What books are on your nightstand right now? Get inspired by these heroic and adventurous tales.
Self-improvement to famous adventure athletes to life on the Appalachian Trail — these Gravity Haus member-recommended books inspire a life well lived.
In Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones James Clear takes us through his comprehensive guide on how to change habits and get 1% better every day. He reveals practical strategies that teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master tiny actions to achieve your dreams. Reframe the way you think about progress and success and use these tools to achieve your grandest goals. You’ll quickly see why this read ranked number one on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal reading lists.
Visionary climber Alex Honnold became the first person to free solo Yosemite’s El Capitan in 2017. Described as “the greatest feat of pure rock climbing in the history of the sport” (National Geographic), the adventure athlete is being called “the greatest climber of all time” (Vertical magazine). Capture Honnold’s lessons on living fearlessly, taking risks and maintaining focus in this first-person tale of triumph and devour full chapters on his free solo ascent and the extreme 3 hours and 56 minutes on the sheer face of El Cap.
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
For anyone who grew up out East and spent summers and weekends in the Appalachian Mountains, this book is a must read. The author and his entertaining pal decide to hike the world’s longest footpath covering ground from Georgia to Maine, sharing tales of history and ecology, bear run-ins and foolhardy folks along the way. Enjoy instant transportation to life on the trail through Bryson’s laugh-out-loud storytelling style in this engaging travelogue and memoir. — Thank you, Gravity Haus member Laura Daughtry, for this rec!
Colorado’s Fourteeners: From Hikes to Climbs by Gerry Roach
Every Colorado adventurer should own this book, says Gravity Haus member and avid hiker Laura Daughtry. It is THE hiking and climbing guide to Colorado’s 58 14,000-foot peaks. It includes guides to over 250 routes to the summits, including the “standard” most-often-climbed, alternative, and technical routes. Each route is rated by grade and class. The guide is easy to read and filled with full-color photographs and topographic maps. Whether you are a seasoned 14er climber or are interested in hiking your very first one, this book is the first place to start. — Thank you, Gravity Haus member Laura Daughtry, for this rec!
This incredible nonfiction spiritual journey through the Himalayas pulls you into the sights, smells and traditions of this extraordinary place. Renowned writer Peter Matthiessen shares his 1973 expedition into the remote mountains of Nepal to study the Himalayan blue sheep and hopefully glimpse the rare snow leopard. Matthiessen’s account of his two-month search for the snow leopard with naturalist George Schaller takes readers through a deepening Buddhist understanding and a wintery pilgrimage to unforgiving Himalayan high passes. — Thank you, Gravity Haus member Dirk Friel, for this rec!
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