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Long Trek Home: 4,000 Miles by Boot, Raft and Ski
     

Long Trek Home: 4,000 Miles by Boot, Raft and Ski

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by Erin McKittrick
 

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* Compelling adventure with an environmental focus
* An informative natural and cultural history of one of our last wild coastlines
* Author is a pioneer in "packrafting," an emerging trend in backcountry travel

In June 2007, Erin McKittrick and her husband, Hig,

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CLICK HERE to download the first chapter from A Long Trek Home

* Compelling adventure with an environmental focus
* An informative natural and cultural history of one of our last wild coastlines
* Author is a pioneer in "packrafting," an emerging trend in backcountry travel

In June 2007, Erin McKittrick and her husband, Hig, embarked on a 4,000-mile expedition from Seattle to the Aleutian Islands, traveling solely by human power. This is the story of their unprecedented trek along the northwestern edge of the Pacific Ocean-a year-long journey through some of the most rugged terrain in the world- and their encounters with rain, wind, blizzards, bears, and their own emotional and spiritual demons.

Erin and Hig set out from Seattle with a desire to raise awareness of natural resource and conservation issues along their route: clear-cut logging of rainforests; declining wild salmon populations; extraction of mineral resources; and effects of global climate change. By taking each mile step by step, they were able to intimately explore the coastal regions of Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska, see the wilderness in its larger context, and provide a unique on-the-ground perspective. An entertaining and, at times, thrilling adventure, theirs is a journey of discovery and of insights about the tiny communities that dot this wild coast, as well as the individuals there whom they meet and inspire.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594850936
Publisher:
Mountaineers Books, The
Publication date:
10/28/2009
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
625,042
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 7.32(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author






ERIN MCKITTRICK had already logged more than 3,000 miles through Alaska's untracked wildernesses, before embarking on her 4,000-mile trek from Seattle to the Aleutian Islands. She received an MS in molecular biology from the University of Washington, but left academia to pursue more wilderness experiences and to concentrate on environmental activism. She lives with her husband and baby in Seldovia, Alaska.

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Long Trek Home: 4,000 Miles by Boot, Raft and Ski 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
NomadWA More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The vivid and passionate descriptions of the land and weather they trekked through made me both feel I was "there", but very glad that I wasn't at the same time... Their deep love for the environment is obvious and the ability to view even the harshest conditions as beautiful and a wonderful experience they were privileged to be part of is very powerful. You never get the sense that they were motivated by "look at me, aren't I a brave and daring person" but that they truly were on a journey of discovery both personal and environmental. Much of the area they "ground-truthed" is off the radar even for most environmentalists and I found those descriptions fascinating. The personal perspective is also a key part of the narrative, skillfully interwoven with the descriptions of nature and the journey itself. As they deal with all the trials and tribulations of the trek together as a couple they increasingly discover that not only is the nature and environmental aspect of the journey compelling, but so is the human aspect, reflected in all the people they encounter along the way in both tiny villages and cities.
JerimiahJohnson More than 1 year ago
It's all about them. Not very interesting. If you followed their blogs when they were walking then you have read the book. Obvious to reader that they are trying to create a "fan club" to urge them to take on new adventures, they will, and then they will try to sell another book. Predictable pair. Book makes for a good coffee table coaster if priced right.