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by Art Wolfe Details
Alaska remains one location that is singularly arresting to the American imagination. Twenty exceptional writers share their stories of work, play, and life in what is called the Last Frontier.
Alaska on Foot: Wilderness Techniques for the Far North
by Erik Molvar Details
Before you head out to this last frontier, know these essentials: map and compass skills, cross-country travel techniques, "leave no trace" camping practices, stream crossing, bear encounters, finding edible plants, locating salmon runs and more!
Alaska: Images of the Country
by Galen Rowell Details
A compelling portrait of modern Alaska pairs excerpts from John McPhee's classic "Coming into the Country" with photojournalist Galen Rowell's breathtaking images of the lands and people.
Alaska: Reflections on Land and Spirit
by Robert Hedin Details
This book contains 22 selections by John Muir, John McPhee, Barry Lopez, and others on Alaska and the neighboring Yukon, accompanied by an evocative collection of photographs of Eskimos.
Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration
by David Roberts Details
Douglas Mawson suffered starvation, the loss of his team and a crippling foot injury during the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1913.
Call of the American Wild: A Tenderfoot's Escape to Alaska
by Guy Grieve Details
Trapped in a job he hated and up to his neck in debt, Grieve's life was going nowhere. When his dream of escaping it all to live in remote Alaska suddenly came true, he was miles from the nearest human being and armed with only the most basic equipment. Grieve began carving a life for himself through fishing, hunting-- and diligently avoiding bears.
Into the Wild
by Jon Krakauer Details
Freshly graduated from college with a promising future ahead, Christopher McCandless walked out of his privileged life and into the wild in search of adventure. What happened to him on the way transformed this young wanderer into an enduring symbol for countless people, a fearless risk-taker who wrestled with the precarious balance between man and nature.
The Floor of Heaven: A True Tale of the Last Frontier and the Yukon Gold Rush
by Howard Blum Details
Using primary source materials from three individuals around whom the narrative revolves, best-selling author Blum tells a fascinating story of the 1897 Klondike Gold Rush.
The Last Wilderness: Alaska's Rugged Coast
by Michael McBride Details
This conservation expert dreamed of raising a family in wilderness isolation. After 15 years of dedication and struggle, he and his family built the environmentally conscious Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge. Their story conveys the beauty, joy and dangers of Alaska and the people they came to know.
The Nature of Gold: An Environmental History of the Klondike Gold Rush
by Kathryn Morse Details
In 1896, a small group of prospectors discovered a stunningly rich pocket of gold at the confluence of the Klondike and Yukon rivers, and in the following two years thousands of individuals traveled to the area, hoping to find wealth in a rugged and challenging setting. Ever since that time, the Klondike Gold Rush--especially as portrayed in photographs of long lines of gold seekers marching up Chilkoot Pass--has had a hold on the popular imagination.
Updated 02/15/2014
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