Alone Against the North: An Expedition into the Unknown

  • Title: Alone Against the North: An Expedition into the Unknown
  • Author: Adam Shoalts
  • ISBN: 9780143193975
  • Page: 245
  • Format: Paperback
  • Alone Against the North An Expedition into the Unknown The age of exploration is not over When Adam Shoalts ventured into the largest unexplored wilderness on the planet he hoped to set foot where no one had ever gone before What he discovered surprised
    The age of exploration is not over When Adam Shoalts ventured into the largest unexplored wilderness on the planet, he hoped to set foot where no one had ever gone before What he discovered surprised even him Shoalts was no stranger to the wilderness He had hacked his way through jungles and swamp, had stared down polar bears and climbed mountains But one spot on theThe age of exploration is not over When Adam Shoalts ventured into the largest unexplored wilderness on the planet, he hoped to set foot where no one had ever gone before What he discovered surprised even him Shoalts was no stranger to the wilderness He had hacked his way through jungles and swamp, had stared down polar bears and climbed mountains But one spot on the map called out to him irresistibly the Hudson Bay Lowlands, a trackless expanse of muskeg and lonely rivers, caribou and wolf an of the north, parts of which to this day remain unexplored Cutting through this forbidding landscape is a river no explorer, trapper, or canoeist had left any record of paddling It was this river that Shoalts was obsessively determined to explore It took him several attempts, and years of research But finally, alone, he found the headwaters of the mysterious river He believed he had discovered what he had set out to find But the adventure had just begun Unexpected dangers awaited him downstream Gripping and often poetic, Alone Against the North is a classic adventure story of single minded obsession, physical hardship, and the restless sense of wonder that every explorer has in common But what does exploration mean in an age when satellite imagery of even the remotest corner of the planet is available to anyone with a phone Is there anything left to explore What Shoalts discovered as he paddled downriver was a series of unmapped waterfalls that could easily have killed him Just as astonishing was the media reaction when he got back to civilization He was crowned Canada s Indiana Jones and appeared on morning television He was feted by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and congratulated by the Governor General People were enthralled by Shoalts s proof that the world is bigger than we think Shoalts s story makes it clear that the world can become known only by getting out of our cars and armchairs, and setting out into the unknown, where every step is different from the one before, and something you may never have imagined lies around the next curve in the river From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. A one-man dominates nature against all odds attitude is far more evident than the love of stewardship and conservation the author professes within these pages. While no doubt the author has made an exciting foray into the Canadian wilderness and a great contribution to exploration, what could have made for a gripping story was overshadowed by 1) sloppy story-telling, and 2) the narrator's ego-- which is roughly the size of the great white north. To his credit, the author does well reporting the [...]

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    2. Loved the subject, loved the story. Shoalts' account of it, however, comes across as immature and narcissistic. His main literary device seems to be building himself up by making everyone else in the book appear as bumbling, less skilled, less courageous, less determined, less knowledgeable.you get the picture. He even manages to make his own father seem inferior. I thought perhaps that I was reading too much into his narrative but then I saw him on TV and heard him speak at an event. There's an [...]

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    3. There have been some complaints from readers about this author's ego; complaints that the book is about him, more than it is about the Canadian Wilderness. But, perhaps, all great adventurers are somewhat self-centred; what could possibly make them risk their lives the way they do if not for some deep inner ego-driven force. They clearly do it, not so much for the knowledge gained but out of a compulsion for adventure; their thirst for seeing what's around the next corner; their thrill in riskin [...]

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    4. I received an advance copy of this book through Giveaways. When I first received the book, I figured it would be a bit of a slog for me. I vastly prefer fiction over non, am not even remotely an outdoorsy type, and thought the premise was perhaps a bit too thin to build a book upon. A whole book about some guy canoeing in the Canadian wilderness? It turned out to be a fabulous read. The book was entertaining, at times humorous, intelligent, and educational. The author and explorer is very knowl [...]

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    5. I've only recently started to enjoy non-fiction and they've mostly been stories of outdoor expeditions, excursions, and life altering and enriching experiences. This book I enjoyed all the more because of its Canadian content. I've actually been to some of the northern Ontario cities referenced in the book and ridden the Polar Bear Express. Enough of me! This book was well written and I enjoyed learning some history I was unaware of. Adam Shoalts has a love of adventure, the land, and a level of [...]

