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We've all been there, longing for an adventure or expedition that seems impossible to get to. The weather keeps forcing your hand to cancel, and funds are tight. Well fear not! have a read of the below to satisfy your hunger for the bold. Caving? Diving? Sailing? Or looking for something new? Take a read, it's a big world out there.
This is one of my personal favourites as not only is it the most detailed biography I have read so far, it connects you with Cousteau on an intimate level. Jacques Cousteau is probably one of the most famous faces when it comes to explorers, and left behind a legacy for decades to come. Inventing the Aqua-Lung and aiding underwater scientific understanding are but a few feats that Cousteau achieved in his fascinating life time.
The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.
Lonely Planets Atlas of Adventures
The Lonely Planet
If you see yourself as an adventurer, you simply need this book. It is an encyclopedia for thrill-seekers that contains the best experiences around the globe to go and visit somewhere new and in an awesome way. The book includes Mountaineering in Argentina, Scuba Diving in Australia, Kayaking Cambodia and rock climbing in the USA to name but a few adventures. This is inspiration at your fingertips for any and all adrenaline junkies, both new to the scene and the seasoned veterans.
The true story of exploring the unknown - the deepest cave on earth. Deadly by even super cave standards, the book portrays perfectly the need for human survival as not only do physical challenges present themselves, but mental ones too. As the insidious 'Rapture' takes hold, its enough to push anyone over the edge. Expertly written, there are occasions I found it hard to remember this book is a tale of real life - of real people - rather than that of fiction. Virtually impossible to put down, I really don't recommend reading this before bed, or you will end up staying up all night.
Alone On The Wall
As one of the most famous and fearless faces in the rock climbing world, it's no wonder that Alex Honnold's books are so compelling. The book tells the story of Free Solo climber, Alex Honnold as he climbs against seemingly impossible odds of survival. What makes this so spellbinding is the fact that only a handful of climbers have ever attempted free soloing to the extremes Alex has - and most of them are dead. Some call him brave, while others say foolish. That's for you to decide but if you think you're into some extreme stuff, this will have you thinking again.
Addicted to Adventure: Between Rocks and Cold Places
I first came across Rev. Bob Shepton when I was watching an episode of Reel Rock and was immediately captivated by the man. I made it my mission to read his story as soon as I could. The man is a legend in my eyes, and has certainly rubbed shoulders with plenty of others too. The book explores Bob's childhood, his upbringing, and of course his cunning ventures with the likes of Chris Bonnington and Ranulph Fiennes.
Not everyone can afford the time or the funds to head out on drawn out expeditions across the wilderness of the world. But that doesn't mean not everyone can go on an adventure. Alastair Humphreys introduces the world to 'Micro Adventures' - close to home, cheap, simple, and always satisfying. This book takes you through the principles of Micro Adventures, and how to go about going on your own. With inspiration and chock full of tips and advice, it's sure to get you thinking about your plans for next weekend.
So these are out recommendations. Have you got any favourites that we haven't mentioned? Please let us know in the comments below, we're eager to read some more in the down time between trips!