Overview


In a tale remarkable for its quiet confidence and acute natural observation, the author of Paddling Hawaii begins with her decision, at age 60, to undertake a solo, summer-long voyage along the southeast coast of Alaska in an inflatable kayak. Paddling North is a compilation of Sutherland’s first two (of over 20) such annual trips and her day-by-day travels through the Inside Passage from Ketchikan to Skagway. With illustrations and the author’s recipes.
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Paddling North

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Overview


In a tale remarkable for its quiet confidence and acute natural observation, the author of Paddling Hawaii begins with her decision, at age 60, to undertake a solo, summer-long voyage along the southeast coast of Alaska in an inflatable kayak. Paddling North is a compilation of Sutherland’s first two (of over 20) such annual trips and her day-by-day travels through the Inside Passage from Ketchikan to Skagway. With illustrations and the author’s recipes.
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 "As a paddler and a traveler, Audrey Sutherland is someone to value, and this book about her Alaskan voyages is a marvelous addition to the literature of coastal kayaking. What I admire most about Audrey is her independence, her solitary travel, her patience, and her unflappable attitude in the most challenging paddling conditions."  Paul Theroux, author of The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road

 "Audrey Sutherland finished raising her children, quit her job, and took off in her inflatable canoe for the sublime treachery of Alaskan tidal waters. She had me on the second paragraph when she expressed her philosophy that has carried her through more than 8,000 miles of paddling: 'Go simple, go solo, go now.' The genre of adventure narratives has just been enriched by a new voice of inspiration."   Jonathan Waterman, author of Running Dry: A Journey from Source to Sea Down the Colorado River

 'Audrey's story is the stuff legends are made from. For the 30 years that I've known her she has been an inspiration to both women and men — often shaming us into action with her exhortation to go solo and keep it simple, an approach that flies in the face of the consumer style of kayaking that most of us adhere to."  John Dowd, author of Sea Kayaking: A Manual for Long-Distance Touring

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781938340123
  • Publisher: Patagonia Books
  • Publication date: 10/6/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 172
  • Sales rank: 654,201
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Audrey Sutherland was raised in California and has lived in Hawaii since 1952. She raised her four children as a single mother, supporting her family as a school counselor. In 1962 she decided to tour the coast of Molokai by swimming it – and towing along an inflatable raft with supplies. She has ever since been an inveterate water traveler, during the past several decades in inflatable kayak because it’s transportable, light enough for her to handle comfortably and relatively inexpensive.

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 From the Foreword

This is the story of a trip, taken over two summers, that started in Ketchikan and went all the way to Skagway. Since the first voyage, I've paddled 8,075 solo Alaskan miles and 22 more years in Alaska and British Columbia. But it is never enough. My boat is now a newer inflatable: longer, lower, and faster, with a rudder and a spray deck that sheds the rain and the seas. I have encountered thirty bears, four wolves, and hundreds of whales. We're still coexisting, and I keep learning. The philosophy is still the same. Go simple, go solo, go now.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 7

Chapter 1 The Choice 9

Chapter 2 Survival Start 17

Chapter 3 Misty Fjords and Whales 31

Chapter 4 Cabins and Clarence Strait 45

Chapter 5 Hot Springs Quest 57

Chapter 6 Sea Otter Sound and Shipley Bay 69

Chapter 7 Sumner Strait Terror 79

Chapter 8 Devils Elbow to Baranof Island 91

Chapter 9 Warm Springs to Peril Strait 105

Chapter 10 Sergius Narrows, Sitka, and North 117

Chapter 11 Open Seas and a Quest Fulfilled - 127

Chapter 12 Capsize and Glacier Bay 137

Chapter 13 Wolf at Breakfast 147

Chapter 14 Bears and a Broken Paddle 155

Bibliography: Books Mentioned in the Text 164

Bibliography: Other Useful Books 166

Gear List 169

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