Adam Shoalts – Beyond the Trees

A mesmerizing odyssey through an unforgiving landscape, and the rich history it reveals.

What does it mean to explore and confront the unknown?Beyond the Treesrecounts Adam Shoalts’s epic, never-before-attempted solo crossing of Canada’s mainland Arctic in a single season. It’s also a multilayered story that weaves the narrative of Shoalts’s journey into accounts of other adventurers, explorers, First Nations, fur traders, dreamers, eccentrics, and bush pilots to create an unforgettable tale of adventure and exploration.

Interspersed with his stories of navigating mazes of shifting ice floes, facing down snarling bears and galloping musk-ox, and portaging along knife-edge cliffs above furious rapids, are the fascinating legends, historic persons, and incredible anecdotes that make up the lore of the North. They include the saga of the Mad Trapper, a man whose feats of endurance and ingenuity were almost as legendary as his violent end; the story of the controversial Vilhjalmur Stefansson, a redoubtable dreamer but also one who was blamed for the deaths of his companions; the tale of the “Lost Patrol” of the Mounties who perished in a blinding blizzard; the formidable Tyrell brothers who together charted much of Canada’s North; the eerie ruins of Fort Confidence that was built nearly two centuries ago on Great Bear Lake; and the decaying remnants of gold prospector David Douglas’s cabin overlooking the Dease River. The North is indeed a perilous place. Also told in the book is the tragedy of John Hornby and his two companions who starved to death on the banks of the Thelon River; their bones are still resting just above the riverbank in shallow graves.

Beyond the Treesalso discusses folklore about wendigoes, strange lights, and the mystery of Angikuni Lake, where in 1930 an entire Inuit camp supposedly vanished without a trace. These mysteries and wonders are Shoalts’s only companions as he sets out on his own path through the adventure of a lifetime.

Author: Adam Shoalts
Narrator: Adam Shoalts
Duration: 9 hours 55 minutes
Released: 19 Aug 2010
Publisher: Allen Lane
Language: English

User Review:

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I was excited about this book because I’ve been trying to make my home earth-friendly. I’ve used standard vinegar and baking soda for cleaning and now I’m learning about laundry products that are affordable and don’t contain heaps of harmful chemicals. I’ve been line drying clothes when the weather is cooperative but I use a tumble dryer, too.

I had no idea that so many “natural” products had the same ingredients as standard products. These chemicals can cause skin irritation or leave residue on clothes that rubs into skin. A pair of dryer balls can be used over and over to soften clothes in the dryer instead of using dryer sheets.

After reading this book I’m ready to try some different laundry detergent alternatives and stain removers. They’re easy to make with ingredients found in any household. The author encourages you to try small batches until you find what works for you – great advice!

Highly recommend!