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Nothing drives home the importance of safety in the wilderness like real-life stories of what can happen when these issues are ignored, even for a moment. In Up the Creek, some of the most experienced canoeists in North America confess their mistakes in true tales of hypothermia, near-drowning, close encounters with rapids, and more.

  • Fifty stories grouped by theme--Live and Learn; Random Acts of Nature; The Choices People Make; and others
  • Introductory chapter outlines principles of canoeing safety and judgment
  • Closing chapter reinforces the lessons of each story
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071390903
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/7/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Doug McKown is former director of the canoeing program at the Banff National Army Cadet Camp. He is a certified canoe instructor and experienced canoe tripper living in Alberta, Canada.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Do We Do These Things?

Chapter 1. Live and Learn--Maybe

Lost Canoe on the Clearwater River, Dean Gyug

Experience on the Slater River, Pam Little

My First Wilderness Rapid--And Almost My Last, John Lentz

Good-Bye to an Old Friend, Doug McKown

Chapter 2. The Right Tool for the Right Job

Swamping on the Swampy Bay River, Sara Seager and Mike Wevrick

A Close Call, George Drought

Big Waves and Small Canoes, Jim Buckingham

Chapter 3. Random Acts of Nature

Whitewater with a Twist, Dave Christopherson

Grizzly Encounters on the Clarke and Thelon Rivers, Mel Baugham

Up the Creek Without a Canoe, Jack Stefanyk

Gail, Lee, and Bear Makes Three, Lee Pearson

Meeting the Big Wheel at the Wheeler, Laurel Archer

The Wild Nahanni, Pam Little

Adventure in the Night, Doug McKown

Foster River Burnout, Doug McKown

The Cat and the Rapids, Jim Buckingham

Chapter 4. Injury and Illness

The Heart of the Matter, Tom Brown

Where There's Fire, There's Fire, Doug McKown

The Lemon Theory Works, Tom Brown

Break a Leg, Doug McKown

A Feverish Trip on the Gull River, Mel Baugham

Burned, Tom Brown

A Trip Cut Short in Nootka Sound, Dean McLeod

Chapter 5. The Choices People Make

Leap for Life, Doug McKown

A Situation on the Kananaskis, Jim Buckingham

Broken Yoke Gorge on the Wathaman, Laurel Archer

The One-Minute Measurement, John Silver

All in a Day's Work, Doug McKown

Never Give Up, Cliff Jacobson

Mishap on the Notakwanon River, Bob Henderson and Warren Trimble

Keystone Canoeists, Doug McKown

Cool on the Credit River, Toni Harting

A Tragedy on the Bow, Doug McKown

A Bad Choice on the Manigatogan, Dean McLeod

Where Is Everyone? Bill Hosford

Have Map, Will Travel, John Buchanan

A Break at the End of the Day, John Silver

Where Exactly Are We? Doug McKown

Chapter 6. People Versus People

The Trip from Hell, George Drought

Decisions on the Arctic River, Ric Driediger

When Things Go Wrong, Hap Wilson

Chapter 7. Solo Adventures

Gordon River Breezes, Roger Parsons

Miracle at Stanley Mission, Jack Stefanyk

How to Christen a Canoe, Jim Buckingham

Trouble on the Vermilion, Doug McKown

Solo on Superior, Jim Greenacre

Chapter 8. It's All About Safety Awareness


About the Contributors

About the Editor

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