Spring is officially here, and for many of us, that means just one thing: camping season! While a lot of folks will likely be stocking up on new tents, sleeping bags and various other pieces of vital camping gear, there’s one item that many people often overlook when heading out in the backwoods—a good book! Here are some of the best books to take camping with you, and they’re even better when read next to the campfire.
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
By Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson’s memoir recounting his long walk along the Appalachian Trail is a heartfelt and humorous look at the often attempted, but much more rarely completed 2,100-mile hike. The reader will be treated to tales of bear encounters, crazy hikers, battling the elements and rediscovering oneself in the great outdoors. It has a place in every backpack.
Touching the Void
By Joe Simpson
If you have an interest in climbing or mountaineering, Touching the Void definitely has a place in your next loadout. This book recounts the harrowing tale of Joe Simpson and his partner as they both struggle with a devastating accident at 21,000 feet in the Andes Mountains. It explores the concepts of survival, guilt and sheer will, and once you start it, you won’t be able to put it down!
Paddle Your Own Canoe
By Nick Offerman
Nick Offerman, famous for his Ron Swanson character on Parks and Recreation, is actually an avid outdoorsman. Paddle Your Own Canoe is a hilarious exploration of a variety of topics, including manly outdoor activities like grilling red meat and woodworking.
A River Runs Through It and Other Stories
By Norman Maclean
If you have even the slightest interest in fly fishing, this collection of short stories from Norman Maclean is a rite of passage. You’ll find a variety of tales that explore a variety of concepts, from coming of age to family life, all while conveying an intense love of Mother Nature. Brad Pitt starred in the feature film based on the book back in the 90’s, but as good as the film is, it doesn’t come close to the true power of this book.