Epic Solitude: A Story of Survival and a Quest for Meaning in the Far North
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About the Author
Katherine Keith is a wilderness athlete, experience junkie, spiritual questor, long-distance dog musher, and mother to a teenage daughter and thirty-five dogs, living above the Arctic Circle in Kotzebue, Alaska. Professionally, and as a jack-of-all-trades survivalist, she is a small business owner, rural Alaska project director, energy engineer, commercial fisherman, and wellness advocate. Accomplishments such as completing six Ironman triathlons and five 1,000-mile dog sled races form the cornerstone of Katherine's philosophy of generating grit through overcoming real-time obstacles. A never-ending dreamer, Katherine is currently pursuing climbing the seven tallest summits on every continent as a budding alpinist. Above all, she loves spending time star-gazing, chasing northern lights, and playing cribbage by the woodstove with Amelia at camp.
"Epic Solitude is a heartbreaking, gripping, and ultimately uplifting memoir of tragedy and transcendence in the wild. Brave and inspiring!"-- "Aspen Matis, author of Your Blue Is Not My Blue"
"Katherine's story beautifully reveals her devastating journey through heartbreaking losses. She has chosen to continue healing by stripping the intrusion of life traveling alone with challenges of extremism in Arctic Alaska. A similar path where I have found God's comforting presence. Both of us continue to be a work in process. I am so impressed at the skill she has to draw a reader in. This book is an outstanding read."-- "DeeDee Jonrowe, multiple Mid-Distance Sled Dog Race Champion, 36 Iditarod Race participant, 16 in the top 10; currently a search-and-rescue dog trainer for Alaska Wilderness Searches"
"Epic Solitude is a powerful story of personal tragedy but also about one's unrelenting drive to survive, both emotionally and physically. [Keith's] vivid description of Alaska's winter beauty is breathtaking. While some might run from Alaska's sometimes harsh winters, Katherine runs toward them and embraces all the beauty Alaskans and Alaska has to offer."-- "Bill Walker, governor of Alaska (2014-2018)"
"In Epic Solitude, every step, every experience prepares Katherine Keith for her true destiny--her truth. She finds purpose and passion under extraordinary conditions: the Alaskan wilderness. Deep wilderness, deep healing, spiritual, and trailblazing."-- "Susan Purvis, bestselling and award-winning author of Go Find"
"Of course I know Kat, the irrepressible musher, who I have seen many times on the thousand-mile Iditarod Trail. Is it just a dog race? By reading Epic Soltiude, a collection of thoughtful essays on a life framed as adventure, one contemplates nature, hardship, and experience on many levels. Katherine Keith, the philosopher, led me on a grand journey to inner self--a great and recommended read for those that value risk."-- "Joe Runyan, Iditarod, Yukon Quest, and Alpirod champ"
"Katherine's writing is as beautiful as the Alaskan wilderness, as compelling as the Iditarod, and as engaging as the Northern Lights. It's a story of love, life, loss, and resilience. I loved this book!"-- "Lynne Cox, author of Swimming to Antarctica and Grayson"
"[Keith] tells her story with brutal honesty, unafraid to ask difficult questions and face the answers, while making clear the deep passion she feels for her sport and her love for her dogs. This is a story of survival and triumph in an unforgiving place, told by someone who understands that despite the solitude, the journey forward is always, somehow, a shared one."-- "Booklist"
"An athlete and adventurer searches for peace and belonging in the Alaskan wilderness in this heartfelt memoir...This intense and uplifting treatise on self-exploration celebrates the resiliency of the human spirit."-- "Publishers Weekly"