Green Expedition: Where Ice Is Born

Green Expedition: Where Ice Is Born

by Lonnie Dupre
     
 

15 months and 4,800 miles. The expedition goal to circumnavigate Greenland by sea kayak and dog sledge was a mammoth undertaking - both physically and psychologically. Two men alone. On the open, frigid sea and on the endless tundra in windchills of -95 F. The camera film breaks. The muscles ache. The dogs tire. The food supply dwindles. The weather turns

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15 months and 4,800 miles. The expedition goal to circumnavigate Greenland by sea kayak and dog sledge was a mammoth undertaking - both physically and psychologically. Two men alone. On the open, frigid sea and on the endless tundra in windchills of -95 F. The camera film breaks. The muscles ache. The dogs tire. The food supply dwindles. The weather turns very bad...

Within these pages are hair-raising excerpts from author Lonnie Dupre's daily journals. His thought-provoking photographs bring to life this extraordinary and dramatic challenge.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A 15-month-long attempt to circle Greenland by canoe, backpack, sea kayak and dogsled may not be the average person's idea of a vacation, but for Dupre it was the culmination of a lifelong fascination with the Arctic. Having ventured through northern Canada, Lapland and the Russian Far East, Dupre and his Australian copilot, John Hoelscher, planned the "mind-numbing logistics of attempting a contiguous 4,700 mile clockwise circumnavigation of the island." Leaving friends and family behind, the pair experienced the best and worst that a hard-core endurance test like this can present: exhilarating highs through the rarely seen, surreal ice world of Greenland's shores and the immense challenges of logistical problems, fatigue, sudden storms and the ever-present threat of being buried alive in a sudden avalanche. Dupre's day-to-day journal is a taut, carefully worded narrative that honestly presents both the joys and pains of the trip and his partnership with Hoelscher ("It's hard to be patient at 50 below"). The oversize book is amply illustrated with Dupre's wonderful photographs from all parts of the adventure, and the narrative is cleverly broken up by one-page background essays on subjects ranging from kayaks, dog teams, icebergs and polar bear hunters; these allow Dupre to give the reader a greater sense of Arctic exploration and Greenland's culture without slowing down the survival narrative. The book reveals Dupre and his partner to be extraordinary individuals; their desire to explore Greenland has produced not only a testament to human endurance but also a remarkable view of a part of the planet most people will never see, much less visit. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559717076
Publisher:
T&N Children's Publishing
Publication date:
03/01/2000
Pages:
159
Product dimensions:
11.40(w) x 9.35(h) x 0.61(d)

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