Beyond Fear: A Harrowing Journey Across New Guinea Through Rivers, Swamps, Jungle, and the Most Remote Mountains in the World

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The island of New Guinea has long been a land shrouded in mystery, living up to its ominous reputation as the "Land of the Unexpected." When Joel Kramer and Aaron Lippard, two young explorers from Salt Lake City, Utah, set out to cross the entire island of New Guinea without the use of motors, almost everyone told them it was impossible and that they would surely die. To fulfill their goal, Joel and Aaron depart from Wewak on the north side of the island and travel in an inflatable kayak over desolate rivers and ...
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Overview

The island of New Guinea has long been a land shrouded in mystery, living up to its ominous reputation as the "Land of the Unexpected." When Joel Kramer and Aaron Lippard, two young explorers from Salt Lake City, Utah, set out to cross the entire island of New Guinea without the use of motors, almost everyone told them it was impossible and that they would surely die. To fulfill their goal, Joel and Aaron depart from Wewak on the north side of the island and travel in an inflatable kayak over desolate rivers and swamps. They must then hike over the rugged mountains, choked by dense jungle, of the island's interior. They face man-eating crocodiles that can ravage a human being in a death twirl in a matter of seconds; a relentless onslaught of deadly malaria-carrying mosquitoes and black flies; blood-sucking leeches; raging whitewater and whirlpools; and a Stone Age tribe of cannibals before they reach their destination of Daru on New Guinea's southern coast. Having begun the journey as total strangers, Joel and Aaron soon find that traveling together under such extreme conditions seems, at times, even less bearable than the life-or-death situations at hand.However, what they learn about themselves, one another, their faith in God, and the human capacity for survival changes them indelibly and takes them to an extraordinary emotional and physical place beyond their deepest fears. (6 x 9, 228 pages, color photos, maps)
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Like many outdoor-adventure writers, Kramer wants to hang his hiking/kayak expeditionary tale on raw hyperbole. He and his trekking partner Aaron Lippard may still claim that their 100-day-plus trek across Papua New Guinea was the "first to cross the main part of the island... without the use of motors." But they can't claim much of a reporting style, a continuous narrative or an intelligent interest in the extraordinary natural and human worlds that appear during their expedition. Certainly Kramer's extended journal is an earnest, determined achievement and an often harrowing physical experience and for Kramer it's a spiritual challenge as well, since he often resolves moments of peak danger and exertion as affirmations of his personal expedition as a Christian. Though Kramer often describes the strains on the expedition's two-man brotherhood, the interaction between them and their guides and frequent rescuers seems never deeper than Hardy Boys adventures. Kramer would have made a great Victorian expeditionary, but he is outwritten in our era. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585743438
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.19 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.85 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2001

    Gotta read it!!

    This is a thrillseekers story! Both times I read this book I had to wonder if Joel and Aaron think about this adventure often! I often remember parts of this book and think what a flavor God added to the world when He created exotic jungles and the people who dare to explore them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2001

    A Must Read!!!!

    Kramer has done an incredible job describing the most intense days of my life. He paints an excellent portrait of the hatred we had and the amazing reconciliation that seemed impossible. The jungle comes to life in a surreal way when reading Beyond Fear. I hope everyone gets a chance to read this peculiar adventure.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

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    Great (Real) Adventure Tale!

    This has got to be one of the best real adventure tales written in this century. It should have been a best seller, but unfortunately, it didn't happen. This is a real story about two companions who trek across over 1500 miles on the interior of New Guinea, testing their faith and themselves. It is extremely well written and the stories very candid. It is a book worth having in a permanent library and being read over and over again.

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