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Flying South: A Pilot's Inner Journey Hardcover – November 12, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (November 12, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580082823
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580082822
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,876,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

•Includes over 100 stunning photographs, principally by GalenRowell.

•Adventure travel doubles as inspirational manifesto for women trying to find their own direction in life.

•Rowell is a role model for every woman who longs to nurture her own aspirations.

About the Author

BARBARA ROWELL is the president of Mountain Light Photography, a stock-photo agency, fine-art gallery, and small press co-owned with husband/ partner Galen Rowell, as well as a former director of public relations for the North Face. Her photographs have been published in National Geographic, Outside, and Plane and Pilot, plus countless travel catalogs. She flies a Cessna 206, which is fitted with custom photo windows for aerial photography. She and Galen live in Bishop, California. GALEN ROWELL is a world-renowned nature and adventure photographer and explorer. He is the author-photographer of 17 illustrated books, and has gone on assignment for Life, National Geographic, Outdoor Photographer, Audubon, and other publications. He is the recipient of the Ansel Adams Award for his contributions to wilderness photography, the Lowell Thomas Award for travel photography, and a National Science Foundation artist’s and writer’s grant to photograph Antarctica.

Customer Reviews

I read and enjoyed the book in 2002.
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Get this book, you'll read it from cover to cover in a matter of days!
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If you are a pilot or a photographer you will enjoy this book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John G. Powell on December 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
You do not have to be a pilot or do not even have to enjoy flying to enjoy this book. Rest assured that it will appeal to pilots, especially those who have longed for planning and completing that flying adventure! I happened to be in Bishop, CA and ordered this book from Barbara in July of 2002 only to be shocked, like everyone, to learn of the death of Barbara and Galen in August of 2002. In talking to her, it was obvious that she was very excited about her book coming out soon. I received the book in November and even though I am not a particularly fast reader, once I started reading the book, I couldn't put it down and finished it in two days. So what is this book about? It's about an adventure, it's about a woman who discovers the inner strengths that she didn't know she had, it's about the relationship of being married to a world renowned photographer and not getting lost in his shadow, it's about survival, and most importantly it's about living a dream. While most of us dream our lives, in this book Barbara Rowell shows the reader that it is possible to live our dream. My only regret is that I will not get the opportunity to tell Barbara personally how much I enjoyed her book!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I am not sure if this is a travel book, a flying book, or a book towards self discovery. It seems to be a little of each, but not enough of each. As a travel book, I get only a sense of the towns she visits, and the cultures she adores. She gives snippets, and I wanted more. As a flying book, she reveals the most about herself. She is (was) a poor pilot. She set aside her responsibilities as pilot in command and did whatever Doug told her to do, no matter the danger. Her go-no go decisions were terrible, and every novice pilot should learn from her example. As a journey into self discovery, the book was its strongest. How does the spouse of a famous and outgoing person carve out an identity of her own? This was very interesting, and here the author found her voice.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I received a copy of this book from one of my flying students and I couldn't put it down. I believe that pilots and non pilots alike would enjoy it. No matter what you do in life it makes you realize that you are the one in control and you shouldn't trust others to make those all important decisions for you. I'm surprised that Barabara actually made it out of South America alive and it's a tragedy that after all she endured on her adventure that she died at the hands of another pilot.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 2004
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This book is not only extremely entertaining but also a great collection of beautiful color photographs of different spots "South of the border...WAY South."
The author bears her soul for the reader in such a manner that you will feel you're sitting right next to her in the cockpit of her single-engine Cessna as she flies herself (as well as her husband and brother) to the adventure of a lifetime.
Some will say she was a bad pilot. Who are we to judge? She was a brave soul and I am glad she had the courage to share her experience with the rest of us "safe" pilots.
Barbara's book is an inspiring story of self-discovery. One that pilots and non-pilots alike will enjoy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I read this book initially as a fan of the author's husband, Galen Rowell, a world renowned nature/adventure photographer. I came away with a new respect for Barbara, his wife. She writes in an easy to read style that kept me turning the pages, not wanting to stop. From her wild flight over Brazil to her rafting accident, where she had to fly herself to the doctor hundreds of miles away, each leg of her trip leaves you wanting to read more. She also gives insight into what it's like being a woman in world dominated by males. Tragically, Barbara and Galen died in a plane crash just before this book was published. Barbara wasn't at the controls, but I can't somehow believe that if she had been the pair would still be alive today. Get this book, you'll read it from cover to cover in a matter of days!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is illustrated by a collection of high-end aerial photography that makes it probably the most colorful travel/aviation nonfiction available. The text offers just a tad more of the author's private affairs (career, marriage) than you might expect (definitely too much for my taste: maybe I should have taken the subtitle - 'A Pilot's Inner Journey' - more seriously). That said, you get a fair overview of the challenges of a really long cross country flight as well as an explanation why you want to prepare well for your own flying adventure to South America.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Wong on December 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
i havn't finished reading the book yet, but this book is awesome! i have like 10 of Galen's books and read most of his other ones as well. its too bad barbara didn't write more books. this book is more revealing than even Galen's books. she is really honest and humorous. an exciting story too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Marlow on September 27, 2007
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This book revealed what Barbara was living, not editing out what was politically correct, not covering up the flying mistakes that would be embarrassing to most, not holding back on insights of strong dominate individuals in her life who can make decisions difficult in and out of the cockpit. In this book, Barbara was true to herself and her readers, in her decision-making, her skills and her growth as a person.

As a pilot I learned from this book, good pilots are always learning, as a woman I learned from this book, trust your instincts and as a person I learned from this book, live your dream.

Well written and difficult to put down.
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