Capturing the essence of the fastest growing form of recreation today, "The Art of Adventure: Outdoor Sports from Sea to Summit" is inspiring active adults and couch potatoes alike, right from the coffee table.

This hardback book takes readers from rock climbing crags in Southeast Asia to carving powder turns on a solitary mountain chute to surfing in the South Pacific. Each photo, curated via Tandem Stills + Motion archival images from more than 600 photographers worldwide, captures an exclusive moment in the outdoors.

"I find myself thinking about those early days when I would study a photograph for hours, dreaming of distant landscapes," says contributing photographer Lindsay Daniels. "Now I create my own adventures, but I also want to create photography that compels others to dream."

The collection of outdoor adventure photos and essays by leading outdoor writers from publications including Outside and SKI showcases some of the motivation, challenges, inspiration, and endearing moments experienced by individuals who chase the adventure and athletics of outdoor pursuits.

Susan Alkaitis, deputy director for the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, who wrote the foreword to "The Art of Adventure," says there's a deeper message behind the images.

The book "brings you into untamed landscapes, with all their formidable energy and profound solitude, and not only serves to sow seeds of inspiration but reminds us all of the vast remoteness our world still possesses. These uncharted experiences are still possible, but the wilderness that hosts them is entrusted to all of us to protect."

The photo gallery above was reprinted with permission from “The Art of Adventure: Outdoor Sports from Sea to Summit,” published by Insight Editions. Copyright © 2014 Tandem Stills + Motion.