Eight sled dogs and one woman set out from Barrow, Alaska, to mush 2,500 miles. "ALONE ACROSS THE ARCTIC" chronicles this astounding expedition. For an entire year, Pam Flowers and her dogs made this epic journey across North America arctic coast. The first woman to make this trip solo, Pam endures and deals with intense blizzards, melting pack ice, and a polar bear. Yet in the midst of such danger, Pam also relishes the time alone with her beloved team. Their survivalher survivalhinges on that mutual trust and love.
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About the Author
Pam Flowers is the fourteenth recipient of the Gold Medal from the Society of Woman Geographers, following in the footsteps of Amelia Earhart, Margaret Mead, and Jane Goodall. Named an Outsider of the Year by OUTSIDE MAGAZINE, she has participated in nine Arctic expeditions and completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail.
Pam is the author of ORDINARY DOGS, EXTRAORDINARY FRIENDSHIPS; ELLIE’S LONG WALK; HUG A HUSKY; DOUGGIE and, along with Ann Dixon, is the coauthor of ALONE ACROSS THE ARCTIC: ONE WOMAN’S EPIC JOURNEY BY DOG TEAM and BIG-ENOUGH ANNA.
Pam has spoken to more than 700,000 students at over 1,200 schools and has spoken at the Smithsonian, the St. Louis Science Center, and hundreds of public libraries.
Ann Dixon is the author of eight picture books for children and one nonfiction title for young adults, as well as poems, essays, and nonfiction for adults. She lives in Homer, Alaska, where she works as the director of the Homer Public Library. Her children’s books have garnered numerous awards, including the National Outdoor Book Award, Ben Franklin Award, and Patricia Gallagher Award. She and her husband have two grown daughters. anndixon.net
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Alone Across the ArcticOne Woman's Epic Journey by Dog Team
By Pam Flowers
Alaska Northwest BooksCopyright © 2011 Pam Flowers
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After leaving Shingle Point, we entered the Mackenzie River Delta, a maze of frozen river channels lined with steep banks and willow thickets. The stubby, two-foot shrubs were the closest thiing to trees we'd seen in more than three months---a welcome sight until we tried moving through them. My idea that it would be quickest to head straight across the delta was quickly proven wrong.
March 18th -4F 15 M.P.H S/SE 32 miles
Douggie remembered the hard struggle yesterday and didn't want to enter the thicket. I couldn't blame him. We took an early lunch break and I climbed a nearby pingo to look around. I could see no way around this jungle that lay ahead of us.
I gave Douggie the command to go forward and he reluctantly pushed his head into the first bunch of branches. The snow was punchy and about a foot deep. The willow branches kept grabbing att he gangline and, in the course of an hour, managed to snag Lucy, Sojo, Roald, Robert, Matt, Anna, Alice, and Douggie. Every time a dog got snagged, our little train came to a stop and I had to wade up and free their line.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements Page 3
Map Page 6-7
Ch 1 Beginnings Page 9
Ch 2 Training Page 21
Ch 3 The Expedition: Across Alaska Page 40
Ch 4 The Expedition: Across Canada Page 58
Expedition Supply List Page 116
Glossary Page 117
Index Page 119
What People are Saying About This
An inspring story, well told. Booklist
A fine armchair read....packed with ongoing action. The Bookwatch
Forget mystery novels! I couldn't put this book down.
-Patrica McConnell, Ph.D, Host of Calling All Pets, PBS radio, and a certified Applied Animal Behaviorist.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is probably the best book I have ever read. It is about A woman named Pam Flowers that travels an amazing 2,500 miles with her dogsled team of 8 dogs and 2 of the dogs barely over a year old.It tells you about her grasp for survival along with her 8 dogs. I think it is amazing how she survived everything that she includes. I would give this book two thumbs up and 1000 stars if I could.
This is the story of a woman who is determined to retrace the route of earlier explorers. They had travelled by dog sled from east to west - she did it west to east. She and her dogs survive, and have adventures, some caused by a several-weeks' early thaw (for they can only travel in winter), some caused by her lead dog deciding to adventure on his own. Not an adventure I would ever set for myself, but she was passionate about doing the journey. Glad I could read about it in the comfort of my own chair.
Fascinating but not the best writing so it didn't hold me. Still way cool what she did, her determination and her courage.