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Katherine Jondro | 05.31.2017

Picture've just returned to your camp after a long day of adventuring with some of your closest friends in the most incredible wilderness. You're covered in sweat, dirt, maybe a little bit of blood and tears, and you wolf down a well-deserved dinner before peeling off your filthy clothes and changing into your 'clean' outfit. Fresh blisters are raw on your feet and your hair has transitioned into that one-of-a-kind bird nest/dreadlocks hybrid of a mess, but all you can think about is the day's explorations, the boundaries pushed, the highs and lows, the camaraderie built, the empowering rush from navigating the outdoors and living to tell the tale, and of course those crazy companions who made the days successes that much sweeter. While the sun is hanging low in the horizon as the moon and stars chase daylight out of view, your day isn't quite over; the campfire is crackling and that fireside hammock beckons you closer and closer, offering a well-deserved reprise from those long hours on your feet. Your friends have all posted up around the fire, a few rehashing the day's shenanigans in hushed tones so as not to disturb the others who have opted for a beer and a good book. Hmmmm...a book sounds good right about now, doesn't it? 

If you're like us, there's nothing quite like a book before bed - especially after an adventure-filled day of outdoor fun! Or maybe you enjoy waking up early and getting some pages in before heading out, throwing your favorite book in your pack to enjoy at the summit, waiting out that hail storm while curled up with a warm cup of tea and a copy of Wild, or decompressing after a long day in the office with your favorite adventure story. Regardless of where, when, how or why, there's no doubt about it: A good outdoor adventure book is the best! 

And since this June is all about #WomenInTheWild, we've compiled a long list (120ish total!) of some of our favorite adventure reads - written by those very same women we want to celebrate! A daunting task due to the sheer amount of incredible stories by inspiring outdoor females in circulation today, we have broken the list into the following categories to hopefully make navigation a bit easier: 'The Classics', Women and Water, Women in the Mountains, Women on Rocks, Women on the Run, Women on the Trail, Women on Wheels, Women Traveling the World, Women in the Wild, and Notables.

So grab your favorite headlamp, get outside, and don't forget to pack one (or more) of these adventure reads for your next adventure!

The Classics

Women and Water

Women in the Mountains

Women on Rocks

Women on the Run

Women on the Trail

Women on Wheels

Women Traveling the World

Women in the Wild

Women in Nature



This is by no means a complete list, so feel free to comment below with any noteworthy books that you think should be added! Also note that the above categories are not necessarily mutually exclusive; instead, books have been included into the section that fits best.



Grandma Gatewood's Walk, True story of the first woman thru-hiker on the AT. Did it in Keds sneakers and carrying a homemade drawstring bag.
Thank you for such an amazing collection of titles. I currently have The River Queen and Kayaking Alone sitting on my nightstand, it's wonderful to get engrossed in the adventures of others. I'm forever inspired to hit the road.
Such a great list! I'm excited to help add to it. Kate Harris has a new book coming out called Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road, where she and a friend bicycle the route of the old Silk Road through parts of Asia/the Middle East. It's a wonderfully written travel, adventure, and philosophy-style work. I would also add Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman, Foreign Correspondence: A Pen Pal's Journey from Down Under to All Over by Geraldine Brooks, Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman by Alice Steinbach, and the essay collection Go Your Own Way: Women Travel the World Solo edited by Faith Conlon.
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