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Lonely Planet's 1000 ultimate adventures : from the world's leading travel authority
Atkinson, Brett,

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First edition.
Physical Description:
348 pages : colour illustrations ; 21 cm.
Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet guidebooks.
General Note:
Foreword by Alastair Humphreys.

Includes index.
The follow up to 1000 Ultimate Experiences is Lonely Planet's collection of the world's most exciting adventures. For armchair travelers and adrenalin junkies , 1000 Ultimate Adventures rouses you to explore the world on foot, by bike, motor vehicle or horse; 100 themed lists w. inspirational text, perfect for browsing; over 140 beautiful images.
Pub Date:
Lonely Planet, 2013.


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Central - Houston Public Library Adult Non-fiction Book 910.202 A875
Central - Houston Public Library Adult Non-fiction Book 910.202 A875

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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher*

Hankering to tackle a long-distance trek, or an icy mountain peak? 1000 Ultimate Adventures brings together activities and challenges to captivate and inspire gung-ho adventurers and armchair travellers alike. From the epic to the local, on land, sea or even in mid air, the offerings here will encourage you to dream, plan and set off on your own adventure. Explore the world!

Enjoy panoramic views of Cape Town after scrambling to the top of Table Mountain Pedal your way across Vietnam from the rice paddies of the Mekong Delta to the highlands Swim between continents in the Bosphorus swim, Istanbul Rumble across the dunes on a camel safari in Rajasthan Take in sublime vistas on a circuit of Mont Blanc

Authors: Lonely Planet, Brett Atkinson, Steve Waters, Lucy Burningham, Kate Armstrong, Greg Benchwick, Joe Bindloss, Jessica Lee, Luke Waterson, Phillip Tang, Matt Swaine, Virginia Jealous, Robin Barton, Jasper Winn, Jonathan Thompson, Karla Zimmerman, Ross Taylor, Andrew Bain, Kate Rew, Pat Kinsella, Ethan Gelber, Sam Haddad, Catherine Bodry, Jean-Bernard Carillet, Sarah Baxter, Caroline Sieg, Paul Bloomfeild

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places where they travel.

TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

*#1 in the world market share - source: Nielsen Bookscan. Australia, UK and USA. March 2012-January 2013

Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

Lonely Planet has used the expertise of 26 writers to produce a numbers game for its loyal travelers with 1,000 listed adventures separated into 100 chapters. There are a few duplications in these millenary adventures, making that total not quite accurate. Additionally, a few chapters list books and movies, perhaps as a sop to armchair traveler readers. This hefty, handsome book with lots of attractive color photographs won't qualify as a guide for tourists. Beyond the brief entry for each of the treks, there's minimal information for re-creating one's own visit to a primitive tribe in New Guinea or sandboarding in Namibia. Many of them will qualify for personal bucket lists, like the ubiquitous climb of Mt. Everest, sleeping among polar bears in Churchill, Canada, and skysurfing in Arizona. More unusual pursuits might include watching the mask dances of the Dogon in Mali; skiing in Gulmarg, Kashmir, India; or visiting the Thrihnukagigur volcano in Iceland. Lonely Planet's trips run the gamut of physical activities-running, walking, climbing, swimming, fishing, biking, boating, boarding, skiing, diving, and more. Most take place outdoors, but you can find the occasional indoor pursuit, like the skiing and snowboarding at a mall in Dubai. Verdict Lonely Planet guide fans will love this weighty compilation of ideas for their next exciting travel experience.-Janet N. Ross, formerly with Washoe Cty. Lib. Syst., Sparks, NV (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Icons of Travelp. 10
Best Spots to Catch a Big Wavep. 14
Ultimate Desert Daresp. 18
Mountain Questsp. 22
Best Steep, Deep Back-Country Skiingp. 26
Wildest Flightsp. 30
Greatest Airborne Adventuresp. 32
Most Electrifying Tribal Encountersp. 36
Most Dangerous Places to Travelp. 40
Coldest Adventuresp. 42
Scariest Animal Encountersp. 46
Most Spectacular Rock Climbsp. 50
Most Stellar Star-Lit Adventuresp. 54
Most Thrilling Canyoning Adventuresp. 56
Most Excellent Equine Escapadesp. 60
Iconic Asian Adventuresp. 64
Gotta Be in It to Win It: Best Racesp. 68
Best Treks with Killer Viewsp. 70
Rock Stars: World's Best Boulderingp. 74
Best Off-Season Adventuresp. 78
Most Spirited Hiking & Bikingp. 82
Hottest Volcanic Venturesp. 84
For Pros Only - the Most Dangerous Adventuresp. 88
Best Hidden Huts and Sheltersp. 92
Iconic Americas Adventuresp. 94
Ultimate Train Ridesp. 98
Retro Active: Old-School Adventuresp. 102
Wildest Swims in the Worldp. 104
Craziest Cavesp. 108
Mind-Blowing Marathonsp. 112
Most Action-Packed Junglesp. 114
Downhill Dashesp. 118
Best Adventure Festivalsp. 122
Epic Ridesp. 124
Best Urban Climbing Adventuresp. 128
Hair-Raising Road Tripsp. 132
Second-Highest (Not Second Best)p. 136
Mountain Biking's Meccasp. 138
Going to Extremesp. 142
Monkey Magic: Best Adventures in Treesp. 146
Wild at Heart: Best Animal Adventuresp. 150
Epic Sea-Kayak Paddlesp. 152
Eye-Catching Atmospheric Extravaganzasp. 156
Best City Hikesp. 160
Endangered Encountersp. 164
Sail or Bustp. 166
Best Four-Legged Adventuresp. 170
Tall Orders! - Best Tower-Running Racesp. 174
Classic Rides for Casual Cyclistsp. 176
Ultimate Motorbike Adventuresp. 180
Best Adventure Filmsp. 184
Top 10 Adventure Nationsp. 186
Get On Board!p. 190
Intrepid Treasure-Hunting Tripsp. 194
Best Pooch Pursuitsp. 198
Iconic European Adventuresp. 200
Best Ways to Blow the Kids' Inheritancep. 204
Best Ultra Runsp. 208
Ultimate Pilgrimagesp. 210
World's Highest Treksp. 214
Famous Footstepsp. 218
Zip It Up: Greatest Zip-Line Experiencesp. 220
Iconic Middle East Adventuresp. 224
The Planet's Freakiest Footracesp. 228
Truly Wild Waterwaysp. 230
Famously Adventurous Destinationsp. 234
Girls-Only Adventuresp. 238
Best Rafting Riversp. 240
Most Magnificent Coast-to-Coast Missionsp. 244
Ultimate Border Crossingsp. 248
Longest Treksp. 250
Best Powder in the Worldp. 254
Essential African Adventuresp. 258
Most Exciting Modern Adventurersp. 262
Best Birding in Highlands and Islandsp. 264
Best Marine Encountersp. 268
Sensational Snowshoe Escapadesp. 272
Sportives for Serious Cyclistsp. 274
Best Undiscovered US Parksp. 278
Best Adventures in the Buffp. 282
Sweetest Snorkel Spotsp. 284
Best Hut-to-Hut Toursp. 288
Adventure Institutionsp. 292
Most Vertiginous Venturesp. 294
Best 'Phoenix' Destinationsp. 298
Top Adventure Skillsp. 302
Best Beginners' Climbsp. 304
Get Your Thrills Indoorsp. 308
Rousing reads for Armchair Adventurersp. 312
The Two of Us: Adventures in Tandemp. 314
Great Mountain Cyclesp. 318
Boy's (And Girl's) Own Adventuresp. 322
Legendary Odysseysp. 324
Best Surf Breaks for Beginnersp. 328
Classic Solo Sortiesp. 332
Family-Friendly Adventuresp. 334
Top Diving Adventuresp. 338
In the Footsteps of Film Heroesp. 342
Most Spectacular Honeymoon Adventuresp. 344
Adventure Off the Pagep. 348
Indexp. 350

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