Alone Against the Sea: And Other True Adventures

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Readers will feel the bite of icy waters as Jon Bowermaster careens down the most dangerous sections of the Yangtze River - so treacherous the Chinese government has closed it to boaters - and descends for the first time ever Chile's Futaleufu, one of the most beautiful and dangerous rivers in the world. Bowermaster stands witness to some of the greatest expeditions of our time, forming friendships with polar man Will Steger, first to the North Pole and across Antarctica by dogsled, and photographer/raconteur ...
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Readers will feel the bite of icy waters as Jon Bowermaster careens down the most dangerous sections of the Yangtze River - so treacherous the Chinese government has closed it to boaters - and descends for the first time ever Chile's Futaleufu, one of the most beautiful and dangerous rivers in the world. Bowermaster stands witness to some of the greatest expeditions of our time, forming friendships with polar man Will Steger, first to the North Pole and across Antarctica by dogsled, and photographer/raconteur Peter Beard, an outsized character still living on the edge of the wild. He sits on the deck with French sailors as they prepare to race around the world single-handedly, each of them knowing that few will finish, and some will not come back alive. Listen in as he is conned on the streets of Baja by a tall-tale-telling fishing guide.
Bowermaster's worldwide travels - set against a backdrop of politics, environmental laws and governments gone awry - have a common goal: to inform himself, and readers, as best he can about how the world really works. His expeditions and explorations are less about adventure-for-adventure's sake and more about what the map of the world looks like early in the twenty-first century. This book is an important addition to the adventurer's library.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781592285471
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

JON BOWERMASTER has explored on six continents and written about his adventures, the environment, and the exotic corners of the world for many national and international publications. He is the author of seven books.
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We have a plan. Our goal is to slide out into the eddy, high above the entrance to Hung Men, then "bite off" a corner of the giant entry wave at an angle. Hopefully that initial bump will turn the raft around to face the next series of waves head-on . . . from there we just hope to hang on through the giant train of waves. The key is hitting that monstrous second wave head-on. If we do, the big boat should steamroll right along.
Barry is at the oars, thus bearing ninety-nine percent of the responsibility for our safety. Loud grunts indicate he is desperately trying to row backwards, across the current, valiantly trying to position the raft dead in the center of the fast-approaching two-and-a-half story waves.

As most well-laid plans do, this one goes awry. Badly. We don't quite get enough of the initial wave to spin us around to face the wave. Instead we just get hit hard and spun sideways-depositing us in the worst possible position, heading sideways into a twenty-five-foot tall wall of waves. This is where my limited role begins. It involves throwing my weight into the front tubes just as they are hit by giant waves, desperate to keep rubber on water, endeavoring to prevent the front end of the boat from getting too much air, and flipping over backwards. I sneak a look back a couple times, just to make sure Barry's still in the boat. I glimpse him jerking on the oars, grunting like a man possessed, a look of confused desperation on his face, yelling out "high-side."
We are sucked as if by a vacuum cleaner into the giant chop on the right, which tosses the boat dangerously close to the wall. If we so much as kiss the rock, the boat will flip and we'll be thrown into thechurning maelstrom. I catch Barry's eyes and he shrugs his shoulders even as he grimaces, still struggling against the oars fruitlessly. The only thing we can do is hang on, ride it out, pray we stay upright.
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Table of Contents

(1)A Shagbag's Journey (2) Desert Wanderings (3) Wild Man in Africa (4) The End of the World (5) Colca Plunge (6) 13 Things Cubans Love About Cuba (7) Inside Guatemala (8) 9 Lies of Hector Villesenor (9) Rapid Descent (10) Big Chop on the Yangtze (11) Murder in the Karakoram (12) Air Antarctica (13) On Thin Ice (14) The Iceman Turns to Water (15) Sacrificial People (16) Dispatches from Newfoundland (17) Alone Against the Sea (18) Has the Great Lamazou Missed the Boat? (19) Breakaway Survival
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