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Alone Across The Arctic: One Woman's Epic Journey by Dog Team
     

Alone Across The Arctic: One Woman's Epic Journey by Dog Team

by Pam Flowers, Ann Dixon (With)
 

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Eight sled dogs and one woman set out from Barrow, Alaska, to mush 2,500 miles. "ALONE ACROSS THE ARCTIC" chronicles this astounding expedition.  For an entire year, Pam Flowers and her dogs made this epic journey across North America arctic coast. The first woman to make this trip solo, Pam endures and deals with intense blizzards, melting pack ice,

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Eight sled dogs and one woman set out from Barrow, Alaska, to mush 2,500 miles. "ALONE ACROSS THE ARCTIC" chronicles this astounding expedition.  For an entire year, Pam Flowers and her dogs made this epic journey across North America arctic coast. The first woman to make this trip solo, Pam endures and deals with intense blizzards, melting pack ice, and a polar bear. Yet in the midst of such danger, Pam also relishes the time alone with her beloved team.  Their survival—her survival—hinges on that mutual trust and love.

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Gr 5-10-With a young dogsled team, no sponsors, and no spare lead dog, Flowers set out to fulfill a lifelong dream to retrace, in reverse, a 1923-24 expedition by Norwegian explorer Knud Rasmussen and two Inuit companions, who traveled the length of the North American coast by dog team. If Flowers succeeded, she would be the first female and first American to mush that route solo. Using a balanced content of narrative, journal entries, boxed information bits, and numerous photographs, Flowers, with Dixon, details the exhilarating and often harrowing journey. Journal excerpts capture much of the emotion: "My eyelashes freeze together and I can't open my eyes. I have to crawl back to the tent on my knees-and frantically claw the snow away from my eyes." Readers will be fascinated by the descriptions of her dog team, introduced individually with photographs and comments. About Roald, for example, she writes: "Though intelligent, Roald lacked confidence, which sometimes caused him to clown around rather than try his hardest." A list of equipment and supplies is included. The message of this exciting book is important. At journey's end, as she stood alone with her dogs, she summarized her emotions. "The dogs, I believe, felt it too. We'd done well, and in doing so, had won what I consider the greatest reward of all: self-respect. We carry it with us wherever we go." This is an engaging survival story with broad appeal.—School Library Journal

Pam Flowers on The Moth radio show: themoth.org/posts/stories/alone-across-the-arctic

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780882408361
Publisher:
Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company
Publication date:
03/15/2011
Edition description:
First Edition,Revised
Pages:
120
Sales rank:
1,331,262
Product dimensions:
7.02(w) x 9.99(h) x 0.28(d)

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Alone Across the Arctic

One Woman's Epic Journey by Dog Team
By Pam Flowers

Alaska Northwest Books

Copyright © 2011 Pam Flowers
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780882408361

After leaving Shingle Point, we entered the Mackenzie River Delta, a maze of frozen river channels lined with steep banks and willow thickets. The stubby, two-foot shrubs were the closest thiing to trees we'd seen in more than three months---a welcome sight until we tried moving through them. My idea that it would be quickest to head straight across the delta was quickly proven wrong.

March 18th   -4F   15 M.P.H S/SE  32 miles

Douggie remembered the hard struggle yesterday and didn't want to enter the thicket. I couldn't blame him. We took an early lunch break and I climbed a nearby pingo to look around. I could see no way around this jungle that lay ahead of us.

I gave Douggie the command to go forward and he reluctantly pushed his head into the first bunch of branches. The snow was punchy and about a foot deep. The willow branches kept grabbing att he gangline and, in the course of an hour, managed to snag Lucy, Sojo, Roald, Robert, Matt, Anna, Alice, and Douggie. Every time a dog got snagged, our little train came to a stop and I had to wade up and free their line.

 



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An inspring story, well told. —Booklist

A fine armchair read....packed with ongoing action.  —The Bookwatch

Forget mystery novels!  I couldn't put this book down.

    —-Patrica McConnell, Ph.D, Host of Calling All Pets, PBS radio, and a certified Applied Animal Behaviorist.

Meet the Author

Pam Flowers is the fourteenth recipient of the Gold Medal from the Society of Woman Geographers, following in the footsteps of Amelia Earhart, Margaret Mead, and Jane Goodall. Named an Outsider of the Year by OUTSIDE MAGAZINE, she has participated in nine Arctic expeditions and completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail.
Pam is the author of ORDINARY DOGS, EXTRAORDINARY FRIENDSHIPS; ELLIE’S LONG WALK; HUG A HUSKY; DOUGGIE and, along with Ann Dixon, is the coauthor of ALONE ACROSS THE ARCTIC: ONE WOMAN’S EPIC JOURNEY BY DOG TEAM and BIG-ENOUGH ANNA.
Pam has spoken to more than 700,000 students at over 1,200 schools and has spoken at the Smithsonian, the St. Louis Science Center, and hundreds of public libraries.

Ann Dixon is the author of eight picture books for children and one nonfiction title for young adults, as well as poems, essays, and nonfiction for adults. She lives in Homer, Alaska, where she works as the director of the Homer Public Library. Her children’s books have garnered numerous awards, including the National Outdoor Book Award, Ben Franklin Award, and Patricia Gallagher Award. She and her husband have two grown daughters. anndixon.net

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