While we may be experiencing the beginnings of cold weather here at the Ultimate Libray office, not everywhere in the world is heading into winter. Around the world, there are many opportunities to explore the wilderness and trek across vast deserts or plains. This month’s booklist means readers can explore the globe from the comfort of an armchair. With tales of told from terrifying heights to immense journeys through the remotest of places, these books will open up a world of possibilities.

The cover of the book 'The Mountain Path' featuring a photograph of a man climbing a vertical rock face.

The Mountain Path: A Climber’s Journey Through Life and Death by Paul Pritchard

After an incident climbing a sea stack in Tasmania in 1998, Paul Pritchard was left hemiplegic. This adventure book, like no other, details his journey to return to his old life of exploring. Cycling through Tibet and understanding his drive to explore and the compulsion for risk, Paul finally came face to face once again with the place where his life almost ended.

The Land Beyond: A Thousand Miles on Foot Through the Heart of the Middle East by Leon McCarron

There are many who would deem it unwise to walk, mostly alone, through the Middle East. That, in part, is exactly why Leon McCarron did it, following a series of wild hiking trails from Jerusalem through the Middle East to the vast deserts of Sinai. This is not only a journey full of geopolitics, religion, culture and layers of history but, most importantly, a journey full of people creating connections.

Never Give Up: A Life of Adventure by Bear Grylls

The extraordinary new autobiography from global adventurer, Chief Scout and TV presenter, Bear Grylls. This eagerly awaited sequel details his toughest expeditions and some of the hairiest moments in his survival expeditions. Grylls also takes readers behind the scenes with some of his best celebrity appearances, including Barak Obama and Roger Federer to name just a couple of his superstar guests.

Go Camping: Discover New Adventures in the Great Outdoors by Katherine Latham

Camping is one of life’s purest pleasures. It’s a way to escape the frantic pace of every day, to get back to nature and to discover new experiences – and nothing comes close to the joy of sleeping under the stars. Packed with ideas for first-time campers and seasoned experts alike, this book is sure to inspire your next trip and help you create memories to last a lifetime. (Available 14/04/2022)

Thirteen Lessons that Saved Thirteen Lives: The Thai Cave Rescue by John Volanthen

The world held its breath in 2018 when a youth soccer team went missing in an underground cave system in Thailand. It was British cave diver John Volanthen and his partner Rick who reached the team first. Each chapter tells the tale of one part of the mission to save the team and how these life lessons can be applied to everyday obstacles.

To Heaven’s Heights: An Anthology of Skiing in Literature by Ingrid Christophersen

An eclectic collection of skiing stories from famous authors. Spanning over 1000 years, this anthology celebrates skiing as a form of transport, communication, hunting, exploring, and more recently, a sport and a leisure activity. With contributions from over 100 authors, there are accounts of accidents, avalanches and mystery and magic – stories for everyone.

Wanderers: A History of Women Walking by Kerri Andrews

This book describes ten women from the past three hundred years who have found walking to be essential to their sense of themselves. Readers follow in the footsteps of these women for whom walking was integral, whether that be Virginia Woolf who paced around Bloomsbury bringing her novels into being or Elizabeth Carter who desired nothing more than to be a vagabond.

Wanderlust Alps: Hiking Across the Alps by Alex Roddie

Stretching from France all the way down to Slovenia, Europe’s largest mountain range encompasses eight countries. Charting the region’s most treasured routes, this book guides readers every step of the way. This book shows readers why this mountain range is the perfect outdoor playground in any season through enlightening maps and gorgeous photography.

Journeys to Impossible Places by Simon Reeve

Following his bestselling autobiography Step by Step, Simon Reeve takes readers on an epic journey behind the scenes of some of his most thrilling adventures. As he travelled through the tricky and dangerous corners of the world, from the tropics to remote paradise islands, Reeve shares what his unique experiences have taught him. This book encourages readers to battle fear and negativity and embrace life, risk and opportunity.

Beyond Possible: The Man and the Mindset that Summitted K2 in Winter by Nimsdai Purja

The story of one man’s mission to explore the world’s most dangerous peaks. Purja’s history as a Gurkha and as part of the Special Boat Service prepared him for what would become a record feat of endurance and ambition. In only six months Purja conquered the 14 “death zone” mountains and found within himself belief and life he had not known before.