Alone Against the Arctic

Heritage House Publishing Co
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In the summer of 1984, Anthony Dalton embarked on a near-fatal voyage in a small open boat along the wild northwest coast of Alaska, attempting a solo transit of the Northwest Passage. His sea quest ran parallel to an arduous relief expedition undertaken in 1897-98, when the officers of the US cutter Bear set out to reach eight whaling ships that were stranded in thick ice, their crews on the verge of starvation. Both journeys are depicted in this captivating adventure tale, and Dalton's gripping description of his encounter with an icy hell explores the irresistible lure of risk and challenge that continues to draw adventurers to the Arctic, a place like no other.
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About the author

Anthony Dalton is a writer, adventurer and photographer. His expeditions have taken him across the Sahara, through the deserts of the Middle East, through the jungles of Bangladesh and into the Arctic. His adventure and boating-related articles have been published in magazines and newspapers in 20 countries and in nine languages. Anthony is past president of the Canadian Authors Association and is dedicated to the craft of writing. He divides his time between homes in Tsawwassen, BC, and the nearby Gulf Islands.

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Publisher
Heritage House Publishing Co
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Published on
Feb 1, 2011
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Pages
192
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ISBN
9781926936765
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Polar Regions
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