Alaska Dave Metz Crossing The Gates Of Alaska

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Crossing The Gates Of Alaska

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The snow forms the beginning of a near vertical chute that falls at least a thousand feet. My feet, shaking, manage to hug the thin edge of solid rock. I feel my heart creep to my throat and warm sweat drip down my back, defying the subzero Arctic air. Somehow I reach a plateau and think the worst is behind me. I couldn't be more wrong.

This is the story of Dave Metz's death-defying, breathtaking, and passionate journey through the Arctic outback. Driven by his lifetime reverence for the outdoors, Dave, with the help of his two beloved Airedale terrier dogs, embarks on a three-month epic of survival and astonishing determination that rivals the most daring world-class explorations.

I find myself on a gigantic trench hemmed in on both sides by peaks that look like ice-daggers from another world. The idea that I'm at the mercy of the wild sinks in. . .and I desperately want out of this endless, icebound maze.

Skiing up frozen rivers, enduring bitter nights at twenty below zero, and staggering across vast reaches of barren tundra and scrub woodlands, Metz's unprecedented 600-mile trek took him to the remotest regions of the untamed North. In frightening and stunning detail, he shows us an unwavering spirit and a compelling sense of adventure that can only be satisfied when truly free. . .

Dave Metz has been to Alaska over a dozen times in the last twenty years. He's kayaked across Alaska twice, once with his beloved dog Jonny riding in the bow, and lived there for two years in remote locations. He's also kayaked and trekked in Peru, Brazil, Canada, and Borneo, and has hiked across most of Oregon and Washington. Despite his forays away from home, he managed to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Portland State University, where he also did course work in zoology. He currently works for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife as a seasonal fish biologist. In addition to studying mammals and the preservation of indigenous cultures in rain forest regions, he continues zealously to embark on wilderness survival and exploration adventures, cycling, and hiking trips. He lives Philomath, Oregon.

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With only his two Airedale terriers along as companions, Metz skied from Kotzebue to Ambler and then hiked into the Alaskan interior, covering more than 300 miles in a journey along the Brooks Range. In his blow-by-blow account of seeing this remote part of America, he is refreshingly up front about relying on a satellite phone, GPS, and, at a critical juncture, a supply air drop, proving that preparedness is key to survival. While Metz is meticulous about logistical descriptions, he shies away from explaining just why he embarked on this trip. Further, while he’s emotional about his recently deceased dog, he leaves too many questions up in the air about his oft-mentioned girlfriend, who departs at the point of reunion. Armchair travelers and Krakauer fans will enjoy the death-defying descriptions. While there is no harm here, Metz offers yet another record of the travails of an outsider determined to conquer the North for his own reasons without considering the lives of those satisfied simply to live there. --Colleen Mondor

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