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    6. This is an incredible account of a real-life adventure story. Adam writes with intelligence and humour, drawing the reader into a world of unbelievable isolation and formidable challenges. "Alone Against the North" is impressive, engaging, and completely unique. It would make a great documentary.

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    7. This book definitely grips you from the start, I found that I couldn't put the book down until I finished it. I've never read this type of book before, but I saw the author speak at Toronto's Word on the Street literary festival, and was intrigued. Reading the book, I felt like I was walking right beside the author through every swamp and forest, his descriptions of Canada's vast wilderness are so clear. The way he describes his encounters with wildlife such as bears, eagles and moose as well as [...]

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    8. I loved this book! A little biography mixed with adventure and a dash of Canadian geography. Adam Shoalts has been called the "Canadian Indiana Jones", and it is clear why he earned such a moniker after reading "Alone Against The North." The book follows Adam as he plans and executes a solo expedition to map an unexplored river, The Again River, in the Hudson Bay Lowlands of Northern Ontario. Adam does a wonderful job of describing the scenery and painting a clear picture of both the beauty and [...]

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    9. I received this book through good reads first reads.Definitely recommend this book. Well written. You feel that you are right along side the author on his travels on foot and on the water, along the uncharted waterways of the north.Adam keeps you engaged. The short additions of history when he gets to certain locations is a nice touch. Could not have imagined an adventure like this on his own, my fear for him when encountering bears , or mishaps on the water felt like being there.As a parent I c [...]

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    10. An adventure story from one of Canada's great explorers. I am now convinced that passion and determination will allow you to do just about anything. Adam Shoalts always wanted to canoe the Again river in the Hudson Bay Lowlands and his wish came true. Hired by the Canadian Geographical Society to map and chart out the river, he embarks alone against this true wilderness and then enthrals us with the details of his adventure. Personally, I wouldn't have lasted 10 minutes but Shoalts goes the dist [...]

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    11. If you are at all interested in wilderness camping and canoeing this book is for you. Shoalts' idea of a canoe trip would make most people shudder. He drags a battered canoe and some paltry equipment through some of the most difficult conditions imaginable in Northern Canada in order to explore a previously unknown river. Not only does he have to drag his canoe up rivers to get to the headwaters he has to portage through the thickest spruce forests and boot sucking muskeg. All the while hounded [...]

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    12. The story may have been interesting but the ego of the author and his constant running down of those around him really put me off. It overshadowed the storyline for me and I wouldn't recommend it for that reason.

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    13. "What a blessing to be born in a land of almost limitless wilderness". Incredible story and wonderfully written.

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    14. wow what a courage , to go alone in the wild , with all danger it take gut and determination. that a fascinating adventure .

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    15. Another excellent, true adventure story (my favourite thing right now!). I loved that this one took place in the Ontario north, with references throughout to places that I know - Cochrane, Hearst, the Missinaibi River! This guy is hardcore. To do those gruelling portages alone, and even to deal with the bugs he would have encountered, makes me exhausted just thinking about it! Although he discussed quite frankly the dangers and risks associated with doing something like this alone, I really hope [...]

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    16. Warning: Reading this book may cause you to want to quit your job, leave your family and head off alone into the mosquito and black fly infested northern wilderness. The siren's call is strong and I say that as someone who has experienced first hand the awfulness of the black flies as a tree planter in Northern Ontario during my university days. I feel that this book has been unduly harshly reviewed by a few critics. Yes, Shoalts does come off as a bit of a jerk in the beginning. He seems to me [...]

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    17. This is a great read for anyone interested in wilderness, adventure, and folklore.

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    18. The other 2-star reviews hit the nail on the head so I won't repeat them.What I will add is that as a hiker I enjoy setting up artificial challenges for myself that might lead me to hike a couple of extra miles or hit some arbitrary deadline. For all the talk of the necessity of exploration and survival at all costs, I see this type of artificially inflated challenge figure prominently in Adam's adventures. There is nothing wrong with this but for two things: A) he's outsourcing risk to his woul [...]

