Camping is a great idea—with all its benefits you cannot simply resist it. When you are in a camp, you encounter all kinds of adventures, people, and feelings, and with each adventure, person and feeling, you grow. This is what camping does to you. While you are enjoying it, you are learning loads as well.
One of many great ways to learn is books, and trust me, there are a plethora of books for campers to read by the fire. In this article, we will talk about a few of them which should find a place in your backpack. Even if you do not have enough space in your backpack, throw them into your car, but make sure you carry them along.
In our list, each book will enhance your camping experience. The authors have given fictional and non-fictional accounts of many events that will give you an adrenaline rush. Everything about these books is an experience, so read well.
Without further ado, let us begin with six such books that campers should definitely read in order to have a great time:
1. A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
Written by Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods is a heart-warming memoir on hiking with hilarious twists and turns. The author has given detailed accounts of his hiking experience on the famous Appalachian Trail.
The book vividly describes the rough forests of Maine, the amazing Great Smoky Mountains located in Tennessee, and every other beautiful feature of the trail. The ever-changing landscape characterizing the trail is mesmerizing.
The book is simply written and is a must-read for anyone who is looking forward to spending some real quality time amid the woods.
2. Touching the Void
Touching the Void is a fancily titled book by Joe Simpson with detailed accounts of terror and hope.
The amazing concoction of emotions the book presents is not easy to handle for every reader, but if you are the kind of camper for whom adventure and thrill are necessary concomitants of camping, then this is the book!
The book is based on true events happened to the author, who fell off an ice ledge about 21,000 feet above in the Andes, and his partner Simon Yates was compelled to cut off the rope attaching them.
The author has written down about the struggle of Yates against his mourning and guilt, and the survival of Job Simpson in the forest. The story is not just about survival, it is also about the unbreakable bonds of friendship.
3. Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback
Robyn Davidson, the author, took up a brave challenge to traverse through one of the most dangerous terrains on this planet—the Australian Outback.
Robyn traveled to this remote region with her dog and a group of four camels and experienced every ounce of danger, adventure, and emotion. She survived courageously, and her accounts will make you want to do something bold and brave in your life.
What is intriguing about this book is that it is not just about the outdoor adventure, but it also handles the philosophical questions of true self and importance of material possessions.
Read the book and learn.
4. Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Principles for Delicious Living
The book, Paddle Your Own Canoe, is not an outdoors book, but it serves as a really informative guide book that every camper should have.
Written by Nick Offerman, the book covers fundamental aspects of life that can ease your survival in any harsh setting. The book gives details on woodworking, grilling red meat, and every manual task that should be perfected before you venture out into the wilderness.
Read this book and apply the tips and tricks in real life to maximize your camping experience.
5. A River Runs Through It And Other Stories
Normal Maclean comes with an admirable piece of work which gives away to readers a nature story, a family saga, a coming-of-age story, and a love letter addressed to Nature and its rivers.
The book will make you think about nature from different angles and will make you more conscious of Nature’s fragile and sanctity that should be preserved.
So, if you happen to be camping in a natural setting, read this book and observe every Nature’s gift around you. You would not feel more blessed!
An international best seller, Deliverance does deliver what it promises.
James Dickey has managed to write down a horrifying tale of four friends whose canoe trip turns into a devastating and terrifying show on the isolated rivers of Georgia. The book incorporates gory details of the events, and, thus, if you are faint-hearted, do not read it.
But, if you want some spice to your camping experience, this book is a must-read.