Rowing to Baikal: Sixty Days on Mongolia's Selenge River


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Latah Books
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5.25 X 8.0 X 0.74 inches | 0.83 pounds

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About the Author

Conservationist and adventurer Peter W. Fong has a hard time keeping still. He's worked as an artist-in-the-schools in Montana, a travel guidebook writer in China, and a flyfishing guide in Mongolia. In 2018, he led an international team of scientists on a thousand-mile expedition from the headwaters of Mongolia's Selenge River to Russia's Lake Baikal.His stories and photographs have appeared in The FlyFish Journal, High Country News, The New York Times, and many other publications. His first novel, Principles of Navigation, won the inaugural New Rivers Press Electronic Book Competition. A chapter book for children and adults, The Coconut Crab, was released in 2022 by Green Writers Press.Peter is the recipient of an individual artist's fellowship from the Montana Arts Council and a former Moran artist-in-residence at Yellowstone National Park. For more information about the 2018 Baikal Headwaters Expedition, visit


"Rowing to Baikal is a contemplative study of the Selenge River and the people and species living along its waters and banks."

-Wendy Hinman, Foreword Reviews

"Rowing to Baikal is an instant classic in the disturbing genre created by people in love with massive ecosystems in the process of being destroyed. Peter Fong's portrait of the rivers that carry a fifth of Earth's freshwater to Lake Baikal is both panoramic and intensely personal.... I love this book, and pray health to its waters."

-David James Duncan, author of The Brothers K and Sun House

"There are few more beautiful places on earth than Lake Baikal and its vast surroundings; this account of a noble adventure will leave you with deep impressions of the place and its people, its past and its possible futures. Surely a fifth of the earth's fresh water deserves your attention!"

-Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth and The End of Nature

"Both a rollicking yarn and a moving portrait of a complex, remote place, Rowing to Baikal goes up mountains and down the Selenge River to show us the politics, significance, and beauty of the Mongolian-Russian borderlands. Full of camels, rare fish, and unforgettable people, Fong makes you care for this river and the cultures it nurtures."

-Bathsheba Demuth, author of Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait

"Rowing to Baikal is an engrossing tale told by the intrepid Peter Fong, whose vivid prose carries readers to the farthest ends of the earth, and expands our sense of discovery, responsibility, and interconnectedness-our ken, as it were-as all good stories should."

-Chris Dombrowski, author of The River You Touch

"In Rowing to Baikal, Peter Fong has written a graceful and illuminating account of the Baikal Headwaters Expedition."

-Nancy Langston, author of Climate Ghosts and