From Yellowstone to the Yukon on the Grizzly Bears' Trail
Author: Karsten Heuer
Pubpsher: The Mountaineers Books
Walking the Big Wild is the story of Karsten Heuer's extraordinary 18-month journey of hiking, skiing, and paddling across 2100 miles of mountains, forests, and rivers from Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming to the Canadian Yukon. Accompanied by occasional human companions and a remarkable border collie named Webster, Heuer encountered immense challenges: storms, avalanches, floods, and grizzlies. At the end of the journey, Heuer proved that there is nearly continuous wilderness that can support wildlife along the length of the Rockies-and is salvageable if the right decisions are made now. Karsten Heuer has worked as a wildlife biologist and park warden in Banff National Park in the Rockies, in Inuvik in Canada's far north, and in the Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa.
California boy Matt Mankiewitz hitchhikes to the remote fishing town of Cordova. He buys a decrepit old boat and net. Commercial fishing for the famed Copper River salmon is a solo operation and what Matt doesn’t know about boats and fishing is pretty much everything. The sand bars and towering waves of the Copper River Delta prove to be a very unforgiving place to learn. It is 1972. The war in Asia is tearing apart the country. Longhaired hippies are not universally welcomed in small Alaskan towns. Before long, Matt is enmeshed with Cordova’s quirky characters and their alliances and rivalries. He pisses off ex-mobster Marty Gauer and collides inextricably with “Black” Nick Vasiloff, who has never lost a bar fight and has been in far too many. Matt falls in love with Nick’s niece, the Russian-Aleut beauty Anna, but Anna may not be as smitten with Matt as he is with her. She seems in no hurry to leave Arnie, her highline fisherman boyfriend with his big paydays and his Silver Star from Vietnam. Getting involved with “other people’s women” and catching “other people’s fish” leads to inevitable and violent conflicts.
Release on 2013-06-17 | by John Davis,Wildlands Network
Part 1: From the Florida Peninsula to the Coastal Plain
Author: John Davis,Wildlands Network
Pubpsher: Island Press
This E-ssential is a three-part series that covers John Davis's epic journey from Florida to Maine. In 2011, with support from the Wildlands Network, Davis traveled 7,600 miles in 10 months from Florida to Maine by foot, bicycle, skis, and canoe/kayak. His extensive travels were motivated by wanting to answer the question “Is it possible in the twenty-first century to identify and protect a continental-long wildlife corridor that could help to protect eastern nature into the future?” John paints a vivid picture of the physical challenges of the trek, such as climbing the highest point in South Carolina with a heavily loaded bike and trying to consume the 8,000 calories per day he needed to fuel himself for the journey. As readers adventure with Davis, they will also share his evolving understanding of what it would take to implement an Eastern Wildway. Eastern wildlife, both seen and unseen, from Florida panthers to North Carolina’s red wolves to the ghosts of cougars farther north, are the real focus of this adventure as John explores how such wildness can coexist with human development in the most populated regions of the United States. The science and conservation of large-scale connectivity are brought to life by his travels—offering unique insights into the challenges and opportunities for creating an Eastern Wildway. This is a must-read for enthusiasts of hiking narratives, as well as professionals and students interested in issues related to large-scale connectivity. Compelling photographs and other graphics complement John’s fascinating story.
A guidebook to 30 circular walks in the Cotswolds, the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England. Ranging from 4 to 12 miles in length, the routes are graded from easy to strenuous, offering something for every walker. Fourteen of the routes described include sections of the Cotswold Way National Trail, a 102-mile walk that winds its way from Chipping Campden to Bath. Step-by-step route descriptions are accompanied by 1:50,000 mapping. There is plenty of information on the many points of interest passed en route, including Roman ruins, ancient stone circles, Neolithic long barrows and historic villages. Also included is a useful route table summary, information on accommodation, and details on the region's geology, landscape, plants and wildlife. Covering 790 square miles, the Cotswolds is home to lush green hills, picturesque valleys and beautiful beech woodlands. The impressive Edge - a remarkable limestone escarpment - offers ethereal views across the Vales of the Severn, Berkeley and Gloucester to the Malverns and the distant mountains of Wales.
As seen on Discovery Channel and for readers of Cheryl Strayed's Wild, Bill Bryson, Jon Krakauer, and David Grann, a riveting, adventurous account of one man’s history-making journey along the entire length of the Amazon—and through the most bio-diverse habitat on Earth. Fans of Turn Right at Machu Piccu will revel in Ed Stafford's extraordinary prose and lush descriptions. In April 2008, Ed Stafford set off to become the first man ever to walk the entire length of the Amazon. He started on the Pacific coast of Peru, crossed the Andes Mountain range to find the official source of the river. His journey lead on through parts of Colombia and right across Brazil; all while outwitting dangerous animals, machete wielding indigenous people as well as negotiating injuries, weather and his own fears and doubts. Yet, Stafford was undeterred. On his grueling 860-day, 4,000-plus mile journey, Stafford witnessed the devastation of deforestation firsthand, the pressure on tribes due to loss of habitats as well as nature in its true-raw form. Jaw-dropping from start to finish, Walking the Amazon is the unforgettable and gripping story of an unprecedented adventure. Walking the Amazon is also available in a Spanish edition entitled Caminado El Amazonas.
Joyce Engelson surely knows what shes writing about in Walking on the Bones as she spent 30 years as editor-in-chiefat top traditional publishers, editing and acquiring in all the genres. Shes worked with Richard Condon (who called her the smartest girl in town!), Norman Cousins, Heywood Hale Broun, Irving Howe, Samuel Shem (House of God), Gael Green, Ishmael Reed, Baxter Black (renowned cowboy poet and novelist,) Max Frisch, Myron Sharaf, Hettie Jones, Chandler Brossard and thatswell only the tip of the iceberg in a working career filled with many highlights. She acquired and edited: first contemporary comic captions book (Captions Courageous); the now famous Prizzi series by Richard Condon; one of the best selling sex therapy volumes of the 70s, Making Love, How To Be Your Own Sex Therapist; first successful Assertive Training volume: the multi-million-copy When I Say No, I Feel Guilty (still in print); and the wildly successful medical novel The House of God (four million copies, 28th anniversary). She is herself the author of two novels -- The Silent Slain (mystery) and Mountain of Villainy and many short stories published in Playboy (First woman published!) ,Atlantic Monthly, Quarterly Review of Literature, Quixote