Arctic Quest: Odyessy Through a Threatened Wilderness

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Chad Kister takes you on a riveting 700-mile journey by raft and foot. See the Arctic Refuge beauty first hand through the dangers Kister survives. A broken backpack—repaired with caribou antlers—pales against the spirited chase by security guards trying to stop his discovery of what big oil is doing to this fragile land.

"I was grabbed from the first page. Few young whippersnappers can pull off an adventure this thrilling with such charming and refreshing naiveté and later write about it like an old pro. His ...

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Monroe, Maine, U.S.A. 2003 Hard Cover First Printing Very Good. No Jacket 8vo-over 7?"-9?" tall. This is a tight clean copy with a few leaves having corner folds. 284pp.

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Overview

Chad Kister takes you on a riveting 700-mile journey by raft and foot. See the Arctic Refuge beauty first hand through the dangers Kister survives. A broken backpack—repaired with caribou antlers—pales against the spirited chase by security guards trying to stop his discovery of what big oil is doing to this fragile land.

"I was grabbed from the first page. Few young whippersnappers can pull off an adventure this thrilling with such charming and refreshing naiveté and later write about it like an old pro. His masterful story telling ability riveted me to the book. But by the end I realized I had gained so much insight into the politics of oil exploration in this contended wilderness. I can’t wait to see what’s next from this new young writer."—Bernd Heinrich, -author of The New York Times bestseller Ravens in Winter and A Year in the Maine Woods

After the 700-mile journey through the Arctic Refuge in 1991 that is the subject of this book, Chad Kister lobbied the U.S. to do more at the Earth Summit with a week-long fast in front of the White House, and went on a speaking tour about the environment throughout Japan in 1993. He returned to the Arctic in 1993 to climb Misty Mountain. Kister organized numerous political walks from 70 to 849 miles long, and is now the coordinator of Dysart Defenders, a group working to save one of the last ancient forests in Ohio. He is also the coordinator of the Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign and has personally lobbied Senators and Representatives with his first-hand experiences of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and thousands of petition signatures.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781567512373
  • Publisher: Common Courage Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Author Chad Kister is a writer, public speaker and environmental activist in southeast Ohio. Kister has been touring the U.S. speaking about the need to protect the Arctic Refuge.

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Table of Contents

Maps
Preface 1
1 Escape 7
2 Captured in Poison Land 15
3 Into the Wilderness 25
4 Trouble 32
5 In Quest of Food 37
6 Feast 42
7 Fish 45
8 Land of Plenty 49
9 Approaching the Front Line 52
10 Border to Paradise 57
11 Valley of Life 61
12 Crisis of Goals 67
13 Reverence in Rainbow Temple 77
14 Into the Mountain Heart 84
15 Renewal at Lake Trout Cabin 93
16 Petrol Haze 97
17 Stowaway 101
18 Birthday Voyage 105
19 Arctic Companions 111
20 Disaster 118
21 Recovery 128
22 Where Eagles Soar 132
23 Riverside Gathering 155
24 The Crossing 159
25 Flood Weary Along the Okpilak 163
26 The Bearded One 168
27 To the Jago 172
28 Rescue 177
29 Arctic Transformations 183
30 Inupiat: Native Whalers of the Far North 191
31 Locals Express Concern of an Uncertain Future 197
32 Steve Porter 206
33 Over the Mountains 215
34 Caribou People 218
35 The Gwich'in Struggle 223
36 Autumn Raft Quest 231
37 Sharing the Hunt 237
38 Earth Connection 245
39 Wolf: Spirit of the Wild 248
40 Sandstorm 255
41 Patches 260
42 Rotting 268
43 Awakening 271
44 Grizzly 273
45 At Stake 280
46 Change 282
Acknowledgements 285
About the Author 286
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