by Edmund Hillary. Oxford University Press. In 1953, when he was thirty-three years old, Edmund Hillary became the first man to stand at the summit of Mount Everest, the Holy Grail for a generation of mountain climbers who had tried and failed to reach the highest point on earth (29,035 feet).
by Langdon Y. Jones. HarperCollins. The adventures of Lewis and Clark are filled with danger and excitment--with a huge portion of hardship. Experience the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains and western rivers the way Lewis and Clark first observed them: majestic, pristine, uncharted, and awe-inspiring. Become witness to wonders no European-Americans had seen before.
by Sven Hedin. National Geographic Society. Over the course of three decades in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Swedish geographer and explorer Sven Hedin traveled Central Asia's ancient Silk Road, along the way discovering lost cities, mapping uncharted rivers, and seeing more of 'the roof of the world' than any European before him.
by Joshua Slocum. Dover. First published in 1900, Sailing Alone Around the World is Captain Joshua Slocum's epic personal account of his solitary three-year voyage-a first in circumnavigation. Read more about adventure on the high seas, complete with encounters with the great, the humble, and the eccentric.
by A. E. van Vogt. Carroll & Graf Publishers. Fifty vivid true-life accounts from the Great Age of Exploration, in the words of the intrepid adventurers who survived to tell the tale.
by Jonathan Lamb (Editor), Nicholas Thomas (Editor), and Vanessa Smith (Editor). University of Chicago Press. Some of the narratives come from familiar chroniclers, e.g., Captain Cook, Mark Twain, and Robert Louis Stevenson, but most are from the bold souls who set forth to Oceania as mariners, missionaries, and explorers.
by Apsley Cherry-Garrard. Simon & Schuster. Cherry-Garrard, who accompanied Robert Falcon Scott to the Antarctic on the explorer's doomed quest for the South Pole, recounts the unforgettable journey across forbidding, inhospitable terrain. He was also a member of the search party that ultimately discovered Scott's frozen body along with his last notebook entries.
by Gaston Rebuffat, Jon Krakauer (Editor). Random House. Known for his lyrical writing and his ability to convey not only the dangers of mountaineering but the pure exaltation of the climb, Gaston Rebuffat is among the most well-known and revered Alpinists of all time.