Evocative and mesmerizing, Cold Oceans is the thrilling story of Jon Turk's expeditions to some of the most inhospitable regions on earth. Guided by his restless spirit and tales of Elizabethan explorers, Turk first heads off alone to kayak around Cape Horn. But while paddling through the rain and mists, a racing storm scuttles his plans. On his next trip he and his partner, Chris Seashore, attempt to row the Northwest Passage in a single season, but find themselves more often dragging than rowing their boat through the half-frozen, gelatinous sea. Two years later Turk attempts to run a dog team up the east coast of Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic, making his final camp beneath a wind-varnished iceberg locked into a frozen sea. On his last expedition he's again joined by Chris (now his wife) as they paddle sea kayaks along an ancient Inuit migration route from Ellesmere Island to Greenland. Turk writes with grace, humor, and assured knowledge of the Arctic landscape, a story of love, self-discovery, and his exuberant passion for wild places.
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From its opening passages, Jon Turk's Cold Oceans chronicles explorations in both exterior and interior landscapes. In honest, accessible prose, Turk retraces more than two decades of his varied and stirring adventures--attempting to round Cape Horn solo in a kayak, rowing the Northwest Passage, dogsledding the east coast of Baffin Island, and kayaking from Ellesmere Island to Greenland. As Turk plunges headlong through icy seas, repeated and assorted blunders, and bouts of personal lows, he transcends mere adventure storytelling to explore a changing notion of himself, deepening relationships, and the nature of failure and true success. These passages contain some of Cold Oceans's greatest riches.
With a host of explorers along as inspirational and literary companions, Turk evokes a landscape of life and history intertwined. After a daring 15-hour crossing to Greenland, Turk wrestles with polar explorer Robert Peary's notion of success, defined by fame and fortune, concluding, "What mattered was that he [Peary] communicated his passion to the world." And this is the success that Turk has achieved in Cold Oceans.
Although the saga of choosing a life of adventure to stave off a more rooted and standard existence may seem a common tale, it is Turk's contemplation of this lifestyle choice that offers some of the book's finest insights. Ultimately, Turk's wanderings reveal how a thirst for adventure can at once drive, fragment, and unify a life. This incongruity is perhaps one of a traveler's greatest ponderings, and Cold Oceans confronts it boldly, piercing the heart of what it means to adventure. --Byron RicksAbout the Author:
Jon Turk, a chemist by training and an adventurer by avocation, has written numerous environmental and earth science textbooks. He has also written for Rock & Ice, Paddler, Sea Kayaker, and other publications. He lives with his wife and expedition partner, Chris Seashore, in Darby, Montana, and in the Kootenay Mountains of British Columbia.
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Book Description Perennial (HarperCollins), 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060929251
Book Description Perennial (HarperCollins), 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060929251
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