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Layer up!

by Matthew Bush
The best way to dress for winter is to wear layers. Layering gives you flexibility to add or remove layers, depending on the weather and your activ...

Winter Camping Tips & Tricks

by Matthew Bush
When people hear the words "winter camping" or "cold weather camping" excitedly come out of our mouths, they often give us weird looks. For some pe...

How to Select and Prep a Campsite

by Matthew Bush
Before You Hit the Trail: Practice setting up your tent before taking it out on a trip. Assemble it in the backyard or living room if necessary, t...

International Literacy Day: Roamm Staff Favorites


To celebrate International Literacy Day, Roamm Staff voted on our favorite books about traveling, exploring and nature. Here's what we came up with!

1. The Lost City of Z by David Grann


 In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into  the Amazon jungle, in search of a fabled civilization. He never  returned. Over the years countless perished trying to find evidence of  his party and the place he called “The Lost City of Z.” In this  masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, journalist David Grann  interweaves the spellbinding stories of Fawcett’s quest for “Z” and  his own journey into the deadly jungle, as he unravels the greatest  exploration mystery of the twentieth century.  [Source: http://amzn.to/2wIizyA ]

 

2. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

 The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers  some of the most breathtaking terrain in America–majestic mountains,  silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s  probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining  guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail  and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along  the way–and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the  Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a  comfortable chair to sit and read in). [Source: http://amzn.to/2wIzUYw ]

 

 

3. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

 In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to  Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley.  His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given  $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his  possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life  for himself. Four months later, a party of moose hunters found his  decomposed body. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable  story of Into the Wild. Immediately after graduating from college in  1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a  vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John  Muir. In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its  license plates, and burned all of his cash. He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and, unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented. Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw away the maps. Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild. [Source: http://bit.ly/2vMN7lS ]

4. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

 A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but  journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt.  Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was  bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives  and left countless more--including Krakauer's--in guilt-ridden  disarray, would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air, Krakauer's  epic account of the May 1996 disaster.  [Source: http://amzn.to/2f4qNcM ]

 

 

5. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

 
 Inspired by Jack Kerouac's adventures with Neal Cassady, On the  Road tells the story of two friends whose cross-country road trips are  a quest for meaning and true experience. Written with a mixture of  sad-eyed naiveté and wild ambition and imbued with Kerouac's love  of  America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language  as  jazz, On the Road is the quintessential American vision of freedom  and  hope, a book that changed American literature and changed  anyone  who has ever picked it up. [Source: http://amzn.to/2vMNn43 ]

 

6. The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy-- Seconds before the Earth is  demolished for a galactic freeway, Arthur  Dent is saved by Ford  Prefect, a researcher for the revised Guide.  Together they stick out  their thumbs to the stars and begin a wild  journey through time and  space. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe-- The moment before  annihilation at the hands of warmongers is a  curious time to crave  tea. It could only happen to the cosmically  displaced Arthur Dent and  his comrades as they hurtle across the  galaxy in a desperate search  for a place to eat. Life, the Universe and Everything--The unhappy  inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky– so  they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals can avert Armageddon: mild-mannered Arthur Dent and his stalwart crew. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish--Back on Earth, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination. But a gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic inscription thrusts him back to reality. So to speak. Mostly Harmless--Just when Arthur Dent makes the terrible mistake of starting to enjoy life, all hell breaks loose. Can he save the Earth from total obliteration? Can he save the Guide from a hostile alien takeover? Can he save his daughter from herself?
[ Source: http://amzn.to/2vMy77u ]

7. In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin

 An exhilarating look at a place that still retains the exotic mystery of a  far-off, unseen land, Bruce Chatwin’s exquisite account of his journey  through Patagonia teems with evocative descriptions, remarkable bits  of history, and unforgettable anecdotes. Fueled by an unmistakable  lust for life and adventure and a singular gift for storytelling, Chatwin  treks through “the uttermost part of the earth”—that stretch of land  at the southern tip of South America, where bandits were once made  welcome—in search of almost-forgotten legends, the descendants of  Welsh immigrants, and the log cabin built by Butch Cassidy. An  instant classic upon publication in 1977, In Patagonia is a  masterpiece that has cast a long shadow upon the literary world. [Source: http://amzn.to/2vPf2kY ]

8. A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor

 At the age of eighteen, Patrick Leigh Fermor set off from the heart of  London on an epic journey—to walk to Constantinople. A Time of Gifts is  the rich account of his adventures as far as Hungary, after which Between  the Woods and the Water continues the story to the Iron Gates that divide  the Carpathian and Balkan mountains. Acclaimed for its sweep and  intelligence, Leigh Fermor’s book explores a remarkable moment in time.  Hitler has just come to power but war is still ahead, as he walks through a  Europe soon to be forever changed—through the Lowlands to  Mitteleuropa, to Teutonic and Slav heartlands, through the baroque  remains of the Holy Roman Empire; up the Rhine, and down to the  Danube. At once a memoir of coming-of-age, an account of a journey, and  a dazzling exposition of the English language, A Time of Gifts is also a portrait of a continent already showing ominous signs of the holocaust to come. [Source: http://amzn.to/2vPb8sg ]

 

9. Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis

 First published in 1946, Zorba the Greek, is, on one hand, the story of  a Greek working man named Zorba, a passionate lover of life, the  unnamed narrator who he accompanies to Crete to work in a lignite  mine, and the men and women of the town where they settle. On the  other hand it is the story of God and man, The Devil and the Saints;  the struggle of men to find their souls and purpose in life and it is  about love, courage and faith. Zorba has been acclaimed as one of the  truly memorable creations of literature—a character created on a  huge scale in the tradition of Falstaff and Sancho Panza. His years  have not dimmed the gusto and amazement with which he responds  to all life offers him, whether he is working in the mine, confronting  mad monks in a mountain monastery, embellishing the tales of his life or making love to avoid sin. Zorba’s life is rich with all the joys and sorrows that living brings and his example awakens in the narrator an understanding of the true meaning of humanity. This is one of the greatest life-affirming novels of our time. [Source: http://amzn.to/2vPiYCm ]

10. Wild by Cheryl Strayed

 At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the  wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own  marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to  lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no  experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more  than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave  Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she  would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with  warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and  pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a  journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.