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Beyond the trees : a journey alone across Canada's arctic
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National bestseller

A thrilling odyssey through an unforgiving landscape, from "Canada's greatest living explorer."

In the spring of 2017, Adam Shoalts, bestselling author and adventurer, set off on an unprecedented solo journey across North America's greatest wilderness. A place where, in our increasingly interconnected, digital world, it's still possible to wander for months without crossing a single road, or even see another human being.

Between his starting point in Eagle Plains, Yukon Territory, to his destination in Baker Lake, Nunavut, lies a maze of obstacles: shifting ice floes, swollen rivers, fog-bound lakes, and gale-force storms. And Shoalts must time his departure by the breakup of the spring ice, then sprint across nearly 4,000 kilometers of rugged, wild terrain to arrive before winter closes in.

He travels alone up raging rivers that only the most expert white-water canoeists dare travel even downstream. He must portage across fields of jagged rocks that stretch to the horizon, and navigate labyrinths of swamps, tormented by clouds of mosquitoes every step of the way. And the race against the calendar means that he cannot afford the luxuries of rest, or of making mistakes. Shoalts must trek tirelessly, well into the endless Arctic summer nights, at times not even pausing to eat.

But his reward is the adventure of a lifetime.

Heart-stopping, wonder-filled, and attentive to the majesty of the natural world, Beyond the Trees captures the ache for adventure that afflicts us all.
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Table of Contents
Prefacep. 1
1Plansp. 5
2Land of the Midnight Sunp. 19
3Through the Mountainsp. 29
4Up the Mackenziep. 41
5Eastward Boundp. 57
6Into the Swampp. 68
7Across an Inland Seap. 87
8The Ice Labyrinthp. 99
9Ghosts of the Pastp. 115
10Crossing the Dividep. 128
11Through the Dismal Lakesp. 144
12The Serpent's Coilp. 156
13Gifts from Abovep. 167
14Lakes Beyond Countp. 181
15On Rocky Shoresp. 192
16Of Wind and Wavesp. 200
17In the Land of the Muskoxp. 213
18Canyon Countryp. 220
19Down the Thelonp. 235
20The Storms of Septemberp. 247
21Journey's Endp. 256
Afterwordp. 267
Acknowledgmentsp. 269
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