The Sun Is a Compass - My 4,000-Mile Journey into the Alaskan Wilds

Author(s): Caroline Van Hemert

Biography / Memoir

When ornithologist Caroline Van Hemert became disenchanted with research, she knew she needed to leave the laboratory behind. Together with her husband, she set off on a 4,000-mile wilderness odyssey from the Pacific rain forest to the Arctic Ocean. Traveling by rowboat, ski, foot, raft, and canoe, the couple faced fierce spring storms, avalanches, and a predatory bear, while also discovering moments of incredible joy and the bond that results from such partnership. Van Hemert provides a uniquely intimate perspective on science, adventure, and the natural world as she examines the limits of her own endurance and the tenuousness of life among birds and other animals whose daily survival is nothing short of miraculous. Shared through the lens of a biologist and modern-day explorer, The Sun Is a Compass offers a stirring testament to human resilience and the reawakening of wonder in this remarkable journey to the Arctic's edge. Book jacket.


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General Fields

  • : 9780316414449
  • : Little, Brown
  • : Little, Brown
  • : 0.3
  • : February 2020
  • : 2.8 Centimeters X 13.8 Centimeters X 20.8 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Caroline Van Hemert
  • : Paperback
  • : en
  • : 979.8/05
  • : 320