Wanderlust Adventure Travel Book of the Year
Walking the Himalayas by Levison Wood
Following in the footsteps of the great explorers, Walking The Himalayas is Levison Wood's enthralling account of his 1,700-mile trek across the roof of the world. Levison encountered natural disasters, extremists, nomadic goat herders and shamans in his journey of discovery along the path of the ancient trade route of the Silk Road to the forgotten kingdom of Bhutan.
Climbing Days by Dan Richards
In Climbing Days, Dan Richards is on the trail of his great-great-aunt, Dorothy Pilley, a prominent and pioneering mountaineer of the early twentieth century. For years, Dorothy and her husband, I. A. Richards, remained mysterious to Dan, but the chance discovery of her 1935 memoir, Climbing Days, leads him on a journey. Perhaps, in the mountains, he can meet them halfway?
Crossing the Congo by Mike Martin, Chloe Baker & Charlie Hatch-Barnwell
In 2013, three friends set off on a journey that they had been told was impossible: the north-south crossing of the Congo River Basin, from Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to Juba, in South Sudan.
Traversing 2,500 miles of the toughest terrain on the planet in a twenty-five year-old Land Rover, they faced repeated challenges, from kleptocracy and fire ants, to non-existent roads and intense suspicion from local people.
Through imagination and teamwork — including building rafts and bridges, conducting makeshift surgery in the jungle and playing tribal politics — they got through.
Crossing the Congo is an offbeat travelogue, and a stunning photo-book. It is the story of a great journey, and an intimate look into one of the world’s most fragile states, told with humour and sensitivity.
Cycling the Earth by Sean Conway
Sean Conway was stuck in a life dead end of his own making when he heard about a round the world cycling race. He was immediately inspired – but it was a huge undertaking and he’d hardly been on a bike in years. Could he really cycle all the way round the world, solo and unsupported?
Six months later, after completing a punishing training schedule and packing up everything he owned into boxes, Sean was in Greenwich Park on the start line of the adventure of a lifetime. Soon he was way ahead of schedule, averaging 180 miles per day, and on course to break the round the world cycling record. But then disaster struck, and Sean was forced to confront the possibility that he may not be able to complete the race...
In the course of his 16,000-mile journey, Sean travelled the famous pan-American highway across the Atacama Desert, outran tornados, relied on fellow travellers to ferry water across the Australian outback, and inadvertently joined a cycle club in Mumbai. He learnt things about himself he didn’t know and rediscovered a spirit of adventure that changed everything. This is a book about an amazing and sometimes incredibly difficult journey, but it’s also a book about never giving up when there’s an opportunity to follow your dreams.
Dare to Do by Sarah Outen
In November 2015, Sarah Outen completed her five-year 25,000 mile journey looping the planet by cycling across Europe, Asia, and North America, and canoeing and kayaking across the North Pacific and most of the North Atlantic. This is the story of her adventure and inner journey, and also a call to action, to redefine your own boundaries, to be courageous, and to dare to do.
Africa Solo by Mark Beaumont
Seven years after smashing the record for cycling round the world and inspiring a generation of like-minded adventurers, Mark Beaumont set out on another epic journey that would fulfil a dream – to cycle the length of Africa, as fast as humanly possible. But to make it from Cairo to Cape Town in one piece, a distance of more than 10,000 kilometres, unsupported, would prove the toughest solo challenge of his life.