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My life with the Eskimo
by Vilhjalmur Stefansson

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English

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March 27, 2017

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The plans of my second expedition took gradual shape during the years 1906-1907, while I was still north of the Arctic circle engaged in the work of my first expedition. It was once intended that I should be the ethnologist of the Leffingwell-Mikkelsen Arctic Expedition, sometimes known as the Anglo-American Polar Expedition, which sailed from Victoria, British Columbia, in the spring of 1906. When the proposal was made to me I found it an attractive one in everything except this: that the expedition's schooner, the Duchess of Bedford, was unprovided with auxiliary motive power, and my book knowledge of Arctic conditions made me fear that she would never reach the proposed site of operations, the west coast of Victoria Island. Mr. Leffingwell and I therefore agreed that I should not join the expedition in Victoria as did its other members, but should go overland and down the Mackenzie River to meet them at Herschel Island, which lies about eighty miles west of the Mackenzie delta. My reason was that if the expedition failed to get so far east I should be able to occupy my time profitably in the study of the scientifically unknown Mackenzie Eskimo. On the other hand, if nothing obstructed the expedition I should be able to join it in early August and proceed with it eastward toward Victoria Island. It turned out that the Duchess of Bedford had good fortune until she reached Point Barrow. At that point the ice blocked her further advance until the season had become late and she was finally overtaken by winter on the north coast of Alaska at Flaxman Island. She was never able, therefore, to pick me up, and I consequently never became a member of the expedition. From the point of view of the ethnologist, this was a very fortunate circumstance. Although I had always doubted that the ship would come to pick me up, I had nevertheless intrusted my entire outfit to her, for I wanted, if I lived with the Eskimo at all, to live exactly as one of them, in their houses, dressing like them, and eating only such food as they did. I now found myself, in accord with my own plan, set down two hundred miles north of the polar circle, with a summer suit of clothing, a camera, some notebooks, a rifle, and about two hundred rounds of ammunition, facing an Arctic winter, where my only shelter would have to be the roof of some hospitable Eskimo house.
Terrance Talks Travel (10 Book Series)
by Terrance Zepke

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English

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Publication Date

December 31, 1969

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<b>From Book 1:</b> South Africa is one of the most popular destinations in the world because it has so much to offer. The author shares insider information about what you must know and see and do. She discusses everything from shark cage diving to where to find the best brunch in Cape Town. Did you know that South Africa is the "Adventure Capital of the World?" The highest bungee jump in the world is in South Africa, as well as many other adventure activities including sandboarding, whale watching, canopy tours, and hot air balloon safaris. Did you know there are 100 different hiking paths up to the top of Table Mountain? Did you know that some of the best beaches in the world are on its Eastern and Western Capes? Did you know that there is a little known underground tour of Cape Town? Did you know that Kruger National Park is the size of Israel? Where you go once inside the park depends on what you want to see. Did you know that some of the finest wines in the world are produced in its Cape Winelands region? Did you know that no trip to South Africa is complete without a visit to the Cape Peninsula and Cape of Good Hope? All of this and more is included in this handy reference, as well as a sample itinerary, packing tips, advice on the best time to go, rail travel options, and much more. <br> <br>EDITORIAL REVIEWS: <br>“With Terrance Zepke's "A Pocket Guide to South Africa," you almost feel like Terrance is touring with you as she defines local vocabulary, suggests the right time to visit an attraction, tells you where to take great pictures, and recommends the best place for ice cream. We should all have such a knowledgeable guide along when we travel. -Judy Colbert, Author of It Happened in Maryland <br> <br>“If your next adventure is to the country of South Africa, this handy pocket guide is a resourceful tool by advising what to expect, where to go, what to see, and how to enjoy your trip. Having location descriptions of attractions and animals to view are helpful to a new person traveling to South Africa. The information is easy-to-understand.” Rating: 4 out of 5 stars -Conny Crisalli, Book Network Club <br> <br>“Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, Terrance Talks Travel: A Pocket Guide To South Africa, is thoroughly 'user friendly' and very highly recommended for creating an itinerary.” -Able Greenspan, Midwest Book Review <br> <br>"Terrance Talks Travel: A Pocket Guide to South Africa brings to light essential information based on Zepke's personal travel experiences to that part of the world." -Pierre Wolfe, World Travel and Dining (nationally syndicated radio show) <br>
Washington DC Travel Guide: An Easy Guide to Exploring the Top At...
by Traveler Republic

