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Extreme Classics: The 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time

The 100 greatest adventure books chosen by National Geographic.

- National Geographic Adventure Magazine
  1. 1. The Worst Journey in the World by Robert Falcon Scott

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    The Worst Journey in the World is a memoir of the 1910-1913 British Antarctic Expedition led by Robert Falcon Scott. It was written and published in 1922 by a survivor of the expedition, Apsley Che... - Wikipedia

      
  2. 2. Journals by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark

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    In 1803, when the United States purchased Louisiana from France, the great expanse of this new American territory was a blank -- not only on the map but in our knowledge. President Thomas Jefferson... - Amazon.com

      
  3. 3. Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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    Wind, Sand and Stars (French title:Terre des hommes (Land of Men)) is a memoir by Antoine de Saint Exupéry published in 1939. It was translated from the French by Lewis Galantiere. The pilot and p... - WIkipedia

      
  4. 4. The Exploration of the Colorado River by John Wesley Powell

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    The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons by John Wesley Powell is a classic of American exploration literature. It is about the Powell Geographic Expedition of 1869 which was the first... - Wikipedia

      
  5. 5. Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger

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    The southern Arabian desert, a quarter million square miles of sand (650,000 square kilometers), is now a place of oil wells and Land Rovers, but before the 1950s it was still known as the Empty Qu... - National Geographic

      
  6. 6. Annapurna by Maurice Herzog

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    Annapurna is a book by Maurice Herzog, expedition leader of the first recorded expedition to reach the summit of Annapurna in the Himalayas. The original text was written in French, first published... - Wikipedia

      
  7. 7. Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

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    Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness is a literary nonfiction work by Edward Abbey (1927–89), published originally in 1968. His fourth book and his first book length non-fiction work, it f... - Wikipedia

      
  8. 8. West With the Night by Beryl Markham

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    West With the Night is a 1942 memoir by Beryl Markham, chronicling her experiences growing up in Kenya (then British East Africa), in the early 1900s, leading to a career as a bush pilot there. It ... - Wikipedia

      
  9. 9. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

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  10. 10. Travels by Marco Polo

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    - Wikipedia

      
  11. 11. Farthest North by Fridtjof Nansen

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    - Wikipedia

      
  12. 12. The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen

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    The Snow Leopard is a 1978 book by Peter Matthiessen, which is an account of his two month journey along with naturalist George Schaller in 1973 to Crystal Mountain, in the Dolpo region on the Tibe... - Wikipedia

      
  13. 13. Roughing It by Mark Twain

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    Roughing It is a book of semi-autobiographical travel literature written by American humorist Mark Twain. It was written during 1870–71 and published in 1872 as a prequel to his first book Innocent... - Wikipedia

      
  14. 14. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana

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    Two Years Before the Mast is a book by the American author Richard Henry Dana, Jr., written after a two-year sea voyage starting in 1834 and published in 1840. A film adaptation under the same name... - Wikipedia

      
  15. 15. South by Ernest Shackleton

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    - Wikipedia

      
  16. 16. A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby

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    - Wikipedia

      
  17. 17. Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl

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    - Wikipedia

      
  18. 18. Travels in West Africa by Mary Kingsley

    Cover Image for the book Travels in West Africa

    - Wikipedia

      
  19. 19. The Spirit of St. Louis by Charles Lindbergh

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  20. 20. Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer

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    Seven Years in Tibet is an autobiographical travel book written by Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer based on his real life experiences in Tibet between 1944 and 1951 during the Second World War... - Wikipedia

      
  21. 21. Journals (Cook) by James Cook

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    Captain James Cook FRS RN (7 November [O.S. 27 October] 1728 – 14 February 1779) was a British explorer, navigator and cartographer, ultimately rising to the rank of Captain in the Royal Navy. Cook... - Wikipedia

      
  22. 22. Home of the Blizzard by Douglas Mawson

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    - Wikipedia

      
  23. 23. The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin

    Cover Image for the book The Voyage of the Beagle

    The Voyage of the Beagle is a title commonly given to the book written by Charles Darwin published in 1839 as his Journal and Remarks, which brought him considerable fame and respect. The title ref... - Wikipedia

      
  24. 24. The Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence

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    Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Edward Lawrence CB, DSO (16 August 1888 – 19 May 1935), known professionally as T. E. Lawrence, was a British military officer renowned especially for his liaison role dur... - Wikipedia

      
  25. 25. Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa by Mungo Park

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    - Wikipedia

      
  26. 26. The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

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    The Right Stuff is a 1979 book by Tom Wolfe about the pilots engaged in U.S. postwar experiments with experimental rocket-powered, high-speed aircraft as well as documenting the stories of the firs... - Wikipedia

