Alone Across The Arctic: One Woman's Epic Journey by Dog Team

Alone Across The Arctic: One Woman's Epic Journey by Dog Team

by Pam Flowers, Ann Dixon (With)

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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 survival—her survival—hinges on that mutual trust and love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780882408361
Publisher: West Margin Press
Publication date: 03/15/2011
Edition description: First Edition,Revised
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 7.02(w) x 9.99(h) x 0.28(d)

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 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.

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Alone Across the Arctic

One Woman's Epic Journey by Dog Team
By Pam Flowers

Alaska Northwest Books

Copyright © 2011 Pam Flowers
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780882408361

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

From the Publisher

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.

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Alone across the Arctic: One Woman's Epic Journey by Dog Team 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
EowynA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
sammimag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fascinating but not the best writing so it didn't hold me. Still way cool what she did, her determination and her courage.