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

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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.See more details below


Eight sled dogs and one woman set out from Barrow, Alaska, to mush 2,500 miles. ALONE ACROSS THE ARCTIC chronicles this astounding expedition.

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A freelance writer for several outdoor magazines and a participant in Alaska's famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Flowers here chronicles her 2500-mile, solo dogsled journey from Point Barrow, AK, to Repulse Bay in the Northwest Territory of Canada. Her journey began in the dark of winter 1993 as she sledded east following a route first taken by the fifth Thule Expedition in 1922. Even though Alaskan sled dogs are wild, bred to pull, and usually kept chained up when not hitched to a sled, Flowers developed a close relationship with each of her eight dogs (each of whose personalities she describes here). But despite all her affection, she almost had to abandon the trip when her lead dog, Douggie, ran away for 12 days. Along the way, she steadfastly endured the persistent Arctic storms and the ever-present fear of animal predators and encountered many of the people and places described in Jonathan Waterman's ARCTIC CROSSING. Beautiful color photographs greatly enhance this delightful and well-written story of perseverance. Recommended for public libraries.—SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

An inspring story, well told. —Booklist

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7.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(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.

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