Whitewater Philosophy

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Water Nymph Press, Feb 10, 2009 - Adventure and adventurers - 223 pages
Twenty-five essays by world class kayaker Doug Ammons discuss what we learn from whitewater when we enter the world of adventure. As stated in the Preface, ┐the adventure sports allow us to take part in the very forces that sculpted the world around us,┐ and they form the modern Dao. The essays discuss risk, where fear comes from and how it can be overcome, beginner┐s mind, openness to experience, the real measure of skill, being alone, martial arts concepts applicable to kayaking, confronting limits and knowing ourselves.Ammons has a PhD in psychology and 35 years as a world class whitewater kayaker. He was named in 2010 by Outside Magazine as "one of the top ten game changers in adventure since 1900" for his extreme descents. The book was named by the Wall Street Journal in 2010 as ┐One of the top six adventure books.┐

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About the author (2009)

Doug Ammons grew up enjoying western Montana's lakes, rivers and mountains. He started kayaking early and rapidly became one of the world's best whitewater kayakers, doing descents all over the world. He obtained a PhD in psychology from the university of Montana, and worked as a scientific editor for two large international journals for 25 years. He is married and has five children and lives in Missoula, Montana.

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