Outdoor Inspiration: Books and Movies

The month of April is full of reasons to celebrate spending time in the great outdoors – signs of spring, Earth Day, warmer weather, National Park Week, and today – National Arbor Day!

Note: While National Arbor Day is always the last Friday in April, some states have elected to celebrate on a different date (Washington, I’m looking at you). With all due respect to states’ rights, I’m sticking with the national schedule on this one.

One of my resolutions for 2021 is to spend even more time outdoors, especially in the woods – one of my happy places. And, ever since we learned the difference between cedars and Douglas firs one of the first weeks we lived in Washington, I’ve been wanting to get better at identifying different species of trees (and plants). So I’m using this Arbor Day to commit to making both of these things happen!

I don’t usually need a lot of motivation to get outdoors but sometimes I learn something that inspires me to try a new outdoor experience or develop an appreciation for a new aspect of nature. For instance, I recently read a couple non-fiction books about Mt. Everest, and while I do NOT feel inspired to climb Mt. Everest, I do feel motivated to finally make my way to Camp Muir on Mt. Rainier.

Here are a few books and documentaries I’ve been consuming that have piqued my interest in some new outdoor experiences (riding in a wooden dory through the Grand Canyon, anyone?). Please leave me a comment if there’s a resource (or experience!) you recommend I add to my list!

Articles and Books

Movies and Documentaries

2 thoughts on “Outdoor Inspiration: Books and Movies

  1. Mom in the Mtns

    I love reading outdoor books! I have a whole bookshelf full of them that I choose from whenever I go camping and need something to read. I highly recommend “Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life” if you’re into reading about high altitude climbs. I also loved “Learning to Fly” although it doesn’t have anything to do with hiking (it’s about rock climbing and base jumping but it’s so good!). I’ll check out some of the ones you posted about here!

    1. Thank you for the suggestions – adding those to Goodreads right now! I seem to be on a streak with high altitude climbs of late so will check out Breaking Trail first – thank you!! -Heather

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