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Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada's Arctic (original: 2019; edição: 2019)

de Adam Shoalts (Autor)

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"A thrilling odyssey through an unforgiving landscape, and the rich history it reveals. What does it mean to explore and confront the unknown? Beyond the Trees recounts Adam Shoalts's epic, solo crossing of Canada's mainland Arctic in a single season--the first in recorded history. It's also a multilayered story that weaves the narrative of Shoalts's journey into accounts of other adventurers, explorers, First Nations, fur traders, dreamers, eccentrics, and bush pilots to create an unforgettable tale of adventure and exploration. Interspersed with his stories of navigating mazes of shifting ice floes, facing down snarling bears and galloping musk-ox, and portaging along knife-edge cliffs above furious rapids, are the fascinating legends, historic persons, and incredible anecdotes that make up the lore of the North. They include the saga of the Mad Trapper, a man whose feats of endurance and ingenuity were almost as legendary as his violent end; the story of the controversial Vilhjalmur Stefansson, a redoubtable dreamer but also one who was blamed for the deaths of his companions; the tale of the "Lost Patrol" of Mounties who perished in a blinding blizzard; the formidable Tyrell brothers who together charted much of Canada's North; the eerie ruins of Fort Confidence that was built nearly two centuries ago on Great Bear Lake; and the decaying remnants of gold prospector David Douglas's cabin overlooking the Dease River. The North is indeed a perilous place. Also told in the book is the tragedy of John Hornby and his two companions who starved to death on the banks of the Thelon River; their bones are still resting just above the riverbank in shallow graves. Beyond the Trees also discusses folklore about wendigoes, strange lights, and the mystery of Angikuni Lake, where in 1930 an entire Inuit camp supposedly vanished without a trace. These mysteries and wonders are Shoalts's only companions as he sets out on his own path through the adventure of a lifetime."--… (mais)
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Título:Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada's Arctic
Autores:Adam Shoalts (Autor)
Informação:Allen Lane (2019), 288 pages
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Look at a map and consider the huge expanse of land in northern Canada, dotted with a million lakes and few trees, this book gives some insight. Adam Shoalts solo canoed across in a single season, going from one lake or river to the next following a torturous route from the Alaska border to Hudson Bay. There is no easy path east-west because water flows usually north to south. The landscape is unchanged for millions of years and mostly untouched by humans. He encountered maybe half a dozen other people. Float planes dropped off barrels of supplies, called in with sat phone. He battled rivers upstream that were thought impossible. Pushed through dense weedy portages, and crossed a lake as big as Erie (Great Bear). This is not a particularly deep or stylistic adventure book. It is description of huge lakes and rivers you have never heard of, and can now form a mental picture. He makes it easy to follow along on Google Maps which enhances the arm-chair travel experience. The remoteness, brief warm season, animals and insects, terrain, flight cost, physical demands etc.. all discourage visitors, this is the next best thing. ( )
  Stbalbach | Jul 29, 2021 |
In 2017 author and explorer Adam Shoalts took a solo journey across Canada, staying within the arctic circle. He travelled west to east, beginning at Eagle Plains, Yukon in May, he reached is destination, Baker Lake near Hudson’s Bay in September.

Along his journey he met and conquered many obstacles including ice floes, swollen rivers, fog-bound lakes and gale-force winds. He covered abut 4,000 kilometres and often had to take the more dangerous route of going up the rivers instead of following the currents and going downriver. His frequent portages were feats of endurance as he needed to make a number of trips across each portage in order to get all his equipment across. He met grizzly bears, wolves, musk ox and countless other species of small game and birds. I was glad to only have to read about the millions of black flies that plagued him throughout his journey. Throughout it all, the ever present thought of “Winter’s coming” played in his head as he knew he had to reach his destination before the snow started.

This is a story of adventure undertaken by a well prepared, thoughtful man who had both done his research and had plenty of outdoor experience. Beyond the Trees was a great armchair adventure read as the author gives his reader both heart-stopping experiences and plenty of descriptions of the spectacular natural world. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | May 1, 2021 |
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"A thrilling odyssey through an unforgiving landscape, and the rich history it reveals. What does it mean to explore and confront the unknown? Beyond the Trees recounts Adam Shoalts's epic, solo crossing of Canada's mainland Arctic in a single season--the first in recorded history. It's also a multilayered story that weaves the narrative of Shoalts's journey into accounts of other adventurers, explorers, First Nations, fur traders, dreamers, eccentrics, and bush pilots to create an unforgettable tale of adventure and exploration. Interspersed with his stories of navigating mazes of shifting ice floes, facing down snarling bears and galloping musk-ox, and portaging along knife-edge cliffs above furious rapids, are the fascinating legends, historic persons, and incredible anecdotes that make up the lore of the North. They include the saga of the Mad Trapper, a man whose feats of endurance and ingenuity were almost as legendary as his violent end; the story of the controversial Vilhjalmur Stefansson, a redoubtable dreamer but also one who was blamed for the deaths of his companions; the tale of the "Lost Patrol" of Mounties who perished in a blinding blizzard; the formidable Tyrell brothers who together charted much of Canada's North; the eerie ruins of Fort Confidence that was built nearly two centuries ago on Great Bear Lake; and the decaying remnants of gold prospector David Douglas's cabin overlooking the Dease River. The North is indeed a perilous place. Also told in the book is the tragedy of John Hornby and his two companions who starved to death on the banks of the Thelon River; their bones are still resting just above the riverbank in shallow graves. Beyond the Trees also discusses folklore about wendigoes, strange lights, and the mystery of Angikuni Lake, where in 1930 an entire Inuit camp supposedly vanished without a trace. These mysteries and wonders are Shoalts's only companions as he sets out on his own path through the adventure of a lifetime."--

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