Beyond the Trees by Adam Shoalts (52)

This is a book about how one person took a lone journey across Canada’s coldest area–the Arctic!

The layout of the area looks breathtaking from my study as I was reading this book. But I could just imagine how difficult it would be to traverse such a rugged landscape!  Wow!

It would be all too easy to twist an ankle or just fall and really badly hurt yourself. So, Adam was very careful. But this kind of care always required an unrequited agility that is rarely found in normal people who simply exercise once in a while.

The sky and shoreline seemed to touch in some of the photos that Adam Shoalts posted in his book. It really is the land of the beyond!

In the spring of 2017, Adam Shoalts set off on an unprecedented journey across North America’s greatest wilderness–the Arctic.

It is a place where, in our increasingly interconnected, digital world, it’s still possible to wander for months without crossing a single road, or even seeing another human being. The peace and solitude must be something else.

Between his starting point in Eagle Plains, Yukon Territory and his destination in Baker Lane, Nunavut, lies a maze of obstacles: shifting ice floes, swollen rivers, fog-bound lakes, and gale-force storms. Shoalts must time his departure by the breakup of the spring ice, then sprint across nearly 4,000 kilometers of rugged, punishing terrain to arrive before winter closes in.

He travels alone up raging waters that only the most expert white-water canoeists dare travel even downstream. He must portage across fields of jagged rocks that stretch to the horizon, and navigate labyrinths of swamps, tormented by clouds of blackflies every step of the way. And the race against the calendar means that he cannot afford the luxuries of rest, or of making mistakes. It could cost him his life.

Shoalts trek tirelessly, well into the endless arctic summer nights, at times not even pausing to eat. But his rewards are beyond anything anyone could imagine. The crystalline arctic water that allows him to see far into the depths of pristine lakes, the company of curious wolves loping alongside his route, and the astonishing diversity of the arctic ecosystems, from the ancient mountains to lust wetlands to the dunes of a northern desert.

This book is heart-stopping, wonder-filled and attentive to the majesty of the natural world. And we have so much of it in Canada. Shoalts had a need for adventure that he filled through this trip.

A GREAT book and a wonderful read!

About irenesroth

I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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