      
  27. 27. Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum

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    Sailing Alone Around the World (1899) is a sailing memoir by Joshua Slocum about his single-handed global circumnavigation aboard the sloop Spray. Slocum was the first person to sail around the wor... - Wikipedia

      
  28. 28. The Mountain of My Fear by David Roberts

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    - Wikipedia

      
  29. 28. A Wilderness Narrative by David Roberts

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    - Wikipedia

      
  30. 29. First Footsteps in East Africa by Richard Burton

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  31. 30. The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger

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    The Perfect Storm is a creative nonfiction book written by Sebastian Junger and published by W. W. Norton & Company in 1997. The paperback edition followed in 1999 from HarperCollins' Perennial imp... - Wikipedia

      
  32. 31. The Oregon Trail by Francis Parkman

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    - Wikipedia

      
  33. 32. Through the Dark Continent by Henry M. Stanley

    Cover Image for the book Through the Dark Continent

    - Wikipedia

      
  34. 33. A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella L. Bird

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  35. 34. In the Land of White Death by Valerian Albanov

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  36. 35. Endurance by F.A. Worsley

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    - Wikipedia

      
  37. 36. Scrambles Amongst the Alps by Edward Whymper

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    - Wikipedia

      
  38. 37. Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen

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    Out of Africa is a memoir by Isak Dinesen, a nom de plume used by the Danish author Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke. The book, first published in 1937, recounts events of the seventeen years when... - Wikipedia

      
  39. 38. Scott's Last Expedition: The Journals by Robert Falcon Scott

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  40. 39. Everest: The West Ridge by Thomas Hornbein

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  41. 40. Journey Without Maps by Graham Greene

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    Journey Without Maps (1936) is a travel account by Graham Greene, about a 350-mile, 4-week walk through the interior of Liberia in 1935. It was Greene's first trip outside of Europe. He hoped to le... - Wikipedia

      
  42. 41. Starlight and Storm by Gaston Rébuffat

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    - Wikipedia

      
  43. 42. My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir

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    - Wikipedia

      
  44. 43. My Life as an Explorer by Sven Hedin

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    Sven Anders Hedin was a Swedish geographer, topographer, explorer, photographer, and travel writer, as well as an illustrator of his own works. During four expeditions to Central Asia he discovered... - Wikipedia

      
  45. 44. In Trouble Again by Redmond O'Hanlon

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    - Wikipedia

      
  46. 45. The Man Who Walked Through Time by Colin Fletcher

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    The Man Who Walked Through Time (1968) is Colin Fletcher's chronicle of his trek inside the rim of The Grand Canyon from one end to the other. He was the first person to do so in one continues trek... - Wikipedia

      
  47. 46. K2 The Savage Mountain by Charles Houston and Robert Bates

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    K2 is the second-highest mountain on Earth (after Mount Everest). With a peak elevation of 8,611 metres (28,251 ft), K2 is part of the Karakoram range, and is located on the border between the Taxk... - Wikipedia

      
  48. 47. Gipsy Moth Circles the World by Francis Chichester

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    - Wikipedia

      
  49. 48. Man-Eaters of Kumaon by Jim Corbett

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    - Wikipedia

      
  50. 49. Alone by Richard Byrd

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    - Wikipedia

      
  51. 50. Stranger in the Forest by Eric Hansen

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    Stranger in the forest (subtitle: on foot across Borneo) is a 1988 book by Eric Hansen about a seven months and 4000 km long journey (of which 2300 km on foot) through the heartland of Borneo in 19... - Wikipedia

      
  52. 51. Travels in Arabia Deserta by Charles M. Doughty

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  53. 52. The Royal Road to Romance by Richard Halliburton

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    - Wikipedia

      
  54. 53. The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz

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    - Wikipedia

      
  55. 54. Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada by Clarence King

    Cover Image for the book Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada

    - Wikipedia

      
  56. 55. My Journey to Lhasa by Alexandra David-Neel

    Cover Image for the book My Journey to Lhasa

    - Wikipedia

      
  57. 56. Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke

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    - Wikipedia

      
  58. 57. Running the Amazon by Joe Kane

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    Joe Kane is an American author of two books and is also a journalist who writes for numerous publications such as The New Yorker, National Geographic, and Esquire. - Wikipedia

      
  59. 58. Alive by Piers Paul Read

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    Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors is a 1974 book by the British writer Piers Paul Read documenting the events of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571. - Wikipedia

