Primary List: Authors & Outdoor Personalities to be Studied
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862). Essayist and Poet. Author of Walden
Mark Twain (1835-1910). Master of American Literature. Author of Roughing It
Edward Whymper (1840-1911). Early British Mountaineer. Author of Scrambles Amongst the Alps
John Wesley Powell (1834-1902). Western explorer & river runner. Author of The Exploration of the Colorado
Wallace Stegner (1909-) Writer of the western experience and Powell's biographer. Author of Beyond the Hundredth Meridian
Isabella Bird (Writing from 1856-1900). British writer, traveler and adventurer. Author of A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains
John Muir (1838-1914). Wilderness spokesman and nature writer. Author of Steep Trails
Mary Kingsley (1862-1900). British writer and African adventurer. Author of Travels in West Africa
Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912). South Pole Explorer. Journals of Robert Falcon Scott
Roald Amundsen (1872-1928). First explorer to reach the South Pole
Robert Service (1874-1958). Canadian poet and author best known for his poetry of the Klondike gold rush. Wrote: The Cremation of Sam McGee and The Call of the Wild
Jack London (1876-1916). Sailor, gold seeker, novelist and short story writer. Author of the short story To Build a Fire
Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922). British Antarctic explorer.
Roland Huntford (Writing from the 1970's to 2000's). British adventure writer: biographies of Scott, Amundsen and Shackleton. Author of Shackleton
George Mallory (1886-1924). British mountaineer. Disappeared in the mists of Mt. Everest in 1924.
Aldo Leopold (1886-1948). Early ecologist, conservationist and nature writer. Author of Sand CountyAlmanac
Sigurd Olson (1899-1982). Biologist, conservationist and nature writer known for his works on the canoe country of Northern Minnesota and Canada. Author of The Singing Wilderness
Edward Abbey (1927-1989). Novelist and essayist best known for his works on desert and canyonland country of the Colorado Plateau. Author of Desert Solitaire.
Colin Fletcher (1922- ). British-born, American writer best known for his works on backpacking. Author of The Man Who Walked Through Time
Walt Blackadar (1922-1978). Medical doctor from Salmon, Idaho. One of the whitewater world's most famous personalities. His life is chronicled in Never Turn Back.
Jon Krakauer (1954- ). Climber and outdoor adventure writer. Author of Into Thin Air
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