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English

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Publication Date

March 22, 2017

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An Easy Guide to Exploring the Top Attractions, Food Places, Local Life, and Everything You Need to Know
A Year with a Whaler (1919)
by Walter Noble Burns

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English

Pages

135

Publication Date

March 09, 2017

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". . . The beast plunged into the air, snarling and clawing at the sea, then rushed again for the boat like a white streak. It rammed into the boat bows-on, stuck one mighty paw over the gunwale, and with a snarling roar and a frothing snap of glistening fangs, leaped up and tried to climb aboard. . . ."<br /><br />Walter Noble Burns (1866-1932) was a writer of Western history and a Western author, notable for his book, The Saga of Billy the Kid (1926). In 1919 he published "A Year with a Whaler" which was hailed by critics for its vivid descriptions of a whaler's life.<br /><br />Out of sheer desire to see what it was like, Mr. Burns shipped out as a greenhorn on a whaler making the voyage from San Francisco up into the Arctic. They wallowed through hurricanes, traded with natives, bumped the Arctic ice floes, and caught their share of bowheads. <br /><br />It is a story of personal adventure and observation, perhaps a last first-hand glimpse of a dying industry and of the life it entailed on the men who followed it. <br /><br />When a group of Eskimos came aboard his whaling ship, a mysterious white man dressed as an Eskimo caught the author's attention:<br /><br />"Among the Eskimos who came aboard the brig from the large village on shore, was a white man dressed like an Eskimo to the last detail and looking like one except for a heavy beard. He had run away from a whale ship three years before, hoping to make his way to some white settlement to the south and there secure passage on shipboard back to San Francisco. He had escaped, he said, in an Eskimo kyack tied alongside his ship. As soon as he was missed officers and boatsteerers put ashore in a boat and trailed him. . . ."<br /><br />Burns' own whaling ship experienced the "escape" of one of its crew as he describes in vivid detail: <br /><br />"One twilight midnight with the sun just skimming below the horizon, Peter wrapped from head to foot in an Eskimo woman’s mackintosh of fish intestine, with the hood over his head and half hiding his chubby face, climbed over the rail into an Eskimo boat with a number of natives, his sweetheart among them, and set out for shore. Nelson and several sailors watched the boat paddle away, but no one but Nelson knew that the person bundled up in the native raincoat was Peter. The boat got half a mile from the brig. Then Nelson could stand it no longer. The strain was too much. He rushed back to the quarter-deck where old Gabriel was walking up and down. “ Peter’s run away,” Nelson blurted out. “ There he goes in that boat. That’s him dressed up like a woman in fish-gut oil-skins.” Without ado Gabriel called aft the watch, manned a boat, and set out in pursuit. . . ."<br /><br />Burns give a harrowing account of a time when a pack of enraged walruses came after his whaling boat: <br /><br />"Roaring furiously, the great beasts converged from all sides in the wake of the chase. The animals were swarming menacingly about the boat. Long John, who had been in such ticklish situations before, began to beat a tattoo on the gunwales with his sheath knife, at the same time emitting a series of blood-curdling yells. This was intended to awe the boat’s besiegers and had a momentary effect. The brutes stood in the water apparently puzzled, but still roaring savagely. But they were not long to be held off by mere noise . . . ."<br /><br />This fascinating story of a greenhorn on an Arctic whaler will never lose its charm. The author answered an advertisement asking for inexperienced seamen for a whaling voyage and spent a year cruising for the big sea mammals. He tells the story amazingly well and gives a picture of an industry almost vanished from the seas; of the life of the men who followed it and their strange elemental characters. It is a classic of the hardy life of the old sea dogs of the whaling trade.<br />
The South Pole - Complete and Unabridged with Illustrations, Char...
by Roald Amundsen

