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Adventure Book Club® is a fun, free social opportunity for people who love to read outdoor, travel, and adventure-based fiction and nonfiction books.


Founded in 2014 by a National Outdoor Leadership School alumna, the mission of Adventure Book Club® is to provide a forum for adult adventurers of all backgrounds to read, learn, and share tales of epic transformation, courage, and awesomeness in the great outdoors.


We will be proudly located in Aspen, Colorado as of May 2017. Drop us a line at adventurebookclub [at] gmail [dot] com.



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What is Adventure Book Club?

Adventure Book Club® is a fun, free social opportunity for people who love to read outdoor, travel, and adventure-based fiction and nonfiction books. The club gathers in-person approximately every six to eight weeks to discuss readings and select new works to enjoy together. Founded in 2014 by National Outdoor Leadership School alumna and outdoor enthusiast, the mission of Adventure Book Club is to provide a forum for adult adventurers of all backgrounds to read, learn, and share tales of epic transformation, courage, and awesomeness in the great outdoors.


Who can join?

Any good-natured adventurer over the age of 18--we'll announce our selected book on social media, where you can follow along and comment.


How do I join?

  1. Request to join our Meetup group. If you don't have an account, you'll need to create one.
  2. As part of your request to join, you'll be prompted to provide us with your favorite adventure fiction or non-fiction book.
  3. Once you become a part of the group, you'll find out where and when to meet us. We typically get together every six to eight weeks to talk about books over beers or coffee.


What does it cost to join?

The cost to sign up is free. Yes, really. FREE! No gimmicks. Simply join our Meetup group.


Where can I find the selected book?

We suggest purchasing books online, downloading them on your tablet, or buying them at your neighborhood bookstore. Your local library is a fantastic resource, too, and of course, sharing with other members is encouraged as well.


Can I use your logo?

No, you may not use our logo or recreate it in any manner. Additionally, Adventure Book Club® was trademarked by the USPTO in August 2016.


Are there any rules?

We understand that life happens, so if you RSVP, then have something urgent come up and can't attend, we kindly ask that you let us know at least 2-3 hours ahead of time.

And, while we truly love kids and pets, our meetings [and their locations] are not formatted to make sure that they are occupied. As such, we request that you please keep them at home during our scheduled events. If there's ever a caveat to this rule [such as an easy outdoor hike or a Meetup at a family-friendly festival], we'll be sure to let you know.


Still not convinced?

In addition to the great books, did we mention that there's tasty craft beer, caffeine, and good people involved? We'll meet over books and brews approximately every six to eight weeks [please remember to secure a safe mode of transportation if you plan to imbibe]. If you have a different question that hasn't been addressed, then please email us at adventurebookclub [at] gmail [dot] com.

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Our suggested list of books have been thoughtfully compiled by more than 100 members in our Meetup group. We're always exploring new works. Have a suggestion? Email us at adventurebookclub [at] gmail [dot] com.


180° South | Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkins, Chris Malloy, and Jeff Johnson

8,000 Miles Across Alaska: A Runner’s Journeys on the Iditarod Trail | Jill Homer and Tim Hewitt

A Life on the Edge: Memoirs of Everest and Beyond | Jim Whittaker

A Walk in the Woods | Bill Bryson

Animal Vegetable Mineral: A Year of Food Life | Barbara Kingsolver

Baghdad without a Map and Other Misadventures in Arabia | Tony Horwitz

Basin and Range | John McPhee

Between a Rock and a Hard Place | Aron Ralston

Birding Babylon | Jonathan Trouern-Trend

Blue Highways: A Journey into America | William Least Heat-Moon

Born to Run | Christopher McDougall

Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2’s Deadliest Day | Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan

Cairns: Messengers in Stone | David B. Williams

Closer to the Ground | Dylan Tomine, Nikki McClure, and Thomas McGuane

Crazy River: Exploration and Folly in East Africa | Richard Grant

Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why | Laurence Gonzales

Death in the Long Grass | Peter Capstick and M. Philip Kahl

Desert Solitaire | Edward Abbey

Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods | Christine Byl

Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains | Jon Krakauer

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage | Alfred Lansing

Explorers of the Infinite | Maria Coffey

Flaubert in Egypt: A Sensibility on Tour | Gustave Flaubert and Francis Steegmuller

Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle | Dervla Murphy

Getting Stoned with Savages | J. Maarten Troost

Hard Road West: History and Geology along the Gold Rush Trail | Keith Heyer Meldahl

Headhunters on my Doorstep | J. Maarten Troost

Holidays in Hell | P.J. O’Rourke

In a Sunburned Country | Bill Bryson

Into the Heart of Borneo | Redmond O’Hanlon

Into the Wild | Jon Krakauer

Into Thick Air: Biking to the Bellybutton of Six Continents | Jim Malusa

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster | Jon Krakauer

Kissing Kilimanjaro: Leaving it All on Top of Africa | Daniel Dorr

Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari | Paul Theroux

Leaves of Grass | Walt Whitman

Living the Best Day Ever | Hendri Coetzee

Long Way Round: Chasing Shadows Across the World | Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman

Miles from Nowhere: A Round the World Bicycle Adventure | Barbara Savage

Mother of God: An Extraordinary Journey into the Uncharted Tributaries of the Western Amazon | Paul Rosolie

My Side of the Mountain | Jean Craighead George

On the Road | Jack Kerouac

On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey through the Land of the Nomads | Tim Cope

Running the Amazon | Joe Kane

Road to Valour | Aili and Andres McConnon

Robinson Crusoe | Daniel Defoe

Rough-Hewn Land | Keith Heyer Meldahl

Sailing Alone around the World | Joshua Slocum

South: The Story of Shackleton’s 1914-1917 Expedition | Ernest Henry Shackleton

Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival | Dean King

Slow Is Fast: On the Road at Home | Dan Malloy, Kanoa Zimmerman, and Kellen Keene

Tales of a Pathfinder | A.L. Westgard and Terri Horvath

The Call of the Wild | Jack London

The Calling: A Life Rocked by Mountains | Barry Blanchard

The Dharma Bums | Jack Kerouac

The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History through the Heart of the Grand Canyon | Kevin Fedarko

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon | David Grann

The New American Road Trip Mixtape | Brendan Leonard

The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot | Robert MacFarlane

The Oil Man and the Sea: Navigating the Northern Gateway | Arno Kopecky

The Pine Barrens | John McPhee

The Pilgrim at Tinker Creek | Annie Dillard

The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey | Candice Millard

The Sex Lives of Cannibals | J. Maarten Troost

The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon’s Last Unconquered Tribes | Scott Wallace

The University of Gravel Roads | Rene Cormier

The Worst Journey in the World | Apsley Cherry-Garrard

Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man’s Miraculous Survival | Joe Simpson

Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback | Robyn Davidson

Walden | Henry David Thoreau

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail | Cheryl Strayed

Wind, Sand, and Stars | Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values | Robert Pirsig


We have some pretty amazing coasters currently up for grabs--the perfect resting spot for a cold one while you kick back and read a great book. Or, you can use it as a bookmark; it's your call.


To request your free set of 4 coasters in the U.S., email us at adventurebookclub [at] gmail [dot] com with your name and mailing address, and put "Free Coaster Request" in the subject line. We'll send you a set as soon as we're able.