Category: Outdoorsee-type books

The secret spiritual lives of extreme athletes – and what they reveal about near-death experiences, psychic communication, and touching the beyond.

“A long tradition of nature writers subscribe to the ‘immanent’ view of the mystical – that God is in everything, and that spending time in nature, and paying attention to its details and its numinous qualities, enables one to touch the divine.”


A fantastic modern day account of this fine young mans tale of summiting Mt Everest (at the time he was the youngest Britain to do so). He discusses a lot of the culture, he reflects on his own journey, quoting scripture on several occasions, and of course reaches the top!

Probably my favourite adventure writer. I started off reading his autobiography, and that really sets the scene for his other books.  A distinguished gentleman, being asked to leave the SAS after a little explosion or two on an American film set in an quaint English village, who becomes known as the greatest living explorer. Making friends with Prince Charles, the Sultan of Oman and many others throughout his lifetime. He has recently become the oldest Britain to summit Everest, and The Eiger, all for charity (Marie Curie Cancer research). He was the first man to circumnavigate the globe, North to South, to reach both poles un-assisted…the story goes on, and on, and on…a great read!!

Who hasn’t heard of the guy that cut his own arm off? I must admit I was reluctant to read the book, considering the subject matter n’all…but it is a great read. His never changing predicament really did bring about lots of various choices and scenario’s, until he ultimately did what he had to do.

Quite a tale of survival!

Learning to Breathe was one of the first books I read on the topic of mountaineering, and it has led on to so many more experiences. The sequel, Thin White Line has been recognised by the prestigious Boardman Tasker Prize and the Banff International Festival. He tells of his experiences with a young climber called Leo Houlding, who has since gone on to not only appear in Top Gear as the speed climber Johnny Depp looking hippy guy, but also to pioneer some ascents and descents (base jumping) on peaks like Mt Asgard.



Edmund Hillary’s own first hand account of the 1953 successful attempt to summit Mount Everest. Told in a very modest and humbling way. His experiences on the mountain, and in the Nepalese region really changed his life, and in turn, he then went on to change a lot of lives in amongst the Sherpa’s and the Nepalese people.

 1957. London – Singapore – London. 32,000 miles in three Land Rovers…who wouldn’t?

Who hasn’t heard of the guy that cut the rope that his friend and climbing partner was hanging off? Well, if you haven’t, here is the book. It was also made into a very good movie documentary too (but you can’t beat the book).


Lincoln Hall is an experienced photograhper, film maker, and one of the most fortunate men alive today, albeit with a few less digits. His account of surviving in the ‘death zone’ on Everest is phenomenal, particularly when he describes the view like being in a plane when he wants to get out of his seat and walk around, then realizing he is sitting on the edge of an abyss of a 10,000ft drop.

This picture tells it all…the hazards that can be encountered when travelling across the extraordinarily remote ice fields of the Antartic, particularly when driving this beast!