Encounters From A Kayak

Author: Nigel Foster
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0762790164
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What makes travel special? Perhaps the chill realization that a polar bear's eyes are fixed on you. Maybe it is the chance meeting with a man who buries sharks in a beach, only to dig them up months later, not out of morbid curiosity, but for food. Perhaps it is the undulating wing-beat of a dark shell-less gastropod in the canal of a 17th Century French sea port, or the criminal history of a rusting ship with a tree growing from its hold.Encounters in a Kayak brings the reader along on the magical experiences that surround sea kayaking. It’s about the animals, people, and special places around the globe that have grabbed the attention of renowned kayaker and writer Nigel Foster. His irrepressible curiosity drives him to tease out the unexpected stories hidden behind his subjects. These nuggets from around the world are bound together by water and a centuries-old form of sea travel: kayak. The result is a book of broad appeal for those interested in kayaking, traveling, and adventure.

Dire Encounters

Author: Dolph C. Volker
Publisher: Dolph C. Volker
Size: 68.85 MB
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It was a time prior to the last Ice Age where mammalian mega fauna and jumbo flora dominated the landscape. Man was far from the dominant species on the planet. Unknown centuries had passed since the last of the up-rights had been eradicated or banished to the fringes of the great desert. History faded with time as well as the knowledge about the wars between the two factions; man and wolf. Some of the written history remained in the form of legendary petroglyphs and pictographs located inside primitive caves; dotting sporadically along the base of the northern and southern ranges of the Ormod Mountains. The writings recorded great battles between the species and even among themselves. What remained of the cave writings revealed a stagnation of war and hatred between Dire wolves and their enemy, the up-rights. No wolf knew why they were enemies of man, only that the ancient inscriptions publicized the hostilities between the species. Conflict was the only definable moment in their historical relationship. Pack leadership and the elders reinforced the lessons taught by the ancient writings that were scribed on the walls of their caves. Man was the enemy and there would be no reconciliation.

Kayak And Land Journeys In Ainu Mosir

Author: Guy De La Rupelle
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595346448
Size: 65.10 MB
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Kayak and Land Journeys in Ainu Mosir takes the reader into Japan's northernmost island, Hokkaido. The native inhabitants called this island Ainu Mosir, which means People of the Quiet Land. Guy de la Rupelle after having been to Hokkaido several times by motorcycle and meeting furtively these Ainu decides to take a longer look at who they are exactly and their current situation. To give a sense of purpose to his journey he packs two folding kayaks in his car, all his camping gear and spends six weeks meeting as many Ainu as he can, camps and paddles in the lakes, rivers and along the coastline of this amazing island, certainly the last wilderness left in Japan. It has been said that a good travel book is one in which the reader will discover new things as he travels with the writer. This is certainly the case. The reader will get a better sense of who the Ainu are through their voices as well as read about a part of Japan seldom written about by Westerners.

Steller S Island

Author: Dean Littlepage
Publisher: The Mountaineers Books
ISBN: 9781594850578
Size: 12.49 MB
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"Stellar's Island is a fascinating tale of exploration in the era of sailing ships. It is about courage and scientific curiosity, even in uncharted waters, alien lands, and desperate circumstances, undaunted in the face of storms, scurvy, and shipwreck."--Jacket.

On Polar Tides

Author: Nigel Foster
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1493025694
Size: 75.78 MB
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In 1981, Nigel Foster flew to Canada’s Baffin Island to begin a solo kayak trip south toward northern Labrador. After crossing the 40-mile wide Hudson Strait in howling winds and fighting a 10 knot tide race, Foster crash-landed on a small island in the dark. He had frostbitten fingers and was 300 miles from the closest village. With unimaginable good fortune, eight days later he ran across an oil tanker and hitched a ride south. He had survived—marking one of the most notable solo crossings in history—but the failure of the second portion of the trip he had originally planned haunted him. In 2004, Foster returned to northern Labrador with his then girlfriend (now wife) Kristin Nelson. Launching from Kuujjuaq in Northern Quebec, the couple paddled the Ungava Bay coast—which has one of the largest tidal variances in the world—to the place Foster had boarded the oil tanker 23 years earlier. From this remote location, the couple completed the trip to Nain that Foster originally planned for 1981. They encountered more polar bears than people. The story of the two trips forms the backbone for On Polar Tides—Originally self-published as Stepping Stones in 2009—which offers an intimate and insightful view of Ungava and Labrador. The new, revised edition includes gripping recollections of the polar adventures and 54 color photographs.

Sea Kayak Strokes

Author: Doug Alderson
Publisher: Rocky Mountain Books Ltd
ISBN: 1926855892
Size: 51.94 MB
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Written for paddlers of all skill levels, Sea Kayak Strokes is a concise and fully illustrated instructional manual detailing tips and suggestions for improving and maintaining overall paddling technique. This highly effective guide will help you paddle your kayak farther, more safely and with less effort. When you do 1,500 strokes per hour, small improvements in your technique make a big difference in your comfort, success and overall progress.

God Encounters

Author: James Stuart Bell
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439166901
Size: 14.85 MB
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This touching collection of true stories shares personal accounts of God’s presence and activity in the lives of ordinary people throughout ordinary days—and how He shows up in extraordinary ways. God Encounters consists of approximately thirty stories with “life turning points” that illustrate how God is active in everyday life, through his involvement with physical crises, relationship issues, and life transitions. Readers will come away with new spiritual insights with life-changing implications, and the upbeat, comfortable, and accessible message makes each story appealing for every reader.

Kayak Adventure In Siberia

Author: Detlev Dr. Henschel
Publisher: epubli
ISBN: 3737561028
Size: 50.13 MB
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After Dr. Detlev Henschel’s legendary 2,500-kilometre solo kayak expedition across the Baltic Sea from Flensburg (Germany) to the Arctic Circle, where he largely survived on ‘bush tucker’, this time the seasoned survival trainer, best-selling author and Doctor of Science set off on a thrilling adventure around the deepest lake in the world (a mile!) in Siberia (eastern Russia): Lake Baikal. It turned out to be an intrepid voyage full surprises and ‘Russian improvisation’: encounters with the Russian mafia, unique nature, a host of hungry bears, storms, forest fires stretching for hundreds of kilometres, people who looked as if they were straight out of Once Upon a Time in the West and a chance meeting with a kayaking couple from America. Despite the poor odds the Russians on the Baikal gave him of making it back in one piece, Detlev embarked on the 2,000-kilometre circumnavigation of the ‘Fountain of the Earth’, as Siberians call their sacred lake, solo in a kayak. On this for the most part solitary expedition ‘at water level’, he got closer to the soul of the lake and the people around it than anyone before him. (The books of the Arctic Circle expedition Going Solo on the Baltic Sea, Eat or Die! and Japan’s Hinterland - A diary are also being translated into English and will be published this year, along with Namibia off the Road about Detlev’s time as the owner of a safari business in Africa.)

Adventure Kayaking Inland Waters

Author: Don Skillman
Publisher: Wilderness Press
ISBN: 0899972500
Size: 34.62 MB
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Paddle the premier inland waters of the Western States, where the scenery ranges from the fjord-like Ross Lake, nestled in the shadow of Washington State's Cascade Range, to the eroded, red-rocks of Utah's Lake Powell. Expert kayaker Don Skillman describes a range of varied trips to satisfy every type of kayaker.