North: Adventures in the Frozen Wild

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Twenty years ago, an adolescent named Nicolas Vanier was inspired by the novels of Jack London to answer the call of the wild. Here is his story - in his own text, superb color photographs, and lively drawings of the world's northernmost regions, of fabulous adventures, and of learning how to survive in the most hostile climate on the planet. Vanier tells of his incredible expeditions around the top of the world; of life with nomadic reindeer breeders in Siberia, with Sekani Indians in the Alaskan Rocky Mountains...
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Twenty years ago, an adolescent named Nicolas Vanier was inspired by the novels of Jack London to answer the call of the wild. Here is his story - in his own text, superb color photographs, and lively drawings of the world's northernmost regions, of fabulous adventures, and of learning how to survive in the most hostile climate on the planet. Vanier tells of his incredible expeditions around the top of the world; of life with nomadic reindeer breeders in Siberia, with Sekani Indians in the Alaskan Rocky Mountains and the Canadian Yukon, and with Lapps on the Kola Peninsula. He also recounts - and sketches - his encounters with amazing animals, including polar bears, wolves, and grizzlies. Vanier shares a wealth of information and lore garnered over two decades of travel: how to make an igloo, how to weave a pair of snowshoes from elk leather, how to navigate in snowstorms, and how to place a fishing net under ice.
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The author, who was inspired by the novels of Jack London, answered his own call of the wild and shares a wealth of information and lore garnered over two decades of travel. Through beautiful color photographs (a large proportion of which are full page), b&w illustrations, and text, he vividly recounts his expeditions around the top of the world<-->his adventures, his life with the inhabitants of the region, and how he learned to survive in the most hostile climate on the planet. Oversize: 10.25x12.50<">. Published simultaneously in the original French. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780810913912
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 10.34 (w) x 12.64 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 14
Canadian Dream: Crossing the Quebec-Labrador Peninsula by Canoe 16
First Winter: By Dogsled Across Taiga, Tundra, and Sea Ice 30
The Wide West: With a String of Twelve Packhorses in the Rocky Mountains 56
Open Rivers: Dogsledding in the Canadian Rockies 86
Alaska: On the Gold Rush Trail 104
Siberian Dream: From Mongolia to Irkutsk with the Tofalar and a String of Twelve Horses 124
Baikal: Lake Baikal in a Fishing Boat 144
Bitter Winter: Crossing Central Siberia with Thirty Sled Dogs 156
Frozen River: Through Yakutia by Pony Sled on Frozen River Roads 174
Nomad Soul: Crossing the Verkhoianski Mountains with the Nomadic Even 186
Arctic Summer: Siberian Arctic: Descending the Yana River 224
Lapland: Lapland and the Kola Peninsula 236
Family Life: On Horseback Toward Lake Thukada 252
A Childhood Dream: Our Cabin on a Lake in Canada 278
Snow Child: The Long Journey across the Yukon with Montaine 308
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