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Wild by nature : from Siberia to Australia, three years alone in the wilderness on foot
2016
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One woman
10,000 miles on foot
6 countries
8 pairs of hiking boots
3,000 cups of tea
1,000 days and nights

"The only way to survive three years of walking was to embrace the moment of now."--from Wild by Nature

Not since Cheryl Strayed gifted us with her adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail in her memoir, Wild, has there been such a powerful epic adventure by a woman alone. In Wild by Nature, National Geographic Explorer Sarah Marquis takes you on the trail of her ten-thousand-mile solo hike across the remote Gobi desert from Siberia to Thailand, at which point she was transported by boat to complete the hike at her favorite tree in Australia.

Against nearly insurmountable odds and relying on hunting and her own wits, Sarah Marquis survived the Mafia, drug dealers, thieves on horseback who harassed her tent every night for weeks, temperatures from subzero to scorching, life-threatening wildlife, a dengue fever delirium in the Laos jungle, tropic ringworm in northern Thailand, dehydration, and a life-threatening abscess.

This is an incredible story of adventure, human ingenuity, persistence, and resilience that shows firsthand what it is to adventure as a woman in the most dangerous of circumstance, what it is to be truly alone in the wild, and why someone would challenge themselves with an expedition others would call crazy. For Marquis, her story is about freedom, being alive and wild by nature.

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In 2010, National Geographic explorer Marquis set out on a three-year journey, walking around the globe from north to south. Covering six countries and 10,000 miles, all truly on foot, she trekked across Mongolia (including the Gobi Desert, which required three attempts before completion), China, Siberia, Laos, Thailand, and Australia. Illness and injury occasionally slowed her down, and she encountered quite a few unsavory individuals and epic weather (her Kindle melted!). But Marquis is stoic and determined, an experienced explorer matter of fact about the difficulties she endures and steadfast in her determination to reach her goal. Readers expecting wrenching emotional revelations à la Cheryl Strayed (Wild, 2012) will be disappointed, but those who love travel memoirs that are all about the journey rather than the inner struggle of the traveler will be delighted. Marquis steadfastly sticks to her plan, reading her maps and putting one foot in front of the other. Her tales of whom she meets and what she sees are as bracing as she is. Straightforward and forthright, this is adventure writing as it was meant to be.--Mondor, Colleen Copyright 2015 Booklist
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