High Intensity Books

8 July 2013 11:42 pm0 commentsViews: 20

While other adventure books are fantastic, there is nothing quite like a high intensity adventure book to get your adrenaline raging. They are the perfect books to amp up your training or boost your back country ambitions.

Honestly, these books are such intense adrenaline inducers, it’s wise to limit the amount you read of any on a given day. I personally like limiting high intensity books to 1 chapter a day plus 1 bonus chapter on each day that I hiked or trained (ran). This way, I dissipate the intense energy of these books over a few weeks, during which I can get in a lot of highly motivated training.

Trust me on this one. Spreading out any given book from this list is essential. Although, you’re certainly welcome to reading the entire thing in a weekend and finding yourself at books end with delusions that you’ll suddenly be running an ultramarathon next month and that you’re ready to start setting trail records ;)

Book Description

Called Again: A Story of Love & Triumph by Jennifer Pharr Davis
This book is a crossover from the AT Memoirs List but it’s very different from the other books on that list in one critical dimension: Intensity. Called Again is the account of Jennifer Pharr Davis’s record-setting thru-hike of the AT in 2011. With the support of her husband, Brew, Jennifer covered the entire 2,181 mile Appalachian Trail in 46 days 11 hours and 20 minutes, which is an average of 46.93 miles per day. No one, man or woman, has ever hiked the AT faster. She did it without running the trail but rather by hiking long. Jenifer overcame excruciating injuries and phenomenal stress to complete this high intensity hike. Check out the full review here.
Into Thin Air by John Krakauer
Into Thin Air is John Krakauer’s personal account of the 1996 Mt. Everest disaster and that most fatal season in the mountain’s history. At the top of the world, the margin between life and death is razor thin and is out of the personal control of even the most experienced climbers. This riveting tale certainly brings the intensity for all outdoor enthusiasts.
Ultramarathon Man by Dean Karnazes
Dean Karnazes is a beast of endurance. Ultramaraton Man shares his story. Not only is it high intensity, it is inspiring. Dean lost his way from running for more than a decade before returning in force during his thirties to begin his legendary feats of endurance.


Take 30 minutes of the next 24 hours and set it aside to read something adventurous,

“If it comes easy, if it doesn’t require extraordinary effort, you’re not pushing hard enough: It’s supposed to hurt like hell.” – Dean Karnazes, Ultramarathon Man

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