The Official She Went Wild Booklist

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When you are in between adventures, how do you get your adrenalin dose or simply escape?

"Between the pages of a book is a wonderful place to be"

We put the call out to our community members for their favourite adventure/outdoors/travel books and below is what they came back with.

Last updated: 4 July 2018



A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson - travel writer, Bill's, attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail

The Pants of Perspective - Anna McNuff - a witty, colourful and at times painfully raw account of a journey to the edge of what a woman believes herself to be capable of...which is running alone through the 3,000-kilometre-long Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand over 148 days

Tracks - Robyn Davidson - Robyn travels 1,700 miles across the Australian deserts with just her dog and 4 camels

Walking to Listen - Andrew Forsthoefel - "Life is fast, and I've found it 's easy to confuse the miraculous for the mundane, so I 'm slowing down, way down, in order to give my full presence to the extraordinary that infuses each moment and resides in every one of us." 
At 23, Andrew leaves home for a 4,000 mile walk across America.

Wild - Cheryl Strayed - a classic! We all know this one :)

Wild by Nature - Sarah Marquis - 2014 National Geographic's Explorer of the Year, Sarah, hikes 10,000 miles from Siberia to Australia

Becoming Odyssa - Jennifer Pharr Davis - a woman thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail on her own



Alone in Antarctica - Felicity Aston - Felicity took off for 2 months and became the first woman, and third person in history, to ski across Antarctic alone

Dare to Do - Sarah Outen - Sarah's aim was to circle the globe, starting from Tower Bridge, under her own steam - by cycling, rowing and kayaking

My Year Without Matches - Claire Dunn - Aussie freelance journalist, Claire, leaves her city life for a year-long wilderness survival skills program on the mid-north coast of NSW



Island Home - Tim Winton - beautiful, evocative and sometimes provocative memoir of how Australia's unique landscape has shaped him and his writing (a favourite of Thuc, SWW's Marketing + Events Coordinator)

Living Dangerously - Ranulph Fiennes - hailed in 1984 by The Guinness Book of Records as 'the world's greatest living explorer

One Life One Chance - Luke Richmond 

Woman in the Wilderness - Mariam Lancewood - perfect for those exploring the idea of living an authentic, real life as Marium tells the story of her primitive, nomadic life in the heart of New Zealand’s mountains with her New Zealand husband



Climbing Days - Dan Richards - Dan is on the trail of his great-great-aunt, Dorothy Pilley, a prominent and pioneering mountaineer of the early twentieth century, after stumbling upon her 1935 memoir, Climbing Days

No Shortcuts To The Top - Ed Viesturs -  12th person to summit all 14 of the world's tallest mountains, the first American to do so, and the 6th to summit all 14 without supplemental oxygen

Space Beneath My Feet - Gwen Moffat - Gwen lived a life revolving around climbing and went on to become Britain's leading female climber - and the first woman to qualify as a mountain guide

The Climb - Anatoli Boukreev - an account of the 1996 Everest Disaster where 8 climbers lost their life (Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air is another account most definitely worth reading)

Woodswoman series - Anne LaBastille - a set of four memoirs spanning four decades of her life in the Adirondack Mountains and chronicled her relationship with the wilderness. Anne passed away in 2011 and never got to finish Woodswoman V



Braving It - James Campbell - a father's journey with his teenage daughter to the far reaches of Alaska



Cadence - Emma Ayers - Aussie broadcaster, Emma, cycles her way from England to Hong Kong with her violin. A book exploring a life in love with cycling and music

Full Tilt - Dervla Murphy - based on her daily diary, this is Dervla’s account of her ride, in 1963, across frozen Europe and through Persia and Afghanistan, over the Himalayas to Pakistan and into India, during one of the worst winters in memory



The Lonely Sea - Yvette Allum - the true story of how Sue Dockar survived for two days and two nights lost alone at sea after being swept away during a spearfishing contest off the Queensland coast

Unsuitable for Ladies: An Anthology of Women Travellers - Jane Robinson - a collection of women's travel writing

Wild: An Elemental Journey - Jay Griffiths - part travelogue, part manifesto for wilderness, Jay poetically explores the meaning of the wild and its place in our live through the domains of earth, ice, water, and fire.


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