Inspirational Books

The following is a list of books i have read over the years that are inspirational and awe inspiring!! I have found them to be thoroughly absorbing and completely amazing as to the situations humans throw themselves into if for nothing more than truly living a life. Reading these books should make you want to get up and get out there and have your own adventures even if they’re not on such an epic scale.

Touching The Void – Joe Simpson and Simon Yates climb Siula Grande in the Peruvian Alps…it goes horribly wrong! Simpson breaks his leg and while being lowered by Yates (after thinking he was already dead) decides to cut the rope plunging his friend to a certain death! Yates makes it back to base camp frost bitten and fortunate not to have died himself.  In fact Simpson was alive! and spent days dragging himself inch by inch with a broken leg back to base camp and ultimately survived!

Run! 26.2 stories of blisters and bliss – Dean Karnazes recounts stories of his ultra marathon events, training and friendships.

Into Thin Air – An account of the tragedy that unfolded on Mount Everest in 1996.

People Of The Abyss – Jack London is best known for Call Of The Wild. At the turn of the century he came to England and lived in London’s East end slums and toiled in the workhouses. This book is an account of those experiences.

Between A Rock And A Hard Place – Aron Ralston hiked the Canyonlands of Utah. On one particular outing he slipped and fell and a boulder lodged his arm against the canyon wall. Through six days of hell, scarce food and water and eventually realizing no one was coming to rescue him he did the unthinkable to survive..and severed his own arm to get out!

The White Spider – Heinrich Harrer recounts climbing on the North face of the Eiger. The most astonishing and harrowing tale is that of Toni Kurz and his climbing party.

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