When I can’t get out in the world and appease my adventurous appetite, these are the books, films and music with which I fill my brain in order to trick it into thinking that I’m on the trail. I tried not make this a list of my “favorites” of each category, so I have just listed them alphabetically. Instead, to make this list, these forms of entertainment merely need to inspire and motivate me to get outside and explore the world.


A Sand County Almanac

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Desert Solitaire

Fire Season

Following Atticus

I Hike

Peak Experiences: Danger, Death and Daring in the Mountains of the Northeast

The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide: Tools and Techniques to Hit the Trail



180 Degrees South

A Map for Saturday


Mile… Mile and A Half


127 Hours


Into the Wild

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Way


Music has a way of trigger emotions and memories to the listener. There are many songs that remind me of hiking and exploring because I listen to them when traveling toward a hiking destination. I have to show some restraint here and filter out those songs and reference ones whose subject matter inspires traveling, adventuring and escape.

Modest Mouse – Coyotes

The Head and the Heart – Down in the Valley


Cody Lundin

John Muir

Yvon Chouinard


Dirtbag Diaries

The Brave Monkeys Speak

Short Film


In South America – 2012

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  1. Pingback: Inspiration: The Head and the Heart – Down in the Valley | Maine Wanderlust

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