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From Barnes & NobleMany of us dream of taking an epic adventure, but few of us actually do it.
Daily responsibilities keep us tethered to our jobs and families, and leave little time for long periods of soul-searching. In 1955, six men set out on such a journey in the Canadian Arctic. They spent nearly three months canoeing in the Barren Grounds of northern Canada, an unforgiving, remote wilderness that supplies scant wood for fuel or animals for food.
Those who aren't prepared, die. Five of the men barely made it home alive, and one did not survive.
Death on the Barrens is their story, written by one of the survivors accompanied by informative and atmospheric illustrations. It's a story of young, adventurous men led by an older, charismatic man named Arthur Moffatt. While Art was the most experienced of the lot, he eschewed commonly accepted outdoor practices. He'd set up camp at a beautiful rather than a protected spot, preferred to start canoeing midday instead of morning, and set out with provisions that were sorely inadequate.
As a result, hunger was a main theme of the trip, as were frostbitten extremities. Whatever glorious revelations the men had hoped for, they were soon forgotten as their enthusiasm became a desperate struggle for survival. The men bonded, loved and hated each other. Ultimately, they forged an epic adventure none would forget.