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An epic memoir of an intrepid solo adventurer, a woman who lived by the philosophy "go simple, go solo, go now".

In a memoir remarkable for its quiet confidence and acute natural observation, the author of Paddling Hawaii and Paddling My Own Canoe begins with her decision, at age 60, to undertake a solo, summer-long voyage along the southeast coast of Alaska in an inflatable kayak. Paddling North is a compilation of Sutherland's first two (of more than 20) such annual trips and her day-by-day travels through the Inside Passage from Ketchikan to Skagway. In 22 years, she encountered more than 30 bears, four wolves, and hundreds of whales. Her lifelong philosophy, "Go simple, go solo, go now", is illustrated in this reflection-filled story of kayaking adventure.

©2013 Audrey Sutherland (P)2020 Random House Audio

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  • Tamy Staub
  • 15-02-21

Interesting journey but lacking story

wasn't very engaging, could have benefitted from more description of scenery and internal thoughts along the journey.

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  • David Benson
  • 28-12-20

An extraordinary trip not an extraordinary story

This is a story of a remarkable accomplishment, but is told in a more or less pedestrian and often repetitive and uninteresting manner. There is too much attention to details such as intricacies of her equipment, and a repetitive motion injury, the recipes she uses for her meals and other such matters. (I can't unhear her description of Tang as an alcoholic drink mixture.) There is relatively little attention given to her personal philosophy, history or what motivates her to paddle a slow rubber boat 850 miles over three months. Also missing is a more vivid sense of nature, the feel of the sea or environment. It sounds like, and she sometimes says it is, a long, painful, wet slog. Largely because she obviously was highly competent and an excellent planner, all went generally smoothly on a potentially dangerous and too long journey.