Horizontal Everest: Extreme Journeys on Ellesmere Island

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BPS Books, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 277 pages
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The Horizontal Everest brings to vivid, awe-inspiring life one of the most forbidding, arresting, and beautiful places on the planet: Ellesmere Island -- a virgin wilderness that author and photographer Jerry Kobalenko has traversed more than anyone else in history.

As Kobalenko writes at the beginning of his story:

"The pack ice ground together with a comforting shriek. Crashing waves snapped an antenna near the bulk, and sparks flew from a wire. I clung with both hands to the railing above the wheelhouse as the snow flailed. To the east winked the low specks of the Carey Islands, where two young explorers vanished in 1892. To the west, the maw of Mackinson Inlet, where Inuit migrants endured a winter of starvation and murder. All along Ellesmere Island’s austere coast, glaciers never trodden covered land never seen, framing stories never told".

"Home at last."
 

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THE HORIZONTAL EVEREST: Extreme Journeys on Ellesmere Island

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If you like your landscapes cold, quiet, and austere, welcome to Ellesmere Island, photojournalist Kobalenko's spiritual (and part-time) home, where you needn't bother with thermometers or maps ... Read full review

The Horizontal Everest: A Memoir of an Obsession with Ellesmere Island

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Part of the Canadian Northwest Territories, Ellesmere is the tenth largest island in the world and lies west of northern Greenland. Canadian journalist-photographer Kobalenko has extensively explored ... Read full review

Contents

Into the Void
1
Raw Fear
23
Getting Away with Murder
33
The Horizontal Everest
51
Dance of the Sea Ice
85
Life in the Freezer
105
Inanimate Things
125
The Ken Dryden Factor
159
Shores of the Polar Sea
189
On High Alert
207
They the People
221
Tours de Force
239
Epilogue
257
Glossary
261
Selected Reading
265
Index
273

Inside the Arctic Triangle
173

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About the author (2010)

Jerry Kobalenko is one of the world's premier Arctic travelers. His writing and photography appear in such magazines as Condé Nast Traveler, Canadian Geographic, and Outside. When he is not on an extreme journey, he lives in Canmore, Alberta, with his fellow adventurer and wife, Alexandra.

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