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    19. The book ends with a lament. "When forests and wetlands are converted into farms, shopping malls, highways, or cities, we lose more than just the world's biodiversity - that bewildering blend of animals and plants that makes our world such a fascinating place. We also lose something that's deep in our collective psyches - the vast, forbidding, but enchanting world of untrammelled wildness, those critical "hunting-grounds for the poetic imagination." Shoalts is an engaging and likeable author. Th [...]

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    20. I enjoyed the author's writing style and his descriptive talent. The recounting of is explorations in the Hudson's Bay rivershed are very interesting to me and I certainly learned much that I didn't know before. However, although I understand Mr. Shoalts' desire to be a modern day explorer, recording and mapping areas were no human known to us has been before, I do question his sanity at times. He took many reckless chances which could have brought himself and his companion to their deaths. He w [...]

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    21. I received this book for free through First Reads.This an excellent book that followed the attempts and ultimately successful attempts of Adam Shoalts to canoe and document the Again River in Northern Ontario. Not only did he do this, but he did whilst alone. Not only was this book a great adventure story, I also learned a lot. I learned of many expeditions and famous explorers and the great difficulties that they had to endure. But the biggest thing I gathered from reading this book was that, [...]

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    22. This is an unusual book: half adventure, half scholarly, the author is both an adventurer who makes his own birch bark canoes, maps unexplored rivers, sleeps alone in polar bear country, but also a Phd in archaeology and professional geographer who often digresses from his main story of first-person adventure to talk about the history of the north, archaeology, geography, plants, animals, and legends. He is sort of like a cross between Sheldon Cooper and Grizzly Adams. On the whole, a very enter [...]

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    23. Shoats's been dreaming of becoming an explorer since he was a kid. He was thrilled to learn that there are still things that can be explored in XXI century, like unknown rivers that were never recorded properly. One of them, the Again River, became his obsession; on his way to it, he learned how to travel alone, although nobody goes alone on such trips - too dangerous. But Adam never found a right companion, so he made his choice to explore wild rivers alone and now he is considered to be "Canad [...]

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    24. I've read several books in this genre; and this was one of my least favourites. I found the author's ego far too pronounced, particularly in the beginning of the book when he was explaining what he does is so much (better) different then other explorers who 'only' canoe previously canoed waters etc. And his continual explanation on how he is the best man for the job and the most experienced and only he, despite immeasurable (and repeatedly immeasurable) odds can accomplish this.The story itself [...]

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    25. This is the most selfish and self-absorbed book I've ever read. Especially when it starts with: "I think I always knew I was destined to be an explorer."Shoalts talks about no one other than himself. His dad makes a cameo because he helps Shoalts fix/build equipment, the guys who fly/boat him in and out of places are mentioned, and he bad mouths the friends who go with him. He just can't fathom why one of his friends wouldn't want to do a random canoe trip instead of being home while his wife is [...]

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    26. Adam wrote his book in a way that I felt that I went on the adventure with him to the Again River. I enjoyed his narrative style and found a couple of places that I chuckled. The only aspect of the book that I didn't care for was Adam's condescending tone towards those of us that would rather be armchair explorers through others. I have no desire to be in the middle of the wilderness with swarms of mosquitoes and blackflies biting me, but I enjoy a good read and living the adventure through some [...]

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    27. The idea was good. The actual adventure was not the main topic of the book . Most of the pages were taken up in the telling of how he was preparing for the adventure and completely degrading his friends. I found his treatment and description of those around him to be insulting , while building himself up To be a hero. A lot of potential but completely spoiled by the authors arrogance.

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    28. Solo adventurer alone in the Hudson Bay Lowlands charting an unexplored river and landscape. Despite our high-tech and interconnected world, there are massive swaths of land and water that have never been traversed by humans. An amazing recounting of bravery and heroism.

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    29. World's worst person visits world's worst place.

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    30. I feel conflicted about this book to say the least. I thought it was an incredible adventure story. The descriptions of Schoalts' travels were vivid and engaging. As many other reviewers have pointed out, he also comes across as insufferably egotistical and I was shocked at the uncharitable way he portrayed people who were ostensibly good friends of his in the narrative.Egos like his are not uncommon in these sorts of stories though, and to be fair, he undertook something I don't think many peop [...]

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