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Braving It: A Father, a Daughter, and an Unforgettable Journey into the Alaskan Wild

Braving It: A Father, a Daughter, and an Unforgettable Journey into the Alaskan Wild

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Author: Campbell, James

Brand: Broadway Books

Color: White

Edition: Reprint

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  • BROADWAY

Number Of Pages: 384

Release Date: 09-05-2017

Details: Product Description The powerful and affirming story of a father's journey with his teenage daughter to the far reaches of Alaska   Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, home to only a handful of people, is a harsh and lonely place. So when James Campbell’s cousin Heimo Korth asked him to spend a summer building a cabin in the rugged Interior, Campbell hesitated about inviting his fifteen-year-old daughter, Aidan, to join him: Would she be able to withstand clouds of mosquitoes, the threat of grizzlies, bathing in an ice-cold river, and hours of grueling labor peeling and hauling logs? But once there, Aidan embraced the wild. She even agreed to return a few months later to help the Korths work their traplines and hunt for caribou and moose. Despite windchills of 50 degrees below zero, father and daughter ventured out daily to track, hunt, and trap. Under the supervision of Edna, Heimo’s Yupik Eskimo wife, Aidan grew more confident in the woods. Campbell knew that in traditional Eskimo cultures, some daughters earned a rite of passage usually reserved for young men. So he decided to take Aidan back to Alaska one final time before she left home. It would be their third and most ambitious trip, backpacking over Alaska’s Brooks Range to the headwaters of the mighty Hulahula River, where they would assemble a folding canoe and paddle to the Arctic Ocean. The journey would test them, and their relationship, in one of the planet’s most remote places: a land of wolves, musk oxen, Dall sheep, golden eagles, and polar bears. At turns poignant and humorous, Braving It is an ode to America’s disappearing wilderness and a profound meditation on what it means for a child to grow up—and a parent to finally, fully let go. Review An Outside Magazine Best Book of 2017Silver Winner of the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award—Travel BookFinalist for the Banff Mountain Book Competition — Adventure Travel "In Campbell’s moving memoir, which doubles as a kind of extreme parenting guide, crisply detailed scenes are stacked with rural perils and pleasures, from treacherous canoeing, solitary fly-fishing and cabin building to grizzly bear threats and emotional nuance between a very loving parent and child." — New York Times Match Book "One of the reasons we read books like Braving It [is] to experience what we may never have the particular courage to and share the terror and thrills of those who do….And Aidan is exceptional, choosing to ditch friends and devices in order to rough it. It is invigorating to meet a young woman hellbent on self-sufficiency, to watch her twist the head off a just-shot caribou and bop around the campsite, bear bells jingling around her neck….Mr. Campbell has set his daughter on the hero’s journey and offered her the inviolable obligation of the parent: to show his child that she needs to save her own life and that she can.” —The Wall Street Journal "It’s a funny and emotional story. But why put your daughter—and yourself—at such risk? Because Campbell, who spent time himself as a teenager in Alaska, knows that nothing teaches you more about life than wilderness can." — Outside  “Campbell’s prose captures both the difficulties and pleasures on offer in the extreme wild... Parents who enjoy Campbell’s adventures vicariously might find themselves contemplating their own family outing.”  —Richmond Times Dispatch “James Campbell describes … trips to Alaska, where father and daughter faced off with grizzlies, battled clouds of mosquitos, capsized in a freezing river—and pushed the bond between them to its limits.” —National Geographic " Braving It is a detailed portrayal of terrain so harsh it would give any seasoned outdoorsman pause, complete with grizzlies, brushes with hypothermia, and a growing bond that is honest, hard-earned, and touching." — Men's Journal “Campbell, through his descriptions and thoughtful reflection, brings to life the Arctic's great beauty, expanse and values as a wilderness and

EAN: 9780307461254

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

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