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Tim Moss

Tim Moss has supported over 100 expeditions across all seven continents. He has climbed new mountains, crossed a desert on foot and recently cycled 13,000 miles around the world. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society London and a Guinness World Record Holder. He aims to encourage more people to live adventurously. Read more...

19 Comments

  1. 1

    Nancy

    Ah, didn’t know Al Alvarez had written a swimming book, awesome, I’m excited to read it.

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    Sally B

    Waterlog is probably my favourite book of all time (currently on Wild Wood also by Deakin). Can’t wait to tuck into some of the others, thanks for the tips!

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    Tim Moss

    Lewis Pugh (who’s swum at the North Pole and on Everest) also has a couple of books: http://j.mp/13UetNW

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    Sophie Pierce

    Hi there, I have just published a book, with a friend, Matt Newbury, about one of Britain’s most beautiful, safe, and forgotten swimming locations, Torbay in South Devon, There’s more on our website: http://www.secretwildswims.wordpress.com

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    Russ

    I’m surprised you missed Swimming Free by Geoffery Fraiser Duncan. Perhaps the best, but not the first book to celebrate swim trekking and river snorkeling. Out of print, this book is both rare and worth the price.
    We Swam The Grand Canyon by Bill Beers is a tale so crazy it still blows my mind. Just like the title suggests, Beers and a companion pulled off an audacious unsupported descent of the GC in the 50’s. Wiiiiild swimming!
    Fisherman’s Fall by Roderick Haig Brown is perhaps the most eloquent sporting writing ever. RHB was a prolific fisherman, author and river snorkeler. Exploring his adopted home river, Vancouver Island’s Campbell River, his snorkeling adventures with Canada’s diminishing salmon stocks paved the way for modern snorkel survey techniques.

    The wild swimming movement is a little different here in America, where lots of people enjoy the rivers and lakes of this big crazy country. Up here in the Pacific Northwest, the hearty UK swimmer would feel right at home. Our waters are cold and the beer is bold. Snorkeling rivers is just wild swimming while looking down. Take a look, you may be surprised what lives in your favorite swimming hole!

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    Laura

    Russ, I can’t find that GF Duncan book anywhere online! Can you point me in the right direction?

    A (very British) book about swim hiking is ‘Swimhiking in the Lake District and North East England’ by Peter Hayes, forgot to add it to the list.

    Love the idea of river snorkelling, will give it a try.

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      Russ

      Here’s a few copies for sale on albris dot com: http://bit.ly/19VGxXI
      You can check out my river snorkeling videos here: https://vimeo.com/riversnorkel
      I hope posting links is not a problem

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    Dave Latimer

    John Jerome’s “Blue Rooms” is a wonderful book about a life measured by aquatic experiences. A must read!!!

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      Laura

      Thanks Dave, I only just noticed your comment! Will check it out.

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    Rob Fryer

    Wild Swimming Europe has just been released. Covering 1250 sites, this is the most comprehensive wild swimming guide book ever. It now covers UK, France, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Portugal and other holiday countries. Only Available from my website and some independent West Country bookshops. Forget Amazon.

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      Tim Moss

      Thanks for the advert Rob. Hope sales are going well.

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  10. 9

    Bruce Lesley

    Any great novels about wild swimming or open water swimming, like John Parker’s Once a Runner?

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    1. 9.1

      Tim Moss

      Hi Bruce, the best I can offer is John Cheever’s The Swimmer which is fiction, albeit just a short story.

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      Tim Moss

      You could also try BarracudaBarracuda by Christopher Tsiolkas who wrote The Slap. Thanks to John MacL on Twitter for the recommendation.

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    Neil Cousins

    Interesting reading, thanks. I saw you asked for more ‘novel’ type books. Breath by acclaimed Australian author Tim Winton is more a novel about two boys living near the sea in middle of nowhere Western Australia rather than purely swimming. They are fascinated by the power of the surf. Gets brilliant reviews and I loved it. Another fav of mine is The Sea The Sea, by Iris Murdoch. Not about swimming, just set by the sea – surprisingly – but a wonderful insight into human character. Anyway, keep enjoying the US and we’ll see you in a couple of months!!!

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    Annie

    Try reading the autobiography ‘Dip: Wild Swims from the Borderlands’ by Andrew Fusek Peters.
    I enjoyed this mostly because all his swims were in my region but also for the beauty and honesty of his prose. He swims through the seasons, as a way to help him manage clinical depression.

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      Tim Moss

      Thanks for the recommendation Annie. (You can buy it on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2eSHULT)

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