Rowing to Latitude: Journeys Along the Arctic's Edge

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Macmillan, 10 oct. 2002 - 289 pages

Jill Fredston has traveled more than twenty thousand miles of the Arctic and sub-Arctic-backwards. With her ocean-going rowing shell and her husband, Doug Fesler, in a small boat of his own, she has disappeared every summer for years, exploring the rugged shorelines of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Spitsbergen, and Norway. Carrying what they need to be self-sufficient, the two of them have battled mountainous seas and hurricane-force winds, dragged their boats across jumbles of ice, fended off grizzlies and polar bears, been serenaded by humpback whales and scrutinized by puffins, and reveled in moments of calm.

As Fredston writes, these trips are "neither a vacation nor an escape, they are a way of life." Rowing to Latitude is a lyrical, vivid celebration of these northern journeys and the insights they inspired. It is a passionate testimonial to the extraordinary grace and fragility of wild places, the power of companionship, the harsh but liberating reality of risk, the lure of discovery, and the challenges and joys of living an unconventional life.

 

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ROWING TO LATITUDE: Journeys Along the Arctic's Edge

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In unremarkable prose, an intrepid adventurer recounts her rowboat experiences contending with some of the earth's most beautiful and treacherous waters.Fredston and her husband have divided lives: In ... Consulter l'avis complet

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This book made me want to canoe the length of the Yukon River. She has beautiful things to say about nature and our relationship with it, and some wonderful storytelling as well. Consulter l'avis complet

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The Pull of Rowing
3
Tufluk Kabloona
29
Rites of Passage Seattle to Skagway
51
Stream of Consciousness The Yukon River
85
Big Surf and Bad Bears The Chukchi Sea
107
At the Dark Time Pull the Cord The Mackenzie River to the Arctic Ocean
138
If I Were a Place The Coast of Labrador
170
The Devil in the Violin Alaskans in Norway
199
A Whale of a Day in Svalbard
224
Reflections from a Hard Seat
240
Searching for Open Water Greenland
263
Acknowledgments
287
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Jill Fredston and her husband, Doug Fesler, are avalanche experts and co-directors of the Alaska Mountain Safety Center. When they are not rowing, they live near Anchorage.

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