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Books on the Outdoors

Boating/Canoeing

Brown, David G
The Pontoon and Deckboat Handbook: how to buy, maintain, operate, and enjoy the ultimate family boats
GV836.15.B76 2008
This is the only book that covers all the ins and outs of these popular craft. Its many photographs serve as a virtual gallery of the most popular models.
 
Jacobson, Cliff
Canoeing & Camping : beyond the basics
GV790.J33 2007
A thoroughly modern, ultra complete book for those who love canoes and the magic of wild places. Begins with the basics and progresses through expedition techniques that only experts know-and which you won't find in other books.
 
Mattos, Bill
The Practical Guide to Kayaking, Canoeing & Sailing
Includes expert advice, guidelines and information covering every aspect of each sport, with over 1500 images including step-by-step practical instructions.
GV783.M354 2007x
 
Westwood, Andrew
Canoeing : the essential skills and safety
A clear course of basic instruction in flatwater canoeing techniques. Includes portaging, maneuvering tandem and solo canoes, capsize recoveries, camping.
GV783.W425 2007x


 
 

Camping / Hiking / Walking

Beffort, Brian
Joy of Backpacking: your complete guide to attaining pure happiness in the outdoors
GV199.6.B45 2007
A comprehensive guide covering every aspect of how to backpack--from planning a first trip to advanced wilderness travel-this book is perfect for amateur backpackers and veterans alike.
 
Goldenberg, Marni
Hiking and Backpacking
GV199.5.H55 2008
Hiking and backpacking are great leisure-time activities. But before heading out, you need to know how to ensure a safe, environmentally sound, and enjoyable hiking and backpacking experience.
 
Jacobson, Cliff
Basic Essentials. Map & Compass
GV199.4.J33 2007x
An information-packed tool for the novice or handy reference for the veteran. Distills years of knowledge into an affordable and portable book.
 
Ruff, Donna
60 Hikes Within 60 Miles, Pittsburgh: Including Allegheny And Surrounding Counties
Whether you live in the city or one of the many surrounding counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh provides you with the information you need to choose the perfect day hike in your area, including trail lengths, hiking times, and trail difficulty.
PENNA GV199.42.P42 P67 2006


 
Sexton, Tom
Pennsylvania's Rail-Trails
PENNA GV199.42.P4 S49 2004x
Provides all the details necessary to enjoy more than 1,300 miles of railroad bed turned to trails. Each trail listing contains a photograph, historical description, trailhead directions, trail map, trail details, a local trail contact and more. Latitude and longitude coordinates are also included for trailhead locations to make your GPS planning easier.


 
Willen, Matthew
The Best in Tent Camping, Pennsylvania: a guide for car campers who hate RVs, concrete slabs, and loud portable stereos
PENNA GV191.42.P4 W55 2006
Pennsylvania offers the outdoor enthusiast thousands of square miles of hills, forests, and rivers to pursue a variety of outdoor activities--hiking, bicycling, skiing, fishing, boating, and camping. This provides a guide to the fifty best places in the state to pitch a tent and spend the night without being bothered by the noise of loud portable stereos, large recreational vehicles, and crowds.
 
 

Mountaineering

Davis, Steph
High Infatuation: a climber's guide to love and gravity
GV200.D38 2007
Davis, one of the most accomplished climbers in the world, writes on universal themes of life, love, friendship, and personal empowerment as expressed through a career in climbing. By following this young woman's journey, readers learn what it means to live a truly adventurous life.
 
Viesturs, Ed
No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the world's 14 highest peaks
GV199.92.V54 A3 2006
This gripping and triumphant memoir follows a living legend of extreme mountaineering as he makes his assault on history, one 8,000-meter summit at a time. This is also available for downloading as an eaudio book.
 
Weber, Alan
Because It's There: A celebration of mountaineering from 200 B.C. to today
GV200.B42 2003
This definitive and engrossing collection presents forty-three essays, poems, and reminiscences by artist and adventurers to whom climbing is more personal mission than sport.


 
 

Outdoor Photography/Bird Watching

Dooley, Sean
The Big Twitch: One man, one continent, a race against time : a true story about birdwatching
QL677.5.D66 2005
In 2002, Dooley set out to break the record for the most birds spotted throughout the Australian territories in a single year. The effort to track down more than 700 species takes him from a sooty owl sitting on a tree branch in the early hours of New Year's Day to a blue-faced parrot finch climbing a blade of grass on Christmas Eve.
 
Basic Essentials: Photography in the Outdoors
Hanson, Jonathan
Basic Essentials: Photography in the Outdoors
TR659.5.H36 2007
Information-packed tool for the novice or for the veteran. Distills years of knowledge into one book. Covers every basic element and helps to further skills for photography.
 
Kaufman, Kenn
City Birding: True tales of birds and birdwatching in unexpected places
QL677.5.C548 2003
Over a dozen first-rank birding writers and ornithologists, including Paul A. Johnsgard and James Gorman, contribute a quirky piece of material each to build this prose nest. They take a sidelong view of themselves as well as their subjects in the "unexpected places," which are mostly urban-many in the New York City area.


 
 

True Adventure

Krakauer, Jon
Into the Wild
CT9971.M35 K73 1996
After graduating from Emory University 1992, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska, where he went to live in the wilderness. Four months later, he died. His diary, letters and two notes found at a remote campsite tell of his desperate effort to survive in an environment alien to him
 
Krakauer, Jon
Into Thin Air: a personal account of the Mount Everest disaster
GV199.44.E85 K725 1997
A riveting first-hand account of a catastrophic expedition up Mount Everest. In March 1996, Outside magazine sent veteran journalist and seasoned climber Jon Krakauer on an expedition led by celebrated Everest guide Rob Hall. Despite the expertise of Hall and the other leaders, tragedy overtook this expedition, Jon Krakauer recounts what happened to himself and the others.
 
Madgic, Bob
Shattered Air: A True Account of Catastrophe and Courage on Yosemite's Half Dome
GV199.42.C2 M34 2005
An ill-fated climb up Yosemite's famed Half Dome mountain by five experienced hikers in 1985 was "one of the most calamitous... of all time." Two of the hikers were killed and three sustained life-altering injuries after they decided to ignore signs of an oncoming thunderstorm and continued climbing a mountain whose peak had been struck by lightning during every month of that year.
 
Ralston, Aron
Between a Rock and a Hard Place
GV199.92.R35 A3 2004x
One of the most extraordinary survival stories ever told -- Aron Ralston's account of his six days trapped in one of the most remote spots in America, and how one accident and one inspired act of bravery brought him home.