Paddling North: A Solo Adventure Along the Inside Passage

Audrey Sutherland (Author) Yoshiko Yamamoto (Illustrator)
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2013 Gold Winner IBPA Ben Franklin Awards

In a memoir remarkable for its quiet confidence and acute natural observation, the author of Paddling Hawaii and Paddling My Own Canoe begins with her decision, at age 60, to undertake a solo, summer-long voyage along the southeast coast of Alaska in an inflatable kayak. Paddling North is a compilation of Sutherland's first two (of over 20) such annual trips and her day-by-day travels through the Inside Passage from Ketchikan to Skagway. In 22 years she encountered over 30 bears, four wolves, and hundreds of whales. Her lifelong philosophy, "Go simple, go solo, go now," is illustrated in this reflection-filled story of kayaking adventure. Includes maps, illustrations, and the author's camp food recipes.

Product Details

Price
$16.95  $15.59
Publisher
Patagonia
Publish Date
July 31, 2018
Pages
176
Dimensions
5.0 X 1.2 X 7.5 inches | 1.0 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781938340758
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About the Author

Audrey Sutherland grew up in California but lived in Hawai'i from 1952 until her death in 2015 at the age of 94. She raised her four children as a single mother, supporting her family by working as a school counselor. In 1962, she decided to explore the coast of Moloka'i by swimming it while towing an inflatable raft with supplies, a story told in Paddling My Own Canoe (Patagonia, 2018). Ever after she was an inveterate water traveler. She was also the author of Paddling Hawai'i.
Yoshiko Yamamoto is one of the premier block printers in the Arts and Crafts style. Yamamoto's block prints are letterpress printed using hand cut blocks on acid free paper. She is the co-owner of The Arts and Crafts Press, and co-author of several books about the arts and crafts movement, published by Gibbs Smith and Chronicle.

Reviews

Read this book if: you're staring at your screen, desperately wishing it was the ocean. Buy this book for friends who: value adventure and wine in equal measure. --www.stillstoked.com
More than simply a story told from point A (Ketchikan) to point B (Skagway) - a distance of over 560 kilometres! - Paddling North captures Sutherland's spirit of adventure and infuses it with an appreciation for the finer things in life: food, wine, and warmth. -- www.stillstoked.com
By all accounts, Sutherland was a badass. -- Juneauempire.com
"A sort of guide to life, a sharing of one adventurer's philosophy and her love for what she finds in nature, in testing herself, and in deep thinking. It stretches far past "I went there, I did this" into an examination of life akin to the work of Thoreau, Muir, E. B. White, and others she quotes along the way. She also brings into her text her cultural knowledge of Hawaii and what she learns along the way of Alaska history and indigenous knowledge." -- Anchorage Daily News
"What I liked about her book is just how down to earth it was and the priorities she has. Her reasons for adventure were quite different to a lot of stuff I've read. For example, she has recipes in the book. She makes a real effort to collect bits of seaweed and wild garlic along the way. She seems to have her priorities nicely sorted. Also, it's quite inspiring that she began as a late middle-aged woman to do these sorts of things." "But the takeaway of the book, the line that stands out for me is when she says, 'Go simple, go solo, go now.' It's an amazing summary of how people should just get on with their adventures." --www.fivebooks.com