One reoccurring theme in all of Wilson’s books is that ordinary people can conquer seemingly extraordinary challenges and his latest book describes a prime example.
Over the Top & Back Again: Hiking X the Alps chronicles the ups and downs of an intrepid midlife couple who dig deep to thru-hike across eight countries on the daunting Via Alpina. Besides promising total immersion into Alpine life, it means climbing the equivalent of 12 Mt. Everests and facing their greatest fears. Whether you dream of making this journey–-or are a fan of schadenfreude—
Other books in Wilson’s true-adventure travel series include Along the Templar Trail , named 2009 Best Travel Book by the prestigious Society of American Travel Writers. Two modern-day pilgrims discover timeless truths when they embark upon the ultimate challenge—to hike the Templar Trail across 11 countries to Jerusalem. Throwing themselves out into the universe with bad maps, blisters, but plenty of optimism, they face age-old challenges in search of adventure, life’s meaning and lasting peace. Even today, there’s nothing like a little war to shake your strongest resolve. Includes 44 photos and maps by the author. A German edition will be published in late 2011.
Wilson is also the author of Dead Men Don't Leave Tips: Adventures X Africa . After their overland dream safari from London to Cape Town turns into a nightmare, a honeymooning couple set off alone to discover Africa’s heart and soul. Misadventure is their constant companion as they cross the Sahara, climb Kilimanjaro, whitewater raft the Zambezi, hunt dik-dik with Pygmies, stalk mountain gorillas, and hop a gun-run through war torn Mozambique. This darkly humorous travel adventure offers sage advice about traveling with partners—while providing an “un-sanitized for your protection” look at a journey into Africa’s wildest unknown. Includes photos by the author.
Yak Butter Blues is Wilson’s debut book and an IPPY Award winner. Join him, his wife and their Tibetan horse, as they become the first Western couple to hike an ancient path from Lhasa, Tibet to Kathmandu. Walk beside them as they face lung-searing altitudes, slow starvation, blizzards, bureaucracy and bullets. But it’s not all pain and peril. Discover the kindness of strangers. Then witness a culture teetering on the edge of extinction. Little could prepare them for this ultimate test of resolve, faith... and very survival. Includes photos by the author. A new Spanish Kindle edition, Yak Butter Blues: Una Caminata de Fe por El Tibet, is also available.
Brandon Wilson is a member of The Explorers Club and a Lowell Thomas Gold Award-winner.
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