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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Patagonia Books (June 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980122759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980122756
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 "As a paddler and a traveler, Audrey Sutherland is someone to value, and this book about her Alaskan voyages is a marvelous addition to the literature of coastal kayaking. What I admire most about Audrey is her independence, her solitary travel, her patience, and her unflappable attitude in the most challenging paddling conditions."  Paul Theroux, author of The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road


 "Audrey Sutherland finished raising her children, quit her job, and took off in her inflatable canoe for the sublime treachery of Alaskan tidal waters. She had me on the second paragraph when she expressed her philosophy that has carried her through more than 8,000 miles of paddling: 'Go simple, go solo, go now.' The genre of adventure narratives has just been enriched by a new voice of inspiration."   Jonathan Waterman, author of Running Dry: A Journey from Source to Sea Down the Colorado River


 'Audrey's story is the stuff legends are made from. For the 30 years that I've known her she has been an inspiration to both women and men -- often shaming us into action with her exhortation to go solo and keep it simple, an approach that flies in the face of the consumer style of kayaking that most of us adhere to."  John Dowd, author of Sea Kayaking: A Manual for Long-Distance Touring

About the Author

Audrey Sutherland was raised in California and has lived in Hawaii since 1952. She raised her four children as a single mother, supporting her family as a school counselor. In 1962 she decided to tour the coast of Molokai by swimming it – and towing along an inflatable raft with supplies. She has ever since been an inveterate water traveler, during the past several decades in inflatable kayak because it’s transportable, light enough for her to handle comfortably and relatively inexpensive.


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Audrey Sutherland grew up in California but has lived in Hawai'i since 1952. She raised four children as a single mother, supporting her family by working as a school counselor. In 1962, she decided to explore the coast of Moloka'i by swimming it while towing an inflatable raft with supplies. Ever since she has been an inveterate water traveler. She has written Paddling North (Patagonia Books 2012), Paddling My Own Canoe, and Paddling Hawai'i.

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Great book by one of the worlds most experienced paddlers.
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This is a true story, the travels of an anventurous and enterprising woman who paddles her inflatable canoe to the wild and beautiful places in Southeast Alaska.
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To quote one member, "I think it was a deeper discussion than we have had before!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By paddler sue on July 16, 2012
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Can you imagine taking off at age 60 paddling throughout southeast alaska alone for 2 months every summer for ten years, in an inflatable boat?? Audrey Sutherland did, and writes eloquently about the experience. She sets an impossible standard for low tech, low impact kayaking, and has the ability to make a log littered beach into a gourmet kitchen. You'll delight in hearing these tales of making something from nothing. a one of a kind woman...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jclaer on July 11, 2012
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Would you like a guide to paddling Alaskan coastal waters? How about a guide with 8000 miles experience paddling solo in an inflatable kayak? Audrey Sutherland shares with you her diary at age 60 paddling solo 800 miles from Ketchikan to Skagway. Most every launching and landing is a small adventure. Wind, tide, waves, cooking, camping in the rain, boat and gear care, all require meticulous planning. "Go simple, go solo, go now." she tells us. What do kelp pickles taste like? Her book includes about a dozen maps annotating her route, spotting the points of interest in her story. I felt I was cheating when I followed her route with Google Earth and looked at Panoramio photos along her journey. Having read her book of her younger days swim camping around the pali cliffs of Molokai and Kauai (Paddling My Own Canoe) I found myself unable to wait for the paper or kindle editions of this new book. If you liked Neil Frazer's Boat Camping Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), you are sure to want this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Bragan on December 2, 2012
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Great reminder that serious paddlers get there through experience & are often self taught in the process. Also, go simple and often.

I've done that myself as well as having qualified for BOC 4 and taken instructor training. Latter provided improved techniques & good rescue training but the long trips on my own were more memorable and important.

Audrey's perseverance, courage, and spirit is remarkable under very trying and dangerous conditions. Probably lower testosterone levels helped in maintaining good judgement about when to go for it & when to hold back. I've had a couple of close calls that were memorable but also foolish risks in retrospective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. M. Badertscher on November 14, 2012
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Reading Paddling North's philosophical musings will inspire you, the author's love of nature will make you more observant if you take a cruise ship up the passage, her humor will keep you entertained, and her gourmet dining in the rough will give you a new perspective on camping in the wilderness. This book is an absolute gem that should go down in history with other classics of observing nature.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BookStudio on September 4, 2012
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Paddling North shows the possibilities if you are feeling restless and need a new adventure in your life. With humor, honesty, and recipes (!), author Audrey Sutherland describes her solo journeys taken over 12,000 nautical miles -- while she was in her sixties. A revered sea-kayaker, she recounts her amazing and unexpected experiences -- ones that require creative problem-solving, incredible bravery, constant resilience, courage, and bravery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leah Ritchie on September 4, 2012
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Excellent detail for a kayaker. Extraordinary author who knows what she talks about.
Now over 80 years old, she is a remarkable woman who did these trips by herself. Also
has an excellent book regarding kayaking in Hawaii.
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What an inspiration! I'm a novice kayaker. Audrey's observations, recipes and tips on her paddle around Alaska have awakened the explorer in me.
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Paddling books tend to read well in inverse proportion to the scale of the voyage - better written are the least interesting or useful trips, for some reason. Not this one. Three months into Alaska alone in a cheap inflatable Sevylor, one amazing woman writes about natural events and life philosophy with equal skill. I am in awe. Thank you Audrey for such a gift.
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