Maybe you’re looking for a few books to get you through short days and stormy nights? Maybe you’re recovering from an early season injury? Maybe you need a gift to show your appreciation for that adventure-loving friend?

In this edition of Therm-a-Rest Beta, we compiled a list of a few of our favorite reads that will help satisfy your appetite for adventure… for now.

Short days and long nights force life to slip into a different and often slower rhythm. Whether you are curled up in your Therm-a-Rest sleeping bag after a day of ski mountaineering or sitting in the glow of a cabin’s fireplace a good book can carry your adventures into long winter nights. Check out a few of our favorites below.

Desert Solitaire

Anyone that has felt deeply connected to a wild place or setting will appreciate Abbey’s narrative about his time in Arches National Park. His work leaves the reader with a deep appreciation for all wild places and challenges your conscience to get involved in preserving and protecting these places.

A Short Walk In The Hindu Kush

For adventurers that moonlight as history buffs, Newby’s adventure retells the story of a first-time mountaineer climbing in Afghanistan. The novel gives a glimpse about what climbing, culture, humor, travel and adventure was like in the 1950’s. What more could you want.

Wind, Sand and Stars

Chock-full of adventure, DeSaint Exupery regales readers with tales of his aviation exploration while serving as a mail carrier and cartographer. From the Andes to the Sahara, even those without any knowledge about flying will find themselves wrapped up in the fear and exhilaration of his endeavors.

Barbarian Days

Anyone who lives their life based around their passion will instantly connect with this story of a surfing life. From learning to surf in Hawaii to a surfing pilgrimage to writing in New York, his love for the pursuit is contagious.

Into Thin Air

Though it has been met with some controversy, Krakauer’s account of his time on Everest is undeniably riveting and ignites a desire for high-altitude pursuits.


Any philosophical adventurer who enjoys the solitude of the wilderness will love Emerson’s essay on the rewards of withdrawal. While it’s not necessarily a book about adventure, the thoughts and ideas that Emerson presents are inherently found on a true adventure.

Leaves of Grass

For the poetry lovers out there, let Uncle Walt’s work remind you of the beauty ruggedness of the mountains, woods and fields. While the themes and messages vary from poem to poem, the surrounding natural world remains a mainstay in nearly a decade’s worth of poetry.

Drawn: The Art of Ascent

adventure booksIf you need some extra visuals to go with your reading, check out Jeremy Collin’s climbing adventure as he heads North, South, East and West in his beautifully illustrated book. If you enjoy the book, we definitely recommend checking out the film.