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In an adventure of a lifetime, Jennifer Kingsley and her five companions canoe through one of the planet’s most rugged settings. They battle raging winds, impenetrable sea ice, treacherous rapids, and agonizing sores and blisters while contending with rising tensions among the group. But they also experience the lasting joy of grizzly sightings, icy swims, and the caribou’s summer migration. Woven through this spellbinding narrative are often-harrowing accounts of the journeys of earlier explorers, some of whom never made it back home. Paddlenorth paints an indelible portrait of the spectacular Arctic landscape, rendered with a naturalist’s eye and an artist's sensibility, and offers an eloquent exploration of how wilderness changes us.
Jennifer Kingsley has traveled extensively through some of the planet’s last great wildernesses. She has worked as a guide, naturalist and conservationist for more than a decade and has paddled more than 100 days in the Arctic. Based in Almonte, Ontario, she has a Master of Fine Arts in Writing and is a skilled public speaker.