Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada's Arctic

Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada's Arctic

National bestseller

A thrilling odyssey through an unforgiving landscape, from "Canada's greatest living explorer."

In the spring of 2017, Adam Shoalts, bestselling author and adventurer, set off on an unprecedented solo journey across North America's greatest wilderness. A place where, in our increasingly interconnected, digital world, it's still possible to wander for months without crossing a single road, or even see another human being.

Between his starting point in Eagle Plains, Yukon Territory, to his destination in Baker Lake, Nunavut, lies a maze of obstacles: shifting ice floes, swollen rivers, fog-bound lakes, and gale-force storms. And Shoalts must time his departure by the breakup of the spring ice, then sprint across nearly 4,000 kilometers of rugged, wild terrain to arrive before winter closes in.

He travels alone up raging rivers that only the most expert white-water canoeists dare travel even downstream. He must portage across fields of jagged rocks that stretch to the horizon, and navigate labyrinths of swamps, tormented by clouds of mosquitoes every step of the way. And the race against the calendar means that he cannot afford the luxuries of rest, or of making mistakes. Shoalts must trek tirelessly, well into the endless Arctic summer nights, at times not even pausing to eat.

But his reward is the adventure of a lifetime.

Heart-stopping, wonder-filled, and attentive to the majesty of the natural world, Beyond the Trees captures the ache for adventure that afflicts us all.

Title:Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada's Arctic
ISBN:9780735236837
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    Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada's Arctic Reviews

  • Bandit

    I devour travelogues and travel adventures the way a thoroughly unadventurous stationary person might. Voraciously. So I came across this one on Netgalley and it’s advertised as written by Canada’...

  • Ben Gigone

    My first travel log and I enjoyed it a lot. Would’ve loved to get inside Shoalts’ head a little bit more as the majority was simply describing the physicality of the trek. Adding a star because he...

  • Anne

    This is the sort of book I love to read in bed with the wind roaring outside and the rain lashing on the window. I'm tucked up cosy and comfortable reading about an adventurer canoeing alone across th...

  • Dorine

    Excellent real-life adventure. Full review coming to TheZestQuest.com soon and reposted here....

  • Brandon Forsyth

    I wish I liked this book more, but all I can really get to is admiration. Shoalts is everything you’d want from a modern day explorer: leaving only footprints, taking only photographs, respectful an...

  • Karrie

    Part personal journey, touches on history and black flies. Shoalts describes his journey in detail, but aside from it having not been done previously - there wasn't anything particularly unique about ...

  • Andrewl

    Just fascinating, in terms of both travel and writing.I read Shoalt's Against the North twice, so I pretty much knew I'd like this. Shoalts voyages solo across northern Canada over the course of a sum...

  • Gayle Noble

    Spring 2017 sees Adam Shoalts begin his incredible journey from Eagle Plains, Yukon Territory, by canoe and portaging to Baker Lake, Nunavut. He travels solo across a vast place where you can go witho...

  • George1st

    I must admit there is nothing I like reading quite as much as a real life adventure travel tale. Done well it can transport the imaginative reader to places they will never ever experience in their li...

  • Triumphal Reads

    *I did receive a digital version of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.Se more reviews at www.triumphalreads.comAfter first reading the book was going to be about a 4,000 kil...