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The sun is a compass : a 4,000-mile journey into the Alaskan wilds

Author: Caroline Van Hemert
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown Spark, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Documents the biologist adventurer's treks in the vast wilderness region spanning the Pacific rainforest through the Alaskan Arctic, where she and her husband tested their physical boundaries while making profound natural-world connections.
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Autobiography
Biographies
Travel writing
Biography
Named Person: Caroline Van Hemert
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Caroline Van Hemert
ISBN: 9780316414425 0316414425
OCLC Number: 1089253800
Language Note: Text in English.
Notes: Includes index.
Description: vii, 308 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Contents: Prologue: Swimming the Chandalar --
Part one: ZUGUNRUHE. Alaskan kid; New York meets Alaska; What came before; Now is the only time --
Part two: INSIDE PASSAGE. Preparations; Launch; Storm days; Chasing tides; Rules of the sea--
Part three: YUKON. Into the mountains; Border crossing; Yukon days; Wind River--
Part four: Arctic Coast. Mackenzie Delta; Capsized; A land of change; Barter Island --
Part five: BROOKS RANGE. Arctic pulse; Brooks Range anniverary; Pingaluk; Takahula Lake; Caribou Crossing; Noatak stories; Final days --
Epilogue: Three on the Lost Coast.
Responsibility: Caroline Van Hemert.

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