Books

chart imitates life by brendan leonard, signed book

Chart Imitates Life compiles 104 of the best charts and illustrations I’ve drawn since 2016, in full color. It’s a 5-inch by 5-inch hardcover gift book that was funded in the first 24 hours of its Kickstarter campaign in spring 2019. It covers the funny and strange things we do as humans: how we can confidently navigate in the wilderness but get lost in suburban parking lots, how long-term romantic relationships are a few months of trying to act cool and then slowly revealing how uncool we actually are, and how every day is the best day of our dog’s life. One or more pages will remind you of a friend, spouse, relative, or your dog, and most will remind you of how ridiculous we all are. You can order signed copies here, or unsigned copies here:

 

bears don't care about your problems book cover

Bears Don’t Care About Your Problems: More Funny Shit in the Woods From Semi-Rad.com, published August 1, 2019, by Mountaineers Books, is a collection of 80 of the best stories from Semi-Rad.com from 2011 to 2018, with brand-new, full-color, hand-drawn illustrations. If you know someone who might appreciate some levity about things like pooping in a bag on a glacier or sleeping on the ground where bears live, or would appreciate said levity yourself (or just some jokes about it), you will probably like this book. You can order signed copies here, or unsigned paperbacks and ebook editions at bookstores everywhere and at the following online retailers:

 

the art of getting lost by brendan leonard book coverThe Art of Getting Lost is a collection of adventures, ranging from ones that take a half day (climbing a via ferrata in Italy) to ones long enough to quit your job (thru-hiking the PCT), as well as ideas of how to get more adventure in your life. Also makes a great gift to subtly suggest to someone that they might need more adventure in their life. You can order signed copies here, and unsigned paperback and ebook editions at bookstores everywhere and at the following online retailers:

 

 

Surviving the Great Outdoors, now in its second edition (formerly The Great Outdoors: A User’s Guide), is published by Artisan Books. It’s a useful (but also humorous) how-to on everything in the outdoors, from the basics of putting a canoe on top of your car to how to climb ice. And also, whether or not it’s a good idea to drink your own urine in a survival situation. It’s available in ebook and hardcover editions at bookstores everywhere and at the following online retailers:

sixty meters to anywhere book

Published in 2016, Sixty Meters to Anywhere is my story of addiction and recovery through climbing and adventure. It was named one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Year in 2016, and was a finalist in the Mountain & Wilderness Literature category in the 2016 Banff Mountain Book Competition. You can order signed copies here, and unsigned paperback and ebook editions at bookstores everywhere and at the following online retailers:

 

Best Served Wild: Real Food for Real Adventures signed by co-author Brendan Leonard

In Best Served Wild, published in 2017, my friend Anna Brones and I teamed up to create a cookbook full of vegetarian recipes for taking your backcountry food game beyond freeze-dried backpacking meals and the same old energy bars. Best Served Wild includes recipes for single-day hikes, overnight trips, and multi-day outings. Order a signed copy here or unsigned paperback and ebook editions at bookstores everywhere and at the following online retailers:

 

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