Books - trail reading recommendations

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  1. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Owsers Cathy !!! :arghh: You're not really selling camel trekking to us. but saddle difference noted if the call comes in ...

    I do have romantic notions of doing a wild and open, long-distance hoss trek somewhere - someday :cow: Shewie - there isn't a hossy friend for us...

    And sometimes, it is more interesting to read on a subject, totally at variance with what you're doing - although - I've learnt not to read anything too scarey if camping alone
    :bear: :bear:
  2. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    My wife trekked across a bit of Canada on horseback, proper cowboy camping. I am not horsey, but even I would give that a go :)
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  3. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker


    Sounds great. :D :cow:

    Nothing much beats the thrill of galloping across open country without having to worry about stopping....

    Plus all baggage carted for you :geek:

    Your wife would probs enjoy the Isabella Bird book as mentioned above ^ ^ there's lots of exciting hossy action in there :happy: - it might give her ideas tho :whistling: - them beasts are an expensive hobby :eeker: unlike backpacking :angelic:
  4. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I'll pass the recommendation on :thumbsup:
    I can see us doing something like that as a family in the future.
    If you cut my wife open shed be pony's all the way through :)
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  5. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    I have been horse riding, but never been very comfortable or competent at it. I loved the camel riding and would go again given the chance. Romantic - yes very :D - I got to sleep out under the stars in an old fashioned (waxed cotton) Matilda :thumbsup::inlove::angelic::smug::D The very best way to connect with the desert.
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  6. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Rest assured, I shall fulsomely resist investigative surgery to ascertain the veracity of this statement, if our paths ever should cross :angelic:

    If you were to attempt same, on me, I suspect you'd find a generally 'wholesome?' mix of vegetables, yoga, all round outdoorsyness, with perhaps a dark vagus-like thread of sardonic, scepticism interlinking it all :confuseded:

    Sounds fantastic. :)

    Last few times I've ridden it's been on a western style saddle - and 'barefoot' horses - much comfier - and more hoss-friendly ..

    Spent a lot of my youth charging about the place on whatever equine mount I could muster..
    Wouldn't want one of mine own now though.. Wayyy too much responsibility and £$£$
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  7. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    I found Western saddle easier too. In Chile they were covered in the most luxurious fuffy sheepskin 'rug' :thumbsup:.
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  8. Erik Haaland

    Erik Haaland Trail Blazer

  9. Rmr

    Rmr Section Hiker

    My book recommendations as follows,
    Robert Macfarlane, all that he has written.
    Alistair Humphreys, Moods of future joys & Thunder & Sunshine, both about his world cycle tour.
    Andy Cave, Learning to Breath, inspiring story about climbing.
    Heinrich Harrer, 7 Years in Tibet, a classic.
    Paul Pritchard, The Longest Climb, nothing but admiration here.
    Joe Simpson, Touching the Void, surely we've all read it.
    Last but certainly not least, anything about the man I regard as a true hero, Ernest Shackleton.
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  10. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    I'd ditto the Shackleton :thumbsup:.
  11. impala

    impala Trekker

    Ray jardine - trail life!! That thing is like the UL Bible! And covers everything you could ever need to know!!
  12. Rmr

    Rmr Section Hiker

    +1 also The Old Ways
  13. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Wolf Hall.
  14. Rmr

    Rmr Section Hiker

    At present reading Walking the Nile by Levison Wood, enjoying the walk & the history. Old enough to remember the events but you tend to forget with the passage of time.
  15. island

    island Summit Camper

    I like these:
    Rory Stewart - The places in between
    William Dalrymple - From the holy mountain
    Wilfred Thesiger - The Danakil diaries
    Thomas Stevens - Around the world on a penny farthing
    Alastair Humphreys - moods / thunder
    Nicholas Crane - Clear waters rising
    Levison Wood - like his books, not so much his TV stuff.
    Mark Beaumont - Around the world in 80 days & Africa Solo
    Solzhenitsyn - The Gulag Archipelago (makes your hike seem easy)
    Nan Shepherd - The living mountain
    Tim Cope - on the trail of genghis khan
    Keith Foskett - interesting books
    Dee Brown - Bury my heart at wounded knee (great read, prob good for the Pct).
    Alexandra David-Neel - My journey to Lhasa (1923 - woman walks around Tibet, language a bit dated but fascinating)

    Tried reading on the HRP but fell asleep within half an hour!
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  16. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    Excusez-moi ? Connected with walking, how?
  17. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Walking in history.
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  18. Dale yates

    Dale yates Hiker

    Any of the 3 books by Alan rowan munroe moonwalker
  19. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    Finally got around to Andy Cave's books - his style takes a bit getting used to but good writing indeed... (I liked T'hin white line' better than his first btw)

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