      
  60. 59. The Principal Navigations by Richard Hakluyt

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    - Wikipedia

      
  61. 60. Incidents of Travel in Yucatan by John Lloyd

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    - Wikipedia

      
  62. 61. Shipwreck of the Whaleship Essex by Owen Chase

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    Owen Chase (1798-March 8, 1869 (aged 70)) was First Mate of the whale ship Essex, that was struck and sunk by a sperm whale on November 20, 1820. Chase wrote about the incident in Narrative of the ... - Wikipedia

      
  63. 62. Life in the Far West by George Frederick Ruxton

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  64. 63. My Life As an Explorer (Amundsen) by Roald Amundsen

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  65. 64. News from Tartary by Peter Fleming

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    - Wikipedia

      
  66. 65. Annapurna: A Woman's Place by Arlene Blum

    Cover Image for the book Annapurna: A Woman's Place

    - Wikipedia

      
  67. 66. Mutiny on the Bounty by William Bligh

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    - Wikipedia

      
  68. 67. Adrift by Steven Callahan

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    Adrift (subtitle: Seventy-six days lost at sea) is a book by Steven Callahan about his survival in a life raft in the Atlantic Ocean, which lasted 76 days, a staggering record; he is the only man i... - Wikipedia

      
  69. 68. Castaways by Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca

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    The Narváez expedition was a Spanish attempt to install Pánfilo de Narváez as adelantado (governor) of Spanish Florida during the years 1527 – 1528. - Wikipedia

      
  70. 69. Touching the Void by Joe Simpson

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    - Wikipedia

      
  71. 70. Tracks by Robyn Davidson

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    - Wikipedia

      
  72. 71. The Adventures of Captain Bonneville by Washington Irving

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    - Wikipedia

      
  73. 72. Cooper's Creek by Alan Moorehead

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    - Wikipedia

      
  74. 73. The Fearful Void by Geoffrey Moorhouse

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    - Wikipedia

      
  75. 74. No Picnic on Mount Kenya by Felice Benuzzi

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    No Picnic on Mount Kenya: The Story of Three P.O.W.s' Escape to Adventure, by Felice Benuzzi is a mountaineering classic recounting the 1943 attempt of three escaped Italian prisoners of war to rea... - Wikipedia

      
  76. 75. Through the Brazilian Wilderness by Theodore Roosevelt

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  77. 76. The Road to Oxiana by Robert Byron

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    - Wikipedia

      
  78. 77. Minus 148 by Art Davidson

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  79. 78. Travels (Ibn Battúta) by Ibn Battúta

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  80. 79. Jaguars Ripped My Flesh by Tim Cahill

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    - Wikipedia

      
  81. 80. Journal of a Trapper by Osborne Russell

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    - Wikipedia

      
  82. 81. Full Tilt by Dervla Murphy

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    - Wikipedia

      
  83. 82. Terra Incognita by Sara Wheeler

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  84. 83. We Die Alone by David Howarth

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  85. 84. Kabloona by Gontran de Poncins

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    Kabloona is a book by French adventurer Gontran de Poncins, written in collaboration with Lewis Galantiere, first published in English in 1941. It recounts Poncin's solo unsupported journey in the ... - Wikipedia

      
  86. 85. Conquistadors of the Useless by Lionel Terray

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  87. 86. Carrying the Fire by Michael Collins

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  88. 87. Adventures in the Wilderness by William H. H. Murray

    Cover Image for the book Adventures in the Wilderness

    - Wikipedia

      
  89. 88. The Mountains of My Life by Walter Bonatti

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    - Wikipedia

      
  90. 89. Great Heart by James West Davidson and John Rugge

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  91. 90. Journal of the Voyage to the Pacific by Alexander Mackenzie

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  92. 91. The Valleys of the Assassins by Freya Stark

    Cover Image for the book The Valleys of the Assassins

    - Wikipedia

      
  93. 92. The Silent World by Jacques Cousteau

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    - Wikipedia

      
  94. 93. Alaska Wilderness by Robert Marshall

    Cover Image for the book Alaska Wilderness

    - Wikipedia

      
  95. 94. Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Conditions of the North American Indians by George Catlin

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  96. 95. I Married Adventure by Osa Johnson

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  97. 96. The Descent of Pierre Saint-Martin by Norbert Casteret

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  98. 97. The Crystal Horizon by Reinhold Messner

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    - Wikipedia

      
  99. 98. Narrative of a Journey Across the Rocky Mountains to the Columbia River by John Kirk Townsend

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    - Wikipedia

      
  100. 99. Grizzly Years by Doug Peacock

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    Doug Peacock is an American naturalist, outdoorsman, and author. He is best known for his book Grizzly Years: In Search of the American Wilderness, a memoir of his experiences in the 1970s and 1980... - Wikipedia

      
  101. 100. One Man's Mountains by Tom Patey

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