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Death on the Barrens: A True Story of Courage and Tragedy in the Canadian Arctic

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Set in the remote arctic region of Northern Canada, this book takes readers on a harrowing canoe voyage that results in tragedy, redemption, and, ultimately, transformation. George Grinnell was one of six young men who set off on the 1955 expedition led by experienced wilderness canoeist Art Moffatt. Poorly planned and executed, the journey seemed doomed from the start. Ignoring the approaching winter, the men became entranced with the peace and beauty of the arctic in autumn. As winter closed in, they suddenly faced numbing cold and dwindling food. When the crew is swept over a waterfall, Moffatt is killed and most of the gear and emergency food supplies destroyed. Confronting freezing conditions and near starvation, the remaining crew struggled to make it back to civilization. For Grinnell, the three-month expedition was both a rite of passage and a spiritual odyssey. In the Barrens, he lost his sense of identity and what he had been conditioned to think about society and himself. Forever changed by the experience, he unsparingly describes how the expedition influenced his adult life and what powerful insights he was able to glean from this life-altering experience.

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In 1955, five young men set off on a canoe trip through Canada's arctic. The group was unprepared for the winter, and their leader died of hypothermia. Author George Grinnell was there, and it took him 50 years to write this powerful account of wilderness travel and spiritual exploration.

About the Author

George Grinnell taught the history of science and intellectual history at McMaster University in Ontario from 1967 to 1991. He currently teaches meditation classes and lives in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Artist Roderick MacIver is the founder of Heron Dance, a nonprofit organization that celebrates the human connection to nature through art and words.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781556438820
Author:
Grinnell, George
Publisher:
North Atlantic Books
Author:
Grinnell, George James
Author:
Maciver, Roderick
Author:
Luste, George
Subject:
Arctic regions Description and travel.
Subject:
Canada, Northern Description and travel.
Subject:
Canada
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Adventurers & Explorers
Subject:
TRAVEL / Canada
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
66 BandW ILLUS. 8 BandW PHOTOS
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
9 x 6.02 x 0.66 in 1.04 lb

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