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Outfitted: Adventures in Reading

Books to inspire your offseason wanderlust

Meg Simon
Outfitted

With the brownish hue and overcast tendencies of mud season, it’s prime time to look to inspiration for future endeavors. Sometimes planning and anticipating an upcoming adventure provides as much joy as the actual trip. Below are some recent outdoorsy reads that have been getting me excited about upcoming excursions near and far.

1. “Wayward” by Chris Burkard



Burkard is no stranger to outdoor enthusiasts. As one of the leading and most prolific adventure photographers of our time, his work has graced campaigns for Patagonia, X Games, Olympus and Apple just to name a few. He’s also frequently featured in Outside Magazine, National Geographic Explorer and Surfer Magazine as well as numerous additional publications. His new book, Wayward, is a collection of striking photographs and the revealing personal stories behind them. You’ll journey along with him to places such as Norway, Iceland and the Aleutian Islands where recalls tales of hypothermia, destroyed camera gear and even a few nights in jail. Sure to give you adventure envy with stunning images to match. $40, chrisburkardshop.com, also available at Explore Booksellers in Aspen



2. “She Explores: Stories of Life-Changing Adventures on the Road and in the Wild” by Gail Straub


I’ve been listening to the wonderful She Explores podcast hosted by Gail Straub for many years, and now there’s an inspiring book to match. This book shares the first-person stories of 40 women along with their own artwork and photography. Their accomplishments run the gamut of mental health, motherhood, conservation, diversity, equity and inclusion, on-the-road travel and outdoor-inspired creativity. It’s a beautiful collection of women’s stories of how the adventurous life has changed themselves and those around them. $25, indiebound.org, also available at Explore Booksellers in Aspen




3. “Parks”



America’s greatest idea, the National Parks, is thoroughly celebrated in this impressive collection of maps, ephemera and brochures spanning over 100 years. A collaboration with photographer Brian Kelley, this looker of a book also showcases nearly a century of art, cartography and a compelling visual history of the parks contribution to the evolution of graphic design. It has an addicting element of nostalgia. Bust this beauty out after a rewatch of Ken Burns’ National Parks documentary and you’ll be ready to hit the road in no time. $55, standardsmanual.com

4. “Wilder: Life Adrift” by Forrest Smith



A native of our beloved neighbor, Crested Butte, Smith takes you deep into the woods, across mountaintops and on the open road in his impressive collection of photography. His photographs feel like they could have been taken in our backyard here in the Roaring Fork Valley. With a strong nod to Colorado, Smith ventures all around the stunning but simple spaces of American West as well as the mountains of Peru, Alaska and Mexico. Be prepared for some intense wanderlust. $45, shopcatalog.com


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