death, by Valerian Albanov (1917)
(Read) 35. Endurance, by F.A. Worsley (1931)
36. Scrambles Amongst the Alps, by Edward Whymper (1871)
37. Out of Africa, by Isak Dinesen (1937)
(Read) 38. Scott's Last Expedition: The Journals, by Robert Falcon Scott (1913)
39. Everest: The West Ridge, by Thomas Hornbein (1965)
40. Journey Without Maps, by Graham Greene (1936)
41. Starlight and Storm, by Gaston Rébuffat (1954)
42. My First Summer in the Sierra, by John Muir (1911)
43. My Life as an Explorer, by Sven Hedin (1925)
(Read) 44. In Trouble Again, by Redmond O'Hanlon (1988)
(Read) 45. The Man Who Walked Through Time, by Colin Fletcher (1968)
46. K2—The Savage Mountain, by Charles Houston and Robert Bates (1954)
47. Gipsy Moth Circles the World, by Francis Chichester (1967)
48. Man-Eaters of Kumaon, by Jim Corbett (1944)
(Read) 49. Alone, by Richard Byrd (1938)
50. Stranger in the Forest, by Eric Hansen (1988)
51. Travels in Arabia Deserta, by Charles M. Doughty
52. The Royal Road to Romance, by Richard Halliburton (1925)
(Read) 53. The Long Walk, by Slavomir Rawicz (1956)
54. Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada, by Clarence King (1872)
55. My Journey to Lhasa, by Alexandra David-Neel (1927)
56. Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile, by John Hanning Speke (1863)
57. Running the Amazon, by Joe Kane (1989)
(Read) 58. Alive, by Piers Paul Read (1974)
59. Principall Navigations, by Richard Hakluyt (1589-1590)
60. Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, by John Lloyd Stephens (1843)
(Read) 61. Shipwreck of the Whaleship Essex, by Owen Chase (1821)
62. Life in the Far West, by George Frederick Ruxton (1849)
(Read) 63. My Life as an Explorer, by Roald Amundsen (1927)
64. News from Tartary, by Peter Fleming (1936)
65. Annapurna: A Woman's Place, by Arlene Blum (1980)
(Read) 66. Mutiny on the Bounty, by William Bligh (1790)
(Read) 67. Adrift, by Steven Callahan (1986)
(Read) 68. Castaways, by Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca (1555)
(Read) 69. Touching the Void, by Joe Simpson (1989)
70. Tracks, by Robyn Davidson (1980)
71. The Adventures of Captain Bonneville, by Washington Irving (1837)
72. Cooper's Creek, by Alan Moorehead (1963)
73. The Fearful Void, by Geoffrey Moorhouse (1974)
74. No Picnic on Mount Kenya, by Felice Benuzzi (1953)
75. Through the Brazilian Wilderness, by Theodore Roosevelt (1914)
76. The Road to Oxiana, by Robert Byron (1937)
(Read) 77. Minus 148°, by Art Davidson (1969)
78. Travels, by Ibn Battúta (circa 1354)
(Read) 79. Jaguars Ripped My Flesh, by Tim Cahill (1987)
80. Journal of a Trapper, by Osborne Russell (1914)
81. Full Tilt, by Dervla Murphy (1965)
82. Terra Incognita, by Sara Wheeler (1996)
(Read) 83. We Die Alone, by David Howarth (1955)
84. Kabloona, by Gontran de Poncins (1941)
85. Conquistadors of the Useless, by Lionel Terray (1961)
86. Carrying the Fire, by Michael Collins (1974)
87. Adventures in the Wilderness, by William H. H. Murray (1869)
88. The Mountains of My Life, by Walter Bonatti (1998)
89. Great Heart, by James West Davidson and John Rugge (1988)
90. Journal of the Voyage to the Pacific, by Alexander Mackenzie (1801)
(Read) 91. The Valleys of the Assassins, by Freya Stark (1934)
92. The Silent World, by Jacques Cousteau (1953)
93. Alaska Wilderness, by Robert Marshall (1956)
94. Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Conditions of the North American Indians, by George Catlin (1841)
95. I Married Adventure, by Osa Johnson (1940)
96. The Descent of Pierre Saint-Martin, by Norbert Casteret (1954)
97. The Crystal Horizon, by Reinhold Messner (1982)
98. Narrative of a Journey Across the Rocky Mountains to the Columbia River, by John Kirk Townsend (1839)
(Read) 99. Grizzly Years, by Doug Peacock (1990)
(Read) 100. One Man's Mountains, by Tom Patey (1971)

5 comments:

Murf said...

Subtitle: 100 books Murf will never read. :-)

sage said...

On a quick run through, I think I've read less than 10 of these! I need to start gnawing away at this list

R. Sherman said...

I may have missed it, but is Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer on the list? It's truly a powerful, powerful book on a lot of levels.

Cheers.

Ed Abbey said...

Murf - That truly is a shame.

Sage - I can't think of a single one on here that I didn't just love reading. I think the first one on the list that I read was Alive and I couldn't hardly put that book down. That was probably over 25 years ago that I read it.

R. Sherman - You must have missed it. It is number nine.

Saur♥Kraut said...

How wonderful! You know, I saw a show on TV during one of my restless insomnia bouts, and it was fascinating. It followed two guys who trekked through New Zealand, showing the lovely areas they hiked through and introducing us to various highlights there. I truly enjoyed it!