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English

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Publication Date

March 19, 2017

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<b>This superb edition of <i>The South Pole</i> contains all of the original and essential photographs, charts, maps and appendices from the Amundsen expedition.</b> <br /><br /><br /> <br />This book chronicles the epic journey of Roald Amundsen and his team of hand-picked sailors, from the moment the journey was conceived to the triumphant conclusion and acclaim. The South Pole remains a classic chronicle of exploration and adventure for its detail, descriptions and thoroughness. Amundsen successfully captures both the moments of excitement and action, the day-to-day struggles, and the routines undertaken by the men who undertook the dangerous journey. <br /><br /><br /> <br />In the detailed chapters, we hear of the difficulties the men encountered during their crossing of the icy wastes of the Antarctic. Amundsen's first expedition - which almost ended in fatal disaster - is much detailed, as are the valuable lessons the team picked up in this perilous brush with death. The painstaking preparations and establishment of the base camp is noted, while Amundsen's use of sled dogs and skis are demonstrated as vital for the group's eventual success. <br /><br /><br /> <br />The expedition was imperiled by the limits of their technology; including clothes comprised of animal furs; their ship - the Fram - whose ice-breaking capacities were far inferior to those of the modern day; and the lack of sophisticated navigation tools. Furthermore the route which Amundsen took was across the previously uncharted Axel Heiberg Glacier; fortuitously, the flatter terrain offered a straightforward means of passage. <br /><br /><br /> <br />The moment of triumph as the group finally reached the South Pole of the Earth is tempered by the reminder that they must traverse the glacier again on the return trip. Several of the sled dogs were killed for their meat during the trek home. Remarkably there were no human fatalities, a fact which only increased the admiration and laudatory sentiments from the leaders of the time. <br /><br /><br /> <br />The Amundsen expedition was one of the most famous of its era, being as it marked the first time a human had ever reached the South Pole. Tragically the rival Scott expedition - which ran concurrently with Amundsen's - resulted in the death of most of the expedition members, including Scott himself.
TERRANCE TALKS TRAVEL: The Quirky Tourist Guide to Antarctica
by Terrance Zepke

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English

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Publication Date

March 26, 2017

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Antarctica is the end of the world but the beginning of an amazing adventure. Everything you need to know about traveling to the South Pole is included in this reference, including how, when, why, and where. <br /><br />After reading this guidebook, you will know when you should go to see the most wildlife, how you should go, and where you should go. There are dozens of phenomenal photos, maps, and trivia boxes included, as well as a Wildlife Checklist, Packing Checklist, and a Code of Conduct for Visitors. <br /><br />While there is no doubt that the unique and wonderful wildlife is the appeal of Antarctica, there is more. You won't believe all the adventures that are possible on the White Continent, such as kayaking, swimming and scuba diving (!), and camping in Antarctica. Discover all the incredible options available, including a funky bar at the South Pole where you can enjoy a drink at the world's southernmost bar, Blood Falls, Discovery Hut, a strange "museum" housed in ice tunnels, and more! <br /><br />Not only does the author have first-hand knowledge of Antarctica, she will reveal tips for making the most of your journey, including what to expect and how to prepare for it. There is a list of reputable operators at the back of this reference, as well as a list of “Fascinating Facts.” <br /><br />Terrance Zepke is an award-winning and best-selling author of forty-seven books, including the popular TERRANCE TALKS TRAVEL series. She is a travel blogger, agent, adventurer, and host of UBER ADVENTURES. Zepke has traveled to all seven continents and enjoyed a wide array of adventures, including dog-sledding in the Arctic Circle, camping in the Himalayas, shark-cage diving in South Africa, and a gorilla safari in Uganda. She is in demand as a speaker and has appeared in most major media, including The Washington Post, CNN, The Learning Channel, The Rick Steves Show, NPR, Associated Press, PBS, The Good Morning Show, and The Travel Channel. For more on this author and her books (or to subscribe to her travel tips blog) visit www.terrancetalkstravel.com and www.terrancezepke.com.<br />
The Cruise of the Corwin: Journal of the Arctic Expedition of 188...
by John Muir

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English

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189

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December 19, 2016

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<b>On July 8, 1879, the USS Jeanette departed San Francisco for the Bering Strait with the intention of finding a route to the North Pole.<br /><br />With the ship crushed by the pressure of the ice, its captain, George W. De Long, and twenty of its crew never made it back to America.</b><br /><br />The federal government called upon her captain, Calvin L. Hooper, to venture northwards and find out what happened to the USS Jeanette and the missing men. <br /><br />Built out of the finest Oregon fir, fastened with copper, galvanized iron, and locust-tree nails, the Corwin was the perfect ship for Arctic exploration where her sturdy sailing qualities were to prove of the utmost importance. <br /><br />John Muir, Scottish naturalist and explorer, sensing the possibilities of science and adventure in the exploration of this unknown Arctic land, immediately made himself available for the Corwin’s expedition. <br /><br />During the cruise Muir kept a daily record of his experiences and observations, these along with the numerous letters he wrote form the basis of this fascinating account.<br /><br />As well as describing the day by day events of the Corwin in its search for any survivors of the Jeanette, Muir also recorded his encounters with Alaskan natives, describing how they survived this brutal environment. He drew upon his experience as a naturalist to beautifully capture the flora and fauna of this landscape.<br /><br /><em>The Cruise of the Corwin: Journal of the Arctic Expedition of 1881 in search of De Long and the Jeannette</em> remains a fascinating read for anyone interested in late nineteenth century exploration, or for anyone wishing to find out more about the world of the Arctic circle. <br /><br />John Muir’s work is particularly relevant to modern times as it depicts a world that is coming increasingly under threat as the effects of global warming threaten the lands through which he traveled. During his lifetime he was particularly passionate in advocating preservation of wilderness in the United States, and he was instrumental in protecting Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas. This book was published in 1917, three years after Muir had died in 1914.
Rome Travel Guide: An Easy Guide to Exploring the Top Attractions...
by Traveler Republic Republi...

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English

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Publication Date

March 17, 2017

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An Easy Guide to Exploring the Top Attractions, Food Places, Local Life, and Everything You Need to Know
Lonely Planet Nicaragua (Travel Guide)
by , Alex Egerton

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

September 01, 2016

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Annapurna: The First Conquest of an 8,000-Meter Peak
by Maurice Herzog

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English

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336

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July 26, 2011

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<DIV><B>One of <I>Sports Illustrated</I>’s Top 100 Sports Books of All Time: A gripping firsthand account of one of the most daring climbing expeditions in history.</B><BR /><BR /> Annapurna I is the name given to the 8,100-meter mountain that ranks among the most forbidding in the Himalayan chain. Dangerous not just for its extreme height but for a long and treacherous approach, its summit proved unreachable until 1950, when a group of French mountaineers made a mad dash for its peak. They became the first men to accomplish the feat, doing so without oxygen tanks or any of the modern equipment that contemporary climbers use. The adventure nearly cost them their lives.<BR /><BR /> Maurice Herzog dictated this firsthand account of the remarkable trek from a hospital bed as he recovered from injuries sustained during the climb. An instant bestseller, it remains one of the most famous mountaineering books of all time, and an enduring testament to the power of the human spirit.<BR /><BR />  </DIV>

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