I have spent a lot of time the past few months reading and thinking about the Appalachian Trail. As such, I have accumulated quite the selection of books. Those that know me would say the collecting started about fifteen years ago, but that is a moot point, so hush. Regardless, I thought it might be interesting for some to see my collection… and please, keep in mind that this is only the books related to the A.T., backpacking or hiking, some outdoor cooking, and maybe a little outdoor general knowledge. There is not enough space on the entire Internet for my complete book list. Enjoy!
A Walk in the Woods. Bill Bryson.
Appalachian Trail Data Book 2013. Daniel Chazin.
Appalachian Trail Food Planner. Lou Adsmond. Second Edition.
Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers Companion 2014. Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
Appalachian Trials. Zach Davis.
AWOL’s AT Guide Southbound 2014. David “AWOL” Miller.
Becoming Odyssa. Jennifer Pharr Davis.
Southbound on the Appalachian Trail. Ken Sarzynski.
Timberrr!!! Or, How I Fell Down the Appalachian Trail. (ebook) Amy “Timber” Hiusser. (Note: I was unable to find the link for this book again, although I know I got it during one of the “special free offers” from Amazon.com. You may have to search for it…) (Read my Review!)
Backpacking / Hiking
American Discovery Trail Explorer’s Guide. Reese Lukei, Jr.
Backpacker Everyday Wisdom. Karen Berger.
Backpacker Leave No Trace. Annette McGivney. First edition.
Backpacker Making Camp. Howe, Kesselheim, Coello, and Harlin.
Explorer’s Guide 50 Hikes in Maryland. Leonard Adkins. Third edition.
Hikes in Western Maryland. Potomac Appalachian Trail Club.
Isle Royal National Park Foot Trails and Water Routes. Jim DuFresne. Second edition.
NOLS Soft Paths. Bruce Hampton and David Cole. 1995 edition.
50 Hikes in Central Pennsylvania. Tom Thwaites.
60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Cleveland. Diane Stresing.
700 Great Rail-Trails. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.
Backpacker Backcountry Cooking. Dorcas Miller.
Backpack Gourmet. Linda Frederick Yaffe.
Camper’s Guide to Outdoor Cooking. John Ragsdale. 1989 and 1998 editions.
Dry It! You’ll Like It. Gen MacManiman.
Easy Hiking Recipes. (ebook) Tiffany Picard.
Freezer Bag Cooking: Trail Food Made Easy. Sarah Kirkconnell.
NOLS Cookery. Claudia Pearson.
The One Pan Gourmet. Don Jacobson.
First Aid (the medic in me comes out here…)
AAOS Wilderness First Aid. Third Edition.
Basic Essentaials of Wilderness First Aid. William Forgey, M.D.
Mosby’s Outdoor Emergency Medical Guide. David Manhoff.
General Outdoor Knowledge
Basic Essentials Knots for the Outdoors. Cliff Jacobson.
Field Guide to Edible and Useful Wild Plants. Myron Chase.
Humbly Submitting to Change. (ebook) E’yen Gardner.
It’s Not my Mountain Anymore. (ebook) Barbara Taylor Woodall.
Boy Scouts of America
Everyone laughs when I say I still use my BSA manuals, but take one look at them and you will see why. I do not recommend taking it with you on your hike, as they can be quite heavy, but each Handbook and Field Book is well-written, comprehensive, and very informative. I have about six versions of the BSA Handbook, and two versions of the Fieldbook, and each edition is more refined and complete than the last. If you have never looked through one, I highly recommend taking a look. For less than $10, you can own a TON of information about a variety of different topics, complete with lots of pictures and graphics that explain each topic fully.
The Boy Scout Handbook: The Trail to Eagle. Boy Scouts of America. 10th Edition (1990)
The Boy Scout Handbook. Boy Scouts of America. 11th Edition (1998)
Fieldbook. Boy Scouts of America. Third Edition (1996)
Fieldbook: The BSA’s Manual of Advanced Skills for Outdoor Travel, Adventure, and Caring for the Land. Boy Scouts of America. Fourth Edition (2004)
Ranger Handbook and Venturer Handbook (Venturing BSA). Boy Scouts of America. 2006 Edition