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What I'm Giving | November 25, 2013 0 comments
In this special series, we asked writers we admire to share a book they're giving to their friends and family this holiday season. Check back daily... Continue »
Greg WittDescribe your latest project.
I've long had a love for great outdoor adventure. It puts you face to face with the power of nature. It may cause you to squirm, shake, sweat, or do all three simultaneously, but you come away with a physical achievement and a personal triumph. Adventure changes who you are from the inside out. Adventure helps you break the habits of a routine by dealing with elements of chaos and uncertainty, risk and fear It's the fuel of creativity. I wanted to share that experience with a wider audience, and Ultimate Adventures: A Rough Guide to Adventure Travel is the result.
Ultimate Adventures is an adventurer's life list. Practical and inspirational, its purpose is to arouse passions, open doors, and lead you to explore and discover. It features 177 of the greatest hiking, trekking, paddling, climbing, cycling, skiing, diving, and safari experiences on the planet. Each adventure is rated for its physical challenge, psych factor, skill requirements, and the "wow!" factor. These are uncommon adventures for the common man, and some of the most achievable adventures on earth.
Being an oarsman on John Wesley Powell's historic first descent of the Colorado River would have been the adventure of a lifetime. Imagine a 1000-mile journey down unknown rapids and through the Grand Canyon, guided by the one-armed major as he sat in a chair lashed amidship, scouting the river below.
What's the most startling thing you've witnessed on an adventure?
When have you overestimated your skill and found yourself in a real fix?
What are the most scenic and photogenic adventure destinations you've encountered?
There are some pretty wild adventures here. What are you most afraid of?
Offer a favorite sentence or passage from another writer.
Our suicidal poets (Plath, Berryman, Lowell, Jarrell, et al.) spent too much of their lives inside rooms and classrooms when they should have been trudging up mountains, slogging through swamps, rowing down rivers. The indoor life is the next best thing to premature burial. Edward Abbey
What are your favorite television shows?
How do you relax?
Recommend five or more books on a single subject of personal interest or expertise.
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston
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Greg Witt is the author of Ultimate Adventures: A Rough Guide to Adventure Travel. He is the owner of Alpenwild, which guides classic walks and hikes in the Alps. He writes from his home in the mountains of Utah.