After reaching (via a goat trail) a glacial trickle above 17,000 feet--debatably the farthest source of the Amazon--the team descends to a point where kayaks can be deployed. From there the trip entails kayaking through one of the nastiest white-water canyons on the planet, a stretch of water that has previously claimed the lives or quickly halted the plans of all who attempted to conquer it; navigating an unmapped gorge known affectionately as the Abyss; sneaking through the "Red Zone," an area closed to foreigners and occupied by the notorious Shining Path rebels; and, finally, paddling to the Atlantic by sea kayak through 3,000 miles of hot jungle.
Hired initially to chronicle the project from dry land, Kane quickly assumes a more integral role as a much-needed paddler, and as such he is able to provide vivid, first-hand descriptions of the treacherous water encountered. But in many ways the water is the least imposing obstacle to success. Along the way the team is beset by financial difficulties, a crisis of leadership, attacks from armed rebels, and the defection of team members. Kane's account of this six-month ordeal is much more than a travelogue of athletic endeavor--it's a fascinating portrait of the planning, politics, and personal struggles involved in mounting a modern-day expedition through a vast expanse of largely uncharted territory.
As I portaged my way through this book, waiting for the adventure to begin I stumbled across this nugget of guano (page 66): "Farmers in tabletop-flat Iowa lose a foot and a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by chuck fritz
Looking at the rest of the reviews, I am guessing that they are getting paid to write them. The truth is that I am half way through the book and only one twentieth of the way to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brad
The story of a river trip down the Amazon from it's source to its mouth - the difficulties and the dissensions as well as the teamwork and skills necessary. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jonathan A. Hayes
This book is divided into three parts, the first of which I found pretty boring. It got better in part 2, when he actually got on the water. (Part 1 was mostly about hiking. Read morePublished 8 months ago by K. Shay
One of the best true adventure accounts I have read. Combine masterly, honest, first-person writing with whitewater paddling, fear, danger, injury, anger, strong personalities,... Read morePublished 12 months ago by G. Barr
Great book! Full of amazing little details and stories about the people, the nature and the animals of the amazon. Easy to read.Published 13 months ago by Ryan Pelaez