Voyage of the Manteno: The Education of a Modern-Day Expeditioner

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  • This book has been republished under the new title, "The Lost Raft."

  • In 1995, John Haslett went to a tiny fishing village in Ecuador to begin building a thirty-thousand-pound raft made entirely of balsa wood, bamboo, and manila rope. Inspired by Thor Heyerdahl's famed Kon-Tiki voyage, Haslett intended to sail five thousand nautical miles across the open sea to Hawaii. What transpired, however, was anything but a recreation of Heyerdahl's famous voyage. Over the next five years, Haslett and his crews journeyed through a surreal odyssey of madness, mutiny, obsession, and survival. They lived aboard primitive rafts for months at a time, were marooned in alien worlds, saw one vessel sunk, another abandoned, and another wrecked. Ultimately, Haslett and his colleagues would emerge with new discoveries about a lost culture. Voyage of the Manteno is an ancient sea tale, lived by modern men. It is a compelling adventure brought to life by a cast of characters who vary from the ordinary, to the heroic, to an Ahab-like crewman who teetered on the brink of insanity. A tale of hope, survival, and discovery, Voyage of the Manteno is the true story of two harrowing expeditions in the late 1990s.

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    This book has now been republished under a new title, "The Lost Raft." The new addition contains maps and extra photos not contained in the original book. The text, however, remains the same.

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    John Haslett is a full-time expeditioner. He has written articles for such magazines and journals as QST and Archaeology. The story of his Manteno expedition was the subject of a two-hour special aired on the Outdoor Life Network. Other stories of his expeditions appeared on ABCNews.com and CNN.com and in The Dallas Morning News as well as The Oakland Tribune. See the author's Web site at www.balsaraft.com.

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