Rowing to Latitude: Journeys Along the Arctic's Edge (Hardcover)

Journeys Along the Arctic's Edge

By Jill Fredston

North Point Press, 9780374281809, 288pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2001



Two by sea: A couple rows the wild coasts of the far north

Jill Fredston has traveled more than twenty thousand miles of the Arctic and sub-Arctic-backwards. With her ocean-going rowing shell and her husband, Doug Fesler, in a small boat of his own, she has disappeared every summer for years, exploring the rugged shorelines of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Spitsbergen, and Norway. Carrying what they need to be self-sufficient, the two of them have battled mountainous seas and hurricane-force winds, dragged their boats across jumbles of ice, fended off grizzlies and polar bears, been serenaded by humpback whales and scrutinized by puffins, and reveled in moments of calm.

As Fredston writes, these trips are "neither a vacation nor an escape, they are a way of life." Rowing to Latitude is a lyrical, vivid celebration of these northern journeys and the insights they inspired. It is a passionate testimonial to the extraordinary grace and fragility of wild places, the power of companionship, the harsh but liberating reality of risk, the lure of discovery, and the challenges and joys of living an unconventional life.

Praise For Rowing to Latitude: Journeys Along the Arctic's Edge

"Charming . . . a vivid portrait of wilderness rowing . . . Her account will fascinate adventure-narrative enthusiasts."
--The Wall Street Journal

"If it's cold and inhospitable, Fesler and Fredston will be there, fending off polar bears, paddling to avoid a breaching humpback whale, dragging their gear over jumbles of ice and somehow managing to stay both married and afloat"
--The New York Times Book Review