Rowing the Northwest Passage

Rowing the Northwest Passage

Adventure, Fear, and Awe in A Rising Sea

Book - 2017
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"In this gripping first-hand account, four seasoned adventurers navigate a sophisticated, high-tech rowboat across the Northwest Passage. One of the 'last firsts' remaining in the adventure world, this journey is only possible because of the dramatic impacts of global warming in the high Arctic, which provide an ironic opportunity to draw attention to the growing urgency of climate change. Along the way, the team repeatedly face life-threatening danger from storms unparalleled in their ferocity and unpredictability and bears witness to unprecedented changes in the Arctic habitat and inhabitants, while weathering gale-force vitriol from climate change deniers who have taken to social media to attack them and undermine their efforts."--
Publisher: Vancouver ; Berkeley : Greystone Books, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781771641340
Branch Call Number: 910.916327 VALLE
Characteristics: 226 pages : colour illustrations ; 22 cm


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Oct 10, 2017

An extremely disappointing book. The cover states "Crossing the Northwest Passage under human power is one the 'last firsts' remaining in the adventure world, ..." . That and the title makes one believe that this is what the author and his team did. But they didn't. At most, they rowed about one third of the route and then gave up. This was in 2013, and they did not return in subsequent years to complete the voyage. Further there is no map, which is an essential ingredient in this type of travel adventure book. Finally, over a quarter of the book consists of the author (not a climate scientist) presenting the case for man-made global warming and the impact on the Arctic.

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