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

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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.


Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9781556438820
SKU 211303136
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1556438826
Release Date 4/20/2010
Dimensions (in Inches) 9H x 6L x 1T
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Editors Note 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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Number of Pages 0281
Publisher North Atlantic Books

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