Paddlenorth: Adventure, Resilience, and Renewal in the Arctic Wild

Paddlenorth Adventure Resilience and Renewal in the Arctic Wild In an adventure of a lifetime Jennifer Kingsly and her five companions canoe through one of the planet s most rugged settings They battle raging winds impenetrable sea ice treacherous rapids and a

  • Title: Paddlenorth: Adventure, Resilience, and Renewal in the Arctic Wild
  • Author: Jennifer Kingsley
  • ISBN: 9781771640350
  • Page: 341
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In an adventure of a lifetime, Jennifer Kingsly and her five companions canoe through one of the planet s most rugged settings They battle raging winds, impenetrable sea ice, treacherous rapids, and agonizing sores and blisters while contending with rising tensions among the group But they also experience the lasting joy of grizzly sightings, icy swims, and the caribou sIn an adventure of a lifetime, Jennifer Kingsly and her five companions canoe through one of the planet s most rugged settings They battle raging winds, impenetrable sea ice, treacherous rapids, and agonizing sores and blisters while contending with rising tensions among the group But they also experience the lasting joy of grizzly sightings, icy swims, and the caribou s summer migration Woven through this spellbinding narrative are often harrowing accounts of the journeys of earlier explorers, some of whom never made it back home Paddlenorth paints an indelible portrait of the spectacular Arctic landscape, rendered with a naturalist s eye and an artist s sensibility, and offers an eloquent exploration of how wilderness changes us.

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    1. karen

      this is a sports/adventure memoir that is neither a "peril in the great outdoors" narrative nor an "i went out into nature and found myself" thingie that is so popular these days. it's mostly like looking at someone else's vacation pictures while they read to you from their diary:On the Back, part of me wanted to let go of everything and imagine that life on the river was my only life, but i struggled to find my rhythm. I worried about Tim, and I still felt distant from Jen, Drew, and Alie. I ex [...]

    2. Sean

      I bought this book after seeing Jennifer Kingsley at a book reading during the 2014 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. The festival featured material from some of the world's best adventure filmmakers and authors, but Kingsley's presentation lingered long after I returned home.Paddlenorth recounts Kingsley's 2005 canoe trip along the Back River with five friends. I've read plenty of adventure novels, but this one stands out for its special emphasis on the relationships between the adventurer [...]

    3. Nicholina

      Full disclosure: I'd actually meant to read Paddling NorthPaddling North. Opps. But, I had this book and was camping and, well, it got read. I liked it alright.The adventure of paddling for 50 some odd days in a group of 6 with all their baggage and personalities was interesting. However, I varied between thinking Jennifer was kind of badass for doing this adventure and not liking her very much. I think we're all internally judgemental of those around us, but the way it came out in her book stuc [...]

    4. Frank

      This was an interesting adventure book - no tragedy (but close) and no moralizing (great!). Just a straight-forward travel journal that evoked a feeling for the trip from the eyes of the author.I think the author was pretty brave in the thoughts shared. They didn’t romanticize their role and self - which helped their personality come through. Not as an insult, but I would not want to travel with them (and I’m sure they with me). That’s a strong indication of the honesty of the book.I’ve [...]

    5. Lynne

      I love adventure stories in this setting and would like to take a river trip, minus the whitewater, someday up there. This is a good story about 5 people in a beautiful and challenging landscape. Especially enjoyed the unique opportunities to see a variety of animals. They had some really special encounters.They have a good and fair system for distributing work, sharing tents and canoes. And there are stillpeople who rub each other the wrong way. Humans!

    6. Betsy

      Loved this book, such an incredible adventure, took me to a place I can only imagine, way outside of my comfort zone and skill level she’s a great writer and incorporates some history of far north rivers where their expedition takes place,the tundra. I can’t stop thinking about it when I go to bed want to pick it up again as soon as I can the next day.

    7. Luiza Salazar

      This book is so honest and self aware, it was hard to give it 3 stars, but I think it's because some of the parts felt so technical to me. Still a fun quick read tho

    8. Ariel Gordon

      These days, Ottawa-based naturalist Jennifer Kingsley builds radio documentaries about encounters with whales and is the on-board naturalist for National Geographic tours through the Northwest Passage.But, back in 2005, when she embarked on a 54-day canoe trip to the Arctic with five companions, she was still trying to figure out the boundaries of what increasingly was becoming a "wilderness-bound life," saying "most of the people closest to me would never see me in the places I love most, where [...]

    9. Zeb Kantrowitz

      This is the story of six friends who decide to canoe down the Baillie/Bank Rivers in the Nunavet Province of the Canadian Northwest Territories. These rivers are wild and full of rapids and white water as they run through the tundra to empty into the Arctic Ocean. Along the way they see herds of caribou in the northern wasteland.Much of the book is spent in meditation by the author and her introspection into her life and what she learns from the hazards and tribulations of this kind of trip. Wov [...]

    10. Stephanie

      I'm finding a new niche genre that I enjoy: "adventure literature." I really enjoyed this account of a group of 6 who tackle a 50+ day canoe trip in Canada's north. Kingsley includes really vivid descriptions of the landscape and of the arduous paddling, as well as group dynamics, and learning to travel, camp, and cook with people that you don't know well. I also appreciate when she includes a backstory to the terrain, or to caribou, or previous explorers, etc. I had to wait a day after completi [...]

    11. Jen Gauthier

      For many of us city dwellers, the North may as well be the moon. We've heard about it, and have a general idea what it's like (cold & dark) but we are unlikely to experience it ourselves. But thanks to some adventurous and erudite writers like Jennifer Kingsley, Kathleen Winter and Sara Wheeler, we can vicariously experience what is essentially another world, but right on our planet. Jennifer Kingsey’s North takes readers on a 54 day adventure where we encounter massive herds of caribou, s [...]

    12. Andy Makowski

      In preparation for a canoe trip in Nunavut this summer, I stumbled across this book and downloaded to my Kindle App. I was treated to a well written account of a very challenging canoe trip on the Back River. Sometime books like this can be one dimensional, but Ms. Kingsley covers all aspects of the trip; from the rich wildlife and challenging conditions to the relationships between the participants. I could not put this book down and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    13. Meghan

      Overall this was a solid adventure memoir by a good writer. I liked the snippets of history that the author wove in, and she kept the story moving well, which made for a quick read. If you like to paddle and you enjoy adventure-style memoirs this book is worth the time investment; if that's not your thing, don't bother.

    14. Joel

      Jennifer writes beautifully, with just the right balance of personal narrative, history, natural history, adventure and even mystery.The tributaries of her narrative flow together into the gentle, but powerful flow of a "can't put it down" story. I was up until 2 am reading. Highly recommended.

    15. Barbara

      A beautifully written first person account of an expedition into the wilderness. Group dynamics, personal struggles and serendipitous moments blend to create a riveting read.Historical stories intersperse with their own explorations of the tundra and wild rivers of the north.

    16. Richard Novak

      Reads like a novel and keeps you reading for the story rather than a strict or dry account of where they went and what the weather was.

    17. Bobroth

      Met Jenny on an expedition in the arctic, so I had the wonderful opportunity to read her book with her present!

    18. Jose

      Is a book dedicated to tim , like the author says , in 52 days paddling she not described to much about the travel , rivers etc. just about tim her former dating.

    19. Michelle

      Have looked for this book for over a year but it is impossible to find in Europe, including as a ebook.

    20. Erica DuBois

      I feel terrible saying it, but this is a book about six boring people taking a boring canoe trip.

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