Encounters From A Kayak

Author: Nigel Foster
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0762790164
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Encounters From A Kayak from the Author: Nigel Foster. What makes travel special? Perhaps the chill realization that a polar bear's eyes are fixed on you. Maybe it is the chance meeting with a man who buries sharks in a beach, only to dig them up months later, not out of morbid curiosity, but for food. Perhaps it is the undulating wing-beat of a dark shell-less gastropod in the canal of a 17th Century French sea port, or the criminal history of a rusting ship with a tree growing from its hold.Encounters in a Kayak brings the reader along on the magical experiences that surround sea kayaking. It’s about the animals, people, and special places around the globe that have grabbed the attention of renowned kayaker and writer Nigel Foster. His irrepressible curiosity drives him to tease out the unexpected stories hidden behind his subjects. These nuggets from around the world are bound together by water and a centuries-old form of sea travel: kayak. The result is a book of broad appeal for those interested in kayaking, traveling, and adventure.

The Art Of Kayaking

Author: Nigel Foster
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1493025716
Size: 24.11 MB
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The Art Of Kayaking from the Author: Nigel Foster. The Art of Kayaking is the distilled essence of a lifetime of kayak instruction at all skill levels around the world, with the added insights gained from years of designing kayaks, paddles, and kayaking equipment. This comprehensive kayaking manual by one of the biggest names in kayaking offers more essential detail about commonly used techniques than ever before published in a single volume. Color photo action sequences show how to perfect skills, and how to apply them. Maps, tables, and diagrams walk the reader through essential planning steps. No matter which type of kayak, paddle, or style of paddling the reader prefers, the appropriate techniques are described clearly and concisely. The progression through the book makes it easy to start as a beginner and to access as much information as can be tackled at any stage of development up to and including the expert. It is a definitive manual designed to stand the test of time

Fearless

Author: Joe Glickman
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0762783060
Size: 11.20 MB
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Fearless from the Author: Joe Glickman. Like the instant classic The Last American Man, Fearless is the story of a remarkable individual who accepts no personal limits—including fear. Freya Hoffmeister, a forty-six-year-old former sky diver, gymnast, marksman, and Miss Germany contestant, left her twelve-year-old son behind to paddle alone and unsupported around Australia—a year-long adventure that virtually every expert guaranteed would get her killed. She planned not only to survive the 9,420-mile trip through huge, shark-infested seas, but to do it faster than the only other paddler who did it. As journalist and expert kayaker Joe Glickman details the voyage of this Teutonic force of nature, he captures interminable days on the water and nights camped out on deserted islands; hair-raising encounters with crocs and great white sharks; and the daring 300-mile open-ocean crossing that shaved three weeks off her trip. For 332 days Glickman followed Freya’s journey on her blog—along with a far-flung audience of awestruck, even lovesick, groupies—as she took on one terrifying ordeal after the next. In the end, he says, “her vanity and pigheadedness paled next to her nearly superhuman ability to master fear and persevere.”

Steller S Island

Author: Dean Littlepage
Publisher: The Mountaineers Books
ISBN: 9781594850578
Size: 19.24 MB
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Steller S Island from the Author: Dean Littlepage. "Stellar's Island is a fascinating tale of exploration in the era of sailing ships. It is about courage and scientific curiosity, even in uncharted waters, alien lands, and desperate circumstances, undaunted in the face of storms, scurvy, and shipwreck."--Jacket.

On Polar Tides

Author: Nigel Foster
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1493025694
Size: 49.27 MB
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On Polar Tides from the Author: Nigel Foster. In 1981, Nigel Foster flew to Canada’s Baffin Island to begin a solo kayak trip south toward northern Labrador. After crossing the 40-mile wide Hudson Strait in howling winds and fighting a 10 knot tide race, Foster crash-landed on a small island in the dark. He had frostbitten fingers and was 300 miles from the closest village. With unimaginable good fortune, eight days later he ran across an oil tanker and hitched a ride south. He had survived—marking one of the most notable solo crossings in history—but the failure of the second portion of the trip he had originally planned haunted him. In 2004, Foster returned to northern Labrador with his then girlfriend (now wife) Kristin Nelson. Launching from Kuujjuaq in Northern Quebec, the couple paddled the Ungava Bay coast—which has one of the largest tidal variances in the world—to the place Foster had boarded the oil tanker 23 years earlier. From this remote location, the couple completed the trip to Nain that Foster originally planned for 1981. They encountered more polar bears than people. The story of the two trips forms the backbone for On Polar Tides—Originally self-published as Stepping Stones in 2009—which offers an intimate and insightful view of Ungava and Labrador. The new, revised edition includes gripping recollections of the polar adventures and 54 color photographs.

Southern Exposure

Author: Chris Duff
Publisher: Falcon Guides
ISBN: 9780762725953
Size: 18.57 MB
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Southern Exposure from the Author: Chris Duff. An extraordinary account of the author's 1700-mile circumnavigation of New Zealand's South Island by sea kayak, combining high adventure on terrifying seas with an inner journey of the mind.

Adventure Kayaking Inland Waters

Author: Don Skillman
Publisher: Wilderness Press
ISBN: 0899972500
Size: 48.61 MB
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Adventure Kayaking Inland Waters from the Author: Don Skillman. Paddle the premier inland waters of the Western States, where the scenery ranges from the fjord-like Ross Lake, nestled in the shadow of Washington State's Cascade Range, to the eroded, red-rocks of Utah's Lake Powell. Expert kayaker Don Skillman describes a range of varied trips to satisfy every type of kayaker.

Kayak Adventure In Siberia

Author: Detlev Dr. Henschel
Publisher: epubli
ISBN: 3737561028
Size: 28.66 MB
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Kayak Adventure In Siberia from the Author: Detlev Dr. Henschel. After Dr. Detlev Henschel’s legendary 2,500-kilometre solo kayak expedition across the Baltic Sea from Flensburg (Germany) to the Arctic Circle, where he largely survived on ‘bush tucker’, this time the seasoned survival trainer, best-selling author and Doctor of Science set off on a thrilling adventure around the deepest lake in the world (a mile!) in Siberia (eastern Russia): Lake Baikal. It turned out to be an intrepid voyage full surprises and ‘Russian improvisation’: encounters with the Russian mafia, unique nature, a host of hungry bears, storms, forest fires stretching for hundreds of kilometres, people who looked as if they were straight out of Once Upon a Time in the West and a chance meeting with a kayaking couple from America. Despite the poor odds the Russians on the Baikal gave him of making it back in one piece, Detlev embarked on the 2,000-kilometre circumnavigation of the ‘Fountain of the Earth’, as Siberians call their sacred lake, solo in a kayak. On this for the most part solitary expedition ‘at water level’, he got closer to the soul of the lake and the people around it than anyone before him. (The books of the Arctic Circle expedition Going Solo on the Baltic Sea, Eat or Die! and Japan’s Hinterland - A diary are also being translated into English and will be published this year, along with Namibia off the Road about Detlev’s time as the owner of a safari business in Africa.)

Encounters With The Archdruid

Author: John McPhee
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374708630
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Encounters With The Archdruid from the Author: John McPhee. The narratives in this book are of journeys made in three wildernesses - on a coastal island, in a Western mountain range, and on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The four men portrayed here have different relationships to their environment, and they encounter each other on mountain trails, in forests and rapids, sometimes with reserve, sometimes with friendliness, sometimes fighting hard across a philosophical divide.