Outdoorsmen know that the time spent in the wilderness delivers a lot of quiet “me time.” Take advantage of the moments spent under the stars, cradled in a hammock or under the pitch of your favorite tent with these 5 Best Outdoor Books. They make great gifts for the outdoor athlete in your life or an evening inside with one you love.
The MELT Method was developed by connective tissue therapist, Sue Hitzmann. With her specialized technique and equipment, MELT can help you reconnect your body communication, balance your nervous system, strengthen connective tissues through the body and reduce joint stress. Pick up Sue’s New York Times bestselling book: The MELT Method. It is ideal for anyone suffering from post-injury rehab, pregnancy, lack of sleep, or chronic pain. Currently, our editor Mike Hardaker is at home utilizing MELT and one of its featured pieces of gear, the roller, every day to alleviate the pain of a herniated disk in his back and to speed his recovery. Get better fast, Mike!
Feed Zone Table
Every athlete knows that 80% of their physique is made (and maintained) in the kitchen. If you love to eat healthy and colorful food, pick up a copy of Feed Zone Table. With over 100 new recipes, the Feed Zone Table will do more than sustain your body – it will nourish your spirit and your sport. Here is just a taste of what this healthy cookbook has to offer: Sweet Peak Risotto, Eggplant & Onion Fried Wild Rice and Arancini Italian Rice Balls with Red Pepper Oil. Check out more recipes in the Feed Zone Cookbook and see if your mouth doesn’t water.
Backpacker 100 Best Hikes
From a source you can trust, Backpacker Magazine releases thousands of stunning pictures of trails that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. You’ll never have to Google another trail destination with the BACKPACKER The National Parks Coast to Coast: 100 Best Hikes, in your hand. The book includes featured hikes from the Nations’ 59 parks to celebrate 100 years of National Park Service. And each hike includes GPS coordinates for the trailheads so you can always stay in route.
59 Illustrated National Parks
Spectacular photos of some of the most breathtaking landscapes on the planet can be found between the pages of 59 Illustrated National Parks, Celebrating 100 Years of Wilderness and Wonder. You’ll be able to choose some of your favorite places and put them on your travel to-do list! In the forward to the book, author Nathan Anderson visited several of the parks with his father, Joel, before penning the book. He wrote, “It’s important to remember that the Parks haven’t always existed. And they are not permanent unless we keep them that way… They are wild, yet fragile, wonderful places that needed protection from human nature before it was too late.”
Climb to Conquer
In the 1930s U.S. rock climbing and downhill skiing were relatively new sports but after WW II, the need for men who could take on extreme mountain terrain was needed. This is how the elite 10th Mountain Division was born. In Climb to Conquer: The Untold Story of WWII’s 10th Mountain Division, by Peter Shelton, you’ll experience vivid stories about the unforgettable 10th Mountain Division and take an adventure into the dramatic history of World War II. It’s my personal top recommendation, as I’m having a hard time pulling my eyes from the Amazon preview now. Gonna have to grab a copy for myself.
BONUS: If you are an outdoorsman, athlete or know and love one, this is a must-have! One of the best books on camping survival: Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival.