National Geographic have compiled a list of the 100 best adventure books of all time. I blogged about this ages ago, but just re-discovered it and thought it worth another airing.
It seemed a perfect excuse to ask about people’s own personal favourite adventure/travel/expedition books. I am always looking for new, quality books to read and learn from, so please do post a comment or drop me an email with your own opinions.
The National Geographic list is, clearly, deeply flawed. The two greatest travel books of all time didn’t make the cut, nor did my own personal favourite book. It is hard to quibble though with their choice of Number 1, Apsley Cherry Garrard’s ‘The Worst Journey in the World’ (which I blogged about here).
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Have a look at the complete National Geographic list here, see how many you’ve ticked off, and howl at what you perceive to be the unforgivable omissions. Then share them with me.
Here’s the Top 10.
1. The Worst Journey in the World, by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
2. Journals, by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
3. Wind, Sand & Stars, by Antoine de Saint-Exup ry
4. Exploration of the Colorado River, by John Wesley Powell
5. Arabian Sands, by Wilfred Thesiger
6. Annapurna, by Maurice Herzog
7. Desert Solitaire, by Edward Abbey
8. West With the Night, by Beryl Markham
9. Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer
10. Travels, by Marco Polo
Any more suggestions? What would you add to this list…
How many of them have you read?