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Rowing to Latitude: Journeys Along the Arctic's Edge

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Jill Fredston has traveled more than twenty thousand miles of the Arctic and sub-Arctic-backwards. With her ocean-going rowing shell and her husband, Doug Fesler, in a small boat of his own, she has disappeared every summer for years, exploring the rugged shorelines of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Spitsbergen, and Norway. Carrying what they need to be self-sufficient, the two of them have battled mountainous seas and hurricane-force winds, dragged their boats across jumbles of ice, fended off grizzlies and polar bears, been serenaded by humpback whales and scrutinized by puffins, and reveled in moments of calm.

As Fredston writes, these trips are "neither a vacation nor an escape, they are a way of life."

Rowing to Latitude is a lyrical, vivid celebration of these northern journeys and the insights they inspired. It is a passionate testimonial to the extraordinary grace and fragility of wild places, the power of companionship, the harsh but liberating reality of risk, the lure of discovery, and the challenges and joys of living an unconventional life.

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"Fredston provides a captivating chronicle of her lifelong obsession with rowing and the wild, open spaces it takes her to." San Francisco Chronicle

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"Vivid, even poetic....A celebration of wild northern places, but also an examination of the lessons gleaned along the way." Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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"As with most trips, Rowing to Latitude rewards you when you finally get to where you're going. Fredston makes you see wilderness as a more precious commodity than you thought, and inspires you to stretch your limits physically and mentally." The San Diego Union-Tribune

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"A vivid portrait of wilderness rowing....Full of intriguing personal digressions and moments of high drama." The Wall Street Journal

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"An honest and self-aware woman's record of her unusual life and a shrewd analytical look at human existence as a balance of danger and joy." The Women's Review of Books

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"[Fredston] sticks to telling good stories about battling, on primitive terms, the weather, the water, the land, the animals and some of the demons that haunt us all." Anchorage Daily News

Review:

"Rowing to Latitude would be just another human-conquers-nature thriller if it wasn't for Jill Fredston's writing....Erudite, heartfelt, eloquent, adventurous, witty, tragic, liberating, concerned, poetic, blunt — all this can happen on a single page, and very often does. Her entire book has the quality of the moods of the sea, vividly personalized by her ability to melt the descriptive into the spiritual." The Midwest Book Review

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"The book is far more than an adventure travel narrative. It also is deeply personal memoir and love story." The Salt Lake Tribune

Synopsis:

Fredston has traveled more than 20,000 miles of the Arctic and sub-Arctic-backwards. This book is a celebration of these journeys and a passionate testimonial to the extraordinary grace and fragility of wild places, the power of companionship, and the harsh but liberating reality of risk.

About the Author

Jill Fredston and her husband, Doug Fesler, are avalanche experts and co-directors of the Alaska Mountain Safety Center. When they are not rowing, they live near Anchorage.

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PM, November 30, 2013 (view all comments by PM)
If you like extreme adventure and survival stories on the ocean, read about Jill and her husband as they explore the coasts of Canada, Alaska, Greenland, and beyond during late eighties and nineties. The couple designed specific rowing boats to handle heavy cargo and be sea worthy in ocean waves. You will delight in the tenacity and luck with their covering thousands of miles by human power and without satellite phones or rescue availability. They experienced wildlife camping on the beaches, storms at sea, glaciers calving, whales in ice (unforgettable description and discovery), native people, and Northern snow covered lands.
Jill views life realistically in her diary entries; she is also deeply moved by life. She gives us glimpses into how her adventures allow her to deal with grief, death, and hardship once she returns from this ocean excursions.
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peter in port, June 22, 2007 (view all comments by peter in port)
Jill Fredston, was born to successful upper middle class parents and raised in suburban Westchester County, New York. Her normal life path would have been to go to law school, or marry a doctor, have kids, and drive them to the mall and lacrosse practice in an expensive SUV. Instead, Jill followed her early obsession with rowboats, and became a world class rower in college. From there she moved to Alaska, and met her husband, a scraggly, previously married dyslectic. The two explore the northern reaches of Alaskan wilderness in two boats, his a kayak facing forward, and hers, an ocean going rowboat scull. The tales of encounters with polar bears are well written, and make for terrific reading. Cheers to an author who took a less traveled path.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780865476554
Subtitle:
Journeys Along the Arctic's Edge
Author:
Fredston, Jill
Author:
Fredston, Jill A.
Publisher:
North Point Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Canoes and canoeing
Subject:
Polar Regions
Subject:
Travelers
Subject:
Canoeists
Subject:
Sports - General
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
78-214
Publication Date:
20021010
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
8.27 x 5.54 x 0.835 in

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Product details 312 pages North Point Press - English 9780865476554 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Fredston provides a captivating chronicle of her lifelong obsession with rowing and the wild, open spaces it takes her to."
"Review" by , "Vivid, even poetic....A celebration of wild northern places, but also an examination of the lessons gleaned along the way."
"Review" by , "As with most trips, Rowing to Latitude rewards you when you finally get to where you're going. Fredston makes you see wilderness as a more precious commodity than you thought, and inspires you to stretch your limits physically and mentally."
"Review" by , "A vivid portrait of wilderness rowing....Full of intriguing personal digressions and moments of high drama."
"Review" by , "An honest and self-aware woman's record of her unusual life and a shrewd analytical look at human existence as a balance of danger and joy."
"Review" by , "[Fredston] sticks to telling good stories about battling, on primitive terms, the weather, the water, the land, the animals and some of the demons that haunt us all."
"Review" by , "Rowing to Latitude would be just another human-conquers-nature thriller if it wasn't for Jill Fredston's writing....Erudite, heartfelt, eloquent, adventurous, witty, tragic, liberating, concerned, poetic, blunt — all this can happen on a single page, and very often does. Her entire book has the quality of the moods of the sea, vividly personalized by her ability to melt the descriptive into the spiritual."
"Review" by , "The book is far more than an adventure travel narrative. It also is deeply personal memoir and love story."
"Synopsis" by , Fredston has traveled more than 20,000 miles of the Arctic and sub-Arctic-backwards. This book is a celebration of these journeys and a passionate testimonial to the extraordinary grace and fragility of wild places, the power of companionship, and the harsh but liberating reality